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 yourself!  

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Sep 19, 2011

How to: Make a Clock from Junk Mail

I once heard that it takes 300 points of contact to be swayed by a piece of print advertising (that you're not already seeking out). That means a political candidate has to call, be seen on a TV ad, or send you junk mail 300 times in order for that technique to be effective.

And other than coupons or sale annoucements, I can't imagine, in this day and age, where postage is expensive, and we're touched by thousands of ads before we even check the mail, that sending stuff to a mailbox is helpful.

And yet, still it comes. So, turn that waste upside down, and make something from it.

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Aug 31, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 31, 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. Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Lobster shell motorcycles. Of course

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Jul 08, 2011

I Freaking Love These: Retro Electronics Made from Paper

I try my best not to just throw up pretty pictures and go on and on about how much I love them, but for these paper sculptures of vintage electronics, I have to make an exception.

Cause I do. Love them, I mean.


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Jul 01, 2011

Amazing Photographs from Instagram's Most Popular Users

Instagram is a half iPhone app/half photo sharing way to spice up your mobile phone pics with Lomo-like filters, vintage colors, vignettes, etc. Mostly, at least according to my Twitter feed, people use it to "age" their pictures of their dogs and kids or themselves looking off to the side thirty or forty years, but in the hands of the right people (as with most things), it's a pretty great artistic tool.


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Jun 30, 2011

12 Wacky Vintage Baseball Cards

As a kid, I tried to collect baseball cards. And by tried I meant, pretend like I knew what I was talking about when all the other kids and the neighborhood were going on about their collections, and then getting a .79 chewing gum pack once every six months in hopes there were some gems in there. (There weren't) 

So, of course, I can't speak with any authority on these funny finds from modernman.com, but they're plenty good for a laugh.


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Jun 08, 2011

How To: Make DIY Magentic Silly Putty

What's more fun than stretching an egg of silly putty, forming all kinds of weird orbs, cracking bubbles, and squishy shapes?

Goofing around with DIY magnetic silly putty, and encouraging it to behave all crazylike by pushing and stretching it with the power of the poles!  

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May 18, 2011

Super Mario Bros. Comes to Life on the Street (Video)

created at: 05/18/2011

German artist and techmeister Andreas Heikaus created the best undergraduate thesis project ever: multiple levels of the original Super Mario Bros. coming to life atop the urban landscape. 

Watch the top video first, then check out the one below to see how he pulled it off.  

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May 06, 2011

Retro Revival: Vintage Posters for Modern Movies

Brain Pickings has assembled a killer collection of vintage-styled movie posters for contemporary films. As Maria Popova remarks, they explore "Helvetica, Hitchcock and what Saul Bass can teach J.J. Abrams about mystery."

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May 04, 2011

Glamour and Headshots: Re-imagining Portraits from the 70s and 80s

Robbie Ausberger is a photographer who tries to recreate "glamour" photo shoots from the 1970s...the sort of pics you might find in the archives of a Sears Portrait studio or Olan Mills in some abandoned shopping plaza.


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Apr 20, 2011

How To: Craft a DIY 8-Bit Hooded Sweatshirt

created at: 04/20/2011

Friends, there's a might fine new web series called Craftovision, an "internet show dedicated to DIY culture. IT'S ALIVE. [It's] where we feature episodes and post awesome DIY randomness that we find."

It's hosted/produced by the always talented Corinne Leigh, and I'm loving the latest episode. It not only features a sweet sewing project for guys - this Space Invaders-inspired 8-bit hooded sweatshirt, but an interview with Raynor, a crocheting-for-guys expert who blogs at The Shy Lion.

Click play to watch the latest episode and see the tutorial:

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Apr 15, 2011

The Best Game Boy Music...Ever

created at: 04/15/2011

In the early and mid-00s, when those of us who grew up in the 80s broke out of their teens, there was a mini-movement of 'chip-tune' music: original compositions created for the 8- and 16-bit syntheizers that provided the soundtracks for the computer and video games of our youth. It was fun, and it was interesting, and now, geek music is going in other directions.

Like, this brilliant video. Sure, it's clever, but it doesn't play like a novelty. It's fun, it's catchy, and you'll probably be dancing in front of your computer.

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Apr 11, 2011

How To: Make a Super Mario Papercraft Magnetic Board

created at: 04/11/2011

In elementary school, I was a diorama master. Iroquois longhouses with tiny animal pelts and handcarved mini wooded bowls, the two-part Tantalos cooking up Pelops and feeding him to the gods/never being able to snatch the fruit or bend to drink the water, and my award winning scene from The Westing Game.

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Mar 28, 2011

First Person Super Mario Bros

created at: 03/28/2011

ManMade reader Stephen K. sent in this awesome video take on what Super Mario Bros. level one might feel like from Mario's point of view.    

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Mar 18, 2011

Eerily Beautiful Mug Shots from 1920s Australia

The above image is a mugshot of a criminal on the day of his arrest. And the story that accompanies it is classic noir...

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Feb 25, 2011

Outrageous Vintage Advertising

It's no surprise that our language, sensitivity, and lifestyle values have shifted a bit since the heyday of vintage advertising.

But its still pretty fun to see the crazy $#*& these people came up with.


And it just gets...um, better?...    

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Feb 16, 2011

"Back to the Future" Recreates Photos from Decades Past

created at: 02/16/2011

Buenos Aires-based photographer Irina Wearing has unveiled her new project, "Back to the Future," which recreates vintage photos by placing the same [now older] subject in the same composition. 

created at: 02/16/2011

She says, "I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today... A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future."

created at: 02/16/2011

This one's prolly my fave. Makes me wish I had a brother.  

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Feb 10, 2011

100 Years of Times Square

created at: 02/10/2011

I've spent the last hour or so mesmerized by Lilek's vintage post card tour of Times Square since 1904. Gathering images of all the iterations of Broadway and Seventh Ave between West 42nd and 47th, its fascinating to see this tourist trap become the neon-coated New Year's Eve party it is today...and decide whether its always owned that role in the city's identity.

created at: 02/10/2011


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Jan 20, 2011

Vintage Suitcase Doggy Bed

Brian started out with a red vintage suitcase very similar to the one Chris used in Make It! Secondhand Chic:

But he ended up with a very different result!

A couple of 1x4s for reinforcement and some stylish cone-shaped legs give this dogged old suitcase a new leash on life (sorry):

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Oct 19, 2010

The Sunday Barbecue Cut Out Set

created at: 10/19/2010

There's not too many toys that make me wanna to live in them. Barbie's dream house is a definite no-way, and while I definitely wanna visit Castle Grayskull, it seems kinda dank and drafty.

But I might be convinced to enter a miniaturizing ray chamber if my ultimate destination were this: The Sunday Barbecue Cut Out Set by Argentinean illustrator Maxim Dalton.

created at: 10/19/2010


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