Falling Snowflakes Captured in 3D

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Snowflakes have been something we’ve marveled at for centuries. The idea that no two are exactly alike, the way that some are good for snowballs and others are not, and the way that they are formed have always been topics of interest. Now a team at University of Utah, lead by atmospheric scientist Tim Garret, have created a super high speed camera set that can take 3D images of snowflakes in mid-air. The Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera (MASC) is triggered by infrared sensors to capture snowflakes as they fall from the sky and can capture thousands of images each night.

3D Pavement Art from the Inventor of the Style

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Kurt Wenner is a master artist and master architect famous for inventing three-dimensional pastel drawings, which are also known as 3D Street Painting or 3D Pavement Art. He has spent a lifetime creating art forms, works of art and architecture, as well educational programs in a vast array of venues and media. Central to his own creative process is the knowledge of both classicism and artist’s geometry.

Imaginative 3D Worlds From A Paper Theater

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In her little paper craft theater, Elly MacKay meticulously creates, lights, then photographs dreamy scenes. Although the final product looks like an illustration or painting, the actual process is much more fastidious. Once MacKay comes up with an idea for a scene, she begins to conceptualize it with thumbnails, drawings and words. Using a plastic material called Yupo paper, she draws and cuts out the layers she will need. Using wires she carefully places each piece where it belongs and adds additional touches, like parchment paper skies or tissue paper for landscapes in the distance.

A Fantasy of Geometric Landscapes

Ok, confession time. Unlike what seems to be about 99% of the current population, I am not a huge fan of video games. That doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the near addictive fun they are to play… in fact I almost stay away for that reason. I’ll tell you what would get me playing though: seeing digital artist JR Schmidt design a serious adventure game.

Get A Miniature You: 3D Photo Booth Opening in Japan

The Japanese are big fans of the photo booth, producing some of the most original examples of the stand-alone photo devices you can imagine: from machines which add cute frames around your pictures to examples which morph you into a big eyed manga character. Now a company called Omote 3D is taking the concept to the next level and will soon be offering people their likeness in miniature printed 3D form!

New Simulation Asks: Is This How Our Universe Formed?

Do you ever wonder how our universe formed? There are many theories and speculations that have been brought to the public consciousness, and while some are generally more accepted than others, the truth is, we don’t really know how our universe came about. Yet, as technology today develops and scientists gain access to a wider range of tools to explore the secrets of our beginnings, new findings shed further light on the history of the universe.

90º Typography Pop-Up Book

Graphic designer Iwona Przybyla from Poznan, Poland has created a new typography book in the most amusing book form out there- that’s right, pop-up (followed by “choose your own adventure” in a close second). The book and the font style are called Kąt 90 stopni, which translates to 90 Degrees. To create each letter, Przybyla threaded light and dark blue string through two perpendicular sheets of paper, so that when each page is open to 90 degrees, a 3d letter will appear. This one-of-a-kind book contains all 26 letters in this new, clever style.

Incredible 3D Illustrations Jump Out of the Sketchbook

Every now and again, we come across a piece of art that we can’t even begin to wrap our heads around. These sketches by Nagai Hideyuki are the perfect example. The 21 year old artist from Japan creates drawings that seem to leap out of the sketchbook before your very eyes. It’s amazing to see what can be done with just a pencil and paper and the right angle for capturing a photo. The way he uses lighting, shading, and anamorphosis to create these 3D images is reminiscent of MC Escher but even more mind-blowing.

3D Currency Collages Made From a World of Money

We’ve seen money collages and sculptures plenty of times, from the politically charged works of Chad Person to the 3D carvings of Scott Campbell. One major thing is different about these works however: these are made from different currencies sourced from countries around the world. The effect is quite striking and beautiful, because unlike the monochromatic U.S. currency used in the aforementioned works, these are multi-colored with designs unfamiliar to many eyes. Through their multi-cultural paper source, these works seem to bring forth a message of unity, collaboration and harmony in the world… and the gracefully composed designs send exactly the same message.

The Third Dimension

Inspired by Japanese traditional craftsmanship, Mikas Emil, who lived in Japan for a year, works with his paintings in a more dimensional way, but using modern techniques of today. The 29 year old Architect received his Masters in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Architecture last summer. For the project featured below, he started with a 2 dimensional drawing of a face, three-dimensionally modeled it in Rhino, then milled the 3D drawing using a CNC milling machine in plywood.