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Planetary anatomy study turns to oozing lollipop art

German design studio FOREAL has created something they call a ‘planetary anatomy study.’ The project started out as illustrations for a book about planets for publisher Dorling Kindersley, but morphed into a surreal artistic assessment of the solar system created by virtual 3D modeling. FOREAL’s imaginative model of the solar system is intensely colored. The planets pop and ooze like giant lollipops with syrup centers. Simon and Schuster don’t claim that their model is realistic, but then again, do we really know what the inside of Jupiter looks like? We do now. Source Lees verder

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This black and white animation will move you without any dialogue

Oftentimes, short films are powerful enough to move us despite their brevity. Woody is the latest film that will touch your heart in mere ten minutes. Filmmaker Stuart Bowen spent nearly two years making the film, the story of which surrounds a wooden mannequin and his desire to play the piano. However, he lacks fingers! Without any color or dialogue, Woody manages to steal the audience away with its lighting, set design, and the clearly intricate animation techniques employed by Bowen. Check it out below, and be sure to watch the “making of” video after that. If you’d like to learn more, click here! Click here to view the embedded video. Click here to view the embedded video. Source Lees verder

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Evocative artwork combines flowers, human anatomy, and embroidery

Just when you thought embroidered artwork couldn’t get any more beautiful. Adelaide, Australia-based creative, InherentlyRandom, merges embroidery with anatomy, along with a layer of floral art in their fantastic circular frames. From skulls and bones to rib cages and eye sockets, the fabric illustrations are given visually-pleasing with pops of color in the form of vibrant flowers and leaves. The Etsy shop touts, “Stitches your nanna would tell you off for,” and that’s about right! Check out some of the illustrations below and find more on Etsy. Source Lees verder

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An illustrator’s love of swimming results in a book

With the arrival of the warmer months, the public’s attention turns towards the pools, lakes, oceans and other swimming holes. In a timely celebration of this favorite summer pastime, Portland based illustrator Lisa Congdon has released a book called The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water. The book is a collection of illustrations, hand-lettered inspirational quotations, profiles of swimmers, collections of ephemera such as vintage swimming gear, and hand-drawn infographics. In telling the story of how she took up swimming, Congdon said, “I took to swimming like I took to eating: with a sort of relaxed devotion, as if it was my birthright to be in a swimsuit in 80-degree air next to a pool at all times.” Noting that the practice of swimming has carried her through breakups and heartache, the book contains some meaningful quotes such as this one by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Source Lees verder

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The most accurate and realistic moon lamp ever

If you’re fascinated by everything and anything related to the Moon, then this creative lamp by Oscar Lhermitte is calling your name. The product designer created the neat little lamp called “MOON” in collaboration with design studio Kudu. Sitting in at a 1:20 million scale, the globe was measured precisely using data obtained from NASA right down to every little crater. A round light, mimicking the sun, rotates around the MOON creating realistic shadows atop the surface. You can choose from three settings and position the Moon wherever you want. Interestingly, MOON’s computer system has the same amount of memory as the computers aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Check it out below, and learn more about the project on MOON’s Kickstarter page. Source Lees verder

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Strange figures from dreams pose against desolate backgrounds

Synchrodogs is the collective name of a Ukrainian photography duo who create shockingly surreal images by pairing landscape with altered figures. Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven are the artists behind the work and their series ‘Reverie Sleep’ is one of their most powerful. It digs into the subconscious, extracting imagery directly from dreams and recreating it against a bleak Icelandic setting. “[Reverie Sleep] deals with the stage of Non Rapid Eye Movement sleep, during which some people may experience hypnagogic hallucinations caused by [the] natural process of falling asleep. Experimenting with those lucid dreaming techniques, [Synchrodogs] woke themselves up in the middle of the night to make a note of what they had just seen, gathering their dreams to be staged afterwards.” Find more of the Synchrodogs’ work on their website. Source Lees verder

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Incredible flip books that will take you on illusionary adventures

Flip books are childhood treasures, bringing the power of animation to the hands of the lesser-skilled, inspiring DIY creativity and providing hours of entertainment. The books are typically pretty simple line drawings, but these incredible ones by Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo bring unimaginable detail to the rudimentary animation medium. The books below show engaging use of negative space, falling down holes, morphing monsters, and even use real objects like a Christmas bell. They are available in London at the Hyper Japan Shop or on Amazon. Click here to view the embedded video. Source Lees verder

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Harvesting water in the desert

The Warka water project is one of the three finalists for the World Design Impact Prize 2015-2016. It’s meant to provide up to 100 liters of safe drinking water a day for rural populations, collecting rain, fog, and dew water. The harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by species that collect water from the air, and survive in hostile environment. It’s constructed with local and biodegradable materials. The pilot project is running in Dorze, Ethiopia, where it is meant to provide shade and act as a meeting point for the community. The project includes planting a genuine Warka Tree, which is a giant wild fig tree native to Ethiopia, in order to help to reforest and restore the ecosystem. Follow the finalists and find out which one will be the winner on March 18th, at the International Design Gala of the World Design Capital® Taipei 2016. Source Lees verder

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