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Design

Take a Tour of a Japanese Manhole Factory Where Neighborhoods Create Their Own Designs

Take a Tour of a Japanese Manhole Factory Where Neighborhoods Create Their Own Designs

April 25, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

In most countries, the design of manhole covers is scarcely given a second thought other than the basics of material and a generic pattern resulting in drab metal circles with a purely utilitarian function. But after World War II, city planners in Japan proposed the idea of allowing each local municipality to design their own manhole cover as part of an effort to raise awareness for costly sewage projects. Designs would reflect local industry, culture, and history. More



Food

How to Make the World’s Smallest Cup of Coffee

How to Make the World’s Smallest Cup of Coffee

Apr.21.17

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Kate

For their brand new advertisement, Finnish coffee roaster Paulig asked director and animator Lucas Zanotto to brew a cup of coffee from a single bean. Using a nail file to create the grounds, Zanotto then boils water over a single tea light, and finally pours the freshly brewed java one drop at a time into a thimble-sized mug. The video has a direct relationship to recently popularized miniature cooking videos on Youtube, which have produced everything from miniature deep-fried chicken to tiny shrimp tempura. More



Crafts

Super Satisfying Video of a Woodcarver Making ‘Fibonacci’ Spiral Shavings

Super Satisfying Video of a Woodcarver Making ‘Fibonacci’ Spiral Shavings

Apr.18.17

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Christopher

In this all too brief video woodworker Paul Sellers gives us a close-up view as he creates a number of ultra satisfying ‘Fibonacci’ spiral shavings. Between the soothing music, camerawork, and the mathematical perfection of each spiral as it rises from the wood, I could watch something like this all day. More



Art

Lines in the Sand: Artist Jim Denevan Turns Beaches into Temporary Geometric Artworks

Lines in the Sand: Artist Jim Denevan Turns Beaches into Temporary Geometric Artworks

Mar.27.17

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Christopher

For well over a decade California artist Jim Denevan (previously) has made his mark in the sand, etching elaborate geometric artworks on beaches around the world using little more than a rake or found stick. The pieces last only a few hours, or begin disappearing even as he works, as the tides quickly erase each design leaving only a memory or a photograph. Great Big Story recently visited Denevan and shot this brief profile of the artist as he created a number of pieces. More



Amazing Science

A Remarkable Time Lapse Video of Cell Division in a Frog Egg

A Remarkable Time Lapse Video of Cell Division in a Frog Egg

Mar.21.17

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Christopher

No, this isn’t digital. Filmed by documentary filmmaker Francis Chee, this amazing video captures the microscopic view of a frog egg as it begins to divide from two cells into millions over a period of about 33 hours. It’s astounding to think that each and every one of us started off just like this. More



Art Design Science

A Fold Apart: A NASA Physicist Turned Origami Artist

A Fold Apart: A NASA Physicist Turned Origami Artist

Mar.17.17

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Christopher

In 2001 NASA physicist Robert Lang quit his job to focus on his one true passion: creating original origami designs. With a deep understanding of mathematics and materials, Lang’s folding designs have been incorporated into everything from spacecraft to airbags. His works aren’t limited to functional objects, he’s also produced a wide range of original artworks that have been exhibited around the world. The Great Big Story recently sat down with Lang for this brief interview. More



Design History Photography

The Rise of the Image: Every NY Times Front Page Since 1852 in Under a Minute

The Rise of the Image: Every NY Times Front Page Since 1852 in Under a Minute

Feb.22.17

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Christopher

The New York Times published its first issue on September 18, 1851, but the first photos wouldn’t appear on the cover until the early 1900s over 60 years later. This visual timeline by self-described data artist Josh Begley captures the storied newspaper’s approach to layout and photography by incorporating every NY Times front page ever published into a single one-minute video. The timelapse captures decades text-only front pages before the newspaper began to incorporate illustrated maps and wood engravings. More



Animation

Reaction: An Experimental Particle Animation by Anton Woll Söder

Reaction: An Experimental Particle Animation by Anton Woll Söder

Feb.16.17

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Christopher

Here’s a lovely bit of experimental visual goodness from Swedish motion designer Anton Woll Söder in collaboration with CypherAudio. Söder shares that the animation began as an exercise to learn more about VFX software Houdini and slowly evolved into the clip you see here. In recent years, the rapid evolution of PCs and the development of software like Houdini and Cinema 4D has created new possibilities for intricate particle-based animations. More



Design

Drippy Calligraphy Experiments by Seb Lester

Drippy Calligraphy Experiments by Seb Lester

Feb.13.17

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Christopher

A video posted by Seb Lester (@seblester) on Oct 7, 2016 at 5:18am PDT

Calligraphy master Seb Lester (previously) has been sharing quick videos of watery handwriting experiments on his Instagram account. Each word or phrase begins with a scribble of water or an array of droplets to which he then uses a dropper to apply color. Seen here are some highlights but it hardly even scratches the surface. More



Amazing

A Captivating Film About People Working Through the Fear of Jumping from a Ten Meter High Dive

A Captivating Film About People Working Through the Fear of Jumping from a Ten Meter High Dive

Feb.1.17

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Christopher

In this documentary short titled Ten Meter Tower, Swedish filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson paid 67 people $30 to climb to the top of a ten meter (33 foot) high dive for the very first time all while being filmed. Would they decide to jump? Would they be too scared? The resulting footage is surprisingly riveting as people slowly come to terms with their fears and make a decision. It’s one thing to admit defeat in private, but adding the cameras must add a near insurmountable amount of pressure. More



Animation Art History

Full Trailer for ‘Loving Vincent,’ a Feature-Length Film Animated by 62,450 Oil Paintings

Full Trailer for ‘Loving Vincent,’ a Feature-Length Film Animated by 62,450 Oil Paintings

Jan.20.17

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Kate

The full trailer for Loving Vincent (previously here and here), a film examining the life of Vincent van Gogh, has finally been released after nearly six years of creative development. Each of the 62,450 frames for the feature-length film were hand-painted by 115 professional oil painters, and will integrate 94 of Van Gogh’s paintings into the animation. First captured as a live action film, the final oil paintings replicate each shot, recreating the entire film frame-by-frame. More

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