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Oct 21, 2011

Amazing Super Mario Bros. Wedding Invitations

Spouses-to-be Esther Tanouye and Ryan Watkins asked their pal Larry T. Quatch to design an 8-bit, Super Mario Bros. themed wedding invitation, and buddy, did he ever.

Though the photos aren't great, the "details and nods to the original video game are impeccable. It's only upon closer inspection that one identifies the couple's last names in place of the Nintendo logo. Once the Nintendo cartridge-shaped invitation is opened, there are more nostalgic surprises including three question block cards - one for the wedding registry, one for directions to the wedding, and one for your RSVP and dinner selections." 

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Oct 21, 2011

The United States of Scary Things

Jeff Wysaski has researched and designed, "The United States of Scary Things," a graphical representation that demonstrates "you’ve got something to be scared about no matter which state you live in." … read more

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Oct 20, 2011

Fontroduction: Learn and Play Your Way to Master Typography

created at: 10/20/2011

Designer Ian Obermuller has released, Fontroduction, a series of lessons and games for designs students, or anyone interested in typography. 

Like you and me.

There are lots of interactive demonstrations about anatomy and x-heights and tracking vs. kerning, but the real fun is in the quiz, which, thankfully, doesn't punish you for any incorrect answers. Not that I got any...(yes I did.)

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Oct 20, 2011

Minimalist Philosophies

London-based designer Genis Carreras has created philographics - minimalist graphic explanations of various complex philosophies and other isms.

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Oct 19, 2011

Yes, That's Pasta. Penne Sculptures by Eliza Tyrrell

created at: 10/18/2011

So we all probably made our fair share of macaroni art when we were kids. Remember? You'd glue pieces of pasta to a piece of paper and excitedly proclaim it was a portrait of Ninja Turtle (or maybe that was just me)? Well Eliza Tyrrell has raised the bar for macaroni art with her undulating pasta sculptures.… read more

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Oct 19, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: October 19, 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.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses, hilariously subtitled, " God is the artist. I just find the Ninja Turtle in his work."   … read more

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Oct 18, 2011

Super Rare Albino Cyclops Shark Photos

At first glance, this seems like either: 1) an internet hoax complete with Photoshopping, 2) an eco-minded art project, or 3) a muppet.

But, it turns out, it's a real shark, a rare albino, one-eyed dusty shark, shown above next to typical member of its species. … read more

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Oct 18, 2011

The Best Pop Culture Game: Who Would You Like to Marry/F**k/Kill Today?

created at: 10/18/2011

I was first introduced to the MFK game by a friend at a summer job in college, at one of those we-just-got-off-at-2:00-am-and-we're-all-totally-alert-and-can't-fall-asleep-until-the-sun-comes-up sorta hang outs. We were sitting outside on the roof his six-story building, and he submitted, "Chris, MFK game. Veronica from the Archie comics, Josie, of and the Pussycats, or Velma from Scooby Doo."

I had to admit, I didn't quite understand what was being suggested at first, but I learned quickly, and got to know my co-workers pretty well by the end of the night.

The game works like this. "Every quiz features three people united by… read more

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Oct 18, 2011

Woven Plastic Cup Sculptures by John Mars

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 10/17/2011

Here's an idea: After your next party, instead of throwing away all those ubiquitous red plastic cups, make some art out of them.… read more

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Oct 17, 2011

7 Types of Creative Block...and What To Do About Them

Whether you're a full-time creative professional, a passionate pastime artist, or simply a dabbler, it's gonna happen. The creative block - that blank page, empty canvas, one-line melody, uncut yard of fabric, that time where all you wanna do (or have to) is create something, and you just can't get started...or worse, finished.

But not all creative blocks are equal. They could come from a lack of ideas, but also from your own health or emotional wellness, work habits, or even communication. So, in order to become more productive, you first gotta understand what sort of block you have. Which, to me, recalls this classic interchange from Empire Records:

Mark: Hey, Lucas. I've decided I'm going to start a band. … read more

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Oct 17, 2011

How to: Make a Turnable Rubik's Cube Dresser

We've seen vintage toy-inspired furniture before, such as the giant LEGO storage boxes, or this colorful Tetris bookshelf, but this Rubik's Cube shaped chest of drawers is truly brilliant. The quality of the work is amazing, and it actually rotates and turns (at least on the X-axis). But most importantly, its creator and designer shares step-by-step instructions to show you how it was put together, and so you can make on yourself!   … read more

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Oct 17, 2011

Steve Jobs Portrait Made Entirely out of MacBook Parts

created at: 10/16/2011

 

Since Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, there has been an incredible array of artistic tributes to the man that gave so many creative folks the tools to express themselves. I, for one, have been an Apple fanatic since September 15, 1994, the day my family got our first computer: a Power Macintosh 7100. That day also happened to be my 11th birthday. But I digress.… read more

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Oct 13, 2011

18 Clever Uses of the New Facebook Timeline

A few weeks ago, Facebook announced their new "Timeline." The company explained it like this: "The original Profile was sort of like the last five minutes of your life. The updated Proile from 2008 extended that to show what was sort of like the last 15 minutes or your life. The new Profile unveiled today is “the rest,” Zuckerberg noted. He calls this feature Timeline. "It’s the heart of your Facebook experience, completely rethought from the ground up,” Zuckerberg says, noting that they’ve been working on it all year. “Timeline is the story of your life.”

Several technology gifted souls have already embraced the new profile design to great effect.

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Oct 13, 2011

Beautiful Swear Words

created at: 10/13/2011

Artist T Mercy draws a new swear word, by hand, everyday...you know for fun, and practice and #@$!. 

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Oct 13, 2011

Cardboard People by Anton Tang

created at: 12/01/2010

Singapore-based photographer Anton Tang created these delightful photographs, and placinc cardboard figures around his city, capturing all sorts of imagined humorous and touching moments.

He says, ""There are times when many of us would like to cover our heads with a cardboard box and shield ourselves from the outside world. Other times, we walk around feeling as if we're enclosed in such packaging anyway - like faceless, boxed-up products on an assembly line."

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