LAB 12

LAB 12 is out.

What’s in LAB 12? A wide spectrum of artwork, from MetaMachines to Hueman Nature to Urban Life. LAB explores Hongtao Zhou’s Textscapes and Toni Silber-Delerive’s Aerialscapes. Seeds Under Microscope and NASA‘s Pillars of Creation. Glitch furniture and glitch textiles. 3D-printed Circular Knitics and the Color Experiments of Olafur Eliasson. What else? Nebular illustrations, hyperrealistic paintings by Edie Nadelhaft, and 3D-printed sculptures by John Edmark.

Front cover: Atsushi Koyama, courtesy of Frantic Gallery

LAB 11

It’s 2015, and a new issue of LAB is out.

What’s in LAB 11? Urban landscapes from Nathan Walsh and lush photography from Staudinger + Franke. Visual code poems, social networks visualized, and transit paths mapped by Human Data. A 1000 color puzzle and Frederik de Wilde’s nanotech material that’s blacker than black . What else? OpenStreetMaps printed on clothes by Monochrome, origami-inspired bags by Issey Miyake, and a 4D-printed dress by Nervous System.

Front cover: x-ray of Kinematics Dress, Nervous System

LAB 10

It’s July and a new issue of LAB is out! LAB 10 features photography, fashion, design, illustration, painting, and even CMYK embroidery.

What’s in LAB 10? ArchiMusic and Animals in Moiré. CMYK embroidery by Evelin Kasikov and anti-matter portraits by the Miaz Bros. High heels by Silvia Fado and an Inspiration Pad by Marc Thomasset. What else? Sound wave forms by Anna Marinenko, artwork by Holger Lippmann, and generative art by Casey Reas. Photography by Christoper Domakis, Emmanuel Coupé Kalomiris, and Martin Klimas.

Front cover: Holger Lippmann.


What’s in LAB 9? Paint-splattered Pollock chocolate and Nathan Yau’s Coffee Map. Okuda’s surreal street art and master paintings recreated in LEGOs. David Hotson’s SkyHouse features a slide and a climbing wall. Studio Belenko installs 20,000 bottles as a light installation. What else? Debbie Millman’s stitched map of the internet, a collection of temari balls, and Catherine Nelson’s panoramic Future Memories. The beautiful Lumio light, Philippe Malouin’s Hanger Chair, and Nendo’s new Fusion Collection. LAB 9 wraps up with a tribute to Massimo Vignelli by Anthony Dart.

Front cover: Nendo’s Fusion rug

Color Theory book from 1692

271 years ago, an artist known as “A. Boogert” created this 800-page book of color formulas. From Colossal:

Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educational guide.

You can view the entire book online in high resolution here, and a description can be found here.

(via Eric Kwakkel)

Future Memories

Future Memories is a series by Catherine Nelson. Each image is made up of hundreds of photos of the same landscape, creating a panoramic effect. From the New Yorker feature:

In 2010, while strolling through a snowy landscape in Ghent, Belgium, Catherine Nelson, a visual artist based in Sydney, decided that she wanted to capture the feeling of the entire walk in a single image. “I wanted my work to tell a lot of stories, not just one moment, but the passing of time,” she said.

Sculptural animation by Takeshi Murata

Takeshi Murata’s latest sculptural animation, Melter 3-D, featured on Creator’s Project:

Melter 3-D is by definition a zoetrope, a device that produce the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of static pictures, but it’s tangible. In other words, the installation is a sculptural animation. The 3D-object itself spins, creating a kinetic effect (with the help of some strobe lights) that makes it look as if it’s melting into itself.

More here.

LAB 8 is out.

LAB 8 is out! What’s in LAB 8? Pharrell Williams and his tank chair, Music DNA, and Mahieu Lehanneur’s Boom Boom wireless speaker. Highrise shoes by REM D. Koolhaas and Hovding’s airbag helmet for cyclists. Glitch blankets and cosmic scarves. Lita Albuquerque makes an expedition to the Antarctic to place 99 blue spheres in Stellar Axis, and Brandon Martin-Anderson puts 300 million dots on a map for the US Census Dot Map. What else? Petal fashion, paper flowers, and 3D paper patterns from Maud Vantours. A reconfigurable studio and a stunning art installation by DGT. LAB 8 closes with a massive solar flare captured by NASA SDO in extreme ultraviolet. Front cover: Maud Vantours. Back cover: image courtesy of NASA.

LAB = people.

This text analysis wordCAKE of the last 8 years of LAB-zine.com interviews visualizes the most frequently used word: people. Followed by: work, art, think, up, now. Apparently, LAB = people. And LAB = work + art + carpe diem. (wordCAKE data visual created by Carrie Roy)

WordCAKE is a plugin for a free 3D modeling application, SketchUp. The latest version can be downloaded here.

The WordCAKE plugin can be downloaded here.


A collection of light-spinning photos from photographers on Instagram.

From the Mashable article:

The process behind these shimmering photographs requires the photographer to set fire to a tuft of steel wool tucked inside a wire whisk attached to a long, thick wire. If you swing the flaming wool in circles before a camera set for long exposure photography, the resulting images show dazzling bursts of light in otherwise darkened settings.


What’s in LAB 7? Steampunk sculptures and floral x-rays. A discussion with Aldo Tolino that touches on social media, quantum field theory, and the Observer Principle. Art meets science in Oefner’s Black Hole series and Reis’s Petri Dish paintings. Collections of collections and macros of snowflakes. Jack Kerouac’s On The Road visualized, Sun Tzu’s Art of War illustrated, and Depeche Mode’s Sounds of the Universe cover remixed. LAB 7 closes with a photo mosaic of 40 countries waving at the Cassini spacecraft as it orbits Saturn, 2.2 billion miles away.

the solar system

Kurzgesagt focuses on minimalistic design in this animated infographic: The Solar System— Our Home in Space.

Viewers are taken on a trip through the solar system, visiting planets, asteroids, and the sun.

You can find more of Kurzgesagt’s animations on YouTube and Vimeo. And here’s the studio’s Facebook page.

flowers, organized neatly

Fong Qi Wei, in his own words, on his Exploded Flowers photo series:

"Flowers are indeed one of the most beautiful and complex structures found in nature, specifically designed to achieve the purpose of reproduction."

This is a new series I have embarked on — exploded flowers which are images that show the radial symmetry of flowers, and also individual floral components. This series is inspired partially by Todd McLellan’s Disassembly series.

The act of disassembly (I hesitate to use the term dissection because this series is not meant to be a scientific treatise) lays bare the various shapes and textures of the flowers, and what is interesting to me is how much more expanded some flowers can get when they are disassembled – the relative surface area to size of a rose is so much greater compared to a larger flower like the sunflower.

Also, as a medium that captures a moment in time — which was made clear when I noticed gerbera petals dried after only a single night — the use of photography captures the beauty and intricacies of nature’s flowers in the moment of full bloom, and at the same time, lets you have a different appreciation of their beauty.

the art of science, the science of art

Ode to a Flower is a transcript from a BBC interview with Richard Feynman, animated by Fraser Davidson.

Here’s the BBC transcript of what Feynman said:

I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say “look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree. Then he says “I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing,” and I think that he’s kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe, although I might not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is, I can appreciate the beauty of a flower.

At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.