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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… 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… 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… 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… read more

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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… read more

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Oct 13, 2011

The World's Largest Wood Type

created at: 10/11/2011

Over the past year I've developed quite a fascination with printmaking: letterpress, woodcut, screenprinting…the list goes on. Never before, however, have I seen printing at such a large… read more

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Oct 12, 2011

How to: Make Queso Fresco (or Any Fresh Cheese) at Home

created at: 10/12/2011

My buddy Adam works at an awesome farm, and through all his deliveries and CSAs and interactions, he comes across all kinds of local goodies. So, sometimes he'll show up at my door with a box of veggies, some artisinal foodstuffs, or the best - a gallon of fresh, non-homogenized milk. It's usually stored in some random container, not the packaged stuff the dairy sells in the store. and though I have no idea if it's raw or not - since it's illegal in many places, including where I live - it doesn't taste like it taste when I buy the same product at the market. So, let's just assume it's as minimally processed as possible, which is fine by me. It tastes amazing - it's sorta grassy, but creamy, and basically...tastes like milk should taste.

So, this isn't the kind of thing you wanna just pour on your cereal, or dunk your cookies. It deserves something special.

Like homemade queso fresco, the ultimate expression of fresh farmer's cheese. If you don't have access to special milk, don't worry; it's still delicious to make at home, and way less expensive that buying it in the store.… read more

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Oct 12, 2011

Kill Comic Sans Game

created at: 10/12/2011

Of course, you can't stand Comic Sans, and now...you can kill it. Agency Fusion provides this fun, free, and pretty challenging opportunity to, well, shoot it.

The game is timed, but you get infinite ammo and no punishment for missing, so I'll suggest, having spent too much time goofing with this already, this technique: if one a track pad, use your dominant hand to aim, and your other to just press the button as fast as… read more

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Oct 12, 2011

How to: Make a DIY Industrial Record Cabinet

In the era of digital entertainment and the cloud, it can be tough to store physical media. While you can snag giant hard drives with a footprint smaller than a single book, it can be tough to find a spot for those things you can touch. Particularly vinyl records, lps, albums, or whatever you like to call 'em. Milk crates have shrunk, and with the exception of IKEA's Expedit series, or expensive custom DJ furniture, it's hard to find cabinets or shelves deep and tall enough to handle those twelve inchers.

Unless, of course, you make it yourself. And while you're at it, make sure it can double as seating for your next music-filled… read more

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