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Watch This Artist Reveal His Invisible Calligraphy Using a Few Drops of Ink

We’ve featured Seb Lester’s remarkable calligraphy talents before, but in this video, instead of hand-lettering iconic corporate logos, he’s seemingly performing calligraphic magic by making beautifully stylised letters appear right before your eyes with just a few drops of ink. Read More >>

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You’ll Swear This Macro Photography Universe Is CGI

It’s an odd paradox of our times, but when we see something extraordinary these days, it’s easy to assume that it was computer generated. CGI is the current all-consuming method of creating movie effects, but this video of ink in water shot with macro photography shows just how beautiful practical effects can be. Read More >>

The Bob Ross of Glow-in-the-Dark Drawing

It appears semi-intentional and a little silly but YouTuber Peter Draws is making a solid attempt at channeling Bob Ross’ meditative tone coupled with slightly odd commentary. And it’s some soothing stuff. Read More >>

The Science Behind That Stick Figure Doodle Brought to Life With Water

A few weeks ago, the internet was wowed by a video of a magic marker stick figure doodle that appeared to magically come to life with a little water. Many assumed there were some unseen shenanigans that made the stick figure leap off the table, but as Steve Mould explains, it’s all due to the simple science of erasable markers. Read More >>

Heat Ink and Hairdryers Used to Make Secret Porn

Heat activated ink, a talent for drawing and a DIRTY DIRTY MIND have been combined by a Japanese artist, who draws nearly naked women and clothes them in a special ink that disappears when heated -- so their outerwear can be blown off by a hairdryer. Read More >>

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Injecting an Egg Yolk with Ink Reveals the Embryo Hidden Inside

Here’s an intriguing video showing ink being injected into the “yolk sac artery of 72 hour-old chick embryo to visualise the beating heart and the vasculature”. It’s from Nikon’s Small World in Motion competition which is always a great source for videos that reveal the previously unseen. Watching the ink spread throughout the yolk in this video shows how it’s all connected. Read More >>

Glass-Nibbed Eco-Pen Writes With Wine, Tea, Coffee, Blood etc

A designer looking into the sustainability of modern printer inks has decided that what we really need is a pen that can write on things in wine or tea or the tears of your enemy -- and created a pen that can be loaded with any staining liquid to use as your own, personal ink. Read More >>

The US Government Would Save £240 Million if it Just Switched Typefaces

Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A teenager in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $400 million (£240 million) in ink. Read More >>

Jamaican Dancehall Musicians Pioneer Insane Eyeball Tattoo Craze

Derick Walters, a man who sings in a dancehall stylee under the slightly more glamorous name of Mace, has apparently become the latest Jamaican singer to take part in the bewilderingly fashionable concept of the eyeball tattoo. That's a tattoo, only IN AND ON YOUR EYE. Read More >>

What’s the Ink in a Standard Rollerball Pen Made Of?

You probably have no idea where the ink in your pen comes from, much less whether it's a simple factory process or demanding of more expertise. Josh Velson, a chemical engineering consultant for bio and petrochemicals, has your answer. Read More >>

Graphene Ink Paves the Way for Proper Wearable Tech via Printed Circuits

Modern miracle stuff graphene has been used by developers to print circuits on clothing, creating a genuinely wearable form of tech that doesn't rely on bulky watches, AR glasses or sewing computers into your flesh. Read More >>

Dutch Publishers Print Book in (Unsurprisingly Stinky) Squid Ink

Something smells fishy... Naar Inkt Vissen is a book of sailors' stories with a difference. Today Designers' 700-book run is bound with industrial fishing wire - and printed using a litre and a half of squid ink. Read More >>

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These Floating Globes of Ink and Oil Look Completely Unreal

Oil and water don't mix. It's an idiom that feels as old as time. But photographer Alberto Seveso found a way to get oil and ink to play nice, and the results are stunning. Read More >>

This Psychedelic Fever Dream Is Made Of Ink, Soap And Oil

You may not interact with ink as much as you used to, but you have to give it credit for powering millions of pens and a crap tonne of printing. We still consume a lot of media that exists because of ink. And a good way to celebrate it might be to just let it flow and see what happens. Ruslan Khasanov, a Russian graphic designer, felt the same way so he mixed ink, oil and soap to make this trippy and awesome video called Pacific Light. Khasanov was inspired when he watched black beads of soy sauce form in oil while he was cooking. There are great stills and gifs on his Behance. Kind of makes me long for a tie die comeback. [Colossal] Read More >>

Scientists Build Incredible Supercapacitor Using… Pen Ink?

Standard pen ink is the surprise component in a flexible carbon fibre supercapacitor which can be bent in a full circle with barely any loss of performance. Read More >>