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 Seth Watkins, the creative director of Bath-based design and animation studio, the awesomely-named A Large Evil Corporation has been busy. He’s been furiously created a huge number of these awesome character designs of TV and film weirdos.

Obviously, everyone’s first reaction has been (mine included) is “I want one!” They’re currently purely 3D renders, but hopefully they’ll soon be available for sale as vinyl toys (pleeeeease):

A Large Evil Corporation - Donald and Davey StottA Large Evil Corporation - Bill MurrayA Large Evil Corporation - itcrowdA Large Evil Corporation - tubbs and edwardA Large Evil Corporation - Shaun and EdA Large Evil Corporation - Bowie

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Finding veins is a skill for most medical professionals learn fairly early, but even the most experienced can occasionally struggle.

So, this vein visualisation device being trialled by the Australian Red Cross for use in its blood banks is simple, but elegant step forward.

Infrared Veins

 

The technology works by beaming harmless near-infrared light at your arm. Our veins contain a lot of deoxygenated haemoglobin, and because this is absorbed by infrared light, it creates an image of exactly where your veins are under the skin.

It’s already used widely in hospitals and pathology clinics around the world, but now it’s also going to help generous citizens to donate blood too:

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Pew pew

This amazing gif shows a Ralph Lauren button being laser etched.

It turns out that when you make small runs of buttons from corozo (a palm seed derivative that resembles ivory), laser etching is actually the most cost effective way to do it, as it avoids the costs of making a new mould for every new run.

The layering and different effects are achieved by turning the power of the laser up and down:

Laser button engraving

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Boom town

Because I have upset myself too many times by tracking down the ‘deep’, pretentious meaning behind the work of an artist I like, I’ve deliberately not delved into the story behind Cai Guo Qiang’s Inopportune: Stage One.

So, presented without comment, here are some exploding neon cars:

Exploding car - Cai Guo Qiang (wide)Exploding car - Cai Guo Qiang (close)Exploding car - Cai Guo Qiang (front yellow) Exploding car - Cai Guo Qiang (side yellow)

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Yeah, I can’t foresee any problems with teaching robots to sword fight:

Robots wth Katanas

[youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR-YlZ9NdIA]

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Road trip!

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Design elements

Types of Matter by Japanese 3D artist Mountstar:

Solid - Types of Matter - MountstarLiquid - Types of Matter - Mountstar Gas - Types of Matter - MountstarPlasma - Types of Matter - Mountstar

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