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Scientific Designs and Tutorials That Will Inspire You

Art and science. The two are more known to be near opposites in the world. Yet, when creativity collides with a logically inspired motif, the results can be spectacular. With a mixture of creative graphics, illustrations, 3D models, trendy typography, photo manipulations and more, you are able to create some of the most amazing art.

Posters have many uses and come in different styles. They can be hung on the walls inside your home, your office, your cubicle. They can be used for print media advertising a special event or a product branding. Some are with typography and some without. The following poster art provides a perspective of science that can only be seen from the artistic side. Links to the profiles of the known artist or source has been provided so that you may view their other designs.

So sit back and let your imagination expand as you take a scientific journey through the the eyes of many artists.

Scientific Designs, Posters, and Tutorials Link

Nuclear War
There are two tutorials on the Greg Martin site that are truly quite remarkable, “Make A Realistic Star Field” and “Make A Planet”, one which is listed at the end of the post. The Star Field tutorial will help you create awe-inspiring star fields, and the Planet tutorial shows how to create a simple, yet realistic-looking planet using Adobe Photoshop 7.


Create and benefit from art and science1
We all have a right to create and benefit from art and science. For a book on human rights.


Forgotten Wizard3
We all have a right to create and benefit from art and science. For a book on human rights.


Evolution Fashion Show Poster5


Modern Science Will Kill Us All7


As Fast As I Can9


War Brings Chaos
This illustration has nice photo manipulation and creative use of shapes and colors.


The Forgotten Science11
Good visual representation of an abstract issue.


A retro abstract cosmic illustration.


Very unique poster which will inspire you to sit and count the dots per inch.


Chemistry in Forensics17
A retro style poster made in Adobe Illustrator.


Blocky Hyperspace19
Space design with elements that look like shards or strips of metal.


100 Hours of Astronomy
Utilize one of the tutorials listed below to learn how to create planets and moons in Photoshop.


Rocket Science
A colorful and unique typeset overlays a dark starry field of space.


This is Not Rocket Science21
Good typography mixed with a cool 50’s flair makes this a fun poster


Yes, This is Rocket Science23
Retro style design with 3D effects.


The Politics of Science25
More than creative typography, an artist can see this message, “The Politics of Science”, as the basics of science using various types of equipment and sightings in a typical lab from microscopes to test tubes.


Florescent streams of light flow through the unique typography.


Flying Through Space27
With the darkened skies of space and the spacecraft moving quickly, the galaxy (by the perception of the artist) is definitely not far behind.


Science vs. Religion29




Space Abstract33
An abstract of design incorporating good colors and shapes.


Kill The Earth35
Bringing forth a sense of the eeriness of the earth, this illustration uses depth and silhouette to depict a truly unique view of where we originate from, the dirt.


A Desolate Outlook on Tomorrow
An environmental concept design using warm colors.


Fine outline and soft colors shows off this environmental illustration.


Renova Green Love and Action
Bright and cheerful layered illustration full of color.


Inspiring. Detailed. A transformation in progress within the illustration.


The reflection of the comet in the realistic rippling water makes this picture stand out.


WWF Lungs
Nice shades of green with good detail.


Spektrum XL 643
3D graphics and position of wheels makes this image lifelike.


Sub Focus45
Think big! Large header typography and a big yellow submarine make a bold statement.


Spektrum XL 347
Good design with cat scientists, 3D effects, and typography.


Chemistry of Love49
Designed by Marco Marella50.


The Extended Bell Curve52
A creative way to show design with the curve.


Celebrate Pi Day54
A combination of different typesets used to create a great poster for Pi Day.


Space Time56
Grasp a hold on the planet while it’s still green. This capturing fractal art rendition ensnares the globe for you.


Cosmic Eye58
The beauty of design is truly in the eye of the beholder. What do you see here?


Cosmic Butterfly60
Nature infused with a sense of cosmic play created this conceptual butterfly.


Science Experiments62
Multiple colors and design show off the detail of the iguana’s scales.


Solar System64
The best photographs in the universe are provided by NASA. On this poster, nine planets (including the controversial Pluto) are featured in bold and colorful design.


Geologic Time66
A unique spiral illustration of geologic time in 3D


20 Tutorials to help you recreate some of the scientific elements, typography, and graphics Link

Making of A Floating Island68
In this tutorial, you will learn in 10 easy steps how to make a cool and trendy floating island.


Create A 3D flowery Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a 3D font, apply gradients, and floral effects.


Photoshop Tutorial: Stunning 3D Eeffects in 30 MSBinutes70
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make 3D typography with a glowing effect.


Design A Rocket-Powered Retrofuturistic Digital Illustration72
In this tutorial, using both Illustrator and Photoshop, you will learn how to create a retro interpretation of 3D typography with an an out-of-this-world digital illustration on space exploration.


Creating A Nebula74
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a star field and nebula cloud using Photoshop.


Making A Realistic Star Field76
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create beautiful star fields that make a piece of celestial art what it is: a portrayal of space.


Light and Glow Effect in Photoshop Tutorial78
In this tutorial you will learn several different glow and light effects in Photoshop.


