Man Made DIY


Jul 30, 2010

From Conception to Collection: The Process of Making Screenprinted Posters

created at: 07/30/2010

The screenprinted gig poster medium is still a viable and valuable scene, with designers and print shops all over the world creating original, catchy, and unique one-off posters for music shows and festivals.

created at: 07/30/2010

Kansas City-based printers Vahalla Studios teamed up with Micah Smith of My Associate Cornelius to create this cool two-color poster for a free Hot Chip show in NYC, sponsored by MySpace. They made this cool video of the process, from designing in Illustrator to printing to - and passing them out at the show for free.

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Jul 27, 2010

A DIY Daft Punk Space Helmet

0harrisonkrix2.jpgFrench electro-pop duo Daft Punk always perform live in space helmets, a nod to the playfulness and the electronic nature of their music.

Atlanta-based prop designer Harrison Krix decided he needed one for himself, and so created an amazing replica over a period of seventeen months!

And, he's created this killer video demonstrating the process that appease music and making-things fans alike.   0harrisonkrix.jpg   … read more


Jul 27, 2010

Mad Smoke: A Remix of Every Cigarette Smoked in Mad Men

created at: 07/27/2010

We at ManMade do not condone smoking, but we do indeed condone Mad Men. Humorists and pop culture videosters Whirled have chopped up the DVDs of the first three seasons of Mad Men and pasted together a whole heap of smoking scenes, and set it to a ridiculous country-western commercial library song.

And the results are hilarious.   … read more


Jul 14, 2010

New Animated, Handpainted Music Video by the Avett Brothers

created at: 07/14/2010NPR Music is featuring this exclusive premiere of the "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" by the Avett Brothers. The visuals are sparse animated paintings by Jason Ryan Mitchum that detail the rise and fall of a single landscape's urban development.

" 'Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise' was written about the temporary nature of our buildings and our mentality,' says Scott Avett.  'Accepting the temporary state we may be in.  (Artist) Jason (Ryan Mitchum) with his landscape paintings, and some that I'd seen that he'd animated, dealt with the temporary nature of the world around us.'

created at: 07/14/2010

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Jul 14, 2010

The World's Largest Skateboard

The World's Largest Skateboard

The World's Largest Skateboard, built by California Skateparks, is twelve and a half times the size of a standard issue piece. It's a full thirty-six feet long, nearly nine feet wide, and three and a half feet tall, making it the size of a city bus.

"Normally The World’s Largest Skateboard is ridden by several people at one time, but recently California Skateparks CEO Joe Ciaglia decided to take it a for solo ride while visiting Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania."   … read more


Jul 12, 2010

Razor Burn: Fancy Shavers Leave Some Men Feeling Nicked


The inaugural episode of Saturday Night Live featured a mock commercial for the Triple-Trac, a three blade razor:

"From the straight razor, to the safety razor, to the injector system, amd finally the highly acclaimed twinblade cartridge. Almost perfect, yet not quite the superlative groom. Introducing the Triple-Trac. Not just two blades in one system, but three stainless, platinum teflex-coated blades melded together to form one incredible shaving cartridge, easily fitted into your old twinblade holder. Triple-Trac's triple-threat cartridge, with more close shaves than ever before...Triple-Trac's third blade, a finely-honed bonded platinum instrument, cuts cleanly through the whisker at its base, leaving your face as smooth as a billiard ball,

The Triple-Trac. Because you'll believe anything."[Razor]

Thirty-five years later, as we know, George Carlin's satire is alive and well...I just used one this morning.

The shaving market in the U.S., as anyone who's ever stepped into a pharmacy can attest, is a bit silly, and worthy of the ridicule its recieved. More recently, "The introduction of Gillette's Fusion razor, kept secret until its debut in 2005, was eerily predicted the year before by the satirical Onion newspaper, which ran a fake memo from a shaving executive bragging about besting a competitor's four-blade razor by making one with five."

No wonder, all sorts of men are opting for traditional safety razors, creams, brushes, and salves. The Wall Street Journal has created this fascinating exposee.


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Jun 29, 2010

Your Digital Desktop Comes to Life: The Art of Analog Computing

Web design firm Meltmedia have created a hilarious and engaging video that asks, "What if the digital tools we use everyday exist in physical and analog space?"  The Art of Analog Computing reminds us how digitally interfaced our entire lives and workspaces really are.

