Meet Vitruvian Steve.
The creation of objects in Minecraft is based on the same principles Vitruvius describes in his De Architectura: durability, usefulness, and beauty. And whether you can make them without being killed by lava and/or Creepers. He left that bit out.
Hey, it's Steve! You know Steve. His perfect, blocky proportions are highlighted on this remix of da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, suggested by one of our customers. He's surrounded by notes and sketches, as if he's been ripped right out of Notch's sketchbook. The copy for the da Vinci-esque notes on the nature of the Minecraft universe was provided by our head of evil schemes and nefarious plans (referred to in the common parlance as "marketing"), Jamie Grove. It's kind of hard to read in the scripty, "I'm writing this with a quill" font, so we're reproducing it here for your elucidation:
Next to the sword
One must become terrible and fierce in the company of mobs
Next to the piston
Machine for pushing blocks by means of redstone power
Next to the pickaxe
Let no man, who is not a stone mason, read the elements of my work
Next to the blocks
That shall be brought forth out of dark and obscure caves...
Every world is the termination of a number of chunks, which converge to form a map. Theoretically, the map could extend forever but for technical reasons the base is approximately eight times the surface of the earth, while the vertical plane remains a constant 128-block height.
We'll admit that we agonized a bit over the private parts. Do we include them? Do we not? We had this version, and we made a version with a fig leaf, which looked really out of place, and then we made one where Steve's private parts showed (and they were hilarious), but it got nixed by our favorite Swedes, who didn't want anybody messing around with Steve's junk. Which we understand. We didn't really want to go there in the first place. Hence this clean version.
Vitruvian Steve hangs out on this sand-colored, 100% cotton t-shirt. Officially-licensed Minecraft gear.