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Oct 08, 2010

Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones, and Also Make Amazing Sculptures

created at: 10/08/2010

Sculptor Patrick Dougherty creates impressive, architectural art pieces exclusively from found stick, twigs, and stones. At 28, at home with two kids, he built his first piece, a log home. Then, "at 36, he went back to school, straight into the graduate art program at the University of North Carolina, 10 minutes away. His first stick work, a man-size tangle of saplings made on a picnic table at home, startled his professors, he said. They thought “it was too complete for someone who’d been blundering around in the netherworld.”

created at: 10/08/2010

 

Since then, he has made well over 200 startling (and delightful) pieces for sites all over the world — woolly lairs and wild follies, gigantic snares, nests and cocoons, some woven into groves of trees, others lashed around… read more

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Oct 06, 2010

A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits

created at: 10/06/2010

With the release of The Social Network, we're experiencing a renewed interest in the gold-standard of profile makers. And the single biggest indicator of one's digital personality? The profile pic.

created at: 10/06/2010

Fast Company has sought to identify and organize the variety of these photos: "Like all art forms, Facebook portraiture has its own lazy tropes—the laptop camera shot, the blue sky background, the blinding flash in a bathroom mirror—but even these thoughtlessly captured snapshots yield unintended insights about their subjects: How is the photo cropped? Can we see the subject's abs? Why is she giving us the… read more

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Oct 06, 2010

Spied at the Craft Fair: Hairy Animal Hats

Origin: The London Craft Fair recently displayed these crazy awesome felted hairy animal hats, made from Sussex wool and alpaca fleece. They're simultaneously scarily lifelike and functionally impossible, making them all around fun.

   

They're each handmade by Barbara Keal, who "loves felting because it it such an immediate and physical way of making, it is also very environmentally clean. The wool hasn't travelled far and warm water and olive oil soap are the only other ingredients apart from my own energy."

 

She was inspired by the "wild and motley looking crew of herdwicks,… read more

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Oct 05, 2010

What's Really Inside Your Chicken Nuggets

We at ManMade are huge advocates of handmade products, and always promote the freedoms of avoiding consumerism and mass-produced goods.

Seeing this photo is exactly what we needed to keep the faith: this is mechanically separated chicken, and it's what's inside fast food products like chicken nuggets and patties, as well the frozen processed chicken products in the freezer section of the grocery store. 

Click through to read what's actually going on… read more

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Oct 04, 2010

A Man's Guide to Sweaters

Where I live, summer totally disappeared over the weekend. No slow goodbye, no sunny beckons to barbeque or picnic one last time. Straight up disappeared. It's fall, and it's cold.

And cold means sweaters. And whether you're knitting them yourself, scouring for secondhand options, or buying a new one straight off the rack, there's a lot of jargon that goes into classifying sweaters. What exactly is cashmere? Are Emerald Isle and Fair Isle the same thing? Should a dude ever wear a… read more

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Oct 01, 2010

Colorful Modular Tetris Bookshelf

 

Homeowner Mario and his wife Tete, from Sao Paulo, got inspired by a Tetris bookshelf he saw online, and started designing. His piece was custom fit into his space, built by a woodworking friend.

The shelf is 2.20 meters wide, 2 meters tall and 30 centimeters deep. It's made of MDF wood and the colored parts are Formica sheets.

 

As you can see in some of the pictures, all the parts are independent of each other so it's a modular project. I can unscrew half of the shelf and use it at another place or I can re-arrange the parts as I see fit (and the holes match too, it's a very… read more

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Oct 01, 2010

On the Record - New-ish Music to Check Out, October 2010

created at: 10/01/2010

A fall friendly collection of five albums, totally worth your time.

 

created at: 10/01/2010

Hey Rosetta - Into Your Lungs (Sonic Records)

Canadians have been hip to this album since 2008, but its just been released in the U.S.

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Sep 30, 2010

Play Asteroids on Any Web Page

created at: 09/30/2010

Whether you want to get rid of ads, explode your Twitter followers, or just practice your skills, sometimes, you want to blow stuff on a webpage up.

Erik of Github has created a bookmarklet that will allow you to do that very thing. Simply drag the link below to destroy your Facebook friends' avatars, those emails you don't want to respond to, or any object on the page.

