It's that time of the year when nerds start overanalyzing the latest "Star Wars" movie. But designer Isaac Botkin recently went back to the previous film, "Rogue One," and asked himself a practical question: From a structural standpoint, how would one construct a Death Star? I.e., in what sequence would
"Star Wars" fans are pretty divided on "The Last Jedi," which for the record I thought was pretty good. But here are some things that jumped out at me about the movie: - Why is Laura Dern's character, a freaking Vice Admiral leading a rebellion that's about to be snuffed
'Tis the season for Disney space operas, and while doing relevant "research" I discovered this vitally useful how-to for a gingerbread AT-AT. While considerably smaller than the homemade AT-ATC from earlier this month, this one is better for most budgets and attention spans and you can eat it. Plus it
Colin Furze can't be stopped. UK's nutty "just a plumber" maker has outdone us all and himself with his newest building project, and this time it's more kid friendly than a hoverbike. Anyone sane who's watched Star Wars has imagined riding in an AT-AT. They're skyscraper sized robot elephants that
Whenever someone's referred to as the "architect of destruction" of a particular thing, that person is rarely an actual architect. Except, of course, in the case of the Death Star's architect; last year we heard him mount an impassioned defense of his design for that ill-advised exhaust port. Now for
Clint Case is a leatherworker, woodworker, DIY'er and a dad. He's also a fan of The Empire Strikes Back, and made his son this fantastic costume for Halloween: The Instagram caption below reveals what it's made out of, and that Case started on it in June: No word
Oh, to be a designer for Bandai. Can you imagine being given this assignment? The Japanese toymaker has designed a toothpick dispenser shaped like Darth Vader, complete with billowing cape. Press the button and he reaches into his cape, pulls out a toothpick and hands it to you:
As industrial designers, we are responsible for creating physical things and environments. Our expertise in this area necessarily comes at the expense of any mastery of engineering or technology. This puts us in an unusual position when viewing futuristic concepts: If someone shows us a Star Wars spaceship, for instance,
We've seen amazing things from Corridor Digital before, but they've certainly just topped themselves. Yesterday the tiny production house released the following video, revealing that a small group of talented, driven creatives can produce a spectacle rivaling any Hollywood studio's capabilities. Shot using a combination of drones, practical effects, VFX
"May the 4th be with you." Over the years this silly pun has effectively turned today's date into the unofficial Star Wars day, and this year Frank Howarth celebrates it as only he can: By turning a sort of eco-friendly, bamboo plywood version of the Death Star on his lathe.
"The holidays have never known the power of the dark side...until now." This is brought to you by Corridor Digital, the folks behind the "Superman with a GoPro" video. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!
Most of you know that Darth Vader's helmet was, unlike a motorcycle helmet, comprised of two pieces. Design studies written on the subject indicated that he refused to wear a chin strap, necessitating a two-piece design; were his helmet and facemask only one piece, the opening would have to be
I saw The Force Awakens on Friday, and I can't talk about it. I didn't want to see it so early, but as someone who spends a lot of time on the internet for work, I was already coming across spoilers last week and figured I'd better see it before
Everyone from Family Guy to Robot Chicken, from Saturday Night Live to independent filmmakers have all skewered Star Wars to great comedic effect. Out of the literally hundreds of parodies out there, these are our faves: Shorter Bits:Lando Learns Never to Make a Deal with Darth VaderPrincess Leia Attempts to
When you start to hear the facts about the Star Wars franchise and its marketing effort, it suspiciously begins to sound like the new movie is an elaborate accessory to support its array of branded products: a recent study estimates that the conglomerate will earn over $5 billion within the
We’ve saved Spencer Nugent’s most ID-licious Star Wars illustration for last. Here Nugent shows you not only how to sketch up an X-Wing Fighter, but also how to render it in color—all done on the iPad Pro, using an Apple Pencil and the sexy Procreate program. In Part
As Star Wars anticipation builds to a fever pitch, the impact on the culture simply cannot be understated. Some of it is fun, like the social media memes. While this one here isn't particularly brilliant, the comment beneath it cracked me up: By the way, so clogged are media networks
