1028 posts tagged Design
1028 posts tagged Design
Cthulhu fhtagn and oh boy, that sure is some swell cosmic dread!
This dreadfully awesome mash-up of Mickey Mouse and our embodiment of ancient cosmic evil, aka Mickthulhu Mouse, is the work of BeastPop, Hickory, NC-based freelance artist and conduit of ancient evil (previously featured here).
"Hiya, folks! In a clever scheme to better equip humanity to embrace and serve the Elder Gods, an adorable mascot was created to represent the great cosmic entity Cthulhu and sell heaps of merchandise."
It’s been over a year since we last made an addition to our virtual collection of Awesome Swiss Army Knives. This magnificently shiny, outrageously over-equipped multitool is called the Norfolk Knife. It was created by the Sheffield, England-based company Joseph Rodgers & Sons Ltd for The Great Exhibition of 1851, one of the first World’s Fair exhibitions, which took place in London.
Joseph Rodgers & Sons spent two years making this amazing tool. The Norfolk Knife, named after the Norfolk Street location of the company’s factory in Sheffield, measures 34 in. long and 22 in. wide. It features 75 blades which were adorned with etchings of Queen Victoria, Chatsworth House and The White House, amongst others. It’s currently on display in its hometown of Sheffield at Cutlers’ Hall.
Folks must’ve had some really big pockets in the 1850s.
Just in time for Halloween, we’re happy to introduce our new Eagle Mask and Eagle Talons. The Eagle Mask is perfect for everyday use freaking people out, but it’s also great at political events. Someone shook hands with the president wearing a Horse Mask, imagine shaking talons with the president wearing an Eagle Mask.
America’s Got Talons!
"That’s no moon. It’s a space station."
We can’t decide what makes this stellar Star Wars-related cosplay more awesome: the phenomenal handmade Death Star Gown itself or the fact that it’s been accessorized with a Star Destroyer purse equipped to play Star Wars sound effects.
According to her husband Lady Death Star spent over 100 hours working on her spectacular gown. Everything was made by hand with the minor exceptions of the rank badge and the tin detail on her hat. The illuminated skirt weighs over 20 pounds. 10 pounds of that weight comes from the steel hoops that give the skirt its shape. There are also 12 D batteries powering 300 LED lights, and two skirts - an underskirt containing the steel hoops and the Death Star top skirt featuring roughly 900 foam tiles.
Visit Lady Death Star’s project blog for lots of process photos and to learn about how this fantastic gown was made.
Berlin, Germany-based fine art photographer and psychologist Markus Studtmann takes striking architectural photos that he later digitally deconstructs and recomposes to create awesome architectural illusions. He describes this process as Painting with Light:
"Although light and colors are captured with the camera, they were afterwards repainted in the digital darkroom in order to fit the artist’s vision and impressions. This results in unique images which extend beyond the realm of the camera and often resemble paintings or graphics."
Head over to Markus Studtmann’s 500px page to check out more of his dramatic and surreal cityscapes.
"To chap, or not to chap - that is the question…"
A question you can answer with our Shakespearean Lip Balm Set! You get Hamlet (with bonus piece of Yorick), Shakespeare and Macbeth (or as we call it: the Scottish balm). They are ready to make your mouth as moist as Desdemona’s hand in Act 3, Scene 4 of Othello.
Japan is relentless in their efforts to incapacitate us with outrageously cute and singularly odd creations. First there were the Banana Bird capsule toys, then came the Bread dogs, and now - while we were already reaching for the smelling salts because of the previous two - they’ve gone and created Gashapon toy versions of the real-life sushi cats (“Neko-Sushi”) that we featured here last year.
Such an awesomely powerful combination of weird and cute may cause a disturbance in the Force. They’re certainly making it difficult for us to think about pretty much anything else. Although we are also suddenly craving sushi for lunch…
Head over to RocketNews24 for additional photos.
This awesomely freaky Face Bank is one of those things you may want to put away or at least turn to face it away from you at night before you turn out the lights and go to sleep. It’s a battery-powered robotic coin-eating bank whose creepy face eagerly gobbles up your coins, but probably plans to start feasting on your soul as soon as you’ve run out of change.
"It’s hard to resist saving your change with this unique piggy bank. Wave some money in front of his face to hear his stomach grumble. Put a coin in his mouth and he’ll noisily gobble up it up, thanking you with a loud burp."
The nightmarish Face Bank comes in original size, “Big Size”, textured, and Face Bank 2, which features a large nose instead of eyes. No matter which version you own, we’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the bank may try to bite off your fingers the moment you decide to retrieve your saved coins.
[via Laughing Squid]
Lithuanian artist and craftsman Vainius Kubilius transforms coconut shells into radiant jewels that cast dazzling patterns of light and shadow in every direction. Kubilius’ awesome handmade lamps are called Nymphs and each one is unique. Made of coconut, cork and suede, they have a wonderfully organic feel.
To create his illuminated coconuts, Kubilius carefully shaves and waxes each hollowed out shell. Then comes the painstaking process of drilling thousands of holes in intricate patterns, much like the amazing eggshell art we’ve featured here in the past. The lamp stands are wrapped in layers of suede and varnished cork.
Kubilius makes each lamp by hand in Vilnius, Lithuania, but something tells us that if you found the right map hidden in the false bottom of an old trunk at that one flea market, it might lead you to the secret grove where these radiant creatures grow. And when you aren’t looking they communicate with each other by intertwining their bodies and moving their coconut shell heads to alter the patterns and intensity of light and shadow. It’s just a hunch.
[via Bored Panda]
Looking for a gift for a friend who has been depressed or unmotivated? Give them the Emergency Self-Esteem Kit. That’s right, nothing makes grumps happy faster than attention and gifts! This kit contains everything you need to rebuild a damaged psyche including a trophy you can give yourself, stickers, a book of affirmations and gold stars. You probably feel better just reading about it.