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Animation Art Illustration

Transport Cats Across an Animated Countryside With Alexander Perrin’s Interactive Illustration ‘Short Trip’

Transport Cats Across an Animated Countryside With Alexander Perrin’s Interactive Illustration ‘Short Trip’

September 29, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

Short Trip is an interactive illustration by Australian artist Alexander Perrin. The meditative simulation places the player in the conductor’s seat of a cross-country train, allowing the user to use their arrow keys to go forwards or backwards through the game’s peaceful black and white countryside while delivering a series of animated cat passengers. More



Design Illustration

Father Draws a New Maddeningly Intricate Maze for His Daughter

Father Draws a New Maddeningly Intricate Maze for His Daughter

Apr.27.15

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Christopher

Two years ago we stumbled onto the story of a girl in Japan who was going through her father’s old belongings when she discovered a hand-drawn maze rolled up in a tube. Kazuo Nomura spent 7 years drawing the sprawling labyrinth while working as a janitor and it hadn’t seen the light of day since 1983. After posting photos of it to her Twitter account, Nomura’s work went viral around the web, and it was quickly turned into a print so others could have a try at solving it. More



Design Illustration

AVES: Playing Cards Inspired by Karina Eibatova’s Bird Illustrations

AVES: Playing Cards Inspired by Karina Eibatova’s Bird Illustrations

Sep.5.14

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Christopher

Arist and illustrator Karina Eibatova (previously) just partnered with LUX Cards to create this phenomenal set of playing cards inspired by her bird and feather drawings. The cards will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company on official Bicycle card stock. The deck is called AVES (Latin and Spanish for birds) and is quickly gaining steam over on, yes of course, Kickstarter. More



Design

Puzzle Facade: Ars Electronica’s Media Building Turned into a Giant Interactive Rubik’s Cube

Puzzle Facade: Ars Electronica’s Media Building Turned into a Giant Interactive Rubik’s Cube

Dec.9.13

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Christopher

For his thesis project in “Interface Culture” at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, designer Javier Lloret converted the entire facade of the Ars Electronica building in Linz, Austria into an interactive Rubik’s Cube called Puzzle Facade. Lloret created a handheld device the mimics the function of the ubiquitous puzzle toy which then wirelessly communicates with a computer that controls the network of lights installed on the building. From his website:

In Puzzle Facade the player interacts with the specially designed interface-cube.

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Art Design

Man Spends 7 Years Drawing Incredibly Intricate Maze

Man Spends 7 Years Drawing Incredibly Intricate Maze

Jan.31.13

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Christopher

Almost 30 years ago a Japanese custodian sat in front of a large A1 size sheet of white paper, whipped out a pen and started drawing the beginnings of diabolically complex maze, each twist and turn springing spontaneously from his brain onto the paper without aid of a computer. The hobby would consume him as he drew in his spare time until its completion nearly 7 years later when the final labyrinth was rolled up and almost forgotten. More



Art

A Drawing Machine that Records the Chaos of Pinball

A Drawing Machine that Records the Chaos of Pinball

Nov.28.12

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Christopher

From the pendulum-based drawing machine by Eske Rex to the art of Tim Knowles who attaches writing implements to trees, I love when the seemingly random lines of chaos (or maybe just physics) are rendered visible using ink or pencil. This latest project titled STYN by Netherlands-based graduate student Sam van Doorn is no exception. Using modified parts from an old pinball machine van Doorn created a one-of-a-kind drawing device that utilizes standard flippers to control a ink-covered sphere that moves across a temporary poster placed on the game surface. More



Art

New Street Artist ‘Bored’ Turns Chicago Sidewalks into an Alternative Monopoly Game

New Street Artist ‘Bored’ Turns Chicago Sidewalks into an Alternative Monopoly Game

Jul.3.12

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Christopher

I was walking in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood a few weekends ago when I happened upon an enormous stack of Monopoly ‘Chance’ cards made from plywood and bolted to the sidewalk announcing a marriage proposal at a nearby church. It was awesome. Immediately I started wondering if it was a genuine proposal? Was it a joke? Or could it be… ART?! Chicago has a fair amount street art if you know where to look, but it’s mostly spray painted stencils and paste-ups, and it’s extremely rare to see something three dimensional or sculptural. More



Crafts

One Boy, a DIY Arcade, and the Most Uplifting Flashmob of All Time

One Boy, a DIY Arcade, and the Most Uplifting Flashmob of All Time

Apr.10.12

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Christopher

This is the story of a nine year old boy named Caine who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his father’s used auto part store. A dollar gets you four plays, and two dollars gets you a five-hundred turn FUN PASS. Business was slow until independent filmmaker Nirvan Mullick spotted the arcade and plotted to change Caine’s life forever. Watch the short film and if you feel as weepy and joyous as I did, head over to his newly established scholarship fund. More



Amazing

The World’s Largest Dodgeball Game

The World’s Largest Dodgeball Game

Feb.8.12

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Christopher



For the third time in as many years the University of Alberta set a world record last week for the largest dodgeball game, pitting 4,979 ball-hurling competitors against one another in a chaotic, hour-long hailstorm of giant, spongy red balls. See many more photos taken by Gateway Photography. (via msnbc) More



Crafts

A 1,000 Piece Popsicle Stick Bomb

A 1,000 Piece Popsicle Stick Bomb

Oct.4.11

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Christopher

So apparently popsicle stick bombs are a thing, and after this video I think they’re going to be a huge thing. I agree with a commenter on YouTube who asked what kind of kinetic dark magic is this!? If you want to make one yourself head on over to Instructables for a tutorial on how to make your own Cobra Weave Exploding Stick Bomb. (via neatorama) More



Photography

The North Korean Mass Games Performed by 100,000 People

The North Korean Mass Games Performed by 100,000 People

Sep.26.11

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Christopher

Photographer Sam Gellman who is originally from Wisconsin has been living and working in Hong Kong for the past five years. He recently returned from a 4-day trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea where he was able to witness and photograph the Mass Games in Pyongyang. The Mass Games are a meticulously regimented display of gymnastics and other performing arts by nearly 100,000 participants, heavily laden with messages of state-sponsored propaganda. More