We've made it through another week, which means it's time for a reward. From accidental art on the iPad to handsomely restored vintage speakers, we have plenty of beautiful things for you to ogle at this week.

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Plug Into These Revived Vintage Speakers, Or Just Ogle Their Beauty

Camera-lovers aren't the only ones who get to fawn over retro design nowadays. German company Soundpauli has made a racket of taking vintage speakers and restoring them to their former glory. They're stunning.


Arbitrary iPad Swipes and Taps Make Accidental Art

When you check your email, when you play Temple Run, when you're selecting a song to listen to, you're making art. You just don't know it. In a series called Invisible Hieroglyphics, artists Andre Woolery and Victor AbiJaoudi highlight those hidden masterpieces you don't even mean to make.


This Trumpet Blasts Solos Made of Glass

A glassblower's weapon of choice has been a simple blowpipe over 2,000 years now. It's a tried and true device. But that doesn't mean there's no room to jazz it up a little, and that's exactly what "Strange Symphony" does.


Own a Piece of Design History With Braun's Re-Released ET66 Calc

If Braun's ET66 calculator looks oddly familiar, like you've used it before, you probably have. Originally released in 1987, the ET66 shed the sliding switches of its predecessors, the ET22 released in 1976 and the ET44 released in 1978, and became an icon of product design. So much so that the iPhone's original…


Devoted Carpenter Has Spent His Whole Life Crafting Wooden Boats

Watching carpenter Andy Stewart wield chisels and mallets and planks in the service of boats will make you ache with sadness for the lost craft. But then you hear Stewart talk, and you realize that he's not some sap that history left behind—he's a genius.


Why the Factories of the Future Could Be Imperfect Circles

These days, most of us expect the things we buy online to arrive within a day or two. After all, why does ecommerce exist, if not to deliver a horsehead mask to my doorstep within 24 hours?


Gizmodo's Transformers Trip: How They're Made,Where They Come From

Recently, Gizmodo had a chance to go out to the Transformers HQ at Hasbro's home office outside of Providence, Rhode Island. We got to see how the classic toys are designed from the ground up, as well as the workshop where early prototypes for all of Hasbro's toys are put together. It was a pretty great time.


Form(s) vs Function: Making Official Docs Look Better—And Work Harder

A crop of newly reimagined government forms beautify and clarify the documents that define us (as far as the government is concerned, at least). But should we be thinking harder about how these forms function, alongside how they look?


This Pristine Coffee Grinder Looks Like a Jet Engine

A quality grinder is an essential tool in making good coffee or espresso, but they're often known more for their utility than their beauty. The HG-One though, is a different beast. Its sleek beauty will make you forget how much cranking is involved.


Is Molten Light Oozing Out Of The Abyss?

If ever there was something bubbling out of the primordial ooze it's these little pools of light. There's something that's just gloopy and compelling about them. This is KIHOU, a series produced by tangent, a London/Tokyo design studio.