Art

  • Chiizu Is The Photo-Decoration App For Art, Illustration And Design Lovers

    Chiizu Is The Photo-Decoration App For Art, Illustration And Design Lovers

    If you’ve dismissed purikura apps as a way to besmirch photos with blingies, hearts and other cheesy graphics, then Chiizu will blow your mind. Created by a media artist, an illustrator and a designer, the photo decoration app for iOS offers themed sets by an outstanding roster of artists, including Linda Gavin, the original creator of Twitter’s logo; Dyna Moe, the woman behind… Read More

  • Celebrate The Death Of Print With This 3D Printed Texture Book

    Celebrate The Death Of Print With This 3D Printed Texture Book

    A designer named Tom Burtonwood has designed a book that contains 3D-scanned textures he has grabbed from museums and architecture in his home city of Chicago. The book, which is in the form of an accordion, is called an orihon and can be made on nearly any 3D printer. Read More

  • With Big-Name Backing And Some eBay Flavor, These Startups Are Looking To Shake Up The Art Market

    With Big-Name Backing And Some eBay Flavor, These Startups Are Looking To Shake Up The Art Market

    Ebay is generally credited with being the first company to bring auctions — a system that, for nearly 2,500 years, had exclusively taken place live in noisy, public (and offline) forums — into the Digital Era. But, today, in spite of the fact that eCommerce has become a thriving global industry, with online marketplaces collectively topping $1 trillion in sales last year, one market… Read More

  • The New “Handmade” (Part Two)

    The New “Handmade” (Part Two)

    Although 3D printing technology has existed for some time, it’s only now beginning to cross over into mainstream awareness, thanks to increasingly affordable access to the printers themselves as well as attention-grabbing headlines about 3D printed guns and life-saving medical applications. While less eye-catching, perhaps, the innovation is also powering a new class of creatives, who… Read More

  • Artkive Turns Your Kids’ Artwork (And More) Into Printed Books

    Artkive Turns Your Kids’ Artwork (And More) Into Printed Books

    Artkive, an app designed to eliminate the overwhelming guilt you get tossing your children’s brilliant artwork into the garbage, now has another purpose, too: you can order printed out books of their creations. Instead of just hiding the child’s crumpled up drawings and precious finger-paint covered handprints that school sends home – what is now, like every day? –… Read More

  • The New “Handmade”

    The New “Handmade”

    Amid grumblings of a “general fatigue” when it comes to software-based startups, a potentially transformative technology called 3D printing is poised to reach critical mass and mainstream awareness. Today’s news headlines about the technology tend to focus on the extreme possibilities in being able to print objects on demand – from the terrors of things like a… Read More

  • The Gestures Required To Beat Every Level Of Angry Birds, Visualized In Paper And Ink

    The Gestures Required To Beat Every Level Of Angry Birds, Visualized In Paper And Ink

    When you play Angry Birds, at this point it’s likely a completely unconscious, natural gesture; draw back, aim and release. But what if each time you did that, you produced an indelible mark, so that after countless hours spent playing Rovio’s addictive physics flinging mobile game, you had a visual record? That’s exactly what artist Evan Roth did for his latest… Read More

  • Two Years In Coming, Art.sy Finally Brings Pandora’s Genome Project To The Wacky World Of Art

    Two Years In Coming, Art.sy Finally Brings Pandora’s Genome Project To The Wacky World Of Art

    At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in May 2010, a young startup named Art.sy took home the “Rookie Disruptor Award” for its art-focused search engine, which allowed users to find art by style, category, size, color, and more. Art.sy also tapped into users’ social graphs to offer personalized recommendations to make art discovery a little less overwhelming. The idea caught the attention… Read More

  • If You Can Think It, You Can Buy It: Makeably Debuts A Marketplace For Custom-Made Goods

    If You Can Think It, You Can Buy It: Makeably Debuts A Marketplace For Custom-Made Goods

    Love Etsy, but looking for something even more unique? Makeably, a new marketplace for custom-made goods, can help. The site, founded by two ex-Googlers and longtime friends, Ryan Hayward and Anastasia Leng, has just launched into beta, offering makers a new way to manage their custom work requests online – a process which, today, is largely handled via email. On the site, buyers… Read More

  • BigArtMob Plans To Turn Urban Street Art Into Cash Via Tourist Maps And API

    BigArtMob Plans To Turn Urban Street Art Into Cash Via Tourist Maps And API

    Back in the day BigArtMob was originally a cultural project backed by UK broadcaster Channel 4, but now it’s being re-animated as a full-blown startup. It’s starting from an interesting – shall we say – position. It allows people to upload and tag ‘public art’ to a map, which, in simple terms, can be everything from street graffiti to an outdoor sculpture by… Read More

