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Jan 17, 2012

Nailing It: Portraits in Hardware by Marcus Levine

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 01/17/2012

While a design student at Cornwall College of Art and Design, Marcus Levine began to play with the idea of creating human forms with nails. He explains, "the interplay between the rigid, angular nails and the soft curves of the human torso, would be more striking".

Years later, Marcus has perfected the technique, and he's nailing… read more

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Jan 17, 2012

How to: Make a Sock Squid (and Cthulu!)

Sock squid basic

I'm warning you: the sock squid is a gateway fiber project. Today you're thinking "I'm just gonna sew this one little fella to give to my buddy, sort of almost as a gag gift," and before you know it you'll be lining laptop sleeves in microfiber and crocheting iPhone jackets.  It is a sickness, and it starts be snipping slits in socks and learning a couple simple hand stitches.

The sock squid was my first sock animal… read more

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Jan 17, 2012

Pizza Boomerang: A Bizarrely Awesome Video

created at: 01/16/2012

Ok. Where do I begin? Pizza Boomerang, a video created by Barcelona-based Sofa Experience Communications, is without doubt the strangest video I've ever seen. After I watched it for the first time, I was confused...I couldn't decide if I was elated by how amazing it was or deeply disturbed by how, well, disturbing it was. There's really not much else I can say about this. Words can't quite describe what it's like to watch PIzza Boomerang, so I'll leave it at that.

created at: 01/16/2012

One thing I should mention, however, is that it's NSFW...or at least one particular scene is. So if you're feeling adventurous, and the kiddies aren't watching (seriously, I wouldn't want to have to explain the plot to a child), then sit back and… read more

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Jan 16, 2012

How It Was Made: Paper Torso with Removable Organs

You may have seen this incredible paper human torso with removable organs about the internet last week. It was featured on a few art blogs you may have heard of, like...all of them. See: BoingBoingJuxtapozDesignBoomNotCotComplex, and Colossal.

But today, original story breakers My Modern Met have even more to offer: an interview with the artist and photos that show the whole thing being designed and… read more

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Jan 16, 2012

Test Your Movie Knowledge with Film Alphabet Posters

British designer and artist Stephen Wildish has created these great and challenging movie alphabets, organized by decade. You'll certainly recognize some, but the task is surprisingly hard.

How many can you guess?

My… read more

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Jan 16, 2012

The Craft and Commerce of Writing

I never set out to write a craft book--or, for that matter, to write business columns, or reference materials, or textbooks on teen sex and Chernobyl, or basically anything that's paid the bills over the last five years.  I'd written for years, but it had been an after-hours art:  Essays about technology and sexuality and Detroit's decay; stories about clockwork robots, haunted dogs, monster wives, and giant squid--the kind of stuff you gut out after dark; the kind of stuff you write for the consuming love of finding how to say it.  The kind of stuff that's hard to sell.

I've always been a crackerjack essayist… read more

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Jan 16, 2012

A Table Made of Secret Compartments

created at: 01/15/2012

What could possibly be cooler than secret compartments? Ok, maybe secret passageways, but we'll have to save those for another post. The Kai Table, designed by Naoki Hirakoso and Takmitsu Kitahara, is an incredible object constructed almost entirely of secret compartments.… read more

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Jan 13, 2012

10 Men's Style Mistakes to Avoid

Gin A. Ando, in the always thoughtful and reliable Primer magazine, offers, in his voice, "ten style mistakes I wish I'd learned a long time ago. He says, "Being virile young men, we are somewhat expected to be reckless in our nature. Perhaps we don’t think everything through before we do it. Or maybe we do things in excess. But if there’s something a well-dressed young man who… read more

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Jan 13, 2012

SNL's Stefon Now Doing Reviews on Yelp

created at: 01/13/2012Stefon Zolesky is easily Saturday Night Live's best recurring character since Mary Katherine Gallagher. (Save for perhaps Tina Tina Chaneuse, who is no more.) As Weekend Update's "city coorespondant," Stefon is regularly invited to share tourism tips for families and holiday visitors, but his references quickly devolve into absurd parties and under-under-underground nightclubs, with characters as DJ Baby Bok Choy, a "giant 300 pound Chinese baby, who wears tinted aviator glasses and he spins records with his little ravioli hands”.

So, good news people - Stefon is now doing Yelp… read more

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Jan 13, 2012

Swissted: Punk Rock Music + Swiss Modernism

created at: 01/13/2012

"Swissted" is NY-based designer's Mike Joyce ode to two of his most beloved passions: punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements, he notes, "that have absolutely nothing to do with one another."

Mike redesigned vintage flyers from actual punk rock, hardco

re, and indie… read more

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