With its signature yellow border and stunning photography, the National Geographic cover stands as one of the most iconic in history. To see how it came to be, the magazine is going back to where it all started. This time-lapse begins with the very first issue from 1888 and goes through 130 years in just two minutes, highlighting the most memorable milestones alone the way.
Sculptor and animator Guldies has created a PES-quality stop-motion. Using 2,500 pictures, he turned his desk into a campsite and cooks up some lakeside grub.
Forget everything you thought you knew about paper airplanes. For almost 10 years, designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been crafting a Boeing 777 that puts all those folded pieces of notebook paper to shame. The one-sixtieth scale model is incredibly detailed and features everything from tiny reading lamps above the first class seats to retractable landing gears.
Rogue One gave us a taste of what building a galactic superweapon would look like in space. Designer Isaac continues the sequence to visualize the full construction of the Death Star. He sped it up the process with time-lapse and finished it off with an original score written by his brother Ben.
One year to program, six weeks to install, and one of the most epic Christmas light displays ever — that's Matt Johnson's Star Wars-themed light show. Set to Celldweller's remix of "The Imperial March," the display uses 15,000 lights and a home in San Antonio, Texas that can accommodate the traffic — Matt's 2015 display backed up traffic near his own home so bad it had to be shut down.
In 1957, Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar teamed up to create what would be one of the most legendary design duos ever. Over their 60 years together, they've made some of the most iconic logos for companies like Pan Am, Mobil Oil, PBS, and Xerox, and that's just scratching the surface. In this short tribute, their extraordinary career is highlighted with an interview of the pair, sadly the last for Chermayeff.
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Anyone could dip a paintbrush and start flinging it at a canvas. Couldn't they? Looking at the work of Jackson Pollock, it can be hard not to be incredulous. But there was a method to the madness that made it great.
Brandan "Bmike" Odums got his intro to street art in an abandoned housing project in New Orleans. He started there and kept returning there, amassing a collection of graffiti paintings on the walls. When the building was torn down, they cut out Brandan's work where it is now on display.
In a tiny shop in England, Glen English builds exquisitely detailed replicas — don't call them models — of racing motorcycles in 1/4 scale. Glen handcrafts every part, starting with handmade masters of each piece. Adam Savage visited Glen to get a look at the process behind these amazing, museum-quality replicas.
Necessity is the mother of invention — or in the case of Tatsuo Horiuchi, being really cheap. The 77-year old retiree wanted to try his hand at painting but was too stingy to buy anything. And that's when he discovered Microsoft Excel.
The computer tower sitting next to your desk is nothing like this one. This 3D printed tower is an intricately detailed action figure that also houses all the computer components and a liquid cooling system. And the tower isn't the only awesome part *212; all the internals are top-of-the-line.
Cartoonist Art Spiegelman's landmark work Maus changed the way comics were created. The heavy subject matter and layout would become the blueprint for graphic novels to come. Nerdwriter looks at Spiegelman's unique approach to the page.
When you visit The Museum of Modern Art, you take time to appreciate the work that went into the art, but there's also an enormous amount of work that goes into displaying it. This is why MoMA is taking you behind-the-scenes for an inside look at what it takes to run the place in their new documentary series — At The Museum. For the first episode, the staff meticulously prepares to ship 200 pieces from artists like Picasso and de Kooning to Pairs. At the same time, the rest of the crew get a new set of exhibits ready for installation.
If you think your costume is great, wait until you watch see this Star Wars speeder bike replica cruising the streets of New York. Built by Lithium Cycles over their Super 73 electric bike, this speedster is a ridable prop that could have been in a Star Wars movie. Watch how they made in their making-of video here.
There are growlers, and then there are growlers — this iteration from RBT is the latter. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, this two-liter vessel has a double-wall insulated construction to keep the cold in and everything else out, complete with an ergonomically-designed handle for pouring and, well, handling. Available in satin-black with a contrasting brass base, this functional and sharp-looking container will stand out wherever you use it.
