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Dec 01, 2011

How to: Make a Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

When I was a kid, my sister always battled to be the one to put the angel on top of the tree, but my favorite part was always finding where our family had boxed up the bright red nutcracker, and place him somewhere where he could guard our presents against any potential evil mouse kings.

Any the best part? Our nutcracker could actually crack nuts. Nowadays, a functioning nutcracker is nearly impossible to find, and the ones availble in craft stores are kinda junky, poorly assembled, and not something that would fit in any sort of contemporary decor.

So, I decided to give that classic shape a clean and contemporary makeover. And you can too!   … read more


Dec 01, 2011

Past Presidents Kick Butt in Epically Patriotic Art

Sometimes, a dollar bill isn't enough.

Artist Jason Hauser decided to take a different approach to honor the founding fathers and other heroes of U.S. depicting them in various stages of total badassery.

Teddy Roosevelt battles bigfoot, George Washington becomes a zombie hunter, and Abe Lincoln touts the Emancipation Proclamation atop a grizzly bear...

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Dec 01, 2011

Knitting Battle: Gnomes vs. Snowmen! A ManMade Exclusive Interview with Anna Hrachovec

created at: 11/28/2011I was out at the American Folk Art Museum in Lincoln Center a few weeks back for their Make It Thursday event, and I got the chance to see Anna Hrachovec speak. For those of you who don't know Anna's work, she's been knitting tiny toys for five years and runs the website
created at: 11/28/2011
She was at Make It Thursday talking about her most recent exhibition, Gnomes vs. Snowmen. I took the opportunity to swing by the exhibition, and to ask Anna a few questions.
1) Do you have any metrics on how much material you used for Gnomes vs. Snowmen? Feet of yarn, or number of yarn balls?
Let's see.. I used about 64 skeins ofread more

Nov 30, 2011

Squash-Century Modern: Seasonal Reinterpretations of Design Classics

To celebrate the harvest season and all things Thanksgiving, Abstract Sunday artist Christoph Niemann created "Squash Modern," a collection of modern design classics reinterpretted with, well, squash.   … read more


Nov 30, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 30, 2011

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.

Photographer Richard Mosse uses infrared film to capture this incredible images in the Congo. That's not a special effect...all that craziness happens in the camera.

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Nov 30, 2011

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Behind the Original Mac OS Icons

created at: 11/29/2011

Few artists have had as deep impact on the lives of more people than Susan Kare. Millions, if not billions, of people's experiences with computers are easier and more intuitive thanks to her. Her name may not be familiar to everyone, but her work is: she was the graphical user interface pioneer who created the original icons for Apple computers, transforming modern personal computing into what it is today.   … read more


Nov 29, 2011

Jaw-Dropping 3D Street Paintings

I don't even understand perspective enough to make a 2D drawing look like it's disappearing into the horizon, so I'd have no idea where to even start to conceptualize these amazing, mind-bending 3D street paintings.

But, thankfully, the very talented team 3D Joe and Max have mastered the technique. 

Recently, the artists teamed up with Reebok to break two Guinness World Records for the longest and largest 3D painting. Here are the results:    

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Nov 28, 2011

Incredible Collages of Movie Poster Cliches

French pop culture blogger Christophe Courtois has seen a lot of movie posters. So many, in fact, that he began to notice a few trends.

No, not just the over use of Trajan, but the fact that a lot of them are, well, exactly the same...

Most interesting, Courtois notes the similiarities in types of movies, like the abundance of yellow in art house cinema:            … read more


Nov 28, 2011

The World's Smallest Working Camera Takes Tiny 1/2" Images

created at: 11/24/2011

Believe it or not, this camera isn't an accessory for Hipster Barbie, it's a wet plate collodion camera made by Kevin Klein that's about the size of a quarter. Oh, and I should mention that it actually works!   … read more


Nov 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from ManMade and Debbie Downer!

created at: 11/23/2011

Hello, hello, friends. I'm happy to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving. This year, I'm struck by how thankful I am to have a job that I love, exploring the handmade and design scene, making cool stuff, and sharing them with the ManMade and Curbly audiences.  I was able to make my dream come true before I even hit thirty, and I'm incredibly, incredibly grateful.

So, thanks to all of you for reading our sites, and for allowing me to do this full time. 

Here's an old favorite of mine; enjoy it, and be grateful that all of your friends and family aren't so negative. (Hopefully!)

created at: 11/23/2011

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Nov 23, 2011

Beardo - The Beard Typeface

Designer and art director Drew Vanderveen has created "Beardo," a facial hair typeface.

You'll wanna click through, zoom in, and check out the details on this. What he's pulled off is truly amazing.   … read more


Nov 23, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 23, 2011

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.

The Monster Workshop's Stitches and Glue makes these amazing, slightly terrifying, and surprisingly adorable "monster skin rugs".   … read more


Nov 22, 2011

A Poster Campaign to Help Save NBC's "Community"

I hadn't heard the news, but apparently NBC has shelved its current most creative and original series, Community. It hasn't been cancelled, but new episodes are not being produced, and it's time slot will be filled by the returning 30 Rock. And yes, Whitney is still airing, albeit not on Thursdays.

To show support for the inventive series, Vulture has created an old fashion poster campaign.… read more


Nov 22, 2011

Whoa....Those are Wood?! Surreal Hand-Carved Sculptures

created at: 11/21/2011

Duramen is a series of hand-carved wooden sculptures made by Bonsoir Paris that looks like something out of Salvidor Dali painting or possibly a prop from the movie Aliens

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Nov 21, 2011

Free Music Alert: Songs for Stuffing - A Thanksgiving Mix

Yeah, the grocery stores and commercials are full of standards for that other upcoming holiday, but this week, if you're not quite ready to jump to sleigh bells and mentions of misteltoe, try rocking out to NPR's "Songs for Stuffing," a collection of jams for Thanksgiving. … read more

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