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Sep 04, 2012

The RGB Colorspace Atlas: All the Colors in the World in a Single Book

Move over paint swatch fan decks... Tauba Auberbach has designed a book featuring, supposedly, every single color possible, ever.  

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Aug 28, 2012

How to: A Quick and Easy Way to Reattach a Book or Notebook Cover

created at: 08/28/2012

Last week, the unthinkable happened: the pages of my notebook separated from the cover.

Okay, well, it's not really unthinkable...I'm pretty tough on it. It goes everywhere with me, falls off the workbench daily, gets covered in sawdust and paint, regular interacts with power tools and sharp things, and I'm pretty sure this is the one I threw across the room when I just couldn't get the math right for a project.I've had this one for nearly two years, and it's spine has been covered and reinforced by layers of duct tape for more than half its life. So, unthinkable? No, but discouraging, nonetheless. This thing still has at least 20% of its

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Aug 27, 2012

How to: Add Texture to Vector Illustrations to Make Them Pop

Digital design and drawing tools are amazing, but the fact that they're created inside a computer and not created from physical media can leave them a little...flat.  

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Aug 08, 2012

Kiel Johnson's Amazing, Intricate Paper Metropolis

Artist and all around ManMaker Kiel Johnson uses paper for more than just sketches and designing ideas: it's the essential building block of his work. Recently, he's been constructing an entire paper cities from chipboard, tape and glue. The "cities are fully realized with stadiums and police chases, power lines and Times Square like culture zones. They have thousands of little stories contained in one piece and are just incredibly fascinating."   

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Jul 26, 2012

Colorful Origami Graffiti on the Streets of Vietnam and Hong Kong

French paper artist Mademoiselle Maurice recently created these incredible rainbow street art installations in the the urban areas of Vietnam and Hong Kong.

   

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Jul 19, 2012

Fold Me You Will: Make an Origami Yoda from a Single Sheet of Paper

If the elementary school rumors are to be believed, it's only possible to fold a single sheet of paper a maximum of eight times. This fun origami project takes a solid eighty-two folds, and makes one seriously sweet little Jedi master that would look excellent perched on top of your desk, a shelf, or anywhere that needs a pop of handmade color.  

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Jul 18, 2012

A Papercraft Cheeseburger

If last week's nearly 100% bacon burger was a little too intense (as it should have been), then allow us to step back in the other direction - an expertly crafted burger made exclusively from colored construction paper, complete with all the trimmings.  

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Jul 13, 2012

Cardboard Sculpture Installations by Bartek Elsner

German designer and art director Bartek Elsner makes this incredible, complex scultpures using corrugated cardboard. Some pieces work as street art, and others as gallery installations and decor.

     

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Jun 27, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: June 27, 2012

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: 06/27/2012

In 2005, New York artist Jason Polan drew every single piece of art on display to the public in the MoMA...and in 2012, he did it again.  

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May 23, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 23, 2012

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.

French artist Sylvain Meyer reorganizes natural landscapes and woodlands to imbue them with a sense of pattern and texture.   

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May 14, 2012

How to: Make an 8-Bit Pop-Up Greeting Card

created at: 05/14/2012

In this era of ever-increasing electronic communication, paper mail and greetings have become ever more important and meaningful, when done well. Especially, if it's a custom card you made yourself.  

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Mar 26, 2012

How to: Make 3D Papercraft Space Invaders!

created at: 03/26/2012

ManMade reader and all around good guy Jeff from Laboratory 424 in Spokane, WA wrote in to share this awesome retro-inspired papercraft project. He says,

"We like to be prepared for an alien invasion...Nerf guns loaded, extra rations of nachos packed away, and a Klingon dictionary in the back pocket. Unfortunately, such preparations tend to be forgotten in the routine of day-to-day life. As a subtle reminder, we created giant, 3-D, papercraft Space Invaders on our walls, and just so everyone is prepared, we show you how to build your own."  

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Mar 23, 2012

Paper Faces by Héctor Sos

created at: 03/23/2012

This whimsical series of paper faces created by Héctor Sos for Torras Papel made me laugh. It's Friday after all, and I think we could all use a bit of random designy humor in our lives.  

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Mar 09, 2012

Music Video Made from Over 12,000 Pieces of Construction Paper

created at: 03/09/2012

Are you a fan of the musician Josh Ritter? Because, I'd wager that after seeing the music video for his song Love is Making Its Way Back Home you will be...

created at: 03/09/2012

The stop-motion animation uses photographs from over 12,000 pieces of construction paper used to animate a surreal nighttime drive.  

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Mar 07, 2012

How to: Make an iPad or eReader Case from a Recycled Book

created at: 03/07/2012

This afternoon, the internet is all abuzz about the unveiling of the iPad 3, with its 4G LTE support and new home buttonless design. If you'll be standing in line to get a new one, or are simply interested in a unique, handmade an recycled solution to house your current tablet or eReader, then

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Feb 24, 2012

Friday Fun: How to Fold a Miura-Ori

"Chris," you're saying. "What's a Miura-ori?"

Well, it's that thing. In the picture. A sheet of paper that has been folded to open and close in a single motion. " A Miura sheet has only one degree of freedom, and can be thought of as having only two states: fully open, or fully closed. Since reversing one fold in the sheet (that is, making a “mountain” into a “valley”) requires reversing all of the adjacent folds as well, the Miura sheet feels as though it has a memory, and is very resistant to deformation."

i just made three...and it's crazy fun to learn and just fold and unfold over and over again.

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Feb 20, 2012

Toy Vehicles Made From Their Own Packaging

created at: 02/19/2012

Tube Toys are little toy vehicles created by London-based designer Oscar Diaz that are assembled from their own packaging. Inside each package are components like wheels and stickers that are inserted into pre-cut slots in the package.  

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Feb 13, 2012

Portrait Collages Made from Tiny Strips of Colored Paper

created at: 02/13/2012

Self-taught French artist Nathalie Boutté has perfected a technique for creating portraits that, in itself, is nothing out of the oridinary: long strips of paper are cut and then laid on top of other strips of paper, over and over. But when it all comes together? It's beauty.  

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Feb 03, 2012

How to: Make Typographic Paper Cut Art

At first glance, this fun DIY project might seem pretty straightforward: You type some stuff on a piece of paper, print it out, then cut it with a craft knife.

And then you realize, if you tried that, you've ruined it before you even finish the first letter, because it's impossible to cut things out and have them still be stuck together in a single sheet...

Unless, of course, you know what you're doing.  

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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 built.  

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