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Aug 18, 2010

The Scratch - Off World Map

created at: 08/18/2010

When you were a kid, you most certainly recieved a coloring book-style map of your home country, and were then prompted to fill in each place you've been. Or, perhaps your family kept a large world map on the wall, using a ball head pin to keep track of where one of you had visited.

"If You Are a Fan of:

(a.) scratch ‘n sniff stickers

(b.) scratch off lotto tickets

or, (c.) plain ol’ maps, we’re pretty sure you’re gonna flip for the My… read more


Aug 17, 2010

Free Must-Download Typography Education Resources

created at: 08/17/2010 does more than just sell the best typefaces. They also want to help you learn to use them properly. They're offering four amazing free downloads that can do just that. created at: 08/17/2010

Meet Your Type is a charming, first-date-themed primer to all things… read more


Aug 16, 2010

The United States Postal Service, Re-Visualized

created at: 08/16/2010

Designer Matt Chase thought perhaps the USPS needed a bit of a visual overhaul. The result is an unbelievably cool and complete reworking of every element, including "logo, letterhead, business cards, packing tape, shipping labels, mailbox graphics, worker uniforms, stamps, stamp dispensers, notepad, weights & prices brochure, fleet vehicle graphics, front-of-store signage, newspaper advertisements and elementary school… read more


Aug 16, 2010

Quiltsryche: Quilting with a Hard Edge

created at: 08/16/2010

Seattle-based textile artist and designer Boo Davis creates "modern heirloom quilts just like your metal-loving, half-blind Grandma would...[with] bold designs, eye-popping color combinations and a touch of evil," under her studio, Quiltsryche.

created at: 08/16/2010

"Dare to Be Square Quilting," her new book, will be published this month, and is a little more tame than her standard fare. And understandably so; recently interviewed by the New York Times, Davis revealed, "I set out to do a hard-edged, metal-infused guide to quilting. My proposal outlined projects like a Blizzard of Oz scarf and a quilt called Snake Pit, as if Slash were to have a quilt on his bed. It made the rounds of the book publishers, and everyone said, “This is awesome, but we can’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.” Finally, Potter Craft came back with, “We love your aesthetic, we love your voice, can you do a completely different book?” And I did just that and I’m actually happy… read more


Aug 13, 2010

Avatar and Pocohontas are the Same Movie

created at: 08/13/2010

Forget all the "Dances with Wolves" comparisons...the 2010's big, overhyped hit's genesis actually lies in a different… read more


Aug 11, 2010

Silver Skull Spoons

created at: 08/11/2010

Sometimes, a fellow blogger just nails the summary paragraph. My man Sean has done just that in this onceover, so I'ma just let him do the talkin'.

"It's a portmanteau playground! "Skoons" is better than "spulls," I think. They're made from vintage silver by Tom Sale, aka Pinky Diablo, and are available in both tea- and table-skoon sizes. Of course, the numerous holes limit their utility as spoons; I wonder if the details could be embossed instead of pierced? Also, if the teeth were made a bit sharper they could double as tines, and the whole utensil would become a "skull spork." I'll leave that one to your own imaginations to, I mean,… read more


Aug 11, 2010

Plushified Adult Beverages

created at: 08/11/2010

Recently spied in the Craft Flickr pool - Yummy Pancake created these original plush versions of beers and liquors for Plush You 2010.

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Aug 10, 2010

Absolutely Brilliant Advertising for Pictionary

Pictionary Helicopter Print

Colombian artist Juan Jose Posada from Ogilvy and Mather made this genius series of images to advertise the classic boardgame Pictionary.

Get it? They're real world examples of exactly how Pictionary players would draw a helicopter, a bear, and a ship. Pretty striking,… read more


Aug 09, 2010

Mid-Century Inspired Awesomeness

created at: 08/09/2010

Christopher Sample is an Arizona-based illustrator and typographer, whose "Hood Series" features, "Portraits of the American Dream Home," by way of Southwest sun-drenched, yet cool mid-century… read more


Aug 09, 2010

5,000 Naked People at the Sydney Opera House

created at: 08/09/2010

I always smile when I see a new Spencer Tunick photo pop up. Tunick is a U.S. photographer who's signature work features masses of nude people in public places. The participants are volunteers who often receive a limited print of the photo as compensation.

Tunick's latest, 'The Base" is a collection of 5,000 gathered in front of the Syndey Opera House. The piece was "staged during Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Grasfestivities in March. It portrays a throng of over 5,000 naked bodies carpeting the space outside the Sydney… read more


Aug 06, 2010

Vintage-Inspired Ads for Modern Communication Tools

created at: 08/06/2010

Brazilian advertising agency Moma created these retro-inspired ads for Facebook, Skype, and YouTube for the Maximidia Seminars campaign, "Everything Ages… read more


Aug 06, 2010

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

created at: 08/06/2010

Okay, so these are admittedly a bit different from the standard ManMade posts, but they're too amazing not to share. "These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color."

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Aug 05, 2010

Zombies and the Five-Second Rule

zombify:  wikipedia “5 sec rules” The   five second rule  is a popular   polite fiction   regarding the eating of   food   that  has fallen to the floor or ground. The origins of the rule are unknown. The substance of the rule is that if food  falls on the ground, it may be safely eaten as long as it is picked up  within five seconds.

As it turns out, even zombies abide by short-term food contamination avoidance standards.

"The five second rule is a popular polite fiction regarding the eating of food that has fallen to the floor or ground. The origin of the rule is unknown. The substance of the rule is that if food falls on the ground, it may be safely eaten as long as it is picked up within five… read more


Aug 05, 2010

Craft Fail: A Total Family Knitmare

created at: 08/05/2010

Full length body suits are totally terrifying when worn by couples, but it turns out, when a family's involved, one only needs handmade yarn mask to induce nightmares.

Please, note the pie, the bowtie, and the matching white shirts. And we dare not guess what the daughter does in her spare… read more


Aug 04, 2010

Cool Graffiti Work by Ukrainian Street Artist

Folks are calling street artist Sharik "the Ukranian Banksy," but I think its safe to say there are LOTS of politically charged, humorous street artists making paintings and installations all over the world.


Okay, so maybe his stenciling and color choices are a little "inspired" by some of Banksy's work, but c'mon! A milk bottle holding that militarized Coke hostage? Stands on… read more

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