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MAKE Volume 17 just got shipped off to the printer this week, and one of the DIY builds that the interns had a lot of fun with was the “USB Key Makeovers” project by Brian Nadel. They made about a half a dozen different designs and the one pictured above is my fave. Love the idea of embedding the USB key in a fat marker often used for graffiti. This is intellectual graffiti!

There are a bunch of great USB mods on the MAKE Flickr pool too. Here are 4 fun ones, starting with the toy car by deeveepix:


Bomberminne by “David at the Klockarp Institute”:


A well-done lipstick case mod by Divine Harvester:


And sweet simple Plasti Dip dipped mod by mushmouth26:


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Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.