Man Made DIY


Oct 17, 2011

Steve Jobs Portrait Made Entirely out of MacBook Parts

created at: 10/16/2011


Since Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, there has been an incredible array of artistic tributes to the man that gave so many creative folks the tools to express themselves. I, for one, have been an Apple fanatic since September 15, 1994, the day my family got our first computer: a Power Macintosh 7100. That day also happened to be my 11th birthday. But I digress.… read more


Oct 13, 2011

18 Clever Uses of the New Facebook Timeline

A few weeks ago, Facebook announced their new "Timeline." The company explained it like this: "The original Profile was sort of like the last five minutes of your life. The updated Proile from 2008 extended that to show what was sort of like the last 15 minutes or your life. The new Profile unveiled today is “the rest,” Zuckerberg noted. He calls this feature Timeline. "It’s the heart of your Facebook experience, completely rethought from the ground up,” Zuckerberg says, noting that they’ve been working on it all year. “Timeline is the story of your life.”

Several technology gifted souls have already embraced the new profile design to great effect.

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Oct 13, 2011

Beautiful Swear Words

created at: 10/13/2011

Artist T Mercy draws a new swear word, by hand, know for fun, and practice and #@$!. 

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Oct 13, 2011

Cardboard People by Anton Tang

created at: 12/01/2010

Singapore-based photographer Anton Tang created these delightful photographs, and placinc cardboard figures around his city, capturing all sorts of imagined humorous and touching moments.

He says, ""There are times when many of us would like to cover our heads with a cardboard box and shield ourselves from the outside world. Other times, we walk around feeling as if we're enclosed in such packaging anyway - like faceless, boxed-up products on an assembly line."

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Oct 13, 2011

The World's Largest Wood Type

created at: 10/11/2011

Over the past year I've developed quite a fascination with printmaking: letterpress, woodcut, screenprinting…the list goes on. Never before, however, have I seen printing at such a large scale.… read more


Oct 12, 2011

Kill Comic Sans Game

created at: 10/12/2011

Of course, you can't stand Comic Sans, and can kill it. Agency Fusion provides this fun, free, and pretty challenging opportunity to, well, shoot it.

The game is timed, but you get infinite ammo and no punishment for missing, so I'll suggest, having spent too much time goofing with this already, this technique: if one a track pad, use your dominant hand to aim, and your other to just press the button as fast as you can.… read more


Oct 12, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: October 12, 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.

New Condoms is a variation on the dirtierizing of fortune cookie advice, recontextualizing brand slogans into...well, you get it. And these are some of the tamer ones...    … read more


Oct 11, 2011

Gravity Stool: Magnetically Formed Furniture

created at: 10/09/2011

The Gravity Stool is an incredibly unique project by Jólan van der Wiel. The stool, which looks like it was formed by some sort of volcanic eruption, is actually created using electromagnets and a specialized plastic fluid mixed with metal filings.

It works like this:

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Oct 11, 2011

Incredible Photos of Really, Really Scared People

Just in time for Halloween, the Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls has released this amazing series of photos, capturing legitimately scared adventurers, at the peak of their fright.

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Oct 11, 2011

Super Cool Family Portraits: Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Slayers

The Martin family recently sat for an updated round of family photos. And by "sat for," I mean built custom sets of post-apocalyptic, zombie-fighting armor, and headed to a gritty locale for hours of family fun.

The shoot was conceived by the mother, Jen, and all armor and props were built by the family, using hubcaps, a railroad crossing sign, soda tabs, stainless steel, sports equipment, jump rings and aluminum duct parts. I especially love the bike helmet plus floor vent cover.

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Oct 10, 2011

Please Welcome Our New Contributor, Martin Refsal!

Today is a day of good news, my friends. First, it's the beginning of the best two weather weeks of the year, where the fall leaves start to get really good, and everything smells spicey and cidery, and you allow yourself to eat terrible-for-you cereal again, in the form of its ultimate expression, Frankenberry. (I had my first bowl last night. It was epic.)

Equally important, it's a good day for ManMade, where we bring on our first regular contributor, Martin Refsal. When I began ManMade a year and a half ago, it was just me, navigating the craft and design scene, looking for crafty projects that don't scream, "This is for girls,"… read more


Oct 10, 2011

CMYK Embroidery

CMYK is the four-color subtractive offset printing process, with the letters refering to the colors used - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black). Open up most home inkjet printers, and you'll see it in action.

Artist Evelin Kasikov recreates the process with embroidery thread, using color halftoning to amazing effect.

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Oct 10, 2011

Tissue Paper Skull

created at: 10/09/2011

Skull art is pretty popular in the blogosphere these days, but never before have I seen one so delicate. This skull, created by Polly Verity, is made out of tissue paper.

I can barely imagine how difficult it would be to make a three-dimensional object out of such a tenuous material...     … read more


Oct 10, 2011

Optical Illusion of the Day

Since it's Monday morning, and you're likely just staring at the computer screen anyway, I figured you might have something that responds well to glazed-over eyes anyway...… read more


Oct 06, 2011

Cut Vinyl LP Portraits of Famous Musicians

Madrid-based artist artist Alejandro de Antonio has applied the cut vinyl record approach to portray the actual rock stars represented on the albums.

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