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NYC Photos from 1978-1985

Michael Sean Edwards knows his way around the business end of a film camera. He took a series of photos in NYC between 1978 and 1985 that cover everything from the Garment District to Avenue A. Check out his photos below and walk the streets of NYC as if it was more than two decades ago. And they said time travel ... continue reading
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Olaf Diegel 3D-Printed Guitars

Guitars are inherently cool. You can take the cool up a notch or two by getting a limited or special edition from one of the big manufacturers, or even by having your existing one customized. But you'll be hard-pressed to find one as cool looking as one of Olaf Diegel's 3D-Printed Guitars. We can't comment on the ... continue reading
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Nice Laundry Sock Drawer Makeover SPONSORED

After months spent designing a mind-bending range of patterns, mastering the newest knitting technologies, and pulling impeccably dynamic color palettes, Nice Laundry is proud to announce their epic Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The $99 sock drawer makeover (18 pairs) is still their most popular offering, allowing you to load up on high-quality socks for a fraction of the price you'd pay anywhere else. Plus, they'll recycle your old socks for free. It's a perfect fresh start for fall. Cool Material readers can even get a special edition bonus pair and free US shipping with their first order. ... check it out
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Panic Room by Tilt

Ever since Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker and Jared Leto shared the screen the phrase "panic room" makes us think of two hours of our lives we'll never get back. Graffiti artist Tilt has officially erased that stain from our minds with his newest piece at the Au Vieux Panier Hotel in Marseille France. Tilt's "Panic ... continue reading
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Jordan Voth Photography

Most men know how to do a lot of things but are only exceptional at a few of them. We're really good at finding cool stuff on the Internet, but calculus is an instant migraine. We could write about the newest gadgets and gear until the sun comes up, but writing about an amuse-bouche is nothing more than a flashing ... continue reading
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Steve Jobs Patents

Even if you don't have a device branded by the fantastic digital fruit, it's hard to argue that Steve Jobs didn't change the world for the better with his time in our little slice of the galaxy. He touched a lot of lives in a lot of ways with his special brand of technical artistry. The New York Times put together ... continue reading
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Who . . . Is . . . Hanksy?

Call us suckers but we love a good mystery (as long as it doesn't involve Nicholas Cage). We try to solve every crime on Law & Order, we look for life's meaning at the bottom of every bottle of booze (wow, that sounded depressing) and we've diligently scanned "Exit Through The Gift Shop" to see if we could ... continue reading
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Post-It Wars

Post-It notes are one of the greatest accidents in history. You can use them to remember everything from conference call notes to birthdays to what page you left off on in your book without damaging personal, or business property. Clever Parisians are taking the unassuming note to whole new levels with the Post-It ... continue reading
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Typography Portraits

Using typography to create cool, wall mountable images of other things is really nothing new in the world of design. Time and time again we've seen talented artists throw the adage "a picture is worth 1,000 words" out the window in favor of using the same words to create pictures. We're not sure precisely how the ... continue reading
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Derek Gores Collages

Sometimes, the most deliberate of things come together based purely on their randomness. The collages of Derek Gores are a perfect example. With subject matters ranging from femme fatales to 5.0L cammer engines, Gores isn't afraid to tote the line between dream and reality. As he describes it, "In the collages, ... continue reading
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Video Game Classics

Regardless of where you stand on the whole "video games as art" debate (for the record, we're for it), they involve some aspect of art - even if it's only the cover. If movie posters (which usually end up becoming some aspect of the DVD or VHS jacket) are considered art, why not video game covers? Maybe it's just ... continue reading
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The New Art

This post is brought to you by Saab. At Saab, we believe in independent thinking. It’s in everything we do. Learn more here. Graffiti has existed for decades as simple gang tags on street corners, illegible writing on subway cars, or bathroom stall words of wisdom on penis size and/or who to call for a ... continue reading