Street art

Incredibly detailed murals depicting life and death are creepy!

At once surreal and goosebumps-inducing, Alexis Diaz’s murals are definitely worth a second glance over the shoulder. The Puerto Rican artist has a knack for depicting both life and death at once in his large scale purple-hued murals. With thousands of brushstrokes, alien lifeforms, spiky eyeballs with tentacles, and living trees are created. Can you believe that most of his works were made in freehand? Check out some of his murals below, and find more on his Instagram and Facebook. ...
Photography

Digitally stitched birds in flight showcase otherworldly dynamics

At once wondrous and astounding, this series of unusual composites depicting birds in flight examines motion. Spanish photographer Xavi Bou tries to capture motion that may be alien to the human eye in a project called, Ornitographies. After exploring chronophotography, a 150-year-old technique in which many photographs are combined in sequence to mimic movement. Bou then took the images into Photoshop bring all of them together and stitch the birds together to give that corkscrew appearance we see in the results. The chaotic configuration makes the swarm of birds look like some kind of elongated alien creature. Creepy! Check it out below, and find more on his website. ...
Creativity

Australian illustrator imagines popular characters before their morning coffee

We all know what it's like before we’ve had our morning coffee — the world’s a blur, and God forbid anyone try to talk to us. Illustrator Samuel Milham took this feeling we’re all familiar with, and extended it to some of our favorite characters in pop culture. In Milham's series “Caffeine Junkies”, characters like Papa Smurf, Bart Simpson, and Yoda are imagined in all their pre-coffee glory. Who knew that Pikachu needed a little caffeine to get that electricity surging?! Enjoy some of Milham’s drawings below, and more on his website. ...
Sculpture

Miniature elephant sculptures exquisitely carved on the tip of a pencil

Elephants are majestic enough thanks to their sheer size. But artist Cindy Chinn has found another way to make them look just as awesome. As part of a commissioned project for the California-based Epiphany Elephant Museum, artist Cindy Chinn has created a piece titled, “Elephant Walk”, in the form of a miniature graphite carving. The carvings have been made on the tip of a carpenter’s pencil and feature trees dotted to foliage detail and a trio of elephants proudly walking in the front. Chinn used a magnifying lamp and trinocular microscope to aid in the fine detailing. Some of Chinn’s carvings are available for purchase on her Etsy store, and if you’d like to see more of her work, follow her on Facebook, blog, and website. ...
Sculpture

Vibrating pools of liquid line the walls of Loris Cecchini’s exhibition

Ripples and waves when seamlessly integrated into blank, white walls of a gallery make for an otherworldly exhibition. Artist Loris Cecchini’s latest installation is nothing short of amazing! Titled “Wallwave Vibrations”, Cecchini’s series of relief sculptures target the walls of the art gallery, liquefying them into pools of watery waves and ripples that create symmetrical patterns within themselves. Each piece is first digitally produced, then fabricated with polyester resin. Check out the watery-works below, and head on over to his website to learn more. ...
Photography

Sprawling gardens of Château de Marqueyssac captured in striking photos

Photographer Philippe Jarrigeon captured the incredible topiary gardens on his visit to Château de Marqueyssac. The area, first developed in late 17th century by Bertrand Vernet de Marqueyssac, is today comprised of sprawling gardens with over 150,000 trees cut in geometric forms and fantastic shapes. The area can be freely explored by the public with over five kilometres of walkable paths. The photographs were featured in the recent issues of PIN-UP, and can be viewed here. ...
Design

Martin Molin is back with two new freaky musical contraptions

A few months ago, this incredible contraption that makes music using marbles became viral on he internet. Its creator, Martin Molin of Wintergatan, is back with something new. The designer has built two new instruments, each just mind-bendingly awesome as the first. The video below shows the machines in action and, under Molin's supervision, performing an original composition called, “All Was Well.” The first is a music-box like machine that utilizes punched paper-tape to control notes while the second, called “Modulin”, sounds like an electric theremin. Watch the video below and then check out Molin’s how-to video. ...
Street art

