MandalaGaba, a drawing board for creating recursive, symmetrical, tessellating art

MandalaGaba is a drawing board that specializes in mandalas and other artistic mathematical magic. Click and drag and watch what happens! You can save and share your work; the creators have a blog and an instagram featuring quality examples. After radial symmetry (mandalas) and tessellations, I just finished implementing recursive drawing. Do tweak the buttons & sliders, seeing their effect on a pen stroke is the best way to understand what they do. I hope this is fun.
Tags: Post, Art, Recursion

Octopus Typewriter

Recycled 1938 Underwood typewriter turned into unique Octopus sculpture. “Octopus Typewriter” mechanical sculpture created by Courtney Brown. Also check out: Chromatic Typewrite
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Jason Momoa shaves beard to shine a spotlight on plastic pollution

When you have 11 million Instagram followers, your simplest move can elicit thousands of comments. When you’re ready for a major transformation, such as shaving off the beard you’ve been growing since 2012, you can pair the shearing with a save-the-world message. So we understand a viral video of Jason Momoa, beloved Game of Thrones star, shaving off his beastly beard while talking about plastic pollution. The 39-year-old actor’s call for action is part of a growing wave of awareness of the 19 ...
Tags: Recycled Materials, Recycling, Aluminum, Pollution, Plastic Pollution, Plastic, News, Game Of Thrones, Jason Momoa, Beards

Did The Simpsons Predicts Pantone’s Color of the Year?

The Pantone Color of the Year is a calendar event that every designer keeps an eye on. Starting in 2000, the Color of the Year is as straightforward as it sounds. However, are there more nefarious forces at play? The team at Aspire Doors noticed something that may have just blown Pantone’s cover wide open. Kind of… Before we get into their discovery, let’s discuss the Pantone Color of the Year and its significance… What is the Pantone Color of the Year? Pantone was founded in 1962 for the pur...

Game Design & Illustration: Remember Me | Paris 2084

Game Design & Illustration: Remember Me | Paris 2084 AoiroStudioApr 19, 2019 Game Design is definitely a category we don't feature enough on Abduzeedo, that being said let's take a look at what might be a glimpse of Paris in the year of 2084 through the eyes of Paul Chadeisson. These are actually illustrations from a game named: Rememberme, I love the futuristic influence that totally reminds of Blade Runner which is quite interesting knowingly the beauty of ...

Dotty Spots and preparing panels

Dotty Spots  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $330. It is difficult to assess values and colors when painting on a white ground...  When preparing panels, I gesso first then (usually the next day) tone them in various misc. colors...  When it comes time to paint, I try to pick a color that will harmonize with what I'm painting...  My inventory of panels was running low whenever I picked this one. I had feared the magenta would clash with "Dotty Spots"--but it worked out pretty good.  If you are...
Tags: 8x8, Available, Carrot, Cat, Pat, WIP, Diane Hoeptner

Tilda and the Bird

Tilda and the Bird  Oil on panel, 8" x 6,"  SOLD One of the most photogenic cats at the shelter. Ever! Though I've only painted her once before here. She's not gonna take a swipe if you're wondering. :) [Author: Diane Hoeptner]
Tags: 6x8, Birdd, Cat, Sold, Diane Hoeptner

Street Art for Book Lovers: Dutch Artists Paint Massive Bookcase Mural on the Side of a Building

Bookcases are a great ice breaker for those who love to read. What relief those shelves offer ill-at ease partygoers... even when you don't know a soul in the room, there’s always a chance you’ll bond with a fellow guest over one of your hosts’ titles. Occupy yourself with a good browse whilst waiting for someone to take the bait. Now, with the aid of Dutch street artists Jan Is De Man and Deef Feed, some residents of Utrecht have turned their bookcases into street art, sparking conversation in...
Tags: Architecture, Art, Books, Travel


Blooming  Oil on wood, 10" x 8,"  $410. [Author: Diane Hoeptner]
Tags: 8x10, Available, Daffodil, Diane Hoeptner

Notre Dame’s Organ Survived. Hear The Last Recording Before The Fire

Organist organist Olivier Latry made the recording in January. This week he posted an update on the instrument on Facebook: “Despite all the damage in the Cathedral, the organ miraculously escaped the flames, as well as the water supposed to extinguish them. It is very dusty, but will continue to enjoy us as soon as the building will be restored. When? No one knows yet.” – CBC
Tags: MUSIC, 04.17.19

