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Oct 15, 2010

Hipster Dinosaur Coloring Book

created at: 10/15/2010

Somewhere in the last few weeks, making fun of hipsters became more prolific than the irony-clad, mustache filled trend itself. Which was sorta funny for a bit, but at what point does the cultural response become even more pathetic than the ridiculousness of the subculture it mocks?

So, with that in mind, we at ManMade promise that this very post will be the latest hipster mocking piece we do. 

Well, unless its very,… read more

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Oct 13, 2010

A Collection of Free Desktop Wallpaper Cheatsheets for Creatives

created at: 10/13/2010

I have a terrible time keeping track of instructional documents and handbooks on my computer. They don't go in the "documents" folder, cause that's where the documents I create go, right? Do I organize them by content, or by form? Plus, how am I ever gonna remember to actually open them and read after downloading?

So, I'm loving these desktop backgrounds that put the info right out there. It's already hard enough to find good looking wallpapers, but one's that help you make good looking stuff yourself? Why, yes I will,… read more

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Oct 13, 2010

Move Over Cupcakes - High-End Cookies Are the New Sweet Sensation

created at: 10/13/2010

There's no doubt that baked goods underwent a revolution in the first decade of the Twenty-First century. The 1980s and 90s gave us fashionable restaurant pastries with intricate sugar sculptures and artistic chocolate towers. But the last ten years saw a return to roots; the kind of baked goods your grandma would make, except executed much, much better.

The humble cupcake, saved from crusty dryness by whole new approaches, was certainly the darling of the aughts, but from the looks of things, the cookie is taking over.

Just look at these trendsetting sweets from Japan's… read more

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Oct 12, 2010

The Value of a Dollar: Photos of What $1.00 Can Get You

created at: 10/12/2010Photographer and former chef Jonathan Blaustein visited a certain, very famous fast food chain during the recent economic downturn. "'On one menu they had a cheeseburger for a dollar,' he said. What caught his eye, though, was another menu, which featured a double cheeseburger for the same price. That additional piece of meat, and the extra slice of cheese, somehow didn’t change the price."

And so began The Value of a Dollar, his 2008 series of photographs of food bought for a single $1.00 bill.

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Oct 11, 2010

Wood Species Indexed in a "Book" Library

created at: 10/11/2010

Awkward title, I know, but it's kinda difficult to actually describe what's happening here. The World Woods Library is an effort to help folks collect a diverse catalog of wood species, a xylarium, in the form of wooden books.

Each species gets its own edition, with the English name carved into the spine, and the Latin genus and species on the… read more

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Oct 08, 2010

Electrified DeLorean Heads Back to the Future

created at: 10/08/2010

Great Scott! An electrified DeLorean DMC-12 is getting ready to cruise through the hills of Italy to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future. Well, almost...

"Technically, a complete electric DeLorean is about a week in the future. Right now they’ve got a garage full of a DeLorean shipped over from Dallas and a turnkey electric car conversion kit that includes 1.21 gigawatt 90 kW engine and custom designed Lithium-ion batteries that fit the DMC-12… read more

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Oct 08, 2010

Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones, and Also Make Amazing Sculptures

created at: 10/08/2010

Sculptor Patrick Dougherty creates impressive, architectural art pieces exclusively from found stick, twigs, and stones. At 28, at home with two kids, he built his first piece, a log home. Then, "at 36, he went back to school, straight into the graduate art program at the University of North Carolina, 10 minutes away. His first stick work, a man-size tangle of saplings made on a picnic table at home, startled his professors, he said. They thought “it was too complete for someone who’d been blundering around in the netherworld.”

created at: 10/08/2010

 

Since then, he has made well over 200 startling (and delightful) pieces for sites all over the world — woolly lairs and wild follies, gigantic snares, nests and cocoons, some woven into groves of trees, others lashed around… read more

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Oct 06, 2010

A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits

created at: 10/06/2010

With the release of The Social Network, we're experiencing a renewed interest in the gold-standard of profile makers. And the single biggest indicator of one's digital personality? The profile pic.