3D street art features tunnel leading to another dimension

One will need to focus hard and look multiple times to realize that this mural is just a mural and not an ever-lengthening tunnel system on the side of a building. French street artist Astro is out with an interesting 3D piece completed as part of the Loures Art Publica project in Loures, Portugal. Astro is renowned more for his intense use of calligraphy in his works but this wildly different mural is just as flashy. The piece is adorned with a hieroglyphic-like floral patterns that center in on a 3D illusion made effective with shadows to create tunnels and voids. It’s like a gateway to another dimension. Check it out below and find more of his work on Instagram. ...
Inspiration

7 photos of whales and dolphins from a retirement spent sailing the world’s oceans

Christopher Swann has been running whale watching tours for more than 23 years. Having brought his guests to such whale watching hot spots as Hebrides and the Sea of Cortes, he has retired and is now “sailing away around the world” exploring the seas and looking for his beloved whales and dolphins. In a collection of photos taken both above and below the surface of the water, he shares some of the encounters that he has had with marine mammals. He said in an interview, “To see animals so huge yet so graceful, so at ease and at one with their surroundings, is exquisite.” ...
Illustration

Psychedelic paintings explore deep relationship with humans and nature

Psychedelic artwork can be likened to a doorway that leads to the exploration of our relationship with nature and the universe. Illustrator James R. Eads has been keen to explore these philosophical relationships in his latest series of paintings. The works are comprised of psychedelic scenes made using a technicolor palette in the form of swirling patterns. The LA-based artist’s work is inspired by music and often finds himself creating gig posters for Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, and Iggy Pop. Some of them are available as art prints, and if you’d like to see more of his work, follow him on Instagram. ...
Photography

‘Boiling Point’ aerial photograph depicts tensions in and around Chicago

Street art doesn't get any hotter than this. In fact, this piece has reached the boiling point. Photographer Paul Octavious employed the use of a drone, and while soaring above the suburbs in Chicago, he captured a lonely cul-de-sac. Octavious then turned the street into an active thermometer in Photoshop to depict the growing tensions in the city. Octavious describes the work, “As I painted over the asphalt with red in post, it started to take on something more to me. With everything that’s going on right now in this country, and the violence happening on our streets, the boiling point is at an all-time high. I think while creating this, I had a few things on my mind.” Check out the image below and find more work on his Instagram. ...
Performance

Dance with your own shadow to improvised music from interactive installation

Mesa Musical Shadows is the title of an installation that Montréal’s interaction design studio Daily tous les jours has installed in Arizona’s Mesa Arts Center. Made from custom fabricated tiles with embedded speakers and light sensors, a sound is triggered by shadows so a person’s presence and movement will create the sound. Just as shadows are ever changing based on the time of day, the weather, and the season, the design studio poses the idea that “a visitor may never quite cast the same shadow twice”. This dynamic quality of the environment is embedded into the piece itself with the sounds changing with the angle of the sun, creating different sonic atmospheres at morning, the midday, the evening, and at night. ...
Creativity

7 objects that have self-deprecating thoughts

Blending her background in typeface design and hand-painted signage, Annica Lydenberg founded the design studio Dirty Bandits to work on typography, lettering and illustration projects. In a series called I'm a Piece of Garbage, Lydenberg rescues retro objects that were on their way to the dumpster and hand-paints them with puns and self-deprecating phrases. “With these phrases Dirty Bandits touches on deep insecurity and a struggle to maintain a sense of self worth,” says Lydenberg.   ...
Video

Unsettling dance performance by an animation puppet

For a stop motion film, you need an animation puppet to imagine bodily motions of your character. Dario Imbrogno has taken that literally, using an animation puppet as a character. His short film, OSSA, features a dance performance by a single animation puppet. The film has an overall unsettling vibe to it, with the hand of the animator showing up and forcing the puppet to dance against her will. Prior to OSSA, Imbrogno created OTTO, an equally striking tale involving creepy paper things. Watch the entire short film below, and learn more about Imbrogno here. ...
Architecture