"The premise of this short film is to represent the digital tools and interfaces we use daily in an analog way. In the analog office, your computer desktop becomes your actual desk, your inbox gets flooded with Spam cans, the server runs past you multiple times a day (and perhaps crashes every now and then), and Twitter users follow each other around the space."   … read more


Jun 21, 2010

Violinist Plays Mario Soundtrack to Live Game in Real Time

created at: 06/21/2010

Last week, ManMade readers really dug on this Post-It Super Mario Brothers stop-motion animation that was created by Japanese students for a school festival. This week, we think you'll equally enjoy this live accompaniment to levels 1-1 and 1-2 in which a violinist recreates the soundtrack with sound effects as the game is being played.   … read more


Jun 16, 2010

ManMade Video: How to Make the Ultimate Pair of Bike Pants for Urban Cycling


created at: 06/16/2010

Agreed:  there's plenty of expensive bicycling clothing out there, designed for aerodynamics and for staying out of the way while peddling. But many of us use our bikes for much more than recreation and racing...namely, from getting from one place to another. So, here are several ways to customize an existing pair of pants for maximum usefulness while cycling, but which you can still wear once you've arrived at your destination.    … read more


Jun 16, 2010

Stop-Motion Super Mario Made from Sticky Notes

created at: 06/16/2010

The advent of digital cameras and animation software has put stop-motion in the hands of the masses, and we couldn't be more thankful. Folks will keep on making great stop-motion, and we'll keep watching them.

created at: 06/16/2010

This Super Mario Brothers recreation was made for bunkasai, the Japanese cultural festival held at most schools to display the students' achievements. By the looks of this thing, this school has plenty to be proud of...     … read more


May 18, 2010

ManMade Video How To: Shake the Perfect Margarita

created at: 05/14/2010

Margaritas are simple drinks, though most of us wouldn't know it. We've been weaned on the sweetened, frozen, bright green slushies that replaced the classic margarita in Tex Mex restaurants in the 1970s.

But a real margarita, made not from a mix but 100% pure agave tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juce, is all about brightness and freshness. As such, use a silver or blanco tequila, so the oak-aged flavors of a reposado or an añejo don't interfere with the high-end crispness of the Cointreau and the kick of fresh-squeezed lime. If you do need a little sweetener, dissolve just a touch of sugar in the lime juice before shaking...but try the original, at least once, and see what you think.… read more


May 11, 2010

ManMade Video How To: The Perfect Martini, Stirred Not Shaken

Turns out, James Bond had it all wrong. A martini is a drink that contains only spirits, and benefits quite a bit from stirring rather than shaking. Stirring creates a heavy, silky feel on the tongue, and avoids what connoisseurs called "bruising" the drink (integrating air bubbles). Of course, it's all about how you like it, but we hope you'll give this classic-style martini a try.

created at: 05/11/2010

Just remember: a 3:1 gin (or vodka) to vermouth ratio keeps things refreshing, cold and balanced.   … read more


Apr 27, 2010

Excellent Stop Motion Short: "Drive on Chairs"

created at: 04/27/2010

Over the last few years, there's been a trend in filmmaking and commericial work towards using frame-by-frame stop motion techniques to animate, well, animated objects, namely human beings. And I say great! It looks cool, adds an element of humor, and provides for wacky situations to place persons without the need for CGI.

"Drive on Chairs," produced by Nissan to share their hope for a zero-emissions vehicle, has all of those features, plus a bit more, like a blinking orange as a turn signal.… read more


Apr 22, 2010

Thirteen Minutes Totally Worth Your Time: Up There, A Short Documentary On the Art of Hand-Painted Advertising

created at: 04/22/2010

Before the days of pixels and vinyl printers and lots and lots of waterproof glue, there were hand-painted advertisements, scaled with care and painted by hand on the facades of buildings. A few handpainted ads still go up each year in New York and L.A., and "Up There" catalogs a bit of their experience.

created at: 04/22/2010

It's a lilting film, with lots of super shallow depth of field, plenty of color processing, and a evolving soundtrack by The Album Leaf, and there's no hiding the involvement of Stella Artois. But its commercial overview is handled quite well, really, and it's kinda of nice to see a major corporation sponsor a piece of art that at least SEEMS like its not totally meant as an ad itself. And it clocks in at just under 13:00, which makes it perfect for an inspiring, mid-day distraction.

created at: 04/22/2010

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Apr 20, 2010

ManMade Video How-To: Make a Faux-Wood Deer Head Silhouette

created at: 04/19/2010

Inspired by a conversation with a close friend, who maintains that no masculine decor is complete without a) wood, and b) taxidermy, I decided I did indeed want a mounted deer head in my space. But I like making stuff, and to be honest, I'm not really keen on all the steps that go into actually making my own mounted ten-point bust...namely, killing a deer and stuffing it.

So, I improvised.


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