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Pencil Icosahedron


For some reason Michael Cornelissen’s Pencil Icosahedron really makes me smile. Reminds me of Montessori school!

With this kit, plus 30 standard-sized hexagonal pencils, you can build an icosahedron-shaped object of about 38 cm or 15 inch in diameter. Use it as a lampshade, or just have it around as a fun and educational object. Fits standard hexagonal (colour) pencils of about 7.0 mm cross-section, measured at the smallest diameter. Use that set of pencils from the bottom of your drawer, get a new set or buy separate pencils of only those colours that you like.

Via Design Boom


From skateboards to toys, the Web 2.0 world of make-on-demand continues to expand for a populace that runs on a mixture of Adderall and instant gratification. Magcloud is just one of the latest in the trend, a print-on-demand service where you upload a PDF and they print you a real, professional paper magazine with saddle-stitched covers. You can order as little as a single issue printed with the Indigo printers developed by HP (MagCloud is an HP Labs project). If you, like me, grew up in the era of zines and got a job at OfficeMax to use the copy machine and long-reach stapler, MagCloud is an interesting endeavor in outsourcing the DIY aesthetic (which makes it more like DIT — Do-It-Themselves). I have to admit I’m kind of excited about it though, and am already brainstorming ways to use the technology. The project is still in the beta phase, but fully usable for those with a major credit card and a US address.

Ray-Ban Colorize Kit

Ray-Ban Wayfarers have become one of the most iconic sunglasses in the world. Following last year’s Project Colorize campaign, which saw collaborations with artists Ron English and Tara McPherson, Ray-Ban is gearing up to release a pair of shades designed for the DIY movement. Or, rather, lack-of-design. The Colorize kit will come with a blank pair of Wayfarers and a pack of markers and stencils with which to customize them.


One week left to go before the presidential election. We’ve shown you the posters, shirts, websites, bike, video game and toys. Now it is up to you guys to actually go out and do it. Just in case you need a little extra encouragement, a new website has launched with the direct goal of getting out the vote. You can print off posters, make a paper toy and even instructions on making your own Obama bike (if you’re an Obama supporter), all for free from the design brain of Tristan Eaton. Make your way to the website and turn your office into a DIY campaign headquarters. And remember Thundervote’s motto: Don’t be stupid. Show up and vote on November 4th.

Indie GoGo

One part audience engagement, one part marketing, and with a few techniques from Barack Obama’s online outreach team’s playbook thrown in, Indie GoGo could be a Godsend for independent filmmakers. After filtering by location and topic, the social marketplace invites film fans to learn more about projects currently being developed (not to mention throw a few dollars their way). Not only do films generate an early fan base before release, but the site creates a simple way for producers to know who their audiences are and the kinds of perks they’re interested in, whether it be widgets or visits to the set. IndieGoGo opened shop earlier this year but has already helped a Polish film about a Jewish dwarf who hid in garbage cans to survive the Holocaust and a mockumentary web series about 1970s rockers achieve their fundraising goals.

Danae Ringelmann, one of three co-founders who spearheads film finance efforts, calls the network’s Do It With Others (DIWO, a collaborative approach with DIY spirit) outlook a good way to be proactive since distributors aren’t solely responsible for generating fans anymore. While people who liked a film could previously only support it by buying a physical copy, this model encourages transparency to create a more inclusive relationship between filmmakers and open source-familiar fans. Consider it mini patronage at its finest.

DIY Days in SF

Bespectled San Francisco eyes will be on open source social effort the Workbook Project this weekend as they bring their audience-selected film festival and conference to the city. First, on Friday, August 15, filmgoers are invited to use their mobile phones to select which of 22 films will be screened in the evening at Mint Plaza (a video description is available here).

During the day on Sunday, the DIY Days summit at bar/gallery 111 Minna will tackle the ever-increasing difficulty of independent film finance and distribution. Webby Awards creator and local filmmaker extraordinaire Tiffany Shlain will be presenting and a variety of program directors, content acquisitions gurus, and producers will be in attendance (although only one self-described Mega Professional Amateur Comic Artist has signed up so far). The August 17 program will be gratis thanks to distribution festival From Here to Awesome and Current TV. Of particular interest to Bay Area content creators are daytime panels on audience building and the blanket "craft of cross-media."

Studiomama's Beach Chalet

We’re not yet millionaires, so buying a spot on any beach near us is impossible. But Studiomama gives us hope. This environmentally-friendly, London-based designer recently revealed her newest project — the Beach Chalet. This 388 sq. ft. structure is small enough to fit on almost any beachfront but comes complete with a kitchen, bedroom, and porch — which is more than you can say about your New York apartment. It’s built from cedar and softwood, which gives it the look of high-end plywood. And although it’s yet not available for purchase, you’ll be sure to see us hammering away on a lone beachfront once it is.


Elemental Threads

Kate Spade ain’t got nothing on us. With Elemental Threads’ line of customizable purses, day clutches, and totes, we are the master of our own design destiny. Choose between dozens of patterns, from paisleys to Geisha girls, to cover your bag. You can even choose from linings, handles, etc., right on down to the type of fastening button. Maybe it’s because the concept of these do-it-yourself designer items is, well, DIY that keeps the cost down. Either way, we already feel like Louis Vuitton’s successor.

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