PIxelStick by BitBanger Labs

The Pixelstick is a gadget for creating long-exposure light paintings. Designed by Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan of Brookyln-based BitBanger Labs, the device takes digital images and displays them one line at a time with 198 full-color RGB LEDs.

View a gallery of images on Colossal and learn more on Kickstarter.

It's a moire.

Video teaser for Cut Copy’s new single, Let Me Show You.

Watch this video for 60 seconds and then look away from the screen at a wall near you.

Voila— optical illusion!

Learn more about moiré patterns here on Wikipedia.

Eye Test

Eye Test, commissioned by AIGA/NY, is a video animation designed to be displayed on all the screens in Times Square. The AIGA/NY invited a select group of New York designers to submit videos for October’s Midnight Moment.

Midnight Moment is described as “the largest coordinated effort in history to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night.”

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.

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 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.


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.