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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


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

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


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


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


Sep 22, 2010

Massive Super Mario Bros. Pushpin Mosaic

created at: 09/22/2010

Students from the CIS Student Association of the University of the Fraser Valley created this enormous mosaic, using more than 17,000 pushpins as pixels to create the Super Mario Bros.-themed… read more


Sep 22, 2010

ManMade Exclusive Interview: Scotty Albrecht and "Something Mistaken for Nothing"

created at: 12/01/2010

Brooklyn-based artist Scotty Albrecht has an amazing new show at the Curiousity Shoppe in San Francisco called SomethingMistakenForNothing.  Scotty is a graduate of The Art Institute in Philadelphia, when Scott is not working on web-design projects for his clients, he enjoys drawing, painting, screen-printing, and wood-working. With a strong sense of color and typography, his aesthetic can be described as clean and modern with retro appeal.

created at: 09/22/2010

SomethingMistakenForNothing is an amazing mixture of woodworking, color illustration, and original typeography that's got us drooling. Scotty was kind enough to answer a few… read more


Sep 20, 2010

If Superheroes Were Hipsters

College Humor imagines and illustrates what superheros might be like as hipsters.

The quotes are pretty funny, but we really love the art renderings, like this version of batman with a wispy moustache, poofy neck scarf, and his mask tied to his face with kite string. Because, you know, that's exactly what hipster Batman would look… read more


Sep 20, 2010

ManMade Giveaway: Win One of Five Free Copies of Make It! Hardware Store Decor

Cover of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, coming soon from the Curbly LibraryOver the past few months, I've been working on co-authoring the third installment of the Make It! Series, Make It! Hardware Store Decor. It features twelve, very ManMade-ish projects that show you how to create furniture and home decor pieces using only items from your local, big-box home improvement center.

Here's a peek at some of the projects:

A brightly lighted letter - DIY wall art from

Exposed Bulb Chandelier

To celebrate, we're giving away five free PDF copies! To enter, simply leave a comment in the section below. You could show us something you've created with home center supplies, tell us a favorite hardware store story, let us know why you'd love to win this… read more


Sep 20, 2010

Help Us Decide if These are Cool or Not: Metal Neckties

Metal Neckties

We recently spied these metal neckties on Recyclart, and I've had them open in a browser tab for a week, cause I just can't decide how I feel about them. I know I'd never buy one, but are they interesting and unique, or simply the heirs of the gag gift novelty tie?

Metal Neckties

Please post your thoughts in the… read more


Sep 20, 2010

The Evolution of Batman

created at: 09/20/2010

Since his on-screen debut in 1943, Batman has gone through plenty of changes, from tights to the cast vinyl of the Tim Burton-era to CNC-cut molded rubber of today, sans chest logo.

Turkish blog Tasarim has assembled a great roundup to note the changes, some very obvious and others more… read more


Sep 17, 2010

"Butch Craft"...or Furniture Takes a Manly Turn

created at: 09/17/2010

On Wednesday, the New York Times featured a piece about "rough looking" furniture and "emphasizing the influence of the y-chromosome." Artists and designers such as Joost Van Bleiswijk, Aaron Raymer, Simon Hasan, Oscar Magnus Narud are creating pieces who's aesthetic only improves with a scratch or a nick in the veneer.

created at: 09/17/2010

Murray Moss has dubbed the approach "butch craft", and "he has collected in an enticing show that opened Wednesday night at Moss, his SoHo store. It has a “rough-hewn, virile and heavy-lifting aesthetic,” Mr. Moss said, albeit one that is sensitively rendered or considered, a nod to the history and semiotics of the word… read more


Sep 16, 2010

ManMaker: Helmut Smits' Drum Kit from Recycled Cans

created at: 12/01/2010


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Sep 15, 2010

A Plush iMac

created at: 09/15/2010

Textile artist Kerry Hughes created this one-off fully plush iMac, complete with Logic Pro screen, wireless Mighty Mouse, and… read more

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