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Jul 26, 2010

Photos That Imagine What an Infant Might Be Dreaming

created at: 07/26/2010

If you're an artist on maternity leave, spending the day with your beautiful new child, and have a collection of fabric and textiles to make imaginary worlds, what would YOU do?

I'd do the same as Adela Enerson, who came up with this fantastic way to stay creative while her new daughter, Mila, naps: create scenarios around her that imagine what she might be… read more

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Jul 23, 2010

Man Lettering

created at: 07/23/2010

Jon Contino is a New York-based designer, illustrator, and typeographer. His impeccable hand-lettering, and an appearance in new book, New Ornamental Type, make one thing clear: this dude has got it down.

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Jul 22, 2010

A Collection of Cargo Bikes

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They can laugh if they want to, but the humble bicycle continues to be pushed and expanded to carry more than just one's person. This collection of cargo bikes, or "human powered pickup trucks," can carry the payload of a small sedan, at least.

apartment move load on Yuba Mundo_Flickr_theoelliot

Gardening haul on JoeBike_Flicker_grrsh

Our favorite is certainly this guy, which can haul dimensional lumber and a whole heap… read more

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Jul 21, 2010

How to Be an IRONIC Ironic Hipster - Moustache Finger on a Stick

Stylized moustache? Hipster.

Stylized moustache tattoo on your finger? Ironic hipster.

So what's the next step? Why removing yourself even one step… read more

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Jul 20, 2010

Handcrafted Philosophical Bottles by Chris von Szombathy

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Wouldn't it be great if you could belly up to a cafe table with a group of friends, order a round of beverages, and be served a line of these handpainted containers, complete with a bit of philosophy and a whole heap of fun?

created at: 07/20/2010

Designed (and presumably handpainted) by Canadian artist Chris von Szombathy, they're part of a series dubbed "77 Bottles." More about Chris from his bio page:   "Chris von Szombathy is a visual & auditory artist/producer, designer and writer residing in Vancouver, Canada. His work deals with modern social, visual and economic culture, with a focus on referencing pop culture… read more

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Jul 19, 2010

BigDog: The Car-Crushing DIY Bicycle Monster Truck

created at: 07/19/2010

Any urban cyclist can tell you - even the smallest, two-door coupes can seem monstrous while they're three inches from your handlebars and whizzing past you at forty-five mph.

So, the possibility of this 600-pound, four-person-powered bicycle (quadcycle?) that can roll over a car is certainly...interesting.

The Big Dog is "a wonderfully impractical assemblage of bicycle, go-cart, and golf-cart pieces and parts, drainage pipe, steel tubing, and patio chairs. This four-wheel vehicle allows four passengers to travel in minor discomfort at speeds approaching a brisk walk, for relatively short distances, on completely flat… read more

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Jul 19, 2010

The Internet! An Infographic

created at: 07/19/2010

Do you know how many human brains it would take to hold the internet? How many videos are watched on Hulu each month, or how many tweets are sent each day? Well, you should, and now you can, through the power of a finely illustrated… read more

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Jul 16, 2010

A Matter of Taste: Fashion Made from Food

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Italian photographer Fulvio Bonavia created a series of hats, belts, handbangs, headphones, shoes, and other fashion accessories out of food for a new photography book called, "A Matter of Taste."

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Jul 16, 2010

Spudnik: A Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

Spudnik by saritamarianyc.

Sarah received a challenge at her local design/craft swap - "old toy" as a material, and "steampunk" as a theme. So, she snagged a used, old-school Mr. Potato Head and created Spudnik using found materials from around her house. Wanted Poster by saritamarianyc.

Then, Sarah created an attached 'telescope' to house a series of clever, original documents that tell the story of Comrade… read more

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Jul 15, 2010

China's Life-Sized Optimus Prime Built out of Junk Cars

Chinese engineers have constructed a thirty-three foot tall (life-sized?) statue of Optimus Prime. House at the Bird's Nest in Beijing's Olympic Park, the piece was created entirely from used cars and other wasteread more

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Jul 13, 2010

Your Message Here: Awesome Mobile, Community Art Project

created at: 07/13/2010

This morning, we're totally inspired by "Your Message Here," an ever-changing mobile art project that brings beauty to the words of the masses.

Created by Shauna and Stephen of my new favorite blog, "Something's Hiding in Here," "Your Message Here" is a wooden marquee sign that moves from store window to sidewalk to the middle of nowhere, and includes a new, simple saying wherever it lands. The work was "inspired by industrial letter signs, multi colored text, and everyday sayings," and it nails each of those on every account.created at: 07/13/2010

And the best part? The pair has included step-by-step photos of their building the whole thing from scratch, including creating the basic frame from wood, installing the lights, and adding the vinyl (?) letters to the wooden… read more

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Jul 12, 2010

As Good As Art Gets: Real World Illustrations by Sandrine Estrade Boulet

created at: 07/12/2010

I've been through Sandrine Estade Boulet's photo/illustration gallery in its entirety three times, and I'm still smiling.

created at: 07/12/2010

Whilst out and about, Sandrine snaps a photo of all sorts of things - building facades, patches of grass, garbage, etc - then takes it home and uses the basic shapes to create lively and clever characters, fully integrated into their… read more

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Jul 09, 2010

A Star Trek Home: Boldy Decorate Where No Man Has Gone Before

Tony Alleyne, trasnporter  console, star trek

I'd seen Tony Alleyne's home - which he's transformed into a replica of the Starship Enterprise - on at least ten home decor/design blogs, and had always ignored it. I don't know much about Star Trek: The Next Generation (read: Anything besides the fact that the dude from Reading Rainbow is on it and has no eyes, and that I think Whoopi Goldberg had something to do with it...), so I figured I couldn't really appreciate the good work, since I have no idea how it compares.

But, this week, I saw it again, and I've still never seen Star Trek TNG (check out my in-the-know abbreviation. I also learned about DS9!), and I think it's super… read more

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Jul 08, 2010

Music Philosophy: Giving Song Lyrics a Graphic Punch

created at: 07/08/2010

UK-based designer and illustrator Mico Toledo loves music. And UK-based designer and illustrator loves typography as well, and he's fused his two passions together in his latest venture, Music Philosophy.

As he states, Mico had "nothing better to do," and he began to put some of his favorite and most inspiring song lyrics under the typographic spotlight, and see if a simple, well-constructed phrase can serve on its own as a piece of great graphic design.

As it turns out, it totally can. Mico's constructions are a brilliant smash of visual poetry, which end up, as Mico has dubbed them, working as philosophy,… read more

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Jul 08, 2010

Calling All Social Networkers!

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Hi everyone - After months of being a social networking Luddite and stick-in-the-mud, I've decided something: Twitter's pretty cool.

See, at first, I made the mistake of following people I actually know, and just re-hearing all the things I'm actually present for everyday. But then I realized - there's so much to be learned out there, and Twitter's a great way to experience it. And, if you get connected to the right places, you can access to all sorts of links and content that simply isn't anywhere else.

So, we're gonna try harder - ManMade's Twitter stream won't just be links to blog posts, but will hopefully contain all sorts of extra stuff, projects, how-tos, and inspiration. We'll try to be creative, we'll try to be funny, and we'll try to highlight stuff we think you'll dig on.

So, follow us. Say hi. Give us an @. We'll respond, I promise. More importantly, we can follow you and learn more about what you're interested in, and what you're like in the real world. It'll be fun.

Also, on the networking front, if you're not already hooked in to the ManMade Facebook page, join the family there, too. It's… read more

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