​How Autodesk's Experimental Lab Gave Us an Odd Little Star Wars Movie

The long rectangles of San Francisco's famous piers gave the city a blocky, geometric border with the Bay over a century ago. Now these abandoned remnants of the Barbary Coast are being rejuvenated by companies like software giant Autodesk, whose Pier 9 Workshop is so experimental that it feels like science fiction. » 3/30/15 10:00am Monday 10:00am

Why Millions of Grownups Are Buying These Coloring Books For Adults

Amazon's Top 100 book list changes hourly, but there are a few mainstays right now: All the Light We Cannot See, of course, and the unreleased Go Set a Watchman. Oh, and two coloring books for grownups. » 3/27/15 1:00pm Friday 1:00pm

A Hanging Garden That Floats Through Space to Meet Your Nose

Gardens are beautiful and all but they're almost always inconveniently located on the ground. Instead of stooping to smell the roses, this garden comes to you: A suspended, living arrangement of 2,300 flowers which rises and fall around viewers as they move through the space. » 3/27/15 10:40am Friday 10:40am

Cutting Trees From Newspapers Is The Height Of Irony

Newspaper writers always joke about how their industry is all about selling dead trees. Well, one artist decided to flip that around, making dead trees emerge from newspapers. » 3/27/15 2:30am Friday 2:30am

Watch more cute monster animation drawings get inserted into daily life

I just love the fake cartoon reality that augmented reality artist Marty Cooper creates within our world because his character drawings pack so much personality that I just want them to be real. Here he is with part three in his Aug(de)mented Reality series, which splices crazy cute monster drawings into normal… » 3/24/15 10:30pm 3/24/15 10:30pm

This Woodcut from 19th Century Japan Reveals Deep LOLcat History

This video is an animation based on a Japanese woodcut called "Popular Hotspring Spa (of Cats)." It's from 1880, but artist Utagawa Yoshifuji's imaginary world of spa cats looks like something that's unfolding at the intersection of LOLcat and internetville. » 3/23/15 1:20am 3/23/15 1:20am

These Structurally Absurd Homes Look Straight Out of Harry Potter


If you're a Potter fan who would've liked to see more impossible, Burrow-like homes in the movies, then you'll love the fantasy world of German designer Matthias Jung, whose surreal houses look like they ought to be kept hidden from our Muggle eyes. » 3/21/15 1:00pm 3/21/15 1:00pm

5 Unsettling Works of Encryption Art

Encryption is the process of encoding a message, and today we have incredibly sophisticated software and algorithms that make our encrypted messages almost impossible to decode. But how does it work? These art projects answer that question by exploring how encryption has become part of daily lives. » 3/19/15 3:15pm 3/19/15 3:15pm

These Portraits Are Drawn Only With Eye-Tracking Software

Graham Fink is an artist with an incredible ability to concentrate. He must be: he manages to draw images like these by subtly shifting his gaze around a screen, recording those movements using eye-tracking software. » 3/19/15 6:30am 3/19/15 6:30am

These Mega-Cruise Ships Look Like Small Cities From the Air 

The stacks and stacks of cabin windows make today's ocean liners look gargantuan enough from the shore. But the view from directly above gigantic cruise ships is even more startling. » 3/18/15 8:00pm 3/18/15 8:00pm

5 Theories About the Greatest Unsolved Art Heist Ever

On March 18, 1990, two police officers—or so they seemed—walked into a Boston museum and left with $500 million worth of paintings. They have never been found. » 3/18/15 1:53pm 3/18/15 1:53pm

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

If you grew up in the suburbs, you know the windy labyrinth of roads and driveways all too well. In these digital drawings, artist Ross Racine has constructed visions of a world where housing tracts truly know no bounds. » 3/18/15 12:00pm 3/18/15 12:00pm

Gorgeous silk lamps bloom like flowers when you turn them on

Studio DRIFT made these lovely lamps that feel alive because they've been designed to bloom like a flower. It's a beautiful idea that's even more gorgeous when you see it happen, I would love to walk into my living room and have these ethereal lights dance for me as they descend and shine up the room. » 3/18/15 12:33am 3/18/15 12:33am

The completely fascinating and rare art of hand drawing puzzles

This is Robert Kirtley and this is his workshop. Watch him artfully draw puzzles and manufactures puzzle die masters all by hand. It's such a fascinating process to see and a skill that has grown increasingly rare in the world of puzzles. In fact, there are only a few other people in the entire world who hand draw… » 3/16/15 7:25pm 3/16/15 7:25pm

I Saw the Future at New York's Uncanny Smithsonian Museum

It's weird to see a working Nest thermostat on display at a Smithsonian museum in Manhattan. It's even weirder to tinker with the gadget, pushing buttons and changing settings. But touching and tinkering with technology is the Cooper Hewitt future museum's specialty. » 3/12/15 10:00am 3/12/15 10:00am

The stunning view a computer sees when you dance

We're just faceless shapes made of dots and lines and nodes to a computer. And that's kind of awesome. This experimental project by Maria Takeuchi uses Microsoft Kinect to capture the motion data of a dancer and then rebuilds those movements into a stunning dancing body made of dots and lines and nodes. » 3/10/15 9:37pm 3/10/15 9:37pm

New Printing Tech Allows the Blind to Touch Priceless Paintings

Walking into a museum and putting your hands on a priceless painting is normally, uh, frowned upon. But in Madrid right now, an unusual exhibit is inviting visitors to touch some of the most famous paintings in the world—so that the visually impaired can experience them, too. » 3/10/15 6:45pm 3/10/15 6:45pm

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Windows 93: The Most Fun You'll Ever Have With an Operating System

A few months ago, a pair of French hackers teased a new project called Windows 93. It was a wonderfully weird web-based operating system, some sort of spoof on Windows 95, packed to the gills with insidery internet jokes. And late last night, the digital artists released the full version. It's still wonderfully… » 3/06/15 5:05pm 3/06/15 5:05pm

Perfect Custom Action Figures Based On Classic Atari Video Game Box Art

If there ever was a strong case for a false advertising lawsuit, it would involve the box art that accompanied the countless video games released in the '80s. Rarely did the artwork match the visuals in the actual game, but instead of taking companies like Atari to court, artist Dan Polydoris has turned the characters… » 3/06/15 2:15pm 3/06/15 2:15pm