Typographic Lesson Plan

“Typography is known for two-dimensional architecture & requires extra zeal within every…


While EVOL might not have the same recognition as an artist like Banksy, he wields the stencil with just…

Jon Contino

Submitted by on November 9, 2010 Art

This hyper-patriotic gig poster makes Bioshock Infinite’s Columbia look like Red Square.  It’s got everything: eagles, arrows, both stars and stripes, the Illuminati, and like 11 different fonts!

I’ve got a soft spot for hand-drawn type, and Jon Contino really nails it in his work. The roughness and imperfection of the letters really sells these turn of the century styled designs.


General Motors Futurliner Bus

Submitted by on November 8, 2010 Design

There may well be nothing more interesting than gazing at old attempts to reach into the new. So telling, so bold, so brutally dated. No matter what the era, something about retro-futuristic aesthetics make them seem almost bursting with the character, and especially the weaknesses, of the people from that time. Atoms on the hubcaps… it all seemed like such a good idea then. Fools!

So, while this Futurliner Bus probably misses the mark on most every aspect  of quality and performance and safety that I’ve come to expect from a modern road vehicle, it’s nailing me on charm. Why is that? Well, cards on the the table, it’s reminding me of both the Nuka Cola truck from Fallout 3, and this tasty piece of concept art from project Van Buren, the Fallout 3 that never was.

At any rate, I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out what a Futurliner bus looks like while in robot-form.


Spiders on Drugs

Submitted by on November 8, 2010 Art

A while back, someone at NASA came up with a crazy experiment to test the toxicity of drugs; give them to spiders and see what kind of webs they spin. I guess the idea was that the more toxic the drug, the more deformed the web would be. The results are a bit surprising, with caffeine, one of the most commonly ingested drugs, yielding one of the most disturbed web structures.  But this is all old news.

Fast forward 15 years, and this dude (Guillaume Le Houx), made bowls out of them. No, not that kind of bowl.

Now I’m just going out on a limb here, but a vessel that is 90% empty space is going to have a hard time holding things, which just happens to be a bowl’s primary function. The results are pretty cool looking, but unfortunately they’re just concepts for now.

If you’re looking for some more scientific reading here’s the NASA article.


Georges Rousse

Submitted by on November 5, 2010 Art

There’s been a lot of anamorphic art circulating lately, and impressive as it is, the process is usually pretty simple.  A fixed viewpoint is established, and paint or materials are added to the scene until the illusion is complete.  This picture by Georges Rousse is the first time I’ve seen someone do the opposite, which is to say actually subtract material from an existing structure.  The result, while structurally unsound, is far more impressive.

More of Rousse’s work at butdoesitfloat and today and tomorrow.


The Dark Lens

Submitted by on November 4, 2010 Photography
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Not since the Back to the Future II have I wanted something to be true so badly, but despite how legitimate this photo may appear, X-wings are not real… yet.  French photographer Cédric Delsaux is doing a damn good job getting my hopes up with his project the Dark Lens.  It’s a series of photographs that juxtaposes iconic and fantastical characters and vehicles of the Star Wars saga against the only slightly less fantastical backdrop of a burgeoning Dubai.

And it is awesome.  More photos and after the jump.

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Minimalist Back to the Future

Submitted by on November 2, 2010 Design

Will we ever get tired of minimalist movie poster remakes?  Not as long as people like Jamie Bolton continue to produce exceptional posters like these.  Coming up with a simple but recognizable design for a poster is one thing, but to have it apply so elegantly to all three posters in the series is what really sets these apart.

The dots represent the various temporal destinations in the movies.  From left to right we have 1885, 1955, 1985, and 2015, with the fifth, lower dot representing the alternate 1985 where Biff Tannen rules Hill Valley.

You can buy these posters and more via his online store.

VIA: @ManMadeMoon    

Danny Kuo – Staircase

Submitted by on November 1, 2010 Art

Danny Kuo has come up with a brilliant idea to turn vertical space into storage space. His staircase shelving unit is part cuiro, part step stool, allowing you to access the top shelves easily, and without the need for those cumbersome, rolling library ladders.

A sleek, staggered shelving unit like this would be a welcome addition to my pad even if you couldn’t climb on it; being able to scale your cabinets like King Kong is just icing on the cake.

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Submitted by on October 29, 2010 Art

A truly epic homage to 80s cartoon intros by animator Will Goodan aka the Prime.  I guess that explains the “Primetime, all the time” slogan at the end of the video.  Now if only I could explain everything else.

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