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Aug 22, 2011

FauxGo: A Collection of Logos from Film and Television

created at: 08/22/2011

Graphic designer Tymn Armstrong has created FauxGo, a collection of "fake logos," a "symbol or other small design created to represent a fictional company or organization that exists only on film."

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Aug 22, 2011

How to Print DIY Patterned Fabric

It can be tough to find attractive, masculine-friendly pattern fabric at your local craft store. The solids are usually safe, but save for a tiny check or two, most of the stores are a sea of shiny lamé, pastel animal prints, or, worse, the supposedly masculine-y flamed fleece or sports team prints.

Or, perhaps you simply can't find fabric that matches a room or space...anyone who's ever looked can attest: it can be tough.

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Aug 19, 2011

The Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs from the Last 50 Years

A few years ago, I made a deal with myself to read every Pulitzer Prize winning novel since the first awarding in 1918 (at least the best I can). I've kept up with the new ones since my promise (beginning in the Kavalier and Clay year, so that musta been 2001), and have grabbed lots of stuff from previous years from the used book store (Humboldt's Gift? Awesome) and I haven't been disappointed yet, 'cept for Olive Kitteredge two years ago. Just couldn't finish it...

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Aug 19, 2011

Rock, Paper, Scissors: 2011 Style

A few years ago, the classic three-gesture selection game got a five-part update in the form of "Rock, Paper Scissors, Lizard, Spock." The geeks had a heyday (including this famous little tyke explaining the updated relationships), and then we went back to the regular old kind for all sorts of tasks: deciding who has to go pick up that one grocery store item you forgot, or winning national touraments.

Illustrator Christoph Niemann has decided to give the random-selection tradition a contemporary update, to reflect the current mire of political conversations in the… read more

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Aug 18, 2011

Frisky Garden Vegetables: A Collection of Scandalous Produce

Most days, I'm convinced Mother Nature has an active sense of humor, and often, she's downright funny. Or perhaps its the veggies themselves. Or even, it's so strange when produce doesn't look like that exact perfectly shaped, blemish free ideal we're so used to seeing at the megamart, our minds immediately… read more

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Aug 18, 2011

Pixelated Push Pin Portraits

created at: 12/01/2010

Artist Eric Daigh uses red, black, yellow, and blue push pins to create photo-realistic art portraits. His work really takes advantage of the "realistic far away/geometric up close" phenonomenon that happens with "pixelated" art. I love the variations in distortion that are visible in the above photo.

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Aug 17, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 17, 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.

The new trend at this year's state fairs? Deep fried butter. Check out the video to learn more, and maybe decide it's not as bad as it sounds...… read more

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Aug 17, 2011

Genetic Portraits: Split Family Faces

Quebec City-based photographer and designer has created a photo series dubbed Genetic Portraits, which explores how much family members really do resemble each other. He photographs combinations of siblings and/or their parents, and then meld their split faces together to create a spectrum of portraits that span the eerily normal to the eerily shocking.

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Aug 12, 2011

Infographic: A Quick and Comprehensive Guide to Typography

created at: 08/11/2011

Noodlor offers this free and helpful graphic guide to understanding type.

This section on choosing a typeface based on the message you want to convey is particularly… read more

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Aug 11, 2011

Album Covers Come to Life with Sleeveface

I first discovered Sleeveface/sleevefacing/holdingupLPcoverssothesingersfacelookslikeitsyours over a holiday break a few years ago, and I basically spent the entire day after Christmas scouring through the entire archive.

Since then, the phenomenon has grown amazingly, resulting in a quite organized website, and a book! So, now, you can be like, "Oh, I wanna see a Ramones album," and...here you go.

The trend is defined as "one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion." I'm pretty sure you can figure out the rest from the photos. Fun, right?

The choices range from classics:

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Aug 11, 2011

Your Crafts are Not Renegade Enough for the Renegade Craft Fair

created at: 08/11/2011

Literary journal McSweeny's has a little fun with indie craft show clichès and the sorts of imagery that continue to pop up all over the handmade scene. Still. (They're everywhere.… read more

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Aug 11, 2011

Hilarious Movie Clichés

In honor of the upcoming International Latino Film Festival, NYC Ad agency Wing created these beautifully designed graphic representations of hilarious movie cliches.

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Aug 10, 2011

Sad Etsy Dogs

If a dog is a man's best friend, then Sad Etsy Dogs is the perfect companion to Sad Etsy Boyfriends.

 

 

It's not that the dog clothes themselves are awful...but the pups just… read more

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Aug 10, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 10, 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.

created at: 08/10/2011

Matthew Baldwin says, "Site administrators use CAPTCHAs to prevent automated scripts from performing certain functions, such as creating an account, sending email to a distribution list, or participating in a discussion thread. That's fine, as far as it goes. But, frankly, I'd also like to see certain people on the Internet prevented from doing certain things. You know, like: logging onto the Internet." He's created a series of solution to keep the less desirables… read more

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Aug 09, 2011

Translucent Ants Turn Colorful after Eating Rainbow Liquids

created at: 08/09/2011

One afternoon, Dr. Mohammed Babu's wife, Shameem, directed his attention to a family of ants in their home, who turned up to sip on some spilt milk.

Interestingly enough, the ants had "turned" white, as their translucent bodies displayed the milk they'd consumed. So the scientist decided to get… read more

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