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May 25, 2010

40+ Excellent Free Typefaces for Professional Design

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There must be tens of thousands of free typefaces online - everything from schoolteacher cursive to graffiti scripts to famous movie fonts can be downloaded for use in personal projects. But, as usual, you get what you pay for, and the majority of these don't have staying power, and only work in specific settings.

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Not so, however, with this great collection assembled by Smashing magazine. It's a list of fine free typefaces (outside the free standards, Arial, Verdana, Calibri) that look mighty fine and would fit in a variety of… read more

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May 24, 2010

Good News! Bacon Sandwiches Can Help Cure Hangovers

created at: 05/03/2010The greasy breakfast is a classic post-imbibe trick, and as it turns out, there's scientific data to prove it. The BLT is a perfect food to help your body break down the effects of alcohol faster. The protein and aminos in bacon and the carbohydrates in bread are exactly what you need - in addition to LOTS of water - to begin to get your toxin levels down to normal.Bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover

The same study also proved something else we all know - Cooked bacon is nearly irrestible...

" 'The smell of sizzling bacon in a pan is enough to tempt even the staunchest of vegetarians. There's something deeper going on inside. It's not just the idea of a tasty… read more

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May 21, 2010

Nathan Tobiason : Screw Chairs, Wine Tables, and Plinko-Like Coin Bank

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Nathan Tobiason of Revol-Design says this about himself: "My name is Nathan Tobiason. I live in San Diego, California and studied Design at Hampshire College. I design and build functional objects."

Functional objects like segmented furniture, folding tables, and all kinds of recycled goodies. Here's three favorites:

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Screw Chair: "A surprisingly comfortable chair made from scraps of douglas fir and 3,726 drywall screws."

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Wine Table: "Three to fifty-five wine bottles can be used in various configurations with this small clear acrylic coffee table. Wine bottles are press fit onto the table to make stable legs… read more

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May 20, 2010

The History and Evolution of the Batman Logo

http://www.sparehed.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/batman-logo.jpgThe Batman logo...talk about brand recognition. That symmetrical slash of black, looking neither like a man or a bat, and somehow exactly like both.

The Caped Crusader has been around for nearly seventy-five years, and continues to be reinvented to keep things contemporary. The same goes for his iconic logo - immortalized in Bat Signal, and in the backs of suburban kid heads circa 1990 after the release of the Tim Burton films. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers this)

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May 19, 2010

Superhero Lifestyle: The Space Age Mansion of Iron Man

ironman stark house aerial art

There's been a trend in home blogs lately to show the large modern mansions in Hollywood films - the Cullens' home in Twilight, the actual Amityville Horror House , so this recent article about the multi-billion dollar home of Tony Stark.

ironman house art

'Cept, the house doesn't really exist. "The film’s director Jon Favreau explains that the exterior shots of the house are keyed in on, 'a bluff called Point Dume in Malibu that is a National Park, so people in Los Angeles will recognize it. It’s sort of like the best spot and nobody is allowed to build there, but we put a digital… read more

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May 18, 2010

Crazy Vintage Men's Knits

I can always count on my friend Gina from Doe-C-Doe to come up with the choicest vintage patterns and retro-crafts from the depths of the secondhand shops.

She's come through again with "Sweaters for Men," featuring pleather pants, a banjo, and plenty of patterns named after car models from the 1970s.

Thanks, Gina. Keep up the great work.

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May 18, 2010

Teenage Mutant Venn-ja Diagram

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VhdC-5Gg7Ok/S_DIfpdBpbI/AAAAAAAAADs/llWoPG8L7uU/s1600/VENNWORLDS.pngYesterday's choice find from Nathan Pyle  inspired me to check out more of the artist's clever work, and I just had to share this one. Though they've become a bit retro-cliche, Ninja Turtles still warm the heart of anyone near my generation.

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May 17, 2010

Where Do Cursors Come From? Why, the Cursor Forest, Of Course.

