Amazing optical illusion and Spirograph

UntitledPhil "Bad Astronomy" Plait deconstructs Brusspup's "Crazy Circle Illusion" and ties it to the wonderful classic art/science/toy Spirograph.

Icons of animals in space

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Wonderful illustrations of "Animal Space Travellers" by Budapest designer/artist Norbert Mayer. (via Ariel Waldman)

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Sign Painters: book and documentary

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Sign Painters looks to be a fascinating book and documentary about the traditional art and craft of hand-drawn signage that is being lost to digital prints and die-cut vinyl. The film is playing at venues around the US right now, including this Sunday (7/27) at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas!

Alien Autopsy: William Barker on Schwa, two decades later

Twenty years ago, William Barker’s Schwa artwork revealed a world of alien abductions, stick figure insanity, conspiratorial crazy, and a hyper-branded surveillance state. It’s now more relevant than ever.

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Cop suspended after threatening to "knock out" bystander during arrest

A police officer in Staffordshire, England, was suspended from duty this week after threatening a bystander during an arrest.

The Stoke Sentinel reports that cops were dealing with a rowdy group of late-night revelers in the city of Hanley. When a woman began filming the arrest of her boyfriend, however, she was approached by a bobby and "verbally abused."

Video footage shows an officer saying "Do that to me again and I will knock you out." It's not clear what she had done, though the officer seems to suggest a punch was thrown his way--or why being knocked out would be an appropriate response to it.

"I'm not knocking the police and the policeman we first spoke to was really nice," the 22-year old filmer told a reporter. "After this all happened he spoke to us and he was really calm. But I don't know where that one particular guy came from and I don't know why he threatened me."

Wikipedia's redesign prototype

Ed writes, "You know how every now and then a design studio releases a proposal for a redesign of Wikipedia? (there's a Wikipedia page listing them, of course)"

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AIGA symbols tees and mugs

Alexandre writes, "The first set of 34 AIGA symbols was published in 1974, and received a Presidential Design Award; 16 more symbols were added in 1979."

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Scarab beetle armoire


Designer Janis Straupe created the BUG armoire for True Latvia. I love the way the neatly fitted boards look like a blown-up grain, making the whole thing seem like a scarab under a magnifying lens. The piece is also extremely beautiful when it is partially opened, each set of doors making it seem more like a fantasy jewel box blown up to a delightful, comic scale. And check out the detail shots for the incredible skill and thoughtfulness that went into the interior compartments!

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Where does the Apple 'command' icon come from? Would you believe... a Swedish castle?

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At Tested, exploring the origins of a keyboard symbol familiar to Apple computer users. Turns out it traces back to Borgholm castle in Sweden. In Sweden, the shape of the castle became a symbol used in street signs to indicate a point of interest or attraction. [via Buffer]

Toilet paper wedding dress

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Susan Brennan won the $10,000 first prize in a toilet paper wedding dress contest where the entire garment had to be constructed only from toilet paper, glue, and tape (or it can be sewn).

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Dream Cars: the lost wonders of the automotive age


Dream Cars, an exhibition at Atlanta's High Museum, features the most amazing, doomed, gorgeous automotive designs of the automotive age. Streamlined or blobby, three-wheeled or magnificently finned, these are the cars that leapt off the cover of popular science pulps and into the showrooms, where they died an obscure death. The museum's site has some beautiful photos and curatorial notes on each of the cars in the exhibition, which runs to Sept 7.

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Museum of patent models

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The Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum in Cazenovia, New York is the world's largest publicly-viewable private collection of models made as part of patent applications. The museum's new book, Inventing a Better Mousetrap, is due out later this year.

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Photographer Nick Meek's gorgeous flower petal volcano explosions

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Photographer Nick Meek produced the video and images shown here as part of a promotional campaign for Sony's new 4K televisions, through the McCann global ad firm. From DesignBoom:

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Inside the design of 3D printed back-braces and fairings

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Joris writes, "I did an interview with Scott Summit who designs beautiful 3D printed fairings and back braces. 3D printing lets the customer customize them and makes the orthopedic implant become much more a part of themselves and their lives."

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Cool gallery of vintage Japanese movie posters

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Over at 50 Watts, a must-follow tumblr (and everything else), a splendid collection of 30 Japanese movie posters from the 1930s to the 1970s.

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