  • The AIDS Quilt, Digitized: Microsoft And The NAMES Project Team Up To Bring Remembrance Project Into The 21st Century

    The AIDS Quilt, Digitized: Microsoft And The NAMES Project Team Up To Bring Remembrance Project Into The 21st Century

    In 1987, six years after AIDS became an officially recognized disease, the heartbreak of the epidemic was made real in the form of a huge, 1,920 panel quilt created to commemorate the first victims of the disease. Each panel – about the size of a coffin – honored one of the fallen ones who, in the deeply dark years before prevention and effective treatment, risked a death sentence… Read More

  • Makerbot And The Met Team Up To Scan And Print Art

    Makerbot And The Met Team Up To Scan And Print Art

    Works of art are timeless and now, thanks to Makerbot and the Met, they can be deathless, too. A June 1 hackathon brought a group of artists and hackers together at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art where they 3D scanned a number of well-known pieces of art. The work is now appearing on Thingiverse where you can download and print things like the head and shoulders of a sphinx and Bather… Read More

  • Empty Walls Got You Down? TurningArt Nabs $1.5M For Its Netflix-Style Art Rental Service

    Empty Walls Got You Down? TurningArt Nabs $1.5M For Its Netflix-Style Art Rental Service

    Paddle8, Artsy, Zazzle, and Art.com are all part of a growing contingent of startups that are on a mission to democratize the purchase, discovery, and enjoyment of art by bringing it online. In August 2010, Boston-based TurningArt joined this cadre of art industry disruptors, launching its own unique spin on the democratization of art commerce with a Netflix-esque model that allows any and all… Read More

  • Minted Art Launch

    Minted Expands Beyond Stationery With New Art Print Business

    Minted, the company that is best known for its online marketplace for stationery with prints by individual graphic designers, has launched a new vertical: Art prints. The art business on Minted is curated in the same way as stationery. Minted holds design competitions to which any graphic designer or artist can submit work, and the submissions are voted on by their peers — the community… Read More

  • This Magnetic Art Project: How Does It Work?

    This Magnetic Art Project: How Does It Work?

    While I find that I like my ferrite-based Kickstarter art projects to be a bit more automatic, the Ferrite Interactive Liquid Sculpture is still pretty cool. It’s a tube containing a Ferrofluid – a suspension of ferrite particles – that is shock-resistant enough to survive a few tumbles. You can use a magnet to create odd shapes, experience the magic fo magnetics, and you can… Read More

  • Artist's Portraits Of CRTs Turning Off Are Eerily Beautiful


    Gadget-related art is a bit hard to find, but every once in a while something crosses my desk (like the Facade printer, man-powered clock, or high-voltage imagery) that’s just too cool to pass up. These “Luminant Point Arrays” by Stephan Tillmans are photos of the pattern created when you switch off certain old CRT monitors. You know you’ve seen it. You’ve… Read More

  • Gadg-Art: Love It, But Don't Really Use It.

    It looks like a tiny bugle. Maybe a new way to measure shots for a drink? Maybe a Cracker Jack toy? A fancy oil funnel? A tiny phonograph horn designed by Eero Saarinen? A mod megaphone? An egg separator? A microscope?  A straw for Tony Montana-style mountains of blow? A wicked monocle?  Read More

  • Dutch Art Project Helps Prepare For Zombie Attack

    Not quite sure where to go when the zombies attack? Dutch designer Joep van Lieshout has just the thing for you: the Vostok Cabin. Built out of welded together plates from dead ships, what the Vostok Cabin lacks in comfort, it makes up for it security. Read More

  • Fortis Andora Emotion Limited Art Edition Watch

    Holy crap, what is this thing? I realize this is one of Fortis’ edgy “Art Edition” watches, but wow. This is unexpected for even the art version of the serious tool watch brand’s products. Limited to just 100 pieces and in a 42mm wide titanium case, this watch isn’t just an (questionably bastardized) artist’s rendering of a Fortis chronograph watch, but… Read More

  • Meet The Bicycle That Fits In A Briefcase

    When you say “foldable bicycle”, the first thing that comes to mind are those ugly little things with small tires, intended for the vacationer set. Turns out that there are other designs as well, bicycles that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to ride in public, but will still fold up small enough to fit into a briefcase. Read More