There are lots of TIE fighters out there, from full-scale builds to smaller-scale models. But few of them are motorized and remote controlled. Allan Carver built this TIE fighter using a 70s Kenner toy as a reference. It's powered by electric wheelchair motors and controlled by a RC airplane controller. It can fit a pilot and tops out at about 6 MPH — not quite as fast as the real thing, but it can fit in your garage.
The time when cars had only what they needed — seats, steering wheel, motor, and wheels — are long past. Cars have gone from utilitarian purpose to status symbol, purpose-built for a variety of specific tasks. Sports cars have gained sweeping shapes and bright colors, unmistakably announcing what they're made to do, and prices for the classics have rivaled that of most pure works of art. But are automobiles art? Donut digs into the question and tries to find an answer.
Humans have changed the Earth in ways that could potentially be discovered millions of years from now. Using images from Google Earth, Páraic and Pearse McGloughlin give a bird's-eye view of how we've reshaped the surface of the planet and the patterns that emerge from modern society.
The Paisley Abbey in Scotland dates from the 12th-century and features fantastic stone gargoyles ringing its eaves. One, in particular, stands out due to its resemblance to one of the most iconic movie monsters of all time — the xenomorph from Ridley Scott's Alien. Exactly how a xenomorph ended up as a gargoyle on a 12th-century Scottish abbey has been a bit of a mystery — until now.
Street artist JR is taking his art from a local endeavor to a global audience with the Inside Out Project. Via the internet and a traveling portrait booth, JR helps communities around the world put faces to the issues they care about with huge installations comprised of pictures of the people in the places they live.
With the release of his upcoming film Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson has also been rolling out a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes that are just as fascinating as the film itself. The amount of work that goes into a stop-motion film is exhausting just to watch. In this clip, Puppetmaster Andy Grant takes you inside his workshop to reveal all of the sculpting, molding, building, and painting that went into making the hand-crafted puppets for all of the 900 characters in the film.
We don't like to talk about it, but 2 out of 3 guys start losing their hair by age 35. Keeps know that the sooner you take action, the better, and gives you access to the only two FDA approved hair loss products for about $1 a day. To get started, go to their website, answer a few questions, and a doctor will send the right hair loss medications for you. The first month is free, and there's no easier way to keep the hair you still have.
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The Black Tux wants to take the pain out of renting a tuxedo or suit for your next formal occasion. Its modern suits and tuxedos are cut from top-notch Italian wool and rented online with free delivery and replacements. You can even rent full outfits, and test them out for two days with their free home try-on program. Finally, the look, fit, and convenience to help guys look forward to the upcoming wedding season.
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A couple weeks ago, Spike Jonze released an ad for Apple's HomePod. The four-minute spot featured FKA twigs dancing around to a song by Anderson .Paak as her apartment stretched to her movements. Although it appeared to be a CGI masterpiece, to our surprise and delight the short film actually had very little VFX. This behind-the-scenes look reveals that most of the video was made from a clever set composed of moving parts, compression hydraulics, and analog movements.
Modern technology just met the denim industry with Levi's Project F.L.X. Using digital design and a laser aging system, Levi's is cutting out the chemicals and a lot of the time needed to create their aged jeans. What as they recreate some vintage Levi's originals with information-age tools.
Equal parts fascinating and creepy, Brazilian artist Juliana LePine sculpts an identical version of a miniature Doc Brown. She starts with a tiny skull, recreating the Back to the Furture character perfectly right down to his Nike Vandal Supremes.
His 10 principles are a part of basic design training worldwide. His work for Braun and Vitsœ is both highly-functional and museum-worthy. Rams is a documentary about Dieter and his work, helmed by Gary Hustwit — the director of Helvetica, and thus well-versed in geeky design detail — and soundtracked by none other than Brian Eno. Coming Soon.
To create a galaxy far, far away takes a lot of CGI. In their series Behind the Magic, Industrial Light & Magic gives some insight into how they produced their Oscar-nominated work for The Last Jedi. These clips specifically breakdown what when into making the Bombing Run and The Hanger scenes.
It isn't a runway show. It isn't a music video. Something of a fusion between both, rag & bone's latest line is premiered in this short film featuring Kate Mara and Ansel Elgort, with music composed by Thom York.
After nearly a year, Melbourne-based animator Isaac Moores is ready to share his latest project. The three-minute video is an animated tribute to the typography associated with all of our favorite films, TV shows, and video games. Bonus points if you can recognize them all.
Working for one of the biggest tech companies on the planet has its perks. Employees at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle now have a lush oasis in the middle of the city to get away from the office. Called the Spheres, the geodesic domes house 400 species of plants and meeting areas in the most Zen workspace you could imagine. With areas like the bird's nest and Ruby, a 50-foot tall tree that was brought from California, the Spheres add another landmark to a city known for them.
Just in time for spring, Ledbury's Blue Allenhurst dot shirt is the perfect option to freshen up your look. An exclusive release for subscribers of the Sunday Shirting program, it features a subtle, jacquard dot pattern and was constructed with 60% cotton and 40% linen. It's lightweight, breathable and is finished with a button-down collar and reinforced buttons with tension threading to ensure they stay fastened for the life of the shirt.
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The bike helmets that Thousand produces have a timeless feel inspired by designs from vintage motorcycle helmets. That mentality is even more present in their limited-edition Epoch Collection. An homage to iconic design, the collection features three new finishes — Speedway Creme, Nordic Wood, and Willowbrook Mint. Each features two sets of interior padding for a custom fit, a rubberized matte finish, a built-in low-profile visor, and eco-friendly leather fit straps with a one-handed magnetic fastener.
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When you're making full-length stop-motion films, you need a lot of clay — tons of it. At Aardman Studios, Jay Smart is the master of the medium. Shoots can take over a year and a half, and the clay colors have to be consistent, which isn't how it comes from the supplier. Jay walks Adam through the process of mixing and matching clay for animation.
One thing about shoes is that they don't stay fresh for long. But Joshua Marin, a cobbler at Fix Your Kicks in Chicago, solves that problem with a little bit of artistry and know-how. Joshua can bring a pair of sneakers back to brand-new condition like they were never worn.
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.
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.