Man Made DIY


Jan 29, 2013

Fun Fact of the Day: This Guy is a Crafter

created at: 01/29/2013

Not only can Ryan Gosling wear a suit with the best of 'em, but the actor also has a dedicated interest in making stuff.      … read more


Jan 28, 2013

Illustrated Conservative and Liberal Maps of the World

You could get lost for hours inside artist Sandow Birk's  hand-painted two-part series, "A Conservative Map of the World" (above) and "A Liberal Map of the World" (below). Seen in light of Birk's other work - such as "American Qu'ran," "The Depravities of War," and "The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles," these pieces become more than just humorous topography, but engaging illustrations exploring the postive and negative aspects of either viewpoint,… read more


Jan 22, 2013

Minimalist Movie Posters Summarize Plots with Pictograms

Designer Matteo Civaschi of Milan-based creative studio H-57 just completed a series of movie posters, dubbed "Shortology", which use ultra-minimalist pictograms to summarize the film's story arc.   … read more


Jan 14, 2013

Where DayGlo is Made: Take a Tour of the World's Most Colorful Factory

created at: 05/28/2013

Just a mere two hours from my house, there exists a Willy Wonka-like factory that pumps out all the world's bright and bold fascinating flourescents: the DayGlo Pigment Plant. There, the factory makes 4.5 million pounds of eye-popping color per year, which goes into all the road signs, traffic cones, toys, and other ultraviolet-absorbing goodies.   … read more


Jan 11, 2013

Note to Self...

Whatever this weekend holds for you, … read more


Jan 10, 2013

The 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time

Even if you're not a huge sports guy (I'm not), anyone can appreciate watching athletes do what they do best. Sports Illustrated has assembled a list of the "100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time," and each capture something unique. … read more


Jan 10, 2013

Beertone: A Beer Color Reference Guide

Inspired by the Pantone color matching system, an international team of designers have created Beertone: the beer color reference guide.    … read more


Jan 09, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: January 9, 2013

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.

Illustrator and designer Jeannie Huang is giving away this free download-and-print calendar for 2013.    … read more


Jan 07, 2013

The Best Book Cover Designs of 2012

created at: 01/07/2013

The New York Times asked a collection of art directors, illustrators, and designers to pick their favorite book covers from 2012. The results is a diverse but consistently awesome list of some seriously great work.    … read more


Jan 03, 2013

Minimalist Group Portraits of Cult Movie Characters

Artist Ale Giorgini has a created a (rather large) collection of vintage-inspired collections of his favorite movie characters. Illustrated and stylized without being cartoon-y, each piece features the cast and a creative inclusion of the title somewhere within the limited color palette.    … read more


Jan 02, 2013

Artists Design a Weekly Cheeseburger to Reflect News and Current Events

Thomas and Quentin have come up with one of my favorite art projects from 2012 - "Fat & Furious Burger." Each week, the French graphic design team offer a new burger, a physical piece crafted from real ingredients, that comments on recent news and current events.


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Dec 19, 2012

This Year, I'm Reading "A Christmas Carol" and Why You Should, Too!

created at: 12/19/2012

We all know the story. Most of us could recite the narrative from memory, and probably not miss any key points. But, this holiday season, I decided to snuggle up to the original, and read the whole of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. 

And? It's good. It's really good. Dickens is a good writer...duh. It's festive and seasonal, and the template for what many of us think of as an old fashioned Christmas...also duh. But something else happened to me, and I think you should read it, too. Not in the "let's gather 'round the fire while dad recites " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas..." sorta way, but because this is a book about more


Dec 19, 2012

Stunning Family Portraits of Unrelated Look-Alikes

In his travels around the world, Canadian photographer François Brunelle meets all kinds of interesting people, including some who he thinks he's met before in a totally different context. So, for his latest series, he gathers two individuals who are completely unrelated to each other, and photographs the pair as a family portrait.

In I'm not a look-alike!, Brunelle dresses his subjects in similar, complementary clothing, and poses them in typical, slightly awkward family portrait positions...a hand on the the shoulder here, a head tilt there. The most fascinating aspect to me is that unlike actual family members, who tend to share… read more


Dec 13, 2012

This Holiday Season, Me and Guinness are Gonna be Generous

To celebrate the holidays, Guinness is asking its fans to be generous this season. Alongside their special edition Generous Ale, the brewery is inviting everyone to "help make this season the most generous yet by giving the most valuable gift of all - your time." 

Guinness invited me to participate, in addition to  up to a hundred other bloggers and influencers to say thanks, donated $100 to charity for each of us. Seemed like a no brainer to me, so I wanted to pledge something out of my own strengths:

created at: 12/13/2012

Here's what Guinness has to say:

  • Alongside the release of its new holiday beer, Generous Ale, Guinness has… read more

Dec 11, 2012

The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

created at: 12/11/2012

Recently, Rolling Stone magazine gathered thirty-three of some the most iconic MCs (Q-Tip, Nas, Busta Rhymes, AdRock and Mike D), producers (Pete Rock, Rick Rubin, Questlove) and music journalists (James Bernard, Nathan Brackett) in hip hop to select and organize the fifty greatest hip hop songs of all time.  What makes a great hip hop song? Questlove says, 

The greatest hip-hop songs have the power to pull energy and excitement and anger and questions and self-doubt and raw emotion out of you. It could be a song that sets your neighborhood on fire ("Rebel Without a Pause") or a song on your headphones that makes you rethink what… read more

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