[Spoilers.] In last night's episode of GoT we were treated to this rather epic shot of Daenarys and Drogon presiding over a defeated army. Since dragons are not large and intimidating enough, Daenarys has placed Drogon up on a hill, to give him that couple of extra feet that make
This looks like a scene from The Lego Movie—if it were rated R for violence. Animator Reto Hochstrasser armed a bunch of Lego figures with pickaxes, machine guns and explosives to give this laptop the business:
How do you even measure such a thing and why would you bother? Machinist Tom Lipton shows how and then explains why it might be useful to know the thickness of various colors and types of ink. Different colors have different thicknesses? That's right—red, blue, and black Sharpie lines are not equally thick.
I dislike wallpaper, but this 1963 film almost makes me like it. It's not the aesthetics that appeal to me but the artistry and craft that go into making the product. Except for reproductions of William Morris designs, I don't suppose much wallpaper is made this way anymore. I particularly
Over the past few weeks, we've been fielding questions from our Core77 audience for a favorite YouTube maker of ours, Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern. Founded in 2013, Uyeda has managed to build up a collection of videos showing anyone how to make simple yet elegant DIY projects. In the
[Spoilers.] HBO typically releases an "inside the episode" video after each episode of "Game of Thrones." These behind-the-scenes vids are typically just a few minutes long. But after Sunday's epic episode, fans were treated to an extra-long behind-the-scenes look at how they created, among other things, the crazy sequences of
Most multitools look like what they are—a bunch of tools cobbled together. Not so much the SOG Baton series multitools. Sleek and minimalist, they don't look like tools until you open them up. None of them have the macho aesthetic favored by Rambo; they're designed for the person who
Like most city residents, Munich-based businessman Benjamin David dislikes being stuck in traffic. And while swimming is technically not allowed in Munich's Isar River, outside-the-box-thinking David tried it one day, and found that he could paddle to work faster than his car would get him there. Now he jumps in
The folks over at Donut Media did a great job of breaking down an important part of recent auto design history: How the Boxster saved Porsche from near disaster. I remember when the Boxster first came out but had no idea how dire things looked for Porsche at the time.
Here's a fascinating look inside Chevrolet's research facilities circa 1936. This is an era when the shapes of cars came from pencils wielded by designers operating on intuition, not market research or computer simulations. In order to promote their design savvy, General Motors and Chevy developed a rather interesting
I've always thought of FoamCore like sheetrock: If you score it you can get it to curve on one axis, but never two. Well, I've just been proven wrong. Here in Part 3 of his FoamCore modelmaking tutorial series, industrial designer Eric Strebel demonstrates his clever technique for creating compound
As per usual, last night's episode of "Game of Thrones" was so visually dark that you couldn't see how much work the set designers put in. An example: Here's another. It's so dark in this scene that you can't even tell there's a guard standing behind Jon Snow and Ser
Most of you have heard of SIGGRAPH, but if you haven't it's "the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques." This year's conference starts at the end of the month, and this teaser video shows you some of the astonishing CG advancements that
For a concept shoot in Bali, surfing rag Stab Magazine towed a floating dock out to where the waves break, then set Volcom's surfing team loose. Here's what happened, and it looks as fun as it does dangerous: The Dock from STAB on Vimeo.
