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Feb 01, 2011

Fonts in Use Explores Typography in the Real World

created at: 02/01/2011

There are all sorts of way to expand your understanding of typography: great books,iPhone apps, online tutorials...Each are great, when you're into studying black text on white pages and copyright-free examples, or when taking the flash card approach.

But, what about real world examples? What about seeing the typefaces you love not in a menu somewhere, but on a billboard, in a magazine, or in a logo at the grocery store?

That, my friends, is where Fonts in Use… read more

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Jan 31, 2011

The Best Picture Oscar Nominees...In LEGO

created at: 01/31/2011

The King's Speech

LEGO pro and film fan Alex Eylar has combined his love to recreate scenes from each of the 2011 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.

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Jan 28, 2011

Behind-the-Scenes: The ManMade Office Gets a Makeover

created at: 01/28/2011

Six months ago, I left my then-current career to pursue creative work full-time. In doing so, I realized I probably needed an actual space beyond my couch to stay organized, and keep track of various projects, etc. So, for the last few months, I gave the spare bedroom in my house a 100% overhaul to become a functional craft studio and office.

Like a tour? Of course!… read more

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Jan 28, 2011

The Coenfographic

created at: 01/28/2011

I'll admit it. I'll probably never tire of seeing interesting information conveyed via good design. I mean, what kind of hater wouldn't wanna learn something and appreciate good layout and typography skills?

Designer Tom Muller created the "Coenfographic" a labor of love that details the actors and characters of the films of Joel and Ethan… read more

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Jan 27, 2011

Martin's Vintage Masculine Dreamhouse

created at: 01/27/2011

My buddy Kirsten spied the incredible home of Martin and Jenny in the Möllevången neighborhood in Malmö, Sweden.

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Jan 26, 2011

Masking Tape Graffiti

created at: 01/26/2011

I'm a huge fan of street art, but I do understand the arguments that liken some of it to vandalism. Not the impromptu installations of sculptures, or even yarn graffiti, but no matter how awesome, spray paint can do damage. And most graffiti isn't really art at all, just immature tagging that can leave permanent and unattractive results.

So they idea of impromptu public art that doesn't actually hurt anything? Well, that's just about as good as it gets.

created at: 01/26/2011

BUFFDiss is a street artist who creates his works on walls, floors, and public spaces, but works exclusively in masking tape, allowing his pieces to be… read more

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Jan 25, 2011

The United States of Shame

created at: 01/25/2011

Late 2010 and early 2011 have been all about the infographics, and topographic roundups of a state's signature ________. We've seen food, and favorite films, but this latest release takes a different approach: Identifiying some of the worst… read more

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Jan 20, 2011

Vintage Suitcase Doggy Bed

Brian started out with a red vintage suitcase very similar to the one Chris used in Make It! Secondhand Chic:

But he ended up with a very different result!

A couple of 1x4s for reinforcement and some stylish cone-shaped legs give this dogged old suitcase a new leash on life (sorry):

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Jan 17, 2011

The Beginner's Guide to Beards

created at: 01/17/2011

We at ManMade are big fans of beards, and as such, realize that sporting one is way more than just not shaving.

So, we love Valet magazine's "Beginners Guide to Beards" which contains helpful, real advice for managing facial hair of all sorts of lengths.

A seriously… read more

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Jan 14, 2011

Art Imitates the Butcher Shop: Meat America

created at: 01/14/2011

The Urban Grocer reports, "Sculpted, tweaked, and photographed. Nope, we’re not talking about the latest super model; we’re talking about meat. Raw cuts of red meat that Philadelphia-based artist Dominic Episcopo took as his muse for his latest inspired project, Meat America.

 

Channeling the inner butcher within us all, Meat America includes an impressive collection of photographed meats fashioned to look like everything from Elvis and Ben Franklin, to New Jersey and Texas. Through this work, Episcopo intended to celebrate his own unabashed love for meat and “the American appetite for decadent and iconoclastic… read more

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Jan 13, 2011

The United States of Food: Your Home by a Signature Dish

created at: 01/13/2011

Of course you've heard of Georgia peaches, Alaskan king crab, and Idaho potatoes. But how about Rhode Island coffee milk? Or South Dakota… read more

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Jan 13, 2011

Things Real People Don't Say About Advertising

created at: 01/13/2011

Advertising, whether you like it or not, is essential to the way we experience media. It allow things like radio stations and alternative newspapers to be free, keeps the internet alive, and really can help you find out about new products and services. And when its done well, its seemless and helpful, and perhaps even creative and enjoyable.

created at: 01/13/2011

But sometimes, PR firms and ad agencies have pretty unrealistic expectations concerning user reception and social media. Enter Things Real People Don't Say Aboutread more

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Jan 10, 2011

Mike's Masculine Vintage Home Tour

created at: 01/10/2011

As a professional interior designer, Michael Murphy has had plenty of time to curate and cultivate his own style, so named masculine vintage. "It is a design philosophy that explores the ideas of color and shape with materials and patterns. The palette is cool and controlled. The shapes are formed and in scale. The objects are found and weathered with time and use. The overall effect is a warm space that will allow control in its clutter and comfort for it inhibitor. The word masculine I define not as man, but as a sense of being. I welcome the entire color palette but it’s the control of the world being created with the use of wood and objects that define what “Masculine vintage” is to me as a… read more

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Jan 06, 2011

Typography and the World of the Royal Tenenbaums

created at: 01/06/2011

Over the holiday break, I spent most of my free time in my basement workshop, learning to use my new planer, and raiding my DVD library. (I hardly buy them anymore, but have a hefty collection from my days of working of the video store in college). One afternoon, I put in The Royal Tenenbaums, and saw something I'd never spied before: the abundance of the typeface Futura. It's on the poster, sure, and in the credits, but there it was on the school bus:

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And at the… read more

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Jan 04, 2011

The Greatest Film Scenes of 2010

created at: 01/04/2011

I'm thinking this is my favorite 2010 top ten roundup of the season. I love that they don't make any claims about the most successful films, but delve into the DNA of what great filmmaking can be. Plus, they actually provide the scenes within the article itself, so you can remind yourself of the ones you've seen, and learn new things about those you haven't… read more

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