Seriously, this puts fun back in the internet. This is the coolest thing we've seen… read more

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Sep 29, 2010

A Periodic Table of Creative Influences

If you read ManMade, its likely you consider yourself a creative person, or at least a connoisseur of all things awesome. And as all creative types know, inspiration comes from darn near everywhere. Photographs influence songwriting, movies translate into poetry, philosophy makes for amazing sculpture, etc. 

The folks at Mat Dolphin agree, and they've constructed a list of inspirational people modeled after the Periodic Table of Elements. "In the list are Film Directors, Musicians, Designers, Artists, Writers and anyone else that has inspired us." 

Click through to see the expanded version and find your… read more

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Sep 29, 2010

Photos from the New IKEA Cookbook

Artist and photographer Carl Kleiner created these fascinatingly geometric breakdowns of the ingredients for IKEA's new baking cookbook, Homemade is Best

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Sep 27, 2010

Memorable Movie Quotes Organized as Memorable Typographical Posters

created at: 09/27/2010

Movie quote quiz: name the film. First one to get all five right in the comments wins a free copy of Make It! Hardware Store Decor. No Googling.

1. "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead."

2. "I'm not even supposed to be here today."

3. "Down here, it's our time."

4. "Donny, you're out of your element."

5. "The power of voodoo." "Who do?" "You do." "Do what?" "Remind me of the babe."

If you got even one of those, you'll definitely want to check out Jerod Gibson's new series of movie quote posters, artfully arranged in the shape of an iconic… read more

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Sep 24, 2010

20 Mustaches That Changed History

"When in the course of human events a mustache comes along that truly changes things, Aaron Perlut is there to celebrate."

Perlut is the chairman of the American Mustache Institute and is currently coordinating the AMI's third annual "Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year" award. The self-proclaimed Dr. of Nuclear Mustachology was recently interviewed by the Atlantic monthly, saying, 

As a young man I grew up surrounded by mustaches in my family, but I was always intimidated to grow them, even though I could from a very young age, because of the public pressures against it--because they weren't cool, they weren't hip. There was a certain stigma attached to people with mustaches, that you weren't professional or intelligent, and I commited myself to working for an organization that battled against that... [We hope to achieve] an equal playing field for people of Mustached American heritage. I got off the phone earlier today with a gentleman who told me he was told that he could have a job that he wanted, if he shaved his mustache....We recently saved the job of a young man who was a college student working at a restaurant, whose employers told him that he would either shave his mustache or lose his job that he was using to pay his tuition at the University of Georgia in Athens. There is a pattern of discrimination against people who are different from whatever the norm might be at the time in this country, and facial hair is no exception.
Didn't think facial hair choices could incite so much… read more
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Sep 24, 2010

A Chess Set Made from Hardware Store Supplies

It's amazing, really. You work with hardware pieces all the time - rounded tops of bolts, the strong facades of a flanged hex nut - and note them for the mechanical fasteners they are. But when a sculptor and avid chess player walk through the hardware store...well:

When I saw the little bin containing two different types of castle nuts,I immediately thought of rooks. At the time my three sons and I hosted a weekly chess club,so chess was on my mind a lot. With my boys in tow,I returned with graph paper and we computed what sorts of bits we might want (we didn't know for sure) for each type of piece and how many in total. An hour later, after poring over numerous bins and waiting for the clerk to saw the threaded rod into measured lengths (for kings, rooks,and bishops), we went home with about fifteen pounds of loot, including spray paint for the black… read more

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Sep 23, 2010

Infographic: The Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names

created at: 09/23/2010

Nothing has the potential to be both scarily informative and joyfully hilarious as the infographic. The presentation of lighthearted information in the most serious of flowcharts or graphs simply never gets old. 

So we are, of course, loving this "Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names" from PopChartLab. The designers have arranged "266 sobriquets from the world of rap music" by their lexical and semantic characteristics. The results are visually stunning, quite educational, and all around awesome.

Click through for an expandable (readable)… read more

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Sep 23, 2010

Amazing Skulls Carved from Produce

 

Artist Dimitri Tsykalov has carved this juicy and creepy series of skulls from fresh fruits and vegetables.

Whether the images point out the results of the wasteful attitude we take towards food, the evils of the factory farming system, or its just that the freshness makes them look crazy scary...we're… read more

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