John Cameron Mitchell’s New Podcast Has A Galaxy Of Stars And A Singing Brain Tumor

Anthem: Homunculus “is not the first podcast musical to be released. And though it contains a love ballad from a brain tumor to its host, it may not even be the strangest. But it is probably the most ambitious and, with a cast that includes [Patti] LuPone, Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo, Marion Cotillard and Laurie Anderson (as the tumor), certainly the starriest.” – The New York Times
Tags: MEDIA, 04.18.19

Amazon is looking for an Industrial Design Engineer for their Robotic Fulfillment division!

You’ve heard of Amazon, right? One of the world’s largest retailers? Run by the world’s richest man (even after his divorce settlement!)Amazon is an absolute behemoth. Going from being a book-selling service in 1995, to being one of the biggest names in online retail, and even reaching a trillion dollar valuation along the way, Amazon is famous for investing heavily in research and development. For the longest time, all of Amazon’s profits went right into their research and development team, all...
Tags: Job Board, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Amazon, Delivery, Design Engineer, Drones, Fulfillment, Industrial-design, Lead, Logistics, Robots, YD Job Alert


[Author: Varvin]
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Transforming toys that grow with your children!

Designed to guide your child through their formative years of physical development and acquiring of motor skills, the Luma Rock & Roller is a fun, innovative toy that transforms from a rocker, to a walker, and then to a roller. At its base lies its ingenious wheel-flipping mechanism that, with a simple flip-and-fasten, allows the Rock & Roller from being a rocking-horse to a toy with wheels.As children grow, they require new toys to match their level of learning and playing. The Rock & Roller,...
Tags: Babies/Childcare/Toys, Deals, Popular, Product Design, Random, Dzuy Linh, Luma, Rock & Roller, Rocker, Roller, Walker

Former Volunteer Docent Leaves Surprise $8 Million To Philadelphia Museum

Estelle Rubens, who died in January of 2018, was a popular guide at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for about 15 years, and she had told officials there that she’d leave the museum and school “a little something.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: VISUAL, 04.18.19

Barn Cat and petting goats at Farmpark

Barn Cat   Oil on wood, 8" x 8," $330. ...just taking a sleepy ride through the country on the back of a grandfatherly sheep.  "Barn Cat" is another in my "Beast of Burden" paintings.  I keep coming back to these...  Painting the animals so they look companionable (1) and (2) placing them in a convincing and complimentary landscape is a mighty challenge! Also pictured, handsome husband who accompanied me on a shoot at Farmpark in Kirtland, OH.  [Author: Diane Hoeptner]
Tags: Beast, Carrot, Cat, Sheep, Diane Hoeptner


A sea shell drawn to practice observational skills.   I had a set of calipers at one time, but can't find them anywhere to help me measure.  But not too bad on this one - a bit here and there until I build up more shape and shadow.  A fine natural illustration artist could make this seem like 2 shells sitting there on the paper, but I'm not there yet. [Author: RH Carpenter]
Tags: RH Carpenter

People Still Want To See Inside Fragile Historical Buildings. Now They Can… Virtually

Churches damaged by earthquakes, buildings ravaged by fire. It’s too dangerous for visitors to enter, or perhaps the site will be damaged by visits. Now a trove of 3D models has been put online so you can explore… – The Guardian
Tags: AUDIENCE, VISUAL, 04.18.19

The Bean, Coco Puff and Freesias

The Bean  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $330. Coco Bean's claim to fame:  Most painted cat in history, possibly the most photographed as well...  Is it any wonder?!  He's outstanding! Painting these freesias reminded me how much I enjoy painting flowers.  Maybe try some more flowers again soon.  [Author: Diane Hoeptner]
Tags: 8x8, Available, Cat, Coco, Flow, Gray, Grey, Diane Hoeptner

Currently Crowdfunding: A Better Screwdriver, a Vertical Garden That Will Actually Fit in Your Space and More

Brought to you by MAKO Design + Invent, North America's leading design firm for taking your product idea from a sketch on a napkin to store shelves. Download Mako's Invention Guide for free here. Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundup...
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Baltimore Symphony Gets $3.2 Million From Maryland Legislature

“[The move is] a potentially crucial step toward resolving a contentious labor dispute” — the musicians have been playing without a contract since January — “and allowing the organization to remain a year-round ensemble.” – The Baltimore Sun
Tags: MUSIC, 04.18.19


[Author: Varvin]
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This Tesla Pickup Concept is ‘driving’ me crazy!

