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Merging two of the ultimate pastimes—books and puzzles—the Codex Silenda has to be physically solved in order to read it. And no, these aren’t simple word games and math problems, but rather deviously complicated mechanical puzzles crafted from laser-cut wood that are embedded within each part of this 5-page book. The solution to each puzzle physically unlocks the next page. As the reader moves through the book a short story is also revealed, etched on pages opposite the puzzles. The Codex Silenda was created by industrial designer Brady Whitney who is currently funding the it as project on Kickstarter. At the moment it looks like all funding tiers involving the book have filled, quadrupling their funding goals, but maybe they’ll add additional levels soon. The jeweler Secret Wood (previously) has been producing even more miniature cities and landscapes, each ethereal universe living inside a resin geometric dome on top of their handmade wooden rings. Graphic designer Matt W.

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Illustration tutorials for technical and automotive illustrators and art students Updated: June 7, 2012 This illustration tutorial site is designed to provide helpful information related to computer graphics, automotive illustration and technical drawing. Listed below are detailed tutorials and step-by-step drawing lessons for all skill levels, from the beginner art student to the intermediate and advanced professional technical illustrator or automotive illustrator. Additionally, there are step-by-step Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials, tool tips and actions or key command shortcuts that are specifically designed for art students, professional illustrators and digital artists of all types.

The Sandwich Book A gourmand book? This is a yummy idea by a polish graphic designer Pawel Piotrowski, who made this unique sandwich book. Page after page you will enjoy all the layers of sandwich fillings, from mayo to different types of salads. Your appetite grows whilst you read!

May 2010 Ever since I discovered Japanese paper clay molds, I've been dying to test them out. I've worked with paper clay before and really liked it. It's got a great texture, it's light, you can stamp it, paint it, and it air dries. So, I was excited to test out the paper clay on the miniature food molds. Below I share how to make miniature food with the clay molds. I purchased this Mouse-Chan Fuwa Fuwa paper clay set for $16.80 at JBOX to make the miniature food. Sustainable Product Design TreeHugger Latest Stories in Sustainable Product Design Protozoa-inpsired 3D printed Radiolaria lamps glow in the dark April 11, 2:42 PM by Kimberley Mok in Sustainable Product Design Influenced by the elegant geometries of micro-organisms, these textile lamps glow gently in the night. Brazilian furniture design is sustainable and stunning April 8, 5:00 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design Brazil is hot this year, and their furniture design is too. Natural air conditioner cools with the power of terracotta and evaporation April 4, 7:00 AM by Kimberley Mok in Sustainable Product Design Using an age-old method to cool the air, this terracotta "cold pot" could be an energy-efficient and low-maintenance alternative to conventional air conditioners.

Totoro-tastic My little sister and I are massive fans of Studio Ghibli. My favourite characters are Ponyo, ---> (a sea creature who befriends a boy and wants to be a human girl) and Totoro [below] (actually a race of forest dwellers discovered by two sisters who go on a magical adventure) Both of these are lovely films and I've not met any one adult or child not to be charmed by them. Studio Ghibli is massive in Japan and was a pretty well kept secret until Disney re-dubbed them in English for a whole new audience. With Totoro being so adorable there is a gamit of Totoro crafting fabulousness. Here is a selection of some of my favourites.Totoro box from Kushtibliss Paper Totoro from Nice Paper Toys

Archive Matt and Kathleen's 5th Wheel You wouldn’t normally think of a 5th wheel trailer as a tiny house, but when I was invited over to Matt and Kathleen’s Forest River Cardinal trailer which is parked behind a friend’s home, I was astounded at how cozy and “house-like” it felt. The couple, who downsized from their home in Seattle to this 30-foot trailer about a year ago, have turned it into a little mobile retreat. A few years ago, a trip to India opened the couple’s eyes to an alternative way of life and they decided to sell their home in Seattle and most of their belongings.

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Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid I came across a stunner of a bohemian-style loft today in Spain and couldn’t peel myself away from examining the many details. This place is in Madrid and is totally unreal – so imaginative, I’ve never seen anything like it. And it’s very neutral and industrial with loads of vintage elements, wow! It’s the space of interiors photographer Manolo Yllera and doubles as his light studio.

Making Paper Typewriters It's a year now since I presented at the Sticky Institute's I Am Typewriter Festival in Melbourne. The zine makers down there showed me lots of things you can do that are typewriter-related. And going through my bits and pieces today, I found one of them: Making typewriters out of paper - The Olympia above is a series of images of the typewriter, printed in black and white, cut out in sections and pasted to an inner cardboard frame. It is just over four inches square and an inch high. The Blue Bird below is a little simpler to try, if you can print out on an A4 sheet.

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