In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a planet and 3D text while positioning it around the globe.


3ds Max Nuclear Explosion Tutorial
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a stunning nuclear explosion animation using 3ds Max.


Creating A Retro Grunge Poster
In this tutorial, you will be using textures and the pen tool to make a retro grunge style poster.


How To Draw Optimus Prime (OP) from Transformers82
In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw the one and only Optimus Prime (OP) from the popular cartoon series, Transformers.


How To Draw Bumblebee autobot from Transformers84
In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw the autobot Bumblebee from the popular cartoon series, Transformers.


How To Draw Bumblebee autobot from Transformers86
In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw an autobot in 3D Studio Max.


Kaboom! Exploding Text
Using both Photoshop and 3ds Max, you will learn how to create exploding typography.


Create a Spectacular Flaming Meteor Effect on Text
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a fire effect similar to when a spaceship or comet enters the earth’s atmosphere.


How To Create A Gold Text Effect In Photoshop
This tutorial will show you how to create a gold text effect. Using only Layer Styles, and once other new style is created, you will be able to save the style and apply it wherever you want.


Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop
In this tutorial, you will learn to create a grass text effect. This could look super cool on your next environment or eco related project.


Design A Retro Futurism Space Scene88
In this tutorial, you will learn how to design a retro-futuristic space scene, using a variety of lighting effects and photo manipulation.


Design A Grunge-style Abstract Typography with Rusted Metal Texture90
In this tutorial, you will explore some layer blending techniques, variuos filter effects, and an interesting method of making the text look 3D.


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  1. 1

    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    May 30, 2009 10:42 am

    Very interesting work. Not everything is to my taste, but yes .. Quite inspired to get my Wacom out again this weekend. Some of the work is truly amazing. I wish I was half as good as these artists. They’re worth every penny, that’s for sure. Thank you SM for having such a diversity in articles, showcases, etc. Really worth the daily visit.

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    That’s more than impressing! Thanks a lot for publishing the tutorials! Awesome!

  3. 3

    really interesting works… some of this help to improve your designs, this is my first comment¡
    i really like a lot SM thank you for you dedication ..¡¡

  4. 4

    Two ‘scientific’ photomontages:

    Mind Beyond Big Bang: Mind Beyond Big Bang


    Sound Transform: Sound Transform

  5. 5

    Nice collection ;)

  6. 6

    Errr, not for nothing, but the Comet one (the cheap Bryce noob art) and the Bell Curve dinosaur one are very, VERY uninspiring. Why are they in this list?? Did they pay you to be in that list?? A 10 yr old with one week on a PC can make that crap.

    The rest are very nice however. Those 2 fit in like a black man at a KKK rally.

  7. 7

    Thanks alot! Needed this alot!

  8. 8

    The taste of the autor of this article is really fascinating, he is pick some outstanding works for this article, right to some crapy kitch works.
    Really amazing.

  9. 9

    First of all, another great post. Packed with awesomeness.
    I’ve made some science iPhone (or iPod Touch) wallpapers available for free download at my site here. I should try make some wallpapers too…

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    May 30, 2009 4:42 pm

    Eh.. “Futuristic” or maybe even “Sci-Fi” would be a better description, not “scientific”. The only image that I think is really a great example of a scientific design is “Geologic Time”, which communicates a real scientific concept in an artistic form. The other ones are all fine from an aesthetic point of view… but frankly they just don’t bring any real science.

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    Escher inspire me not this crap.

  12. 12

    there is so much fantastic art in this, i think all my artsy friends should take a look!

  13. 13

    I was stunned by the WWF Lungs poster showing how deforestation and our lungs are directly related. The message was clear. That poster was perfect!

    The speedometer using animals (As Fast As I Can) was interesting too…

    Unfortunately, smashing mag has probably desensitized me to flashy graphics so most of the art featured in this article didn’t appeal to me, despite their wow factor. (no offense to the rest of the ‘beautiful’ art in this page)

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    Brian Temecula

    May 30, 2009 10:29 pm

    I really like the Science vs. Religion poster.

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    Gabriel Credico

    May 31, 2009 1:10 am

    wahhha, there’re some dnb lovers in the sm-team :D
    like it :D

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    The reflection of the comet in the realistic rippling water makes this picture stand out.”

    Yes, realistic… if you have never seen water before, this red blob being reflected by a regular pattern of water might seem to look realistic.

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    May 31, 2009 1:31 am

    The two painterly abstract spaceships are by John Berkey, who really should be credited since you seem to like him. He’s probably worth an article himself!

    The one that really stands out for me is the red ‘comet’ one, which is a piece of crap that anyone with Bryce (or something) could knock together in five minutes.

    Otherwise, another great inspiration post, thanks. :)

  18. 18

    Some new tutorials would have been really good, some of than were “older”.

    The posters are really stunning!

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    Thanks for featuring my typography is everything series!

    Nice collection – All the best!

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    Adrian - WPDONE

    May 31, 2009 2:52 am

    As Fast As I Can is the one I like.


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