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Jan 16, 2012

How It Was Made: Paper Torso with Removable Organs

You may have seen this incredible paper human torso with removable organs about the internet last week. It was featured on a few art blogs you may have heard of, like...all of them. See: BoingBoingJuxtapozDesignBoomNotCotComplex, and Colossal.

But today, original story breakers My Modern Met have even more to offer: an interview with the artist and photos that show the whole thing being designed and built.   … read more


Jan 16, 2012

Test Your Movie Knowledge with Film Alphabet Posters

British designer and artist Stephen Wildish has created these great and challenging movie alphabets, organized by decade. You'll certainly recognize some, but the task is surprisingly hard.

How many can you guess?

My scores:      … read more


Jan 16, 2012

The Craft and Commerce of Writing

I never set out to write a craft book--or, for that matter, to write business columns, or reference materials, or textbooks on teen sex and Chernobyl, or basically anything that's paid the bills over the last five years.  I'd written for years, but it had been an after-hours art:  Essays about technology and sexuality and Detroit's decay; stories about clockwork robots, haunted dogs, monster wives, and giant squid--the kind of stuff you gut out after dark; the kind of stuff you write for the consuming love of finding how to say it.  The kind of stuff that's hard to sell.

I've always been a crackerjack essayist (honest; I won… read more


Jan 16, 2012

A Table Made of Secret Compartments

created at: 01/15/2012

What could possibly be cooler than secret compartments? Ok, maybe secret passageways, but we'll have to save those for another post. The Kai Table, designed by Naoki Hirakoso and Takmitsu Kitahara, is an incredible object constructed almost entirely of secret compartments.  

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Jan 13, 2012

10 Men's Style Mistakes to Avoid

Gin A. Ando, in the always thoughtful and reliable Primer magazine, offers, in his voice, "ten style mistakes I wish I'd learned a long time ago. He says, "Being virile young men, we are somewhat expected to be reckless in our nature. Perhaps we don’t think everything through before we do it. Or maybe we do things in excess. But if there’s something a well-dressed young man who … read more


Jan 13, 2012

SNL's Stefon Now Doing Reviews on Yelp

created at: 01/13/2012Stefon Zolesky is easily Saturday Night Live's best recurring character since Mary Katherine Gallagher. (Save for perhaps Tina Tina Chaneuse, who is no more.) As Weekend Update's "city coorespondant," Stefon is regularly invited to share tourism tips for families and holiday visitors, but his references quickly devolve into absurd parties and under-under-underground nightclubs, with characters as DJ Baby Bok Choy, a "giant 300 pound Chinese baby, who wears tinted aviator glasses and he spins records with his little ravioli hands”.

So, good news people - Stefon is now doing Yelp reviews… read more


Jan 13, 2012

Swissted: Punk Rock Music + Swiss Modernism

created at: 01/13/2012

"Swissted" is NY-based designer's Mike Joyce ode to two of his most beloved passions: punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements, he notes, "that have absolutely nothing to do with one another."

Mike redesigned vintage flyers from actual punk rock, hardco

re, and indie rock concerts… read more


Jan 13, 2012

"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" Inspired Oil Painting & the Adult Swim Art Show

created at: 01/12/2012

This oil painting by Audrey Pongracz, inspired by the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, is awesome. What made me even more excited, was finding out that this piece is part of an entire Adult Swim themed art show.   … read more


Jan 12, 2012

Inflated/Deflated: Balloons Speak Out

I've always loved this trick: inflate a balloon, pinch it shut, then doodle with a black marker and deflate. The lines left are incredibly thick and yet detailed, impossible to pull off if drawing at scale.

Three Chicago-based creatives have taken the approach, and depicted the art from the perspective of the not-currently filled balloon. Great stuff.

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Jan 12, 2012

17 Creative Letterheads from Celebrities & Public Figures

created at: 01/11/2012

Although it's safe to say that letters from Andy Warhol and Nikola Tesla won't be arriving in your mailbox anytime soon, here's your chance to get a glimpse of their personal letterhead. They run the gamut from experimental to minimalist to downright weird and even creepy (Charles Manson…). My personal favorite is that of Bob Kane (pictured above), the artist who created Batman.   … read more


Jan 11, 2012

Ten Podcasts You Should Be Listening to Right Now!

created at: 01/11/2012

Over the last five years, the podcast has grown from that sorta strange, internet-interview-radio thing that no one really knew what to do with to some of the most engaging and informative, and often hilarious, media available. Most often for free.   … read more


Jan 11, 2012

How to Live a Creative Life (an Infographic)

The current issue of Fast Company magazine (on stands now) features an amazing centerpiece on "How to Live a Creative Life." The article begins with a fascinating interview with Martin Scorsese, and his ability to, basically, do what fulfills him, and make incredible, personal films with Hollywood's money. "The director has achieved the trifecta of a fulfilling, creative life: enough money to do only what truly interests him, enough freedom to attack those projects in a way that is satisfying, and enough appreciation from his peers to tame--just slightly, just ever so slightly--the neurotic beast of self-doubt."

Equally interesting are the various breakout boxes and b-sides, including this awesome flow chart on How to Live a Creative Life, designed by ManMade faves, PopChartLabs.   … read more


Jan 11, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: January 11, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013


Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 

Teresa Wozniak created this amazing typographic collection of New Year's resolutions...… read more


Jan 10, 2012

Infographic: Batman and the History of the Bat-Suit

created at: 01/10/2012With the possible exception of Superman's Crayola-colored S-on-the-chest and simple cape/brief strongman combo, the Bat-suit is the most iconic superhero outfit of all time. The mask, the gloves, and most importantly, the utility belt, it walks the line of generically comic book-y and perfectly customized to the Caped Crusader.

Of course, since Batman's first appearance in 1939, there have been more than thirty-five incarnations of the Bat-suit, from the classic blue-and-grey to the, -y.   … read more


Jan 10, 2012

"Soft Guerilla" Recreates Weapons with Harmless, Humorous Materials

Artist Kyle Bean recently created six "weapons" for Cut magazine from unusual materials. And by unusual, I mean a time bomb from popsicles, brass knuckles from whole grain bread, and a knife blade from a feather.   … read more

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