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Oct 03, 2011

ManMade Giveaway: Win a 10" Compound Miter Saw from Craftsman ($199 value)

Whether you're framing a house or just framing a picture, a miter saw is a pretty essential power tool to own. And this week, we'd like to help you get your hands on one! We're giving away a Craftsman MiterMate 10" miter saw ($199 value), a really cool, innovative product that reduces setup time, and achieves results with fewer miss-cuts.

The Craftsman MiterMate 10" miter saw

Read on to see how to enter, but first, here's some info… read more

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Sep 29, 2011

De-Signs: Photos of Real Signs with Words Erased

Artist and writer Austin Kleon has a new project in which he adapts his visual poetry to a new format: road and street signs. He dubs them De-signs (get it), and defines them as:

de-Signs = iPhone photos of signs with some of the words erased. 

Simple enough. And… read more

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Sep 28, 2011

Mutant Guitars

Dateline: Summer, 1995. Thirteen-year-old Chris is reading Guitar World magazine, as all budding suburban musicians were wont to do at such an age or era. Cover likely featured 311 or the Presidents of the United States or some such group.

Enter wow moment: Rick Nielsen and his crazy checkerboard five neck guitar, which for some uninformed adolescent who'd never actually heard Cheap Trick, was pretty mindblowing. I later became much more informed about their merit, but dude could still play.

'Cept now, a custom five necker has nothing on this hand built sculptures by Indonesian artist Rudi… read more

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Sep 28, 2011

Dear America: 50 States, 50 Photographs

created at: 09/28/2011

Fashion brand Zara has recently released Dear America: 50 States 50 Photographers, a collection of, well, fifty photographers of fifty states, one a piece.

The site is well done, with a lovely, lilting scrolling Flash reel and an interactive zoom… read more

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Sep 28, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: September 28, 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.

Artist Wim Devoye creates intricately carved vehicle tires. The texture on this one is… read more

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Sep 27, 2011

Still Lifes Capture What People Would Save in a Fire

This afternoon, I've been totally taken by The Burning House, a public collection of user-submitted photos that answers the question, "If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question."

They're mostly creative folk, so the photos are quite nice, though there's… read more

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Sep 27, 2011

When Street Art is Attacked by the Government, Artist Tags the Sky

Recently, the Los Angeles City Council put a moratorium on murals, meaning that all public art, whether graffiti, tagging, installations, or legal commissioned artwork is now outlawed. Experts are calling the ban "unconstitutional," but the council is still spending more than $10 million dollars on "graffiti abatement."

In response, street artist Saber, known for the world's largest graffiti, uh, installation, hired a skywriter to avoid the streets altogether. 

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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

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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