Featuring Howtoons illustrations and a lot of handholding, Instructables is a "step-by-step collaboration system that helps you record and share your projects with a mixture of images, text, ingredient lists, CAD files, and more...Show your colleagues how to operate a machine, show your friends how to build a kayak, show the world how to make cool stuff." We like the Pimped Out Megaphone Helmet. Not hardcore enough for you? Try the Metalworking Lathe. Even harder? Dare we link to the No-Sew Disco Gear? [lifehacker]
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.