Installation of pinwheels demonstrates a community’s interconnection

The Pinwheel Pavilion is a temporary architecture installation at London’s Museum Gardens. Created by Five Line Projects Design and Research Office, the project won the Archtriumph Summer Pavilion Competition in 2016. With thousands of wooden wheels supported by steel pillars, the design is based on interconnection so that the push of a single wheel will turn its adjacent wheel, and on and on. The concept explores the relationship between the individual and community, and how much impact a single action can have. Based in East London, Five Line is an interdisciplinary studio of architects and designers that describe themselves as “constantly curious and creative[ly] driven.” ...
Photography

Insect macro photography reveals masked figure-like forms

Part study of symmetry, part observation of insects and their anthropomorphic appearance, this series by Pascal Goet is an incredible one. Manipulating light and shadow, the French photographer captures the vibrant appearances of insects, highlighting symmetrical patterns that, upon first glance, look like masked figures. This effect is enhanced when the photos are printed in large scale to be displayed in exhibitions. Goet writes, “The large size prints create a genuine encounter between the viewer and these amazing personages, people of a parallel world.” Goet has been in the macro-photography business for over 26 years, and much of his work can be found on his website. ...
Industrial design

Design innovation: Solar panels are embedded into stained glass

A new design technology by Marjan van Aubel integrates solar cells into stained glass windows. Producing the products under the brand Caventou, the technology is similar to photosynthesis in the solar cells use the property of color to create an electrical current. These dye-sensitized solar cells have been integrated into both windows and glass tables, both of which are self-sufficient, needing no cables or wires to connect to the wall. Instead they have USB ports to charge your devices. “Different colours have different wavelengths and thus produce different energy levels,” explained van Aubel in an interview. “I had to work closely together with the dye-solar cell manufacturer to work out a pattern that was both beautiful and that generated a sufficient amount of energy.” van Aubel founded the product line with Peter Krige who focuses on technology development and Samira Ann Qassim whose focus is business development. ...
Sculpture

Letterforms made using mailed letters

Niral Parekh has created a series of sculptural typography pieces that use mailed letters to create letterforms. With his material list including postcards, newspapers, packages, and direct mailers, he used a wooden mail organizer as the structure and then carefully arranged the envelopes. The piece with the number “50” took the artist a total of nine straight hours to complete. You can watch the video of his process below. Another piece where he created the New York Times Magazine logo took 14 hours to complete. After completing that piece, he then mocked up a cover design that showcased his work. ...
Design

3D modeling + math + lasers = Fashion

Nancy Yi Liang could revolution the fashion industry. Anyone that has purchased clothes knows that unless they are tailored, they rarely fit perfectly everywhere on your body, there is always something. She built a custom avatar, designed a 2D pattern of the garment create the laser cut print, digitally render the garment, produce the laser cut files, cut it, sew it and rock it.  That’s the summarized version and even that one sounds complicated. She used 7 different specialized software programs, an ArcSin formula, a laser cutter, and a sewing machine... Totally worth it. See her original post for more details on Imgur, or her blog for more details of this cutting edge process. ...
Art

Striking illustrations discuss themes of stereotypes and open-mindedness

Pop culture, current events, and politics can inspire art in brilliant ways. That much is clear from artist Carina Wharton’s latest illustrations. The Newmarket, Ontario-based fine artist recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario. Her work, ranging from sculpture, oil paintings and illustrations, surround notions of female sexuality, race, and stereotypes. Wharton's latest collection of 8.5" x 11" ink drawings, thoughtfully titled, “Outside/In”, can best be described in the artist's own words. She writes, “The sketches are inspired by concepts of self-policing, defying racial stereotypes, and embracing happiness. The themes are related by media coverage of topics including killings, U.S Presidential candidates remarks, gay rights, and racial tensions. Overall the drawings symbolize maintaining an open mind.” Many of her works are available for purchase as phone cases, art prints etc. via her online...
Industrial design