There's no army on Earth that suits their soldiers in white. But the Imperial Army's Stormtroopers, with their gleaming white suits, are not on Earth. Does that mean they can get away with it? What decisions could have possibly led to such a poor color choice for a military uniform
While Spencer Nugent's ID-Sketching-style Millennium Falcon video was presented in time-lapse, absent any explanation, those of you still learning to sketch might benefit from more detailed instruction. Well, fear not: In the following video, Nugent shoots--and narrates--in real time, providing you with a step-by-step breakdown of his process. Among
Just a couple days to go until Star Wars: Episode VII airs! In the meantime, tide yourself over by watching Spencer Nugent crank out the Millennium Falcon, ID-sketching-style, then digest the hard-hitting facts below: Trivia question: Where in the movie timeline does the version of the Falcon that Nugent drew
It’s always interesting, if a bit alienating, to see the most extreme version of a product category. Who can’t help but turn their head at a Ferrari zipping past, or an AmEx Black Card perched on the edge of a restaurant table? Now joining the ranks of exclusive products few
This cracks me up: Several years ago the publishing house Becker & Mayer, having secured the licensing from Lucasfilm, released a series of Star Wars "manuals" that retailed for $100 each (S.R.P., anyway). Before we get to what's in 'em, let's look at how they're packaged: First off, I'm a
With the new Star Wars trailer already at 69 million hits, the creators knew they'd have to release something special for last week's San Diego Comic-Con, the annual geek gathering that can generate mountains of buzz. Filmmakers typically do this by treating Con-goers to new footage, but director J.J. Abrams
It's been nearly two weeks since I've posted anything Star-Wars-related. Which I realize because one of you sent me this: While it's funny on the surface, I have a hard time reconciling that this is actual riot footage shot in the Ukraine last year; those are real people with real
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We all know that your average, workaday industrial designer's work often goes unsung. The same could be said of the guys who design UI for videogames. And when those games are designed with an efficient UI, literally millions of players work through those games in smooth immersion, never considering the...
Dumb Drum is the name of a group of amateur filmmakers in California. For years they've been making shot-for-shot "sweded"* versions of popular movie trailers--remember fellow filmmaker Dustin McLean doing this with Iron Man 3 last year?--and it's incredibly fun to watch how they simulate millions of dollars worth of...
With all of the hullabaloo over the new lightsaber design, fans may have missed another important detail in the trailer for the new Star Wars movie. First off, most of us know the Millenium Falcon has a round radar dish, as shown above.Fans may also recall that in Return of...
These aren't the designers you're looking forThese aren't the designers you're looking forYou would think the Jedi Order would hire a top-shelf ID firm to design their chief sidearm. Instead, Core77 has learned, Jedi individuals brazenly make them themselves, despite having no design or engineering training whatsoever. According to the...
When George Lucas first spun his neo-mythical space yarn back in the '70s, he probably had no idea how deeply it would weave itself into the marketplace. It was of course the toy rights that made him a rich man, and since those first action figures hit store shelves in...
Yeah, that's not foamcoreFew endeavors in the history of cinema have been as divisive as the Star Wars prequels. Or rather, I can't think of another trilogy that so many people delight in hating. While I dig an epic space opera as much as the next guy, I'm clearly not...
"Did You Hear That?"We're big fans of Star Wars, if you couldn't tell. (See: snowy Star Wars photography, our recent forum discussion on Star Wars design vs. Star Trek design, our breakdown of the opening scene text crawl—the list goes on.) New York artist James Haggerty has created another one...
"Last Ship to Rendezvous Point"When it comes to designs involving LEGO, we're pretty serious. From a prosthetic leg made from the infamous building blocks to hardware design, we can't pass up a chance to show off the post-childhood opportunities LEGO has to offer. This time around, the mini-figs are starring...
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