José Luis Ágreda’s Illustrations in Real Space

What first started off as experiments to speed up concept illustration, resulted in surreal, yet familiar environments. The illustrations, at first, don’t seem like paper collage work at all, because the illustrated characters seem to blend in so well with the photographic environments. Once you do realize that it is a collage, it still doesn’t feel out of place that these wonderfully illustrated characters are interacting in these photographs of mid-century rooms.

Bauhaus’s Intuitive Chess Set

If you have ever failed to remember a chess piece’s playing direction, then this is the chessboard for you. Designed by Bauhaus sculptor Josef Hartwig in 1923, the set’s pieces are formed to represent their particular function. This was accomplished by reducing the traditional shapes of the pieces into simple shapes, such as circles, crosses and squares.

Beautiful Portraits Made With Old Wine Corks

Some artists like to be inspired over a nice bottle of wine; artist Scott Gundersen however, lets others enjoy the wine and makes art from the differently dyed corks. For his most recent portrait “Grace”, he used a total of 9,217 corks to create the beautiful and surprisingly detailed image. Be sure to see the video below for a time-lapse of the final 50 hours of the 200 hour project, and for how Gundersen cleverly organizes his corks by shade. For more, check out

The World Trade Center Reborn

The World Trade Center is being reborn and the History Channel and Column Five have teamed up together to bring you an infograph of all the details going into the massive rebuild. The building will be 1776 feet tall, which you guessed it, was picked because it matches the year of our independence. This will be the tallest building in America.

3D Paintings That Explode From The Canvas

Marchal Mithouard (aka Shaka) is a French artist whose paintings literally pop off the canvas into the world around them. To create his pieces, Mithouard first creates a bas relief of his figures on canvas, then paints them in his multi-colored, street art style. Be sure to check out this video of a painting on facebook to see the full detail of his 3D effect.

Light Beyond Sound

When you see Tatiana Plakhava’s designs, they seem to capture the energy of tiny particles colliding in the Large Hadron Collider, revealing an explosive and colorful beauty. Her highly complex designs combine science, illustration, photography, and music, which makes her one well rounded individual. She graduated from Moscow State University with a Master in Social Psychology and then studied at the High Academic School of Graphic Design. Her clientel has ranged from Procter & Gamble Russia and HP, to Playboy USA and Wired Magazine, UK. You can find her on facebook and her personal site or an excellent interview about her by Russel Shaw, here.

A Tiny World of Nano Origami

Using just a toothpick to create her minuscule folds, German paper-crafter Anja Markiewicz makes what must be some of the smallest examples of origami around. Many of her tiniest paper cranes measure only 4mm across (check out those fingerprints for a sense of scale). For more info on Anja and her work, see her Flickr photos or buy jewelry made with the pieces at

Minimalist Timelines of Famous Figures

The comic timing is absolutely brilliant on these timeline histories from design house H-57. Looking for how Marie Antoinette met her demise or the unfortunate early end to the legendary Bruce Lee? They’re here in minimal yet revealing detail. Find more at or see our previous post on their typography Star Wars characters.

Turning Trash Into Shade

South African Heath Nash says he has always made things; drawing, cutting, folding sculpting and experimenting with different materials, his entire life. Once out of college, he began turning his passion for creating into a business.

Two Names, One Artist, One Mind


Visual files of unusual bugs and beetles from his native Oaxaca got stuck in his mind like a database, says artist Sego y Ovbal. Sego, or Ovbal, draws and paints fantastical images of these and other things, along with large-scale graffiti style murals.