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Jan 13, 2012

SNL's Stefon Now Doing Reviews on Yelp

created at: 01/13/2012Stefon Zolesky is easily Saturday Night Live's best recurring character since Mary Katherine Gallagher. (Save for perhaps Tina Tina Chaneuse, who is no more.) As Weekend Update's "city coorespondant," Stefon is regularly invited to share tourism tips for families and holiday visitors, but his references quickly devolve into absurd parties and under-under-underground nightclubs, with characters as DJ Baby Bok Choy, a "giant 300 pound Chinese baby, who wears tinted aviator glasses and he spins records with his little ravioli hands”.

So, good news people - Stefon is now doing Yelp… read more

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Jan 13, 2012

Swissted: Punk Rock Music + Swiss Modernism

created at: 01/13/2012

"Swissted" is NY-based designer's Mike Joyce ode to two of his most beloved passions: punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements, he notes, "that have absolutely nothing to do with one another."

Mike redesigned vintage flyers from actual punk rock, hardco

re, and indie… read more

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Jan 13, 2012

"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" Inspired Oil Painting & the Adult Swim Art Show

created at: 01/12/2012

This oil painting by Audrey Pongracz, inspired by the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, is awesome. What made me even more excited, was finding out that this piece is part of an entire Adult Swim themed art… read more

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Jan 12, 2012

Inflated/Deflated: Balloons Speak Out

I've always loved this trick: inflate a balloon, pinch it shut, then doodle with a black marker and deflate. The lines left are incredibly thick and yet detailed, impossible to pull off if drawing at scale.

Three Chicago-based creatives have taken the approach, and depicted the art from the perspective of the not-currently filled balloon. Great… read more

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Jan 12, 2012

17 Creative Letterheads from Celebrities & Public Figures

created at: 01/11/2012

Although it's safe to say that letters from Andy Warhol and Nikola Tesla won't be arriving in your mailbox anytime soon, here's your chance to get a glimpse of their personal letterhead. They run the gamut from experimental to minimalist to downright weird and even creepy (Charles Manson…). My personal favorite is that of Bob Kane (pictured above), the artist who created… read more

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Jan 11, 2012

Ten Podcasts You Should Be Listening to Right Now!

created at: 01/11/2012

Over the last five years, the podcast has grown from that sorta strange, internet-interview-radio thing that no one really knew what to do with to some of the most engaging and informative, and often hilarious, media available. Most often for… read more

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Jan 11, 2012

How to Live a Creative Life (an Infographic)

The current issue of Fast Company magazine (on stands now) features an amazing centerpiece on "How to Live a Creative Life." The article begins with a fascinating interview with Martin Scorsese, and his ability to, basically, do what fulfills him, and make incredible, personal films with Hollywood's money. "The director has achieved the trifecta of a fulfilling, creative life: enough money to do only what truly interests him, enough freedom to attack those projects in a way that is satisfying, and enough appreciation from his peers to tame--just slightly, just ever so slightly--the neurotic beast of self-doubt."

Equally interesting are the various breakout boxes and b-sides, including this awesome flow chart on How to Live a Creative Life, designed by ManMade faves,… read more

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Jan 11, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: January 11, 2012

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. 

Teresa Wozniak created this amazing typographic collection of New Year's… read more

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Jan 10, 2012

Infographic: Batman and the History of the Bat-Suit

created at: 01/10/2012With the possible exception of Superman's Crayola-colored S-on-the-chest and simple cape/brief strongman combo, the Bat-suit is the most iconic superhero outfit of all time. The mask, the gloves, and most importantly, the utility belt, it walks the line of generically comic book-y and perfectly customized to the Caped Crusader.

Of course, since Batman's first appearance in 1939, there have been more than thirty-five incarnations of the Bat-suit, from the classic blue-and-grey to the black-and-molded-muscle-vinyl...er,… read more

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Jan 10, 2012

"Soft Guerilla" Recreates Weapons with Harmless, Humorous Materials

Artist Kyle Bean recently created six "weapons" for Cut magazine from unusual materials. And by unusual, I mean a time bomb from popsicles, brass knuckles from whole grain bread, and a knife blade from a… read more

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Jan 10, 2012

Antarctica or a Plastic Bag?

created at: 01/09/2012

If I told you these were photos from a cavern in Antarctica, you just might believe me, right? But the truth is, these striking images by François Delfosse are actually the "view" from inside a plastic bag.… read more

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Jan 09, 2012

Infographic of the Day: Geek vs. Nerd

created at: 01/09/2012

In the very early 90s, during the heydey of the nerd stereotype, I remember reading a great Jim Borgman cartoon in the newspaper making the distinctions between nerds, dorks, spazzes, dweebs, and the like. In fact, I think it's the first memory I have of a newspaper. I had to ask my sister for help with the bigger words, but I remember us cracking up over our bowls of Kix.

And now, in 2012, we're in the era of the geek - those smart individuals with obsessive interests in niche and ephemera. They control Hollywood, most of the internet, and are likely on their way towards Washington… read more

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Jan 09, 2012

Amazing Map-Inspired Stencil Art

created at: 01/08/2012

This is hands-down the coolest piece of street art I've seen in a long time (do I even need to stay street art? How about just art instead?). The piece, titled Blinking City, is more than just a aesthetically pleasing spray paint stencil. It's actually a collage of several neighborhoods in Bejing and is a commentary on the "inadequacy of traditional maps for city environments characterized by fast pace transformation and urban… read more

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Jan 05, 2012

Dog Sculpture Made from Wonder Bread Plastic Bags

created at: 01/03/2012

Problem: What do you do with the leftover bags from loaves of Wonder Bread? You could throw them away, or you could save them up and make some sweet art. Flickr user Ruby Re-Usable took a whole bunch of bread bags (as well as some tape and bubble wrap) and created this wonderful dog sculpture. I think it's fitting to name him Spot.… read more

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Jan 04, 2012

One Room + Thousands of Kids + Thousands of Stickers = Art

created at: 01/03/2012

I believe it's a scientific fact that kids love stickers. They'll adhere them to any surface they can get their little hands on. This past December, Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, painted it entirely white and then handed out colored dot stickers to the children who visited the museum. The kids were invited to put the stickers anywhere they chose in the blank room, transforming it into a prismatic explosion of color and sensory overload.… read more

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