Via DesignBoom, an elegant and space-age illumination of the Sölvesborg Bridge in Sweden. Using color-changing LEDs and diffusion to minimize glare, the bridge does a wonderful job of coming alive at night. Considered the longest bicycle and pedestrian bridge in Europe, the Swedes again remind us that design matters. Check out the video for a look at the multi-colored light array in action.
A collection of snowy, frosty landscapes. Looks freezing, right? Well, not so much. The images are taken with near infrared photography, which alters the landscapes into bright and strange places. On first glance, you could be fooled. But the bottom image is so obviously hot and sunny that your eye finally makes sense of the scene. Click the images to see them in detail. Via Shutterstock:
It’s an art movement that has remained popular over the last decade, but too often the results are cold and unwelcoming. This series of illustrations by Prague-based artist going simply by Mike are a warm and inviting take on the steampunk genre. Illustrated with an amazing level of mechanical detail, these illustrations are photographed beautifully, and the ambience of the desk, the drawing tools, the camera lenses all help add to the charming feel they exude. Really great work.
From Swedish firm AlviDesign, a beautiful and exotic looking chair made from oak and silk threads.
Named in honor of D’Arcy Thompson’s still mind-blowing 1917 book On Growth and Form, this digital garden of simulated flowers will hopefully continue to evolve—endlessly turning, blooming, expanding, and changing colors—through multiple variations in the years to come. [Creative Applications]
A heavily forested pathway stretching across the Thames, Heatherwick’s bridge would be the second pedestrian-only bridge constructed in London in less than two decades, succeeding Norman Foster’s initially infamous—but now enormously popular—Millennium Bridge, built back in 2000.
Seattle has some interesting architecture of late, including this gem of a little church in downtown. Designed by architecture firm Olson Kundig, they make great use of stained glass in a restrained yet fun, and perhaps reverent way. Via FastCoDesign:
Some everyday items transformed under the lens of an electron microscope. Can you point out what the images are of? How about Velcro, dental floss, toothbrush bristles, salt and pepper, needle and thread, dog hair, and football jersey! Via TopDesignMag, credit to Eye of Science for the Images.
The animated GIF has had an amazing resurgence in the last couple of years. From pop culture references to mini-movies, and now to these mind-watering scenes from Portland artist Jack Dougherty. I really like the subtle moves, which bring these surreal images to heart-beating life. Via iGNANT:
Artist Mark Dorf creates a strange and interesting dichotomy between nature and technology in his series of images entitled //_path. Via DesignBoom: