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Sep 02, 2010

File Under Awesome: Super Mario Bros. Office Cabinets

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I was gonna start this post with an "If I had filing cabinets like these, maybe I wouldn't let the piles on my desk get so high..." but I won't. Cause it's not true, and that's a dumb thing to say,… read more

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Sep 01, 2010

ManMaker: Mustachioed Illustrations by Dale Murray

created at: 12/01/2010

ManMaker

created at: 09/01/2010

We spied these illustrations by Dale Murray this morning, and they've been making us smile all day. Perfect blend of vintage playfulness and contemporary cleverness.

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Aug 31, 2010

Totally DIYable Faux Fur Writeboard

created at: 08/31/2010

We've all done it. Out of seats at a family gettogether or a friend's awesomely bad shag-carpeted apartment, we sit on the ground, and realize that a strong stroke against the grain of the carpet results in a perfectly, inversely colored line, exactly where your finger pressed against it.

Designer Gonçalo Campos took the phenomenon to the next level, by creating this faux-fur writeboard that serves as "a much more comfortable message board, with no need for erasers or pens."

created at: 08/31/2010

And since we really appreciate Goncolo's inventiveness, we think this deserves an at-home remake. We're pretty sure we played with this very… read more

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Aug 31, 2010

Cool Collection of Yarn Bombing and Graffiti Knits

created at: 08/31/2010

I have a huge respect for public art, am engaged by thoughtful street art, but have no respect for taggers (c'mon, guys; it's 2010). So, the idea of renegade public crafting is exactly the kind of thing that gets me jazzed.

Yarn bombing, a.k.a. graffiti knitting, is the act of an artist who seeks to improve an urban landscape by thoughtfully placing handmade fiberarts in a public place. These serve to beautify and engage, and are left indefinitely, or until the authorities have the piece removed.

(That's not really an official definition, but sounds pretty good, yeah?)

Our friend Dana from Yellowtrace has assembled a pretty rocking collection of such works. All of them are engaging to look at - the colors against the browns and grays of the street are amazing, but many also make public… read more

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Aug 30, 2010

Forget the Stairs! A Concrete Spiral Slide Goes Outside to Get from One Floor to the Other

"Hey, Chris. I need you downstairs for a sec, but be careful, cause your dad is doing his glassblowing on the stairs again."

"No problem...I'll just take the slide."

Zip.

At least, that's how I imagine the conversations in this… read more

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Aug 30, 2010

Free Download: Papercraft Robot Skull

For years, Noah from Skull-A-Day has been offering this great free, downloadable papercraft skull . Recently, he gave the outline a fun robot skin that plays with the balance between technology and… read more

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Aug 27, 2010

The U.S. Dollar Gets a Very Fine Redesign

created at: 08/27/2010

Dowling Duncan have taken on a redesign that battles one of the greatest U.S.-, don't-mess-with-it institutions this side of the flag - the dollar bill.

The results are an aesthetically, conceptually, and politically sensitive collection of bank notes that are, frankly, %#&ing amazing.

created at: 08/27/2010

Each denomination gets not only a color update, but a size determined by its value, which, when stacked up, aids in organization. Each notes features imagery that connects to its value:

"$1 – The first African American president
$5 – The five biggest native American tribes
$10 – The bill of rights, the first 10… read more

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Aug 26, 2010

Totally Brilliant Package Design: Tuned Pale Ale

created at: 08/26/2010

'Tuned Pale Ale' is a clever design from Matt Braun and Chris Mufalli that attempts to give some musical order to noisey chaos that can often accompany drinking beer. "Tuned Pale Ale is a product that explores the musical affordances in everyday objects and promotes social spontaneity. While drinking beer, people become musically encouraged and often start making start making music with objects around them. This product aims to promote more of this type of social interaction. This product aims to inform users about the musical qualities of existing bottles and to make the bottle a better instrument."

The bottle's label… read more

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Aug 26, 2010

A Plushified Funnel Cake

created at: 08/26/2010

When it comes to fair food, I'll always opt for the gritty crunch of an elephant ear over a puffy, powdery funnel cake. But when it comes to plush fair food, I'll take this funnel cake every time.

Plush You LA 2010 is bring out the best in softie artists; first some plushified adult beverages, and now, tough Funnel Cake, complete with bendable arms featuring a hardcore "Mom"… read more

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Aug 24, 2010

How a Sewing Machine Actually Works

The true DIY and craftsters don't just use all the cool toys and materials - they want to know how they work.

So, bone up on your sewing machine saavy  - sure, everyone knows that there are two sources of thread, but peep the above animation to see exactly how the two become… read more

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Aug 23, 2010

The World's Most Famous Buildings, in LEGO

created at: 08/23/2010

The Smithsonian National Building Museum is currently exhibiting LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition, a collection of scale models of famous buildings and structures out of Lego bricks. Curated/built by former architect Adam Reed Tucker. "Piece by piece, brick by brick, this LEGOCertified Professional (one of 11 worldwide) creates large-scale artistic models of some of the world's most famous structures including the Empire State Building, St. Louis' Gateway Arch, and Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater. The simplicity and nostalgic quality of LEGO affords viewers a new, detailed look at familiar buildings. Visitors can lean in close to see the complexity of a building's intricate design and engineering or take a step back to appreciate its stunning sculptural form in full."

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Aug 20, 2010

The Two-Story, Climb Inside Bookshelf Tower

created at: 08/20/2010

Of course, many of us have spent hours, days, even whole weekends lost inside some fine literature. But only those of us with the Ark, or a DIY'd-up version, can get lost inside our book… read more

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Aug 19, 2010

Needle-Felted Explosives: They're the Bomb!

created at: 08/19/2010

We can't think of anything better than scary things rendered into softy form. Flickr user Kerstin made these needle felted plushies in the form of a stick of dynamite and a bomb. We're especially digging on the colored roving used to indicate eminent explosion.

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Aug 19, 2010

Just Flesh: A Cook's Ode to Burns and Cuts

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For me, it's several inner arm spatter burns, a box grater hole-shaped scar on my right thumb, healed chef's knifes cuts on most of the fingers on my left hand, and, currently, a pretty rocking singe mark just under my belly button. (Don't ask.)

"Like a hot iron pressing into damp linen or the first pours of pancake batter onto a smoking griddle, a soft inner arm hisses when it brushes the lip of a 700-degree oven. A burn is audible first. You hear a tiny "tssssss" of quivering flesh, your own flesh, before your brain registers the coming pain. Instinctually you jump back, hoping to reverse the inevitable; but there is it—a raised mark, shades lighter than skin tone, a white light before an angry, consuming red." 

When you do things properly in the kitchen, somehow it's both safer - a sharper knife is less likely to cut you than a dull one - and more dangerous, as a sharper knife cut go… read more

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Aug 18, 2010

The Bat House: Awesome, Hilarious, and Totally DIYable

created at: 08/18/2010

Valencia, Spain-based designers Estudio Estres have created this upside-down birdhouse for bats. "Inspired by and designed to match these minute animals called bats, that suffer the dichotomy of acting as an efficient herbivore whilst being a symbol of man's most hidden fears."

We're thinking it's beautiful, very clever, and quite easy to recreate at home. A basic box birdhouse, some belts from the thrift store, and a permanent marker to add the… read more

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