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There are millions of computers produced each year...let's hope the cursors are harvested with sustainable practices.

And don't even get me started on the emissions of the spinning beach ball of death… read more

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May 17, 2010

50 Downloadable Papercraft Robots

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Botropolis has assembled this massive collection of papercraft robots that you can download, print, cut and assemble. I love projects like this because they're active and crafty, but the inspiration is built-in and they don't require tons of materials and time.

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Bots include everything from retro atomic imagery to characters from classic sci-fi movies to contemporary takes on mechanical mans - there's even one featuring… read more

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May 14, 2010

Bread Shoes

Okay - begin clever quips...now.

How about, "We these shoes, no one minds putting their foot in their mouth..."

Or..."If German peasants had taken to wearing these shoes, Hansel and Gretel could have been much more efficient finding their way back..."

They're edible, but not wearable, but if left out, they'll dry themselves and stick around forever.

Bread Shoes designed by twin designers R&E Prasapaliauskas

[via Design For Mankind]

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May 14, 2010

Smartphone-Powered Lego Robot Can Solve Rubik's Cube Faster than Anyone*

*Well, almost anyone, as the current record holder can solve one in under 20 seconds.

Motorola Droid Lego Robot Solves A Rubik's Cube Faster Than You CanBUT, this Motorola Droid-power Lego robot can solve on in 25 seconds, which is less time than it takes me to remember how to SPELL Rubik's Cube (Hint: there's no C...)

"he Mindstorms robot was programmed using a Motorola Droid, which runs on an Arm A8 processor clocked at 550MHz, to show the speed of their chips. A specially-built app takes a photo of the cube's side facing the camera, with the commands being sent to the Mindstorms robot over… read more

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May 14, 2010

Boarding Pass/Fail - Stylish Airline Boarding Pass Re-Design

0tylerthomps011.jpgThe airline boarding pass...

You've seen then. Hard to read. Difficult to interpret. Generally aesthetically offensive. Probably not even functional unless you work for the airlines and know all the tricks.

Squarespace Creative Director Tyler Thompson had also seen them, and was equally frustrated, and decided to do something about it...0tylerthomps03.jpg

"So I took out my Moleskine and started sketching. I tried to remember my previous trip through John F. Kennedy Airport and when and why I needed to reference my boarding pass. It seemed like I first needed to know which flight I was on. I put the gate right next to this, but made the… read more

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May 13, 2010

Wind-Powered Knitting Machine

Harvesting wind-power with a tiny-turbine at home might not produce enough electricity to power your refridgerator, or, heck, charge your mobile phone...But, Merel Karhof has harnessed its ability to create rotational energy to knit infinite yarn tubes, which wrap around ones neck perfectly.

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"With the power of the wind, a knitting machine knits from the outside towards the inside of a building. The knitted material is harvested from time to time and rounded-off in individually packaged scarves. Each scarf has its own label which tells you in how much time it has been knitted and on which… read more

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May 12, 2010

169 Best Optical Illusions

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Sick of that duck/rabbit combo thing, or vases and faces? Sure you are, but optical illusions are still totally sweet.

Good thing Scientific American thinks so too, and they've collected 169 sweet, contemporary optical illusions that will melt your mind in all sorts of new ways. And they provide just enough science to help you understand what's going on without totally ruining the… read more

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May 11, 2010

The World's Creepiest Taxidermy

 

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One of the first email forwards I ever recieved (so...1996?) was a photo of a stuffed mouse who'd had some sort of bird feet grafted onto him.

"That," I said, "Is the scariest non-alive animal contraptration I've ever seen..."

Turns out, I was waaaaaaay wrong. Environmental Graffiti has scoured the web and come up with a postmodern taxidermy primer, which, either by design or default, is quite creepy. Which makes sense: animal combinations (sphinx, griffin, minotaur, mermaid, etc) have been the stuff of myths and legends since the earliest cultural… read more

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