Category Archives: Films
You read that right: this is a stand, not the usual case design I tend to post here. Because there are so many X-Men Blu-Ray/DVD releases (standalone and box sets), I felt I should put together a design to show off the mutant superhero movies you already have.
This stand is similar to a bookend, only inserted into the middle of your Blu-Ray library for dramatic effect. The clear plastic (or glass) stand would give the illusion that several Blu-Rays are being levitated by Magneto*, who also appears to be floating in midair.
If it were up to me I’d sell this with only Days of Future Past, the rest of the films you’d have to supply yourself. Thanks to the bookend nature of this design, it is future-proof; you can place all of the future X-Men films adjacent to the stand. Read the rest of this entry
My latest art print is a 27″ x 40″ one-sheet of a famous scene. It’s not available to buy just yet, I’m gauging interest first. So if you like what you see, please like, tweet, or comment. I’ll update this post should it go on sale.
If there is zero interest then that’s cool too. It’s a portfolio piece/separate project I am working on.
If you like Star Wars I have a few more posts here.
Sorry for the lack of activity lately! I have been editing hundreds of posts these past few months as part of my cleanup effort. While I was sorting through all my art I stumbled on something I made a few years back, but decided not to post: this PIXAR case based on the Pizza Planet truck, which has been seen in every PIXAR film. The reasons I didn’t post it back then: A.) I was weary of making vehicle-based cases B.) It struck me as something that might not look good on the shelf (it is an ugly old truck), and C.) the design didn’t seem all that user-friendly (see below). Originally I was striving to make a compact case (this is about 10″ long, 6.75″ tall, 6.25″ wide) that could hold about 20 – 25 discs, and that warranted this telescoping feature. Unfortunately it became this 20-inch long monstrosity that took up a lot of space. Also the discs might be cumbersome to browse and remove (though the trays could probably detach too). I’ve decided to share it now to because of the lack of new posts, and also it is a fun item to behold. This is a reminder for me that some designs just don’t hold up until you see them in action. Here are a few more Pixar designs: Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E, and a Monsters Inc Blu-Ray player.
I mentioned on Twitter that I was surprised that no one opened a real-life Mos Eisley Cantina for geeks like me. In fact there seems to be a complete absence of geeky bars and pubs, which is an untapped market in my opinion.
One thing bars could do is hang a geeky sign like this No Droids Allowed notice at their entrance to greet customers. Nothing like a display of intolerance towards robots to endear your establishment to customers.
Notes: It could also say “We don’t serve their kind here!”, which was the phrase spoken in the film; I just wanted to be direct to those no-good robots. There is the Storm Crow Tavern in Vancouver BC that is very geeky, which is why I gave them a shout-out here.
I came across this old idea where I mentioned the landing pad from Return of the Jedi would make for a cool desk. I thought I’d put together a basic concept.
Not only would you have a nice big surface area for your computer, but you’d have several fancy lights, a couple of neat desk grommets, and a system for organizing cables in the “walkways” below.
But wait, there’s more!
You could turn this desk into a playset, I mean, interactive diorama, for your Star Wars figures. The design above is roughly in scale with the 3.75″ line of figures (about 25.5″ tall).
I’m sure most folks would use this as a desk, with the odd Star Wars item for decoration (much like geeks already do).
One thing I’d incorporate should this become a reality: I would make all the elevated walkways telescoping, just like a jet bridge. That way you can collapse them to get more legroom under the desk (the walkways are extended in the second image).
If you’re interested in this or any other of my furniture designs, please contact my pals at Tom Spina Designs, they can provide a quote to build it for you (they are based in New York City fyi).
Here are some ideas that would bring some personality to your home’s front door: a deadbolt and doorbell fashioned after the ones seen on the “magic teleportation door” from Howl’s Moving Castle. Now you can exit the house in style!
To make both of these items feasible for the real world there are some compromises: the doorbell would be static, because the rotational movement would be too hard to implement; and the deadbolt would only feature two colors instead of four, with red and green being used to show the door as locked and unlocked respectively.
Because the handle on the deadbolt is square-shaped, it would be hard to tell if the door is locked at a glance. Limiting the display to two colors to show locked/unlocked is ideal for this setup.
All that’s left is making sure the doorbell has that familiar chime heard in the film. To me it sounds more like a typewriter bell than your typical doorbell.
NOTES: I’m sure people much smarter than me could rig a 4-color deadbolt with a doorbell that can rotate (to match the deadbolt), but for everyday use and long-term durability the above setup would be more viable in my opinion.
Like just about everything else I post here these don’t exist, so your only option is the DIY route. The doorbell is easy, just a matter of painting an old bell and adding a pointer (installation might be a headache). As for the deadbolt there are similar items on the market but there are no indicators for the handle side of the door. As of this writing I could not find a custom deadbolt maker.