“Print” Murals With the Human-Guided SprayPrinter

The SprayPrinter, developed by an Estonia-based start-up, is new a spray painting system that “prints” out large-scale murals using a human hand as its guide. Accompanied by a dedicated mobile app, the contraption maps out targeted walls or canvases and sprays a small dot each time it passes over an area that should be colored in—it’s basically a giant, human-powered inkjet printer. Though they’ve released …

Japanese Craftsmen Reinterpret Star Wars Scenes

Japanese craftsman have adapted the ancient practice of ukiyo-e wood-block printing to portray scenes from the Star Wars film franchise, creating the ultimate mash-up of tradition and science fiction. Keeping with the artistic styles of Japanese drawings, these craftsmen re-envision an icy battle scene from Hoth, Queen Amidala standing with R2-D2 and an image of Darth Vader. The prints draw eerie parallels between Japanese culture …

Future Mapping Company Berlin

A detail-rich take on the modern map that is equal parts informative and decorative

Though maps began as utility-minded reference tools, they’ve always had artistic elements. From elaborate compass roses and sea monsters that lurk near remote coastlines to carefully selected color palettes, the aesthetics of maps sometimes even trump accuracy. We’ve been following Future Mapping Company since the East London outfit’s early days and are continually impressed by their ability to pack information beautifully into an expertly executed …