Aug 01, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: August 1, 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.

British designer Rob Rickett created this amazing retro-inspired graphic poster of popular beats created with one of the most famous, classic drum machines: the beloved 808.

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Jul 31, 2012

Studio Tour: Andy's Nerd Cave

Andy DuCett is a Minneapolis-based artist and maker, who works in a variety of media, and has created an awesome space for all his tools and other goodies to live and work together.

Oh, and by "other goodies," I mean hundreds of toys and action figures, mixed in with high tech design gear, power tools, and all sorts of art supplies.  

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Jul 30, 2012

Designer Turns Hoarding Obsession into Actual Art

Sara Cwynar, a designer at the New York Times magazine, is an admitted hoarder. Well, maybe not a category-level, unhealthy amasser, but certainly someone on the spectrum with some significant "hoarding impulses."

She recently sorted her collections in her Brooklyn apartment and for a new series called "Accidental Archives." The installations feature only items Cwynar actually owned (no new objects purchased), arranged by color.  

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Jul 27, 2012

Oh My Gosh... I Actually Did It!

created at: 07/27/2012

Last week, I got a half-bushel box of peaches from a local farm. They were quite ripe, and some a little banged up, so they didn't feel comfortable selling them, as they needed used that day. I gladly accepted, and after eating at least ten from my hand, set about finding ways to preserve them.  

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Jul 27, 2012

Minimalist, Vintage-Inspired Movie Posters

I'm a total sucker for vintage-inspired, "alternative" movie posters that are created by honest-to-goodness designers that are fans of the films, not to sell tickets. When I look at these, I start to have a little more understanding for why sci-fi and fantasy fans do things like create elaborate costumes and fan fiction. It's a way to giving one's skills to participate

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Jul 26, 2012

Colorful Origami Graffiti on the Streets of Vietnam and Hong Kong

French paper artist Mademoiselle Maurice recently created these incredible rainbow street art installations in the the urban areas of Vietnam and Hong Kong.


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Jul 25, 2012

Your Logo is Not Hardcore

created at: 07/25/2012

"Your Logo is Not Hardcore" is a new Tumblr blog that seems to have noticed a curious trend in graphic design - namely, that there are a whole lotta logos with Xs in them. Like, a whole lot, and many of them brands and organizations dedicated to men's interests and products.  

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Jul 24, 2012

Mesmerizing Vintage-Inspired Motion Graphics by Matthew DiVito


Boston-based graphic artist and designer Matther DiVito has created these fantastic geometric animations that remind me of the little production studio tags at the end of the education TV shows we watched as kids in the 80s - like the end of 3-2-1 Contact or those "The More You Know" bits from Saturday morning.



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Jul 24, 2012

The "Film Map" Replaces Landmarks and Locations with Movie Titles

British design collection Dorothy introduce the "Film Map" - a collection of over 900 film titles organized in the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map.


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Jul 19, 2012

Behind the Scenes at ManMade: My Top Ten Tools and Tech

created at: 07/19/2012

This week, my pal Gregory, tech editor at the always amazing Apartment Therapy, invited me to participate in their My Tech Top Ten, where writers, artists, designers, and other creatives share the gear and tools that help them do their work and stay organized.  

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Jul 18, 2012

A Papercraft Cheeseburger

If last week's nearly 100% bacon burger was a little too intense (as it should have been), then allow us to step back in the other direction - an expertly crafted burger made exclusively from colored construction paper, complete with all the trimmings.  

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Jul 17, 2012

Why Is It So Hard to Make Friends After 30?

I don't think I ever officially announced this on ManMade, but one month ago today, I turned 30. I won't bore you with reflections (but if you wanna know how I feel about it, feel free to email me), but it certainly makes articles such as this great piece by Alex Williams much more engaging.

In "Friends of a Certain Age," Williams seeks to explore why it be tough to make new friends - real friends, confidants - after you leave college and other proximity-based experiences of early adulthood (roommates, casual dating, etc).  

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Jul 17, 2012

Typewiches: A Site about Sandwiches and Typography

created at: 07/17/2012

Jackie, you and I are on the same page. That page being: some things are way more than just the sum of their parts. And in this case, those parts are two of our very favorites: type and sandwiches.

Typewiches is a new project by Jackie Ngo, a "hungry lady, who loves Sandwiches,

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Jul 16, 2012

A History of Olympic Logos: From London 1948 to London 2012

created at: 07/15/2012

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London will be here before we know it. And I cannot wait! This is actually the second time that the Games have been hosted in London. The first time was in 1948. The world has changed a lot in 64 years, of course, and so has graphic design. It's fascinating to look at the logos for each of the Olympic Games and observe the changes in the world of design. So, here's a history of the Olympic logos from London 1948 to London 2012.  

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Jul 13, 2012

A Naturally Occurring Bright Pink Lake

Lake Retba, in the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, is also known by another name - Lac Rose. Why? Well, for one reason, the entire lake is colored bubblegum pink.  

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