1.21 Gigawatts of Awesome

Heroes and Villains Posters

The best minimalist pieces are defined by using the least amount of lines and reference points as possible, while your brain draws out the rest. This collection of Heroes and Villains posters by graphic designer Andres Romero (AKA “blo0p) plays on this idea with key features of comic book characters. Just one glance, and you’ll know exactly who these are supposed to be. Check out the complete series (and growing!) on imgur and see his other work on DeviantArt and...

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Unveiling the Bell

We are all familiar with Saul Bass’s work: movie credits, logo design, all around awesome. But for the first time, AT&T has released the film Bass produced to present his logo redesign for their 1970’s “bell.” As far as graphic design history goes, this was the largest rebrand in the US, prompting a complete overhaul of 135,000 Bell system vehicles, 22,000 buildings, 1,250,000 phone booths, and 170,000,000 telephone...

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Harmless Weapons

Conceptual design is a thing of beauty, especially when it comes to creating mind-bending confections based on perceived reality. Still confused? Check out these incredibly well-thought designs by Kyle Bean aptly named “Harmless...

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Typography Jokes, We Has Them

Ever since I saw a shirt that said “Kern This Motherf*cker,” at one year’s Creative Summit, I’ve been searching for more typography puns without avail—that is until I found the designs submitted on MySoti. If you’re a type nerd (or a type of nerd, hurhur), then you’ll love these well designed...

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Tetris as Art

contributed by Cacodaemonia You really can’t call yourself a nerd/geek/dork (possibly not even a human?) unless you’ve played Tetris. Created on June 6, 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris has become one of the most well-known and reinvented games ever. Some variation of Tetris has been ported to nearly every gaming system and handheld device since the 1980s. All seven puzzle shapes in Tetris are composed of four segments, and each unique shape is assigned its own color. These two features lend themselves exceptionally well to use in a wide variety of stylin’ arts and...

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More Fun that a Calculator Wristwatch

contributed by Leroy James Within the last couple of years thanks to the invention of the cellphone, and now the smartphone, many calculators have fallen by the wayside. These days when you walk into an Office Depot the calculator section is at best slim pickings. Vintage Technology has, so far, the web’s largest vintage calculator gallery at over 550 calculators and counting from over 120 different...

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dA Spotlight: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

The movie comic lovers have been waiting for, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is opening up in theaters this Friday, and let’s face it, it looks epically awesomesauce. To celebrate the premier — something we’ve been looking forward to since the trailers hit the interwebs — we’ve collected some equally awesome fanart for the comic series from deviantART. by ~cool-slayer by ~JjAR01 by *speedking by ~Fredhild by ~dryponder by ~DjBisparulz by ~literacysuks1 by ~Ernesto-Alonso (lines by radiomaru) by *imakoi by *021 DeviantART is a place for artists of all kinds and contains a vast fortune of hidden gems around every turn. Each week we are choosing 10 pieces to share with you for inspiration, appreciation, and admiration. In return, please support the artists by visiting their respective sites. All art thieves will be hunted down by our ninjas. Want to be considered? or want us to consider someone? Send us a note on our DeviantART page: —...

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Spotlight On: Shelter Sketches

contributed by Cacodaemonia What’s more awesome than helping animals with art? Nothing! Well, okay. Maybe world peace or an infinite supply of clean energy. But other than those things, this is definitely the most awesome! I’ve been collaborating with the I Love Rescue Animals Blog on a project called Shelter Sketches. We feature one pet in need of a home each week. Our goal is to help that animal find a forever home, as well as raise awareness about homeless animals in need. Here are some of the furballs who have been featured (the first three are by me): Alice Bill Ellie Max by Mikaela Eeyore by Rhionna Francesca by Emma Storm by Nikki Dudley, a lucky pup who was adopted after Gaelle drew the sketch but before it could even be posted on ILRA! Here’s the rest of the Shelter Sketches Gallery, if you’d like to see the other critters. Contact me or Nikki if you would like to help out, or if you have a pet you’d like us to...

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20 Slick Web Designs that use Wood Textures

When you think of web design, using traditional materials for impact doesn’t come to mind first — instead people usually think of gradients, glossy icons, and drop shadows. While those design elements are very Web 2.0 (ugh, that term), more and more designers are incorporating textures and typically physical materials into their sites, bringing the level of diversity up while keeping a modern look to their ideas. Here we’re showcasing 20 slick web designs that use wood textures, mixing a traditional feel with the digital age. 2pitch Alex Buga Carrot Creative Chama Digital David Hellmann Jon Rawlinson Ronin Snowboards Sky Guide Service Go Glamping Happily Create The Hippo House Julius Mattsson lifeinmono Lounge Lizard Opera Ma-Gé Outlaw Design Blog Respiro Media rzmota thethingswemake Tyrrells Potato...

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Seventh Annual Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival

The Seventh Annual Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival wrapped up over the weekend at Revere Beach in Massachusetts, the first public beach in America, established in 1896. The Festival is one of the largest contests of its kind and  is one of the premier events for sand sculptors all over the world. The entries this year were spectacular, especially the sculpture that took First Place and People’s Choice, titled “SelFISH trap” by Jonathan Bouchard. 1st Place, People’s Choice: “SelFISH trap” by Jonathan Bouchard 2nd Place: “We Still Have Each Other” by Dan Doubleday 3rd Place: “Starstruck” by Sue McGrew “Push” by Damon Langios “Convergence” by Carl Jara “Change in the Key of Life” by Matt Long “Life Melody” by Robert Stephane “Her” by Matt Martelli “Moonlight Embrace” by Steve Topazio (More information on Boston.com |  Photos by Eric...

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