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Chaboo

What exactly is a chaboo? It's a sweet little table from designer Ken Tomita named after the Japanese word for low table (chabudai) and what it's made from (bamboo). Even sweeter is that Tomita didn't keep this minimalist creation all to himself. He invited other artists and designers to put their touches on these tables or reinterpret the design from scratch. The results show just how much variation creative folks can produce on a single simple theme. And the online gallery might inspire a custom remix of your own.

by Michelle Taute

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Subvertising

When you finally take up subvertising, this is what you should tell your cameraman sidekick: "If I do get caught, please keep filming." This wisdom comes from Jordan Seiler, who substitutes subversive art for ads on phone booths and subway stations. Seiler kindly let NYC Interactive tag along on a middle-of-the-day mission, and you can see the results here. Right now this online magazine has an entire section dedicated to people who take back public space in the real world and online. Head over to find out if Seiler gets busted and meet a few of his fellow renegades along the way.

by Michelle Taute

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One Flag Competition

Here's a lofty design task that doesn't require a big agency project: Help pick a flag to represent global citizenship. The activists over at Adbusters have narrowed their One Flag competition down to 32 finalists, and you can vote for the winner until March 17. You'll find complex, multilayered efforts—such as a flag woven with one strip from the flag of every country in the world—and simple solutions that elicit an immediate, emotional response: Two human fingerprints overlapping to form a heart.

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One Flag Competition

Here's a lofty design task that doesn't require a big agency project: Help pick a flag to represent global citizenship. The activists over at Adbusters have narrowed their One Flag competition down to 32 finalists, and you can vote for the winner until March 17. You'll find complex, multilayered efforts—such as a flag woven with one strip from the flag of every country in the world—and simple solutions that elicit an immediate, emotional response: Two human fingerprints overlapping to form a heart.

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Digital Photography School

Simon Hoegsberg's photography project "We're all gonna die—100 meters of existence" has already created quite a stir. It's a striking 100-meter-long image featuring 178 people that he shot over 20 days from a railroad bridge in Berlin. Now there's an interview with him at the Digital Photography School website that shines a bright flash on motivations and methods behind the project. Learn why he thinks it's optimistic (despite the downer title), how he made it look like all those people were in one place at one time, and when you can see the work in person.

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hugeType

If the folks at hugeType were to let us write their tagline, it might go something like this: "Type geeks seek fellow iPhone users for found type fun." The hugeType online experiment invites you to upload photos of individual letters and symbols to an online image pool. You'll find snapshots of everything from hand-painted letters to the size on the back of a bowling shoe. Each image is prepped for your iPhone screen, so you can spell out clever messages when you line up everyone's phones at happy hour.

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Valentine's Day Song Lyrics

Valentine's Day tends to herd people into two polarized camps: blissfully coupled or bitter and alone. But Alyssa Pheobus' hand-drawn love song lyrics explore the messy territory in-between. Her graphite strokes intersperse provocative pieces of text—"No interest in free love" or "You ain't a beauty but hey you're alright"—with hash marks, intersecting lines and a sometimes-dizzying overlap of text and pattern. Imagine the maze of human relationships rendered on oversized cotton rag. See the work through Feb. 21 at Bellwether Gallery in New York or browse online.

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Cereal-Box Notebooks

Now that you're sufficiently jazzed about cereal graphics, you might want to carry them with you everywhere you go. Or just add a clever little recycled notebook to your arsenal of sketching equipment. There's an endearing selection of hand-bound notebooks over at Etsy, featuring covers made from the fronts and backs of miniature cereal boxes. You can show your allegiance to Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops and more for only $7. Just don't drag a notebook showing a Kellogg's cereal into a client meeting with the folks at Post or General Mills.

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The Affluenza Exhibit

Typically, you might find the words "create vaccination" on a scientist's to-do list, but The Affluenza Exhibit shifts the burden to art and design realms. You have until Jan. 30 to propose a piece of art that offers up an insight or solution related to the dark underbelly of consumerism. If you're unfamiliar with affluenza, symptoms may include: debt, anxiety, banking bailouts or an obsession with money. (Use the nightly news for inspiration.) The resulting exhibition takes place March 19-28 in London.

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Quit Your Day Job

You dream about quitting your job to sell your oil paintings, knitted iPod covers or other handmade obsession ... but how to make those skills pay the bills? Etsy's Quit Your Day Job series gives you an inside look at the transition from sideline gig to full-time business. These articles feature candid interviews with some of the site's thriving crafters, who dish on the good (no boss!), the bad (cash flow!) and everything in-between. Consider it required reading before putting in that two-week notice.

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