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"Buildings dancing, Perspectives shifting." Designer and animator Lauren Pedrosa plays with patterns, perceptions, and everchanging orientations in this short video titled perspective ǝʌᴉʇɔǝdsɹǝԀ.

Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2

Swinging plumb bobs hang in a gridded formation across a large room as visitors attempt to walk among them without making contact. The installation, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2 by William Forsythe, ...

Why (and how) do whales sing?

Whale vocalizations are a bit of a mystery. We know that only the males of some baleen whales sing, but we're not sure what those compositions—specifically structured phrases and melodies that repeat and evolve within...

How to Make a Navigational Chart

Called Mattangs, Medos, and Rebbelibs, these ancient stick charts were made from the midribs of coconut fronds by the master navigators of what's now known as the Marshall Islands in Micronesia. The intersections of s...

How Do They Braid Rope?

How do they braid rope in a factory? This wordless 1997 short film by Don White for the National Film Board of Canada showcases the machines that twist and spool ropes of all sizes. For more detail, American twist...

Mirror, a short story of similar objects

How many times it happened to find similar shapes between them which seem to have any kind of relationship? As often it happens in nature all is apparently different but essentially the basic shapes are repeated wi...

4-Mation 3D Zoetropes: Fish Eating Fish and Jumping Frogs

Fish endlessly eat fish in this 3D zoetrope by 4-Mation, a UK-based modular kit from toymaker Kevin Holmes. The piece was printed on a Form 2 3D printer. The visual animation is achieved in person by using precisely t...

How did Polynesian wayfinders navigate the Pacific Ocean?

Imagine setting sail from Hawaii in a canoe. Your target is a small island thousands of kilometers away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — a body of water that covers more than 160 million square kilometers. For tho...

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow among city buildings

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow, rise, and fall like iridescent bubbles hanging from a spider's web. Flexible and full of motion, the nets look soft, but they're also strong. Their structural cables are made ...

Accumulation, a glimmering LED light tunnel installation

A sculpture of sliced squares forms a glimmering tunnel of LEDs at the main gate South Korea's Le Méridien Seoul. Created by new media artist Yang Minha, the installation showcases six light pattern sequences with vis...

Autonomous Machines: Creating patterns with mechanical objects

A DIY drawing idea from graphic designer Echo Yang: Make art with a wind-up toy. While attending Design Academy Eindhoven, Yang created a series called Autonomous Machines, pattern painting projects implemented with m...

The Kresling-Pattern and our origami world

Biruta Kresling is a Paris-based architect and independant researcher on folded structures—specifically how nature folds and unfolds tree leaves, tortoise shell bamboo, turbinate mollusk shells, the air sac of the h...

The art of carving, Haruya Abe

By carving simple yet elegant patterns into pottery, Japanese ceramicist Haruya Abe has created a beautiful line of handmade dishware and a large instagram following. His account features short videos of his diligent ...

WoodSwimmer, a cross-sectional look at wood in stop motion

WoodSwimmer is based on a concept I developed while designing a new stop-motion universe where wood is the primary element. The sequences are cross-sectional photographic scans of pieces of hardwood, burls and branche...

The Heart of Maker Faire, a community-inspired light installation

Within each of these jars, someone has written and enclosed a note about what is in their heart. The blinking lights, RGB LEDs that illuminate the sealed jars from below, are set to echo the heart rate of each note wr...

Make Lissajous patterns with DIY sand pendulums or light

Sand pendulums are an easy and beautiful method for students of all ages to learn a bit about the harmonic motion. These devices are easy to build and can be adjusted to give a variety of patterns. A pendulum that beg...

How to make a coin sorting machine with cardboard

With some thick cardboard, a cutting knife, some hot glue, a ruler, and probably a bit of trial and error, you can create your own DIY coin sorting machine. The key to the sorting "mechanism" is to cut the right size ...

Diffusion Choir, a flock of 400 kinetic origami elements

Four hundred motorized origami elements echo the movement of an invisible flock of birds. The piece, titled Diffusion Choir, is made from Tyvek fabric hexagons that furl and unfurl like umbrella canopies around 1800 t...

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