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Apr 12, 2011

I Can't Explain This, But It's Awesome and You Want to Play with It

created at: 04/12/2011

I just discovered this little rebloggable gem: someone built in a visual/musical step sequencer into Tumblr's CSS, allowing readers to click the boxes and create some seriously cool and catchy beats and… read more


Apr 12, 2011

LEGO Artist Recreates Brooklyn Neighborhood in his 400-Square-Foot Living Room

Jonathan Lopes loves Brooklyn, NY. And LEGOs. And, for the past four years, the Boreum Hill-resident has been recreating his neighborhood, brick-by-brick, in his living room. "The buildings in his plastic city are real spots he frequents or walks past in the borough—the Fairway in Red Hook, the Williamsburg Savings Bank (12,000 LEGO bricks!), and even a gardening shop on Hoyt Street are all there."

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Apr 12, 2011

Astronaut Want Ad: Job Opportunities for Commercial Space Travel

created at: 04/12/2011

Until recently, the odds of getting a job as a full time astronaut that actually travel into space were incredibly slim: most candidates are not only ranked military officers and trained fighter pilots, but had Ph.Ds in the sciences, inpeccable physical health, have a body of a certain size, shape, and weight, pass a trillion tests, to only have a few go into space each year.

All that's still true, but a game-changing want ad just posted: Richard Branson's Virgin group is branching out into space travel, and they're… read more


Apr 11, 2011

How To: Make a Super Mario Papercraft Magnetic Board

created at: 04/11/2011

In elementary school, I was a diorama master. Iroquois longhouses with tiny animal pelts and handcarved mini wooded bowls, the two-part Tantalos cooking up Pelops and feeding him to the gods/never being able to snatch the fruit or bend to drink the water, and my award winning scene from The Westingread more


Apr 11, 2011

The Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator

created at: 04/11/2011

Malcom Gladwell, The New Yorker staff writer, has written a wildly successful series of books (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw) that deal with, more-or-less, a super fascinating premise: explaining why seemingly unexplainable things happen.

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Apr 11, 2011

What IS Typographic Illustration?

Dude, remember when you first discovered Word Art in the 90s? Suddenly, words weren't just letters in some typeface. They could bend, have shadows, and look like they were made out of dark green countertop formica! They could really say something, like "I was made with an MS Word template!"

Thankfully, designers and artists have been playing with type and letterforms for years, creatively arranging and adapting the shapes of words to convey more than just a string of characters. The Print magazine blog, Imprint, explores the subject, seeks a definition, and provides some amazing… read more


Apr 09, 2011

The Infographic of Infographics

The internet has changed in the last year, and it has nothing to do with Rebecca Black, children and wife hiding, or tiger blood jokes. Rather, I mean the proliferation of the infographic.

Sometime in the last 18 monthes of so, folks decided that tall gothic typefaces against earthy backgrounds with charts and graphs looked great, that maps of the U.S. filled with local pizza and beer was a good idea, or that coffee recipes presentated in abstract geometrical forms were a great way to learn.

And they were right. So more folks made some, and then more folks made them, and we are now basking in the era of the internet… read more


Apr 09, 2011

Interview with ManMade on BellaBunting

created at: 04/08/2011

This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ella of BellaBunting for a short interview about ManMade, creativity, and trying my best to make it seem like I know what I'm talking… read more


Apr 08, 2011

Weird and Wonderful Finds from Google Street View

created at: 04/08/2011

Google Street View may seem frightenly big brother, but there's no satellite peering down on your every move, providing accurate traffic updates and realistic weather. Rather, a van just drives along the street, with a nine lens camera snapping photos, then blending them together with a GPS location. On the last update, I was excited to see that my recycling bin, set out for pickup, made it into the shot.

created at: 04/08/2011

But, of course, there are much more interesting things than recycling bins that have been captured. Like, well, people. Artist Jon Rafman pours through these images, finding magical moments that happened to have been captured as the van was driving by. He calls it "Street View… read more


Apr 08, 2011

Famous People and Their Bikes

created at: 12/01/2010

What kind of bike would George Washington ride? One with quarters for wheels, of course! And how about Mr T., Boba Fett, or SpiderMan?

These are the sort of questions that illustrator Mike Joos asks (and answers!) in his latest series of drawings.

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Apr 08, 2011

The 2011 Easter Egg Audit

created at: 04/08/2011

Christopher Niemann imagines what happens when the taxman and the Easter bunny… read more


Apr 07, 2011

Super Weird Photographs Existed Long Before the Internet...

These days, it's nearly impossible to open up your browser, check your Facebook news feed, catch up on your Tweets, open an email, or read your RSS feeds without seeing all sorts of crazy photographs. Striking images have become so prevalent in the internet and Photoshop heavy days of 2011, it's hard to remember that there's always been some craziness captured in photographs.

BlackandWTF offers a glimpse into photography's strangest black and… read more


Apr 07, 2011

The United States...Reduced

The Koalogist offers "the best and only infographic [she's] ever made" dubbed "America in My Book" It is, of course, totally inaccurate, and sometimes… read more


Apr 07, 2011

Crocheted Bike Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Scott knabbed this photo of this amazing crochet-covered bicycle under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO. The artist is Agata Olek, who you might… read more


Apr 06, 2011

Quickly Identify that Typeface with this Handy Bookmarklet

created at: 04/06/2011

Yesterday, designer and developer Jason Santa Maria tweeted this awesome little bookmarklet, and I've already used it a good ten times in less than 24 hours. You just drop WhatFont into your bookmarks bar, then, whenever you're cruising a web page and want to know what type they used, click it and it'll let you know.

HTMLers and other smart guys could probably figure this out with style sheets and their fancy tools, but this is a gem for the rest of us. 

It… read more

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