Design

July 26, 2017

Man Spends Years Creating Detailed Models of WWI Trenches

For the past several years, Andy Belsey has created models of WWI trench sections in painstaking detail. So far he's modeled 9 different sections and blogs about his work on MilitaryModeling.com. Made from everyday objects, he's ingeniously found ways to realistically recreate the look and feel of the trenches. Trench warfare has become synonymous with World War I, when it was heavily used on the Western Front from 1914 to 1918.

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July 21, 2017

200+ Posters From the Golden Age of Graphic Design Are Now Free to Download

Today, more and more cultural institutions have started to offer free art resources to the public through online archives. From high-quality reproductions of antique photographs to museum-approved art books, these complimentary materials promote and exhibit the endless possibilities of Internet learning. Recently, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has opted to contribute to this downloadable, digitized phenomenon with Art of the Poster 1880-1918, a curated collection of posters from the “Golden Age” of graphic design.

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July 19, 2017

Twinkling DIY Paper Lamp Shades Inspired by the Elegance of Sea Animals

Inspired by the idyllic Dutch seaside, Amsterdam-based Etsy shop VasiliLights crafts paper lamp shades exquisitely shaped like aquatic animals. Specializing in DIY coverings, the shop offers a sea of easy-to-assemble paper creations that add an underwater touch to any room. Featuring geometric contours and an origami-like aesthetic, the paper lamp shades double as functioning fixtures and contemporary works of art. Each piece is made of high-quality and brightly colored paper that has been carefully and creatively pierced.

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July 14, 2017

16th-Century Knives Engraved with Musical Scores Are Now Performed by a Modern Choir

It turns out that Renaissance diners in Italy enjoyed a little music with their feasts. And they kept their musical scores recorded in an unexpected location—their knives. This means that aside from carving up meat, this cutlery helped provide the evening's entertainment. These 16th-century knives are now scattered in museum collections around the world, including examples at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

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