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Nov 08, 2011

Hobo Folk Art: Bottle Cap Basket

created at: 11/07/2011

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, there was a wondeful subculture of folks hitching rides on trains and bartering for food with inventive crafts and works of art. Some people call this genre of art "tramp art" or "hobo art", but I like to call it "freakin' awesome."

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Nov 01, 2011

Incredible Upcycled Table Made from a Vintage Door

created at: 11/01/2011

I'm not gonna lie…I haven't been this excited about a table in a long time. Don't get me wrong, I am often excited by tables and other assorted pieces of furniture, but this one, which is made from an antique door, is different. It's something I could actually make!

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Oct 31, 2011

DIY Idea: Turn Cinder Blocks Into Art with Colorful Mortar

Cinder blocks are quite possibly the most boring material ever. And really, when's the last time you saw someone make something creative with them? Well as it turns out, it actually doesn't take a whole lot of effort to transform boring old cinder blocks into a work of art.

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Oct 26, 2011

Fear.Less: Beautiful Wooden Art Examining Horrible Violence and Crime

created at: 10/25/2011

Daniel Ting Chong and Jordan Metcalf joined forces to create a playful, but sobering, series of objects that examines crime and violence in South Africa, committed both by criminals and law enforcement.

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Oct 25, 2011

Extreme Typography: 160,000 Granite Letters Encased in Concrete

created at: 10/24/2011

If you've ever agonized over the precise kerning and leading of a few stubborn letters, just be thankful that you didn't have to do it with over 160,000 3-dimensional letters that are then embedded in concrete. For most people, such a daunting endeavor would be a one-way ticket to an acute case of typography-induced psychosis...

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Oct 21, 2011

The Carpenter, A Short Film

created at: 10/21/2011"The Carpenter," is a beautiful two-minute short by Greek design and art studio Deep Green Sea. This entry is "the first of a series of short films regarding the art & science of professionals working with their hands."

It's really lovely stuff, and has got me feeling super motivated to clean up my workshop (still devastated from a recent major build, which'll be posted next week), and make something amazing.

Click play to watch the video:    

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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 start a band. 

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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 scale.

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Aug 01, 2011

How To: Make a Magnetic Map Memo Board

I'm just gonna say it: If you can, at least, safely and accurately wield a pair of scissors, it's simply unacceptable to have a plain, straight from the store memo board: either cork, magnetic, or dry erase. There are so many easy ways to make it interesting: make it woodgrain, turn it into bold graphic shape, build a handprinted inspiration board from scratch for way less than the office supply store, or create a double duty DIY dry erase board.

Or, take a cue from Michael, and go straight up vintage map-y.  

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Jun 23, 2011

Ten Myths about Introverts

created at: 06/23/2011

It comes as no suprise that many artists and creative types are introverts. Creativity is all about ideas, and artists connect to others on the basis of ideas. Which is, basically, the definition of introversion - one views the world from the inside, and draws energy from being alone or with a small group of people, and then uses that energy to operate within the outside world.

The concern is, most introverts don't know they are, and so they don't do the work that restores them and take the time to reenergize. Creative work allows for that rest to happen, even if we're crazy busy.

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Jun 14, 2011

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

created at: 06/14/2011

These days, our supermarket aisles are saturated with images of celebrities posing in the same places. Some reality TV contestant with some heiress, some basketball star and R&B singer smooching, etc. So many, in fact, that we forget the cool things that can happen when actual cool people know each other and hang out.

created at: 06/14/2011   

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Feb 23, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: February 23, 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 Mississippi River and its tributaries, styled after the famous London Underground map.

  

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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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Apr 16, 2010

50 Super Creative and Inspiring Ads for the WWF

When you're pushing the conservation and restoration of the environment, rather than some new product or service, the inspiration must just keep on coming.

Whoever the WWF (World Wildlife Fund or the World Wide Fund for Nature, depending on where you live) has on their ads, they best keep them around. This is advertising at its finest.

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Jan 21, 2010

The Amazing Sketchbooks of Lars Henkel

Julia Rothman's "Book By Its Cover" blog regularly features some incredible things bound in book form. But these from German Illustrator Lars Henkel simply leap off the page (screen?) in their pushing the boundaries of what "sketchbook" usually conjurs up.

created at: 2010/01/21

"Lars Henkel wrote me wondering if I’d be interested in sharing his sketchbook. I am more than thrilled when an incredible artist such as Lars even has heard about the site, let alone wants to contribute to it. Lars work is interesting and impressive in every way.  

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