It's never too late to organize your stuff. Last year I put my tools and machines in storage while remodeling my shop. When I brought them back, I reorganized the way they were stored. My only regret is that I didn't consult John Sanders' videos before organizing the contents of
Mark Rober, the ex-NASA-engineer behind that giant Nerf gun, is again scaling up a toy firearm designed for children. Rober teamed up with Bob Clagett to create a giant-sized Supersoaker that practically has the capabilities of a waterjet cutter: You reckon Rober got the idea after seeing this scene in
Renowned Canadian maker Mathias Wandel shot this video of his friend Andy's homemade dump truck. Andy built it as an alternative to using ATVs to deliver supplies to tree planters working in rough terrain. It did not end up being used for that purpose because no insurance company would
Italian safety equipment manufacturer Univet just received a 2017 Red Dot Award for its augmented reality safety glasses. The glasses integrate Sony's "holographic waveguide technology" into eye protection that allows wearers to view real time data without looking up from what they are doing. A monocular projection system displays data
German hand tool company Wiha recently received a 2017 Red Dot Award for its Ultra Driver 26-in-1 multi-bit driver. As with many such tools, the bits store in the handle. But instead of accessing them by unscrewing a cap, bits pop out with the push of a button. Pressing a
We're excited for the upcoming "Valerian" movie (which inspired "Star Wars" with little credit ever attributed). The official title of the movie is "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," and in this eye-catching teaser footage, we get a look at said city, called Alpha, and an explanation of
Rasps are not the first tools that come to mind when we think about woodworking. And yet, they are just the thing for shaping curves too tight to be cut with a spoke shave, too irregular to be routed, or where the grain is too squirrelly to be easily carved.
Industrial designer Eric Strebel's got a new series, this one on working a ubiquitous mock-up material for ID'ers and architects: FoamCore (or "FoamBoard" for those outside the U.S.). Here he shows you how to move beyond the primitive techniques you used at design school and up your game a bit:
This should be required viewing for all industrial design students. The story starts off with the history of the modern pen which, fascinatingly, was prompted by spilled ink ruining a contract. What follows is a tale of clever design, mastery of materials, ergonomic considerations and above all, business savvy.
Jerry Miculek is a professional competition shooter who holds world records for speed and accuracy. To create the latest video for his well-trafficked YouTube channel (510,000-plus subscribers), he commissioned an impressive-looking replica of Captain America's shield. Miculek went with titanium since the "vibranium" it's made from in the comic books is of course fictional. Then he decided to test it out with live fire:
When Henry the 8th played tennis the balls, he used were leather with hair or wool sewn inside. It was not until the late 19th century that tennis balls reached their modern form—pressurized rubber with a felt cover. By 1961, tennis balls were produced in factories using methods that are
Here in another great episode of "Let's Talk About Design," natural-born designer Chris Salomone tackles a tough one: A reader sends in a design for a dining table co-designed by he and his spouse, and the results are hackneyed. Salomone gives it a once-over, then starts adding his proposed changes
I've read a number of stories about the 100-year-old giant sequoia that was recently moved to a new location in Boise, Idaho. Without exception, they concentrate on the most dramatic, but to me the least interesting part—the tree being moved on rollers. Don't get me wrong; moving giant objects is
Three years ago we covered ThyssenKrupp's development of an elevator that could go up, down and sideways. Elevator lines in the future, we wrote, would look less like a series of shafts and more like Pac-Man. Tom Scott was lucky enough to gain admittance to ThyssenKrupp's towering elevator testing facility,
More proof that there's always room for design improvements, even in the most established of objects. The humble doorknob hasn't changed much since its invention, with the exception of lever-style knobs that ease operation for those with grip issues. But Brinks Home Security has designed an innovative line of doorknobs
First off, we love that there's a show called "Pingsider" that takes you deep inside the world of ping pong. Secondly, ping pong balls are one of those items that sound deceptively easy to make. But this look inside a factory in China, where table tennis is practically the national
It's always fun to watch someone design out loud. Here Izzy Swan creates a folding table that folds into a storage unit, and he builds it primarily out of plywood scraps. This seems like it'd be useful for college kids or the itinerant, as moving a table is typically a
Yes, this is one of those silly, simple things you see on the internet and think "Man I've gotta try that." YouTuber MicBergsma shows you what he does "when I don't have goggles with me [but want] to see something under the water:"
VR, AR, MR: It seems certain our future will be filled with [something]-reality, and my guess is that augmented reality will have the most practical applications. In the service of pure art, however, creative studio Theoriz is pushing the boundaries of MR, or mixed reality, by combining VR tracking technologies
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