Handmade Severed Thumb USB Drive Doubles As A Creative Photography Portfolio

Jan 28, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Handmade Severed Thumb USB Drive Doubles As A Creative Photography Portfolio

Jan 28, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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As a professional photographer, it can be hard to make yourself stand out from other photographers, even if your work is really good. There’s just so many photographers out there, it’s easy to fall through the cracks. Sending out a portfolio or album of your work to potential clients just doesn’t cut it anymore. That’s exactly why pro photographer, Justin Poulsen, is making sure he “sticks out like a sore thumb”.

Working with Canadian creative agency, Rethink, Poulsen hand crafted a collection of  USB “thumb drives” which cleverly combines his knack for building his own props and his talents as a photographer. Using Body Double casting silicone, Poulsen made a mold of his thumb. He then poured in flesh toned silicone into the mold and embedded a 2GB flash drive into the “thumb”.

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The drives were made using an mold of Poulsen’s thumb.

The thumb drives, of course, are preloaded with his portfolio before they are sent out to clients.

And if you think that’s a clever use for a realistic thumb drive, check out software designer Jerry Jalava’s version of the USB device. After losing a finger in a motorcycle accident,  his surgeon recommended embedding a USB drive into his new, prosthetic finger. Of course, Jalava jumped on the idea–who would say no to that!?

[ via Laughing Squid | Liron Samuels ]

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4 responses to “Handmade Severed Thumb USB Drive Doubles As A Creative Photography Portfolio”

  1. JDK Avatar
    JDK

    USB drives are inherently unsafe! These are cute but ultimately USB drives are on the way out.

  2. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    How are they unsafe?

    1. Yngve Thoresen Avatar
      Yngve Thoresen

      Because they can contain malicious software. As a general rule, I never insert USB drives from people I don’t know or don’t trust – like that friend we all have that keeps getting his pc corrupted with virus and trojans.

      At work, we have this as a policy. No USB drives from anywhere but our IT-department allowed. Not even personal ones.

      These are really cool, but if onewere sent to me without me asking for them, I would almost certainly not insert it. At least not in my main pc.

  3. Stephen McDonnell Avatar
    Stephen McDonnell

    Tongue in cheek Tim, know you’ll see the funny side ;) get better soon lad.