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Miniature Watercolor Paintings of Space by Lorraine Loots

Artist Lorraine Loots recently embarked on a new series of miniature watercolor paintings. Called Microcosm Mondays, she aims to paint a space-related piece each Monday, scattered over 25 weeks in 2015. The first one was inspired by a relatively new photo, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, of …

Patatap Turns Your Keyboard Into A Nifty Musical Instrument

This might be the most fun you’ll ever have with your computer keyboard: a new website called Patatap turns the keys of A to Z into a musical instrument-slash-animation kit, letting you escape into trippy private jam sessions. It reminds us of why kids find banging on Tupperware so endlessly …

UFOs

Dogs Photobomb Celebrity Photos to Help Boost Pet Adoption

Over the years, we've seen a lot of artists and photographers do some highly creative things to raise the awareness of shelter animals and to help find them homes. Theron Humphrey (of Maddie on Things) is shooting <i>Why We Rescue</i>, Shannon Johnstone is behind <i>Landfill Dogs</i>, and Sarolta Ban just started</i> …

Artist Transforms Obsolete Devices into Autonomous Drawing Machines

As part of her MA work at the Design Academy Eindhoven, artist and graphic designer Echo Yang created a fascinating series entitled <i>Autonomous Machines</i> that transforms analog devices into autonomous drawing machines. The objects, ranging from a tin chicken toy to a windup alarm clock to an old …

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

SEESAW is an ingenious device that gives you subtle visual cues to monitor anything imaginable! Using WEB APIs, you can set it to keep an eye on …

The Mullet Of Smartphones: E-Ink In Front, Color Display In Back

The YotaPhone is an Android smartphone with a five-inch AMOLED display on one side, and a 4.7-inch e-ink display on the other. The upshot: It stays charged for days.<p>E-ink is a wonderful technology. Easier on the eye than other display technologies and frugally power sipping, it’s what allows your …

eReaders

Animated Photo Collages by Qi Wei Fong Shimmer to Life as Time Passes | Colossal

<p>Several months ago we featured a photographic series called Time is a Dimension by artist Qi Wei Fong that depicted layered collages of landscapes …

Stark White Geometric Animal Sculptures by Ben Foster

Kaikoura, New Zealand-based sculptor Ben Foster creates modern, inorganic renderings of animals that boast a geometric design. Each sculpture in his portfolio, whether it be a seal balancing an invisible ball, a horse standing in place, or a dog howling at the moon, blurs the lines between the real …

Art

Interactive Mirrors Built from Arrays of Moving Objects by Daniel Rozin | Colossal

<p>New York-based artist Daniel Rozin creates amazing installations and sculptures that have the ability respond to the presence of a viewer. Among his …

Hunting Trophies: Repurposed Vintage Bike Parts Converted into Functional Taxidermy Racks | Colossal

<p>Vienna-based designer Andreas Scheiger created this fun series of faux taxidermy heads using a bunch of found bicycle seats and handlebars. The …

A Lamp You’ll Want to Put in the Corner

This lamp’s name says it all – it’s called Put Baby In The Corner. The design of the lamp allows it to fit perfectly into any corner or niche, …

Furniture

Nomad ChargeKey review: An iPhone charger you won’t leave home without

I usually leave my iPhone(s aapl) plugged in to a power source right up until the moment I leave my apartment. But every once in a while I forget, …

ABOUT TIME Clock

<i>About Time</i> is a minimalist clock that tells the time in a whimsical way by rolling around the table. Design by <b>Sander Mulder</b>.<p><b>About Time Clock</b>, …

Curator: An iPad App For Designers & Visual Thinkers

Curator is a newly launched iPad app that’s tailored specifically for designers and visual thinkers, i.e., for us! It’s essentially a new visual …

iPad Apps

Motek Chair by Luca Nichetto for Cassina

<i>This month’s Deconstruction gives us insight into Luca Nichetto’s design process for the Motek Chair. Designed for Cassina, the clean-cut chair</i> …

Furniture

HPST Branding by FRVR

HPST Brand Identity.<p>Prague based multidisciplinary graphic design studio FRVR was asked to develop a new logo and brand identity for HPST, a Czech …

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Geo A Day - The Fox Is Black

The holidays mean something unique to all of us. Could be latkes for some or gingerbread houses for others, but it’s a special time for many of us in …

Best Design Blogs and Online Magazines

My Favorite Design Blogs.<p>The internet is full of creativity and inspiration. Therefore it’s no surprise that there are also a large number of …

Graphic Design

Better Materials Design for Attaching and Removing Things, Part 1: Nodus' Micro-Suction Access Cases

As I've said before, it doesn't make sense to me that the iPhone and iPad are such beautiful devices when naked, and yet we must swaddle them in …

Crowd Funding

Articles about 7 city lofts we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

They’re hot! They’re mini! They’re full of coal! These seven portable barbecues will help you get the summer started.<p>Somewhere between the fanciful beasts of Where the Wild Things Are and the hand-drawn charm of Marimekko, the characters in the...<p>Las Vegas designer Logan Hendrickson makes …

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The desk you didn’t know you needed.

Sorry, I’m about to spoil your mind… Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, work from home-er, or really just anybody who owns a laptop… you gotta have the …

Festool's Super Forstner Bit: The Zobo

I love Forstner bits as much as I hate spade bits. Is there anything as satisfying as boring that smooth-sided, flat-bottomed hinge-cup hole in a …

Woodworking

Rendering Crystal Into Wood and Upholstery: CTRLZAK's Quartz Armchair

Remember how weirdly machined the elements in R. Tanaka's microscopic photos looked? Viewed in nanoscale, these seemingly organic items exhibit an …

Furniture

Basso Shelf System by Thomas Feichtner

Basso Shelf System is a minimalist design created by designer Thomas Feichtner, who was born in Vitória, Brazil. The shelving unit is currently being …

Furniture

SEER Table by Matthew Bridges Design

<i>The SEER Table, designed by Matthew Bridges Design, was no easy task to perfect, as the design process went through ten versions before a</i> …

Furniture

Bend-It-Yourself: Pensa's DIWire Bender Now Available on Kickstarter, on Track to Top $2m

<i>Update: Our own Don Lehman chatted with Marco Perry and Mark Prommel in today's episode of the Afterschool podcast.</i><p>If 2012 was a big year for Pensa, …

hobbyist

Shelves of a Feather Flock Together

Peliships earn their namesake from two nautical inspirations: water vessels and pelicans. Each of these wall mounted ledges take the form of a ship’s …

Watch: An Amusement Park, Entirely Handmade In The Woods Of Italy

The new short doc Ai Pioppi is a charming ride through the fun fair of a magnetic 76-year-old inventor named Bruno.<p>Forty years ago, self-starter Bruno (as he’s known to all, first-name friendly) opened a fledgling restaurant, or <i>osteria</i>, in the wooded region near Treviso, Italy. The way he tells it, …

Geometric Poster Illustrations by Kasper Pyndt

Coherence – Graphic Art Prints.<p>Graphic poster illustrations by Kasper Pyndt for a series of 3 art prints. The digital artist and designer used …