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Sep 26, 2011

The Coolest Origami...Ever?

Artist Dinh Truong Giang is a Vietnamese-born artist and architecture student, currently living in Virginia. He's mastered a version of Japanese paper folding called "wet folding," which allows the paper creations to feature curved and sculpted lines, rather than the angles of traditional origami.

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Sep 26, 2011

Humorous Musings on the Past and Future of Famous Logos

Stocklogos.com reviews the histories of famous logos, and imagines what they might look like in the future. Some, like the Starbucks above, notes the evolution of the design, which seeems to just be continuously zoomed in with each update. Others are a commentary on the company's performance and presence in its field, as when the ubiquitous Google just becomes search:

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Sep 23, 2011

A Drinking Man's Intro to Wine

I've gone on record here before about while wine is traditionally the pair-with-food accompaniment, beer and cocktails are equally tasty and complimentary to thought-out dishes.

But, of course, wine is still pretty darn awesome, albeit a bit intimidating. Once you learn the difference between lagers and ales, and get used to what hops and malt taste like, you can make your way around beer. But wine can be a whole 'nother planet to… read more

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Sep 23, 2011

3-D Printers, Explained

created at: 09/20/2011

The DIY scene has certainly changed in the last ten years, and a big component of that shift is the availability of small-scale manufacturing tools like CNC routers, laser cutters, and most recently, 3-D printers. Now, loyal readers know that ManMade is not a hacker/maker/tech site, but rather, a craftier companion to those. But, anyone in the scene can attest that these things are popping up everywhere, so I figure it might be good to learn about 'em a… read more

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Sep 22, 2011

ManMaker Profile: Dennis de Groot, Graphic Designer Extraordinaire!

created at: 12/01/2010

My wife and I were recently in Amsterdam. I know, I know, our lives are amazing. But that's not the focus of this story.

 

created at: 09/22/2011One evening we went to cozy little bar with some outdoor seating. While we were there, two guys sat down on the bench next to us, over looking a canal,like all seats in Amsterdam do.

created at: 09/22/2011

One of the guys, it turned out, worked in publishing. He'd just brought a print of his client's new book, "Bare Essentials", and was showing it… read more

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Sep 22, 2011

Eames Lounge Gets an Unexpected Makeover

created at: 09/20/2011

The Eames lounge chair is a standard in many a manly room. It's welcoming shape, perfect height, and oh-so-essential ottoman make it a main supporter, but not a major focal piece in any room. It does it's job, and it does it well, but doesn't demand attention...well, other than when you have someone over for the first time and they say, "Oh my gosh, you have an Eames lounge?!"

Which is why Ana's makeover of a chair she knabbed for free and an ottoman she found for $10 is so unexpected...and yet, kinda… read more

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Sep 22, 2011

Awesome Dad Makes Amazing Lunch Bags for His Son, Everyday

There's a lot I could say about my less-than-ideal relationship with my dad growing up, but I prefer to focus on the things I really value. Like how much he taught me about the history of rock and roll and R&B, and that he showed he cared by making a bagged lunch for me every day until I graduated high school. (We didn't have a hot lunch service; everybody brown bagged… read more

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Sep 20, 2011

Iconic Movie Sunglasses

I went to the dentist last week (no cavities! hooray!) and whilst waiting being getting cleaned by my threateningly good-looking hygentist (it's sorta weird...not gonna lie) and having the dentist come through for the final check, I pawed through the slightly outdated magazines in the rack on the cubby. I smiled when I saw the above image from the late April issue of the New York Times Magazine...sunglasses from classic… read more

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Sep 19, 2011

9 Incredible Book Sculptures

Some folks freak out everytime they see some traditional form of media made into something else - books, vinyl records, and the like. As someone who has altered these things into many a how-to project, I constantly recieve comments about how "sad it is that books are no longer valued" or "instead of ripping up albums, try listening to them." Folks, my entire home is filled with books. And records. And lots of old furniture, plenty of heirlooms, and even a few cassette tapes. I get it. But, not all old things are worth saving.

Or, better yet, sometime a thoughtful transformation… read more

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Sep 19, 2011

Handmade Wooden iPod

created at: 09/19/2011

No, no. That's not a protective case. And it certainly isn't CNC-milled or cut with a laser. It's a handmade wooden iPod Nano.

When Josh got a new iPod for Christmas, he couldn't just throw the old one away. So, he did what anyone would do - made it a wooden enclosure, complete with contrasting click… read more

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Sep 19, 2011

On the Importance of Commas

created at: 09/19/2011

My friend Tim has just completed a first draft manuscript of a book, and I'm reading it to provide initial feedback. The content is great, but we definitely disagree on a stylistic difference: the Oxford comma. You know, that last one before the and in a series. He says it's outdated, but I'm all for it. Though its usefulness was debated this summer, it's still here to stay. And here's… read more

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Sep 15, 2011

You Look at Me Like You've Never Seen a Neo-Hipster Before...

created at: 09/15/2011

Literary journal McSweeney's imagines a level of post-trend, neo-hipsterism, they likes of which can't even be imagined by the current tank top wearing generation. "The reality is just that I’ve reached a new level of meta-irony that will take you awhile to understand, that’sread more

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Sep 15, 2011

Vintage Posters for Modern Movies

It's a match for the ages. Accessibility to powerful digital creative tools, exposure to amazing design inspiration, and a generation raised on pop culture have produced the inevitable - thoughtful, and better designed posters for beloved contemporary films thataren't intended to sell tickets, but honor the film and be beautiful as original works of art.

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Sep 14, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: September 14, 2011

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. Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

High speed photos of impacts and stuff blowing up will never get old. Yep, that's an apple, and there's more where that came… read more

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Sep 13, 2011

Typographic Birdhouses

created at: 09/13/2011

Not only does this go in my "Why didn't I think of that?" file, it belongs at the very top. I've often made cool, mod places for birds to hang out (like this contemporary birdhouse, a more complex mid-century modern one, and this minimalist bird feeder). I love making stuff with a bold, typographic punch, and I certainly have all the tools and knowhow to pull these… read more

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