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Nov 03, 2010

Paris Vs. NYC

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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 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 01, 2010

100+ Free Typography and Design Desktop Wallpapers

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ManMade readers really seemed to dig on this collection of free desktop wallpaper for creative folks, so we figured we'd rustle up a few more.

And boy, did we ever. This time, we're focusing on the beauty that is type-design, and the amazing things that letters can communicate.

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Oct 27, 2010

Make a DIY Colored Pencil Shelf

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I've always enjoy the ambitious experiments of designer Dominic Wilcox, who, lately, has taken on a thirty-day speed creating challenge that has resulted in some fun projects: thread-wrapped grapes, onion ring fabric, and inflatable socks

But I'm particularly loving the practicality (?!) of this colored pencil shelf. Dominic says, "I made a shelf from coloured pencils by glueing them together. I was suprised at how strong it was using two layers of pencils....The shelf brackets are made by cutting a single pencil case into two parts and glueing together. The sliding doors hide the screws." 

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Oct 27, 2010

Drink-It-Yourself Xylophone Made from Beer Bottles

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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 anthems.

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Oct 18, 2010

The World According to San Francisco

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Culture-blogger and artist Generic1 imagines what the world might as mapped by a San Francisco-based cartographer.

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Oct 15, 2010

Free Online Font Challenge: TypeWar

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The super fun Font Game has become my first choice for time passing during those waiting-in-line sessions. Here's a similar challenge - TypeWar. It only gives you two typefaces as options, but a mere single character to inform your choices.

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Oct 14, 2010

Dress the Part: 10 Clever Movie Posters Inspired by Men's Style

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Recently, Terry Gross interviewed James Franco about playing Allen Ginsberg, and asked the actor how he went about changing his look to assume the character of the poet. "The glasses," was Franco's simple answer.

It's often shocking how much a single item or characteristic can identify a character. And illustrators to James Alexander Mathers and Andrew Lau have totally captured the notion in Dress the Part, a collection of movie posters reduced to the identifying pieces of the characters style.   

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Oct 13, 2010

A Collection of Free Desktop Wallpaper Cheatsheets for Creatives

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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, Speckyboy.com.

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Oct 06, 2010

A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits

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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.

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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 finger?"  

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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 favorites.  

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Sep 23, 2010

Infographic: The Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names

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Nothing has the potential to be both scarily informative and joyfully hilarious as the infographic. The presentation of lighthearted information in the most serious of flowcharts or graphs simply never gets old. 

So we are, of course, loving this "Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names" from PopChartLab. The designers have arranged "266 sobriquets from the world of rap music" by their lexical and semantic characteristics. The results are visually stunning, quite educational, and all around awesome.

Click through for an expandable (readable) version.   

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Sep 03, 2010

Business Cards for Fictional Companies - How Many Can You Name?

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We're both cracking up and inspired by this series of business cards for fictional companies from films, television shows, and comic books. "Day Jobs" by Fernando Rez "pays nerdy, Easter Egg-laden homage 'to the hard working men and women who keep our beloved fictional companies going.'

Printed on Rolodex-ready business card stock. Extremely limited run of 20 S+N 11” x 17” prints are available for $25/pop."

We can connect fifteen of the twenty-one to its pop culture origin; how many can you? Let's see if we can get them all down in the comments section below!  

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Aug 27, 2010

The U.S. Dollar Gets a Very Fine Redesign

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Dowling Duncan have taken on a redesign that battles one of the greatest U.S.-, don't-mess-with-it institutions this side of the flag - the dollar bill.

The results are an aesthetically, conceptually, and politically sensitive collection of bank notes that are, frankly, %#&ing amazing.

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Each denomination gets not only a color update, but a size determined by its value, which, when stacked up, aids in organization. Each notes features imagery that connects to its value:

"$1 – The first African American president
$5 – The five biggest native American tribes
$10 – The bill of rights, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution
$20 –

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Aug 26, 2010

Totally Brilliant Package Design: Tuned Pale Ale

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'Tuned Pale Ale' is a clever design from Matt Braun and Chris Mufalli that attempts to give some musical order to noisey chaos that can often accompany drinking beer. "Tuned Pale Ale is a product that explores the musical affordances in everyday objects and promotes social spontaneity. While drinking beer, people become musically encouraged and often start making start making music with objects around them. This product aims to promote more of this type of social interaction. This product aims to inform users about the musical qualities of existing bottles and to make the bottle a better instrument."

The bottle's label is marked to

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