It’s a shame that this conceptual Tesla pickup is fan-made, because it’s an absolute beauty! Designed with sheer attention to detail, the pickup is envisioned as a part of Tesla’s Model P series, by Istanbul-based designer, Emre Husmen.The conceptual Model P 2019 (let’s just call it that for now) is a brilliant exercise in brand and form semantics… that’s a fancy-design-jargon way of saying that it looks exactly like something Tesla would launch. With the beautiful razor thin headlamps and taill...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Emre Husmen, Model P, Pickup, Tesla

Clever Tool Design, Bold Entrepreneurship: The Story of the American-Made LogOX

There's a reason that only a tiny proportion of the population successfully launches their own product design. In addition to correctly identifying user needs and getting the design right, you also have to nail the manufacturing, the marketing, the distribution network, the customer service. It takes design skills, patience, research, networking and a whole lot of hard work.Meet the Roberts family. They're three members of that tiny proportion. We think you can learn a lot by reading their produ...
Tags: Design Business

Cat Laptop

Scratching toy laptop with computer mouse that looks like the real animal. Cat Scratch Laptop – computer shaped scratching mat designed for cats in modern world. Made out of cardboard. Scratchy gift for your nerdy cat. Also check out: Armor for Cats and Mice
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When Actors Smash The Scenery, These Are The Folks Who Clean It Up

Take, for instance, the recent Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s True West and the wreckage Ethan Hawke left behind every show. “How would anyone, save for a skilled team of crime scene cleaners, be able to return this stage to a state of order, especially given the narrow time frame on two-show days? It turns out, as is the case with many things in the theater, the task is more than doable — you just have to rehearse it. A lot.” –
Tags: THEATRE, 04.16.19

These sweet teardrop trailers for adventurers run on solar power

We’ve covered quite a few teardrop trailers over the years, but Evolve‘s new solar-powered trailers are really out of this world. The British Columbia-based company has just unveiled its latest models, the Evolve Traverse and the Evolve Outing. Both campers run on solar power and are clad in an all-aluminum frame to create an ultra durable envelope. Inside, the campers offer enough space for a queen-sized mattress and have a fully equipped kitchen with a propane stove and a cooler in the back. ...
Tags: Solar Power, Gallery, Campers, Trailers, Tiny Homes on Wheels, Tiny Home Living, Tiny House, Teardrop Trailer, Tiny Homes, Design, Evolve Solar Teardrop Trailers, Trailer Design, Solar Powered Trailers

The Honeymooners and winter doldrums

The Honeymooners  Oil on wood, 8" x 8," $330. A quick re-post today...  “The Honeymooners"  didn't photograph very well first time around! So, here's a better photo.  We seem to be takin' a little break here.  I think it's a combination of winter doldrums and flu bug ick  -- oh, and figuring out taxes.  Yeah, no that's no fun.  Mojo, where art thou?! To be continued... and as always, thank you for your interest.  [Author: Diane Hoeptner]
Tags: 8x8, Available, Chicken, Hen, Rooster, Diane Hoeptner

Climate Change Gets Strikingly Visualized by a Scottish Art Installation

What does it accomplish to talk about climate change? Even those who talk about climate change professionally might find it hard to say. If you really want to make a point about rising sea levels — not to mention all the other changes predicted to afflict a warming Earth — you might do better to show, not tell. That reasoning seems to have motivated art projects like the giant hands reaching out from the waters of Venice previously featured here on Open Culture, and it looks even clearer in...
Tags: Art, Science

Tulips and Apples

Tulips and Apples  Oil on wood, 10" x 8,"  $410. The simplest items can be so fascinating to paint.   [Author: Diane Hoeptner]
Tags: 8x10, Apple, Available, Tulip, Diane Hoeptner