Man Made DIY


Nov 05, 2010

Construction Puzzle Cookie Cutters

We love these new cookie cutters by Mizuguchi Nami. Sold as a construction/puzzle/science-y toy thing, though would make equally good throwing stars.

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Nov 05, 2010

I Can't Find My Phone

created at: 11/05/2010

I'd seen this make the blog rounds last week, and I wasn't gonna post about it. But, wouldn't you know it...this morning, on my way out to a meeting, I couldn't find my phone, which contained a text message of the address where I was supposed to be.

So - take it from first person experience. It's simple, it works, and the site looks pretty cool as well. Provided you can hear the vibrations of your… read more


Nov 04, 2010

LEGO Frog Dissection

created at: 11/04/2010

You know what beats the smell of formaldehyde?

Well, everything, but you know what else? This LEGO frog dissection, that's what.

Built for the MOC Olympics category Lego Anatomy on, it'll take you back to 8th grade, and then remind you how happy you are that you're not in 8th grade anymore. For allread more


Nov 03, 2010

Paris Vs. NYC

created at: 11/03/2010

This week, we've become totally smitted with Paris vs. NYC, a blog that visually compares the life and culture of two of the world's greatest cities.

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Nov 03, 2010

The Unbelievable Origami of Eric Joisel

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 11/03/2010

I always sucked at paper folding. I would, inevitably, get a book/paper combo pack each year for Christmas, and I'd lie down amidst my new toys, trying to take on a simple star or boat. But I always had a hard time translating the step-by-step photos, and my creases were always soft and wrinkly, and could only master the "crumble."

created at: 11/03/2010

So my respect for the work Eric Joisel is unyeilding. The New York Times recently featured Joisel's massive, collection-worthy origami efforts...unfortunately in the obituaries. Mr. Joisel died from lung cancer at 53.

The French artist is featured in the 2008 PBS documentary Between the Folds which I've had in my Netflix queue for months. It's available for… read more


Nov 02, 2010

Tattoo Your Furniture

created at: 11/02/2010

Tattoos, tattoos. Some can be amazingly beautiful, and I imagine some of the best and most talented artists and illustrators today make their living in high-end tattoo parlors and salons. These guys have their skills down, with no erasers or undo buttons available.

But they sure are painful, and permanent.

created at: 11/02/2010

So, we're really digging this collection of tattoo and flash-inspired home decor and… read more


Nov 02, 2010

Things Organized Neatly

created at: 11/02/2010When the clutter and chaos of your own life gets outta control, head to Things Organized Neatly to get a daily dose of exactly what the title promises.

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Nov 02, 2010

Cinematic Topography: States Represented by Films

created at: 11/02/2010

Redditor subtonix made a map of the United States, describing each state by a film he thought best fit.

Fantastic idea, but some of the choices are likely to offend film fans and citizens alike. It seems the creator made some pretty intentional choices to poke fun at some states. Wayne's World for Delaware? The use of Jesus Camp, twice?! And for my own home state of Ohio...I've seen Gummo, and have been to Xenia. Not even… read more


Nov 01, 2010

Sculptural Facial Hair and Other Beard Weirdness

created at: 11/01/2010

At first glance, you might wonder, "why on earth would anyone do such things with their beard?" But, think about it for a sec. If you had facial hair worth sculpting, you'd probably do it to.

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Oct 28, 2010

Paper Crafted Shoes by Mike Leavitt

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 10/28/2010

Yes, of course we love these paper renderings of sneakers, perhaps even a bit more than the Shoeburger.

They're all created by Seattle-based artist Mike Leavitt, who says, "Everyday and urban objects are just my pallette for replicating modern landscapes of life, somewhere between a painterly impression and ironic conceptual art statement. I simply think of these as 'big kid toys', as if adults can still play make-believe too. Though each object is an original sculpture hand-made from scratch, each is somewhat functional and durable enough for even a bit of light… read more


Oct 27, 2010

Mad Men Mr. Men

created at: 10/27/2010

The Poke styles up everyone's favorite Mad Men characters as those from the Mr. Men series, the series of forty-eight British children's books from the 1970s.created at: 10/27/2010

There's even a free book, Mr. Sterling Gets Angry available to read online. Trust us, you wanna see… read more


Oct 27, 2010

Drink-It-Yourself Xylophone Made from Beer Bottles

created at: 10/27/2010

Fresh off the heels of Tuned Pale Ale, designer Sam Gensburg created this brilliant packaging for Southern Bells Brewery. "Closed, the packaging is a traditional 6 pack, but opened, and laying flat .. a glass xylophone. Buy two for a full octave."

It seems as if the bottles are corked, and two of the toppers include wooden mallets with which to play your drinking… read more


Oct 26, 2010

8-Bit Lo-Res Makeup is Hi-Res Clever


created at: 10/26/2010

This morning, we're infinitely inspired by this pixelated Halloween costume from… read more


Oct 25, 2010

The Hierarchy of Candy


created at: 10/25/2010

It's nearly Halloween, and at this point, we may as well just give up on our healthy eating until the new year. Obviously, they're are heaps of Christmas food traditions, one really great classic meal for Thanksgiving, but on Halloween, we indulge in the booty of the beggar's night: candy.

Any kid who participated knows the ritual: dump out your wares on the ground and sort - favorites, edibles, and piles to be traded. In that spirit, Cohen created the Candy Hierarchy, a "taxonomy is based on (even more) years of research and debate, on thorough testing and re-testing, on statistical comparison and quality measurement, on focus group testing, and on a series of FTIR scans that reveal various hydrocarbon peaks and… read more


Oct 25, 2010

Incredible Knitted Skeleton

created at: 09/21/2010

We've seen our fair share of knitted anatomy before, but none so ambitious or well executed as Transcending the Material by Ben Cuevas. "The installation piece Ben Cuevas chose to showcase at The Wassaic Project features a knitted skeleton seated atop a pyramid of Borden’s condensed milk cans and a cloud of screen prints on Plexi glass suspended above it. The knitted skeleton is seated in the lotus position. The prints are of disembodied anatomical parts photographed in high resolution with diagrammatic illustrative overlays. Ben conceives of the piece as a reference to material culture and Wassaic’s local history (The Borden Company had a condensed milk factory in Wassaic) and a meditation on transcendence."

All of which is very, very cool, but that knitted skeleton, oh, that knitted… read more

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