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Born from an art-school design concept that went viral, the Transparent Speaker from Stockholm-based People People proves great sounding speakers don't have to come in oversized black boxes. Built of lasting materials like locally-sourced sapphire glass, and utilizing a design scheme that can be dismantled and maintained with an included simple wrench tool, this stunning speaker is a dream come true for audiophile DIYers everywhere. While previous iterations of the Transparent Speaker required the use of your own separate, external component to play tunes over Bluetooth, we're particularly pleased that they now come with a built-in Bluetooth adapter for usage from your phone or tablet. But don't worry, you're still given the option of the original modular setup allowing you to connect any audio source via USB or 3.5mm line-in, with line out capabilities as well. Hardware features include a 6.5-inch woofer, dual 3-inch full range drivers, an energy efficient, built-in amplifier with embedded digital signal processing, front panel treble, bass, and volume controls, and old-school power switch.
Dimensions: 16" tall / 13" wide / 4.17" deep
Frequency Response: 35 Hz-20 Khz ±5Db
Woofer Output: 80-100 W
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Vintage VHS boxes were an art of their own. They were creepy, grotesque, and quite frankly f*cked up. None more so than the films of the 80s. Just walking through the aisle at your local Blockbuster could give you nightmares. But from the bizarre pictures to the warning labels, everything on the cover was a strategic form of the AIDA Advertising Method.
In Binghamton, New York, there's a carousel that inspired a time-traveling episode of The Twilight Zone. A bronze plaque at the park recognizes show creator Rod Serling and the ride's contribution to one of the best episodes of the series. When the carousel was due for restoration, it got a Twilight Zone-themed makeover.
Shawna Peterson has been making neon signs in Bay Area shop for almost 30 years. From clients like Dolby to a local laundromat, Shawna has done it all. Here she sits done and talks about the process and what motivates her to keep making art in light.
Classic cars aren't the only retro artifacts Cuba has been preserving for decades. The capital has been glowing with the fluorescent hue of neon signs since the '40s and '50s. With his project Havana light, artist Kadir López Nieves is restoring the city's abandoned signs one-by-one and putting the electric art pieces back on display.
It's the biggest, most expensive LEGO kit yet — the massive, 7,500-piece Millennium Falcon. To compete the whole thing could take you days, weeks maybe. But with the magic of time-lapse, it'll only take about 90 seconds.
Instant Instagram-approved selfies — that's the goal behind popup art exhibits like Color Factory. Designed as an interactive art gallery, the installations encourage visitors to photograph themselves in the carefully constructed exhibits, providing the perfect selfie in the age of Instagram.
In Billund, Denmark, there's a house devoted to bricks. The LEGO House is the epicenter of all things LEGO, housing an incredible collection of brickwork and a museum dedicated to those famous blocks. WIRED spoke with Bjarke Ingels, architect of LEGO's very own Mecca, about the inspiration behind his design and his own love of bricks.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. For sculptor John Lopez, that statement is literally true. Lopez takes scrap metal and discarded tools and turns them into intricate, wild west-themed sculptures. Bulls, horses, and other western fauna come to life in a twisted fusion of metal made in the artists South Dakota shop.
Observe, ideation, prototype, test. Four basic, intuitive steps that seem too simple to be so powerful. IDEO designed products — like PalPilots, notebook computers, and a more-affordable mouse for a company called Apple. But now, IDEO designs experiences — the steps remain the same. CEO Tim Brown talked with Vox about the design process and looking for problems that need solving.
Founded by Ernst Leitz in 1924, Leica has been making some of the best optics for almost 100 years. A lot has changed since then — but Leica's commitment to quality hasn't. Go behind the scenes in Leica's factory to watch the painstaking assembly of Leica's M10 camera.
In a converted two-story industrial building in Montreal, the Ateleir Neon Family is keeping the light alive. Gérald Collard and his company create commercial art in neon signs, with complex designs that are more than just a logo or call to eat at Joe's. And when Gérald isn't bending tubes, he's teaching — 25 years at the Espace Verre glass school.
Winter is coming. If fact, it's already here, and the color palette of Game of Thrones has changed with the seasons. Vox broke down the colors of every episode of every season and analyzed them to see how the change — and just like winter, the show is getting darker all the time.
At Big Dog Neon in Lockhart, Texas, Kit Tunningley has been keeping the neon lights on for 38 years. The rise of cheap LED signage has folded many of the other neon businesses, but 500 signs later, Kit is still going strong.
Picasso was a painter. Newton was a scientist. Thorpe was an athlete. They were all artists, working in different mediums. The lowly MS Paint gets a rap for being a basic art program, good only for crude meme handwriting and blocky pixel art. But as Vox shows you, even crude tools can create masterpieces.