It must be the increasing nostalgia of being an old man who saw the originals at the theater, but I'm starting to get really excited about the new old school Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, after coming across the allegedly new design for a new TIE fighter, I collected every leaked concept art I could find:
I initially thought this was a photo of a real art installation reflecting on the the objectification of women. It is not. It's a computer generated cutaway of a futuristic sex robot made by French 3D artist Cesar Vonc. After seeing this, I don't think I would be able to get aroused by a sex robot ever become available
The new Batmobile for Batman v Superman is cool, but I wish we could go back to something lighter, less militaristic, and a lot cooler. The Vapour GT by Swedish design firm Gray Design is the car that I would like for a new Batman TV series that is more smart detective work and less brainless action.
The easiest way to troll a pixel-pushing friend is to ensure you exclusively use Comic Sans for every email, message, and homemade birthday card you send them. Graphic designers hate the font, but the rest of the world still seems to enjoy its sense of whimsy, which is what inspired artist Jesse England to hack a…
Behold the island of Alcatraz as re-imagined by film director and concept designer Bastiaan Koch for his near-future thriller Follow the Camera. Instead of a prison, it's now the luxurious fortress-home of Steven, a powerful tech mogul. Given San Francisco's current situation, this is totally believable.
Thomas Pringle is one of my favorite concept illustrators. Some of his stuff—like the landscape with a spaceship taking off above—border on abstract art. The unholy space-age son of Turner and analytical cubism Picasso, if you will. His work excites my eye because my brain has to fill the blanks.
I can't have enough futuristic spaceships and cities—and Dmitry Vishnevsky is pretty good at creating these postcards from places that never were or haven't been yet.
I love Alex Ries' sci-fi illustrations because they feel more close enough to our current reality to be truly believable, like some lost far-future NASA concept mission designs. Even his alien creatures feel biologically plausible.
If you watched the movie, you have seen Daniel Simon's amazing work for Tron Legacy on the big screen. I did too, but I don't get tired of seeing his original concept art and admire his flawless work. A sleek vision of an alternative world that still makes me dream of a far-away future.
Polish design and creative studio Hello Mono made this cool video that shows four decades of Nike shoes evolution. While watching it I found myself trying to spot all the Nike sneakers I ever owned. All of them were from the company's first decade.
Concept designer Al Brady is at it again with some really cool racers with inverted cockpits—they are like flying bikes. Can you imagine yourself piloting one of these things? The sensation of speed in that position would probably cause adrenaline to overflow out of your ears and nostrils.
Anders Lejczak loves airplanes. He's also a great 3D artist capable of capturing every detail of anything from Spitfires to MiGs to F-16s with incredible realism. So realistic, in fact, that I have trouble distinguishing some of these renderings from real photos.
We are used to seeing space settlements in sci-fi illustrations and movies, but these are not realistic. Bryan Versteeg—from Spacehabs—uses scientific principles to develop concepts that can actually happen one day. The Kalpana One Space Settlement is one of them. Bryan has sent us new renders of this awesome place.
It was one of the more subtle changes showcased during yesterday's WWDC keynote: Apple finally ditched its OS typeface Lucida Grande to use Helvetica Neue across the board. Now, at least the OS and iOS systems match. But is Helvetica—which is basically unreadable at small sizes—really a better choice?
I never liked E.T. I must be the only kid in the planet who hated that freaky thing when it came out. But these initial designs by the amazing Rick Baker—the true ancestors of the iconic marooned alien—would have scarred my brain forever. He recently published them in his Twitter account.
I don't like Cadillacs but I'd drive the hell out of this concept by Ondrej Jirec, a Czech student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. If Darth Vader had a car, this would be it (although I'm sure Sark—the villain from the original Tron—would drive one too.)
Romanian concept designer Alex Ichim is one of the long list of artists that make me jealous of the people who will be born five thousand years from now. I just want to get into a hangar and see one of the massive beasts he designs in real life.
John Berkey is one of the classic painters of the golden era of science fiction. He did some of the original Star Wars posters, but this is for me his best work: Gigantic deep space exploration ships, beautiful white galactic liners, and huge space posts orbiting Earth and other planets—all of them mixing elegant…