created at: 10/06/2010

Fast Company has sought to identify and organize the variety of these photos: "Like all art forms, Facebook portraiture has its own lazy tropes—the laptop camera shot, the blue sky background, the blinding flash in a bathroom mirror—but even these thoughtlessly captured snapshots yield unintended insights about their subjects: How is the photo cropped? Can we see the subject's abs? Why is she giving us the… read more

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Oct 06, 2010

Spied at the Craft Fair: Hairy Animal Hats

Origin: The London Craft Fair recently displayed these crazy awesome felted hairy animal hats, made from Sussex wool and alpaca fleece. They're simultaneously scarily lifelike and functionally impossible, making them all around fun.

   

They're each handmade by Barbara Keal, who "loves felting because it it such an immediate and physical way of making, it is also very environmentally clean. The wool hasn't travelled far and warm water and olive oil soap are the only other ingredients apart from my own energy."

 

She was inspired by the "wild and motley looking crew of herdwicks,… read more

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Oct 05, 2010

What's Really Inside Your Chicken Nuggets

We at ManMade are huge advocates of handmade products, and always promote the freedoms of avoiding consumerism and mass-produced goods.

Seeing this photo is exactly what we needed to keep the faith: this is mechanically separated chicken, and it's what's inside fast food products like chicken nuggets and patties, as well the frozen processed chicken products in the freezer section of the grocery store. 

Click through to read what's actually going on… read more

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Oct 04, 2010

A Man's Guide to Sweaters

Where I live, summer totally disappeared over the weekend. No slow goodbye, no sunny beckons to barbeque or picnic one last time. Straight up disappeared. It's fall, and it's cold.

And cold means sweaters. And whether you're knitting them yourself, scouring for secondhand options, or buying a new one straight off the rack, there's a lot of jargon that goes into classifying sweaters. What exactly is cashmere? Are Emerald Isle and Fair Isle the same thing? Should a dude ever wear a… read more

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Oct 01, 2010

Colorful Modular Tetris Bookshelf

 

Homeowner Mario and his wife Tete, from Sao Paulo, got inspired by a Tetris bookshelf he saw online, and started designing. His piece was custom fit into his space, built by a woodworking friend.

The shelf is 2.20 meters wide, 2 meters tall and 30 centimeters deep. It's made of MDF wood and the colored parts are Formica sheets.

 

As you can see in some of the pictures, all the parts are independent of each other so it's a modular project. I can unscrew half of the shelf and use it at another place or I can re-arrange the parts as I see fit (and the holes match too, it's a very… read more

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Oct 01, 2010

On the Record - New-ish Music to Check Out, October 2010

created at: 10/01/2010

A fall friendly collection of five albums, totally worth your time.

 

created at: 10/01/2010

Hey Rosetta - Into Your Lungs (Sonic Records)

Canadians have been hip to this album since 2008, but its just been released in the U.S.

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Sep 30, 2010

Play Asteroids on Any Web Page

created at: 09/30/2010

Whether you want to get rid of ads, explode your Twitter followers, or just practice your skills, sometimes, you want to blow stuff on a webpage up.

Erik of Github has created a bookmarklet that will allow you to do that very thing. Simply drag the link below to destroy your Facebook friends' avatars, those emails you don't want to respond to, or any object on the page.

Seriously, this puts fun back in the internet. This is the coolest thing we've seen… read more

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Sep 29, 2010

A Periodic Table of Creative Influences

If you read ManMade, its likely you consider yourself a creative person, or at least a connoisseur of all things awesome. And as all creative types know, inspiration comes from darn near everywhere. Photographs influence songwriting, movies translate into poetry, philosophy makes for amazing sculpture, etc. 

The folks at Mat Dolphin agree, and they've constructed a list of inspirational people modeled after the Periodic Table of Elements. "In the list are Film Directors, Musicians, Designers, Artists, Writers and anyone else that has inspired us." 

Click through to see the expanded version and find your… read more

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