The Nikon P900 lets you zoom in like never before

This is it. This is the camera you need if you’d like to master the art of zooming. The Nikon P900 is a testament of just how powerful consumer cameras have become. A video by Daniel Pelletier was picked up by SciTech Universe’s YouTube channel, and shows the user of said camera zooming into the Moon from a parking lot in Quebec. PetaPixel’s DL Cade says how even though the camera’s optical zoom maxes out at 83x, it continues to do so using digital zoom technology. Check it out! ...
Funny

A book about A-holes… the typographical kind

Curtis Canham has a design joke that asks, “You know, that negative space found in the letter 'A'?” Canham, a teacher and a designer, has created a book to explore this typographical question with a tongue-in-cheek coffee table book called A-holes: A type book. While his initial idea was to just create a book that is a visual compendium of A-hole shapes, he instead pulled from his background as an educator to look at the history of this commonplace and often overlooked typographic negative space. Having funded the project through Kickstarter, he jokes, “’Font’ is a four letter word that starts with an ‘F’.” Hear the designer talk about the beginnings of the project in the video below. ...
Art

Artist creates detailed felt objects imitating moss and shrubs

Using felt, thread, and the French knot, Emma Mattson creates assemblages that feature moss-like formations held within embroidery hoops. To further add to their greenery, the artist adorns each piece with fake moss on top simulating the line between the real and the imitation. Check out some of her creations below, and find more of her embroidery on Instagram and Etsy. ...
Interior Design

Coiled ceramics that slump and curl

Beginning potters often start out by coiling clay into vessels. Australian-based ceramicist Rose Wei has revisited this beginner technique and created forms that slump and curl elegantly. Working under the pseudonym Zhu Ohmu, the ceramic series was created as a response to 3D printing. She says, “I wanted to see how forms would turn out if I copied the way the 3D printer mound coils on top of each other with my hands.” The works will be exhibited in the exhibition, Wonky, a celebration of the wabi-sabi principles that will be held at Tinning Street Gallery. ...
Art

Largest urban mural in Paris features thousands of colorful origami birds

Hundreds of residents were temporarily uprooted in France after the demolishing of a particular building. Mademoiselle Maurice pays tribute with a fantastic mural. Produced in collaboration with the French Mathgoth Gallerie, “The Lunar Cycle” is a colorful mural set over 21,000 square feet and comprised of over 15,000 colorful origami birds. The piece, composed in front of the building’s dark exterior, depicts phases of the moon and is officially the largest urban mural ever created in Paris. The origami birds were created using a folding technique called, “Maurigami”, which is a Mademoiselle Maurice original. The technique supposedly makes the pieces indestructible. Check out the mural below, and find more amazing origami works on Mademoiselle Maurice’s Instagram and Facebook. ...
Sculpture

New glass sculptures of octopi and slugs from Nikita Drachuk

Artist Nikita Drachuk specializes in all things tiny and all things glass. For the last few months, she has been combining her two specialties into a series of charming showpieces. The works of this Kiev-based artist have been covered on DesignFaves before (here) and it seems there’s no stopping his creativity. Belonging to Glass Symphony, Drachuk employs a technique called “lampwork”, in which he utilizes a high-temperature torch to melt colorful glass rods, all the while shaping them into objects like birds, bees, octopi, slugs, and even salamanders. Check out Drachuk’s new pieces below, and find more of it on Etsy. ...
Design

“Food for Thought” re-imagines novels as food tins

Los Angeles based designer Maria Mordvintseva-Keeler created this mock packaging project called “Food for Thought” using three books that reference food in their title. Looking at all three meals of the day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are illustrated with works by Capote, William Burroughs, and Anne Tyler. The designer says: “By looking at the packaging, you can find out the ‘daily value’ of humor and irony that the book contains, the number of pages that make the perfect ‘serving size’ and the ingredients of the novel.” ...
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