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Oct 25, 2011

Extreme Typography: 160,000 Granite Letters Encased in Concrete

created at: 10/24/2011

If you've ever agonized over the precise kerning and leading of a few stubborn letters, just be thankful that you didn't have to do it with over 160,000 3-dimensional letters that are then embedded in concrete. For most people, such a daunting endeavor would be a one-way ticket to an acute case of typography-induced… read more

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Oct 25, 2011

How to: Make Homemade Fresh Mozzarella in 30 Minutes

created at: 10/24/2011

Aged cheeses are the products of artisans - years of tradition, techniques and cultures passed down through generations, carefully crafted environments that all the milk to become all it can.

Fresh cheeses, on the other hand, are an entirely different story. They're created from fresh milk, acid, rennet, and salt, and can be produced easily at home. They'll likely be tastier than supermarket brands, probably less expensive, and certainly way more fun.

A few days ago, ManMade showed you how to create your own fresh curded cheese at home (queso fresco, paneer, feta), and today, Ella from Make Cheese demonstrates an easy way for fresh, handcrafted and handstretched… read more

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Oct 24, 2011

The Coolest Pumpkins of the Year: Realistic 3D Carvings by Ray Villafane

created at: 10/24/2011

Each Halloween season, I allow myself one 'cool pumpkin carving' post. I've been collecting ideas all month, and they've just been sitting there at the end of my tabs list, hoping to be chosen.

Then, this morning, I saw the work of sculptor Ray Villafane, and I closed them… read more

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Oct 24, 2011

The Occupiers: Portraits of Occupy Wall Street Protestors

Photographer Eddie McShane has captured the faces of those advocating for the 99% in a new portrait series of NYC's Occupy Wall Street participants.

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Oct 24, 2011

Finger Lickin' Landscapes: Edible Environments by Carl Warner

As a kid, I was a notorious food arranger. I didn't play with my food, and always maintained proper table manners, but was just generally careful about where food sat on my plate. My peas or green beans always ended up in some sort of geometric relationship (which may have been a prolonging of the inevitable...we were big on canned veggies growing up; I thusly didn't realize I liked green vegetables 'til high school, and I had some that were...actually green, not olive drab), and I was always careful about how my bites were arranged: square cuts, equal spacing, centered on fork. I grew up to be a spatially-oriented right brained perfectionist...big surprise, right?

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Oct 24, 2011

How To: Make a Gigantic Solvent Transfer

created at: 10/24/2011

I've been on a "big art" kick lately. And when I say "big", I mean gigantic (check out The World's Largest Wood Type for further clarification). There's something about a traditional art or craft done at a mind-blowingly large scale that just tickles my magic beans. So I'm going to file this 15' x 10' solvent transfer sign + tutorial in my enormous folder for all things awesome.

The creative folks at The Mandate Press applied this Beatrice Warde quote to a big ol' sheet of canvas that is, hands down, the largest solvent transfer I have ever seen. If you're not familiar with solvent transfers, the process is actually quite… read more

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Oct 21, 2011

The Carpenter, A Short Film

created at: 10/21/2011"The Carpenter," is a beautiful two-minute short by Greek design and art studio Deep Green Sea. This entry is "the first of a series of short films regarding the art & science of professionals working with their hands."

It's really lovely stuff, and has got me feeling super motivated to clean up my workshop (still devastated from a recent major build, which'll be posted next week), and make something amazing.

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Oct 21, 2011

Amazing Super Mario Bros. Wedding Invitations

Spouses-to-be Esther Tanouye and Ryan Watkins asked their pal Larry T. Quatch to design an 8-bit, Super Mario Bros. themed wedding invitation, and buddy, did he ever.

Though the photos aren't great, the "details and nods to the original video game are impeccable. It's only upon closer inspection that one identifies the couple's last names in place of the Nintendo logo. Once the Nintendo cartridge-shaped invitation is opened, there are more nostalgic surprises including three question block cards - one for the wedding registry, one for directions to the wedding, and one for your RSVP and dinner… read more

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Oct 21, 2011

The United States of Scary Things

Jeff Wysaski has researched and designed, "The United States of Scary Things," a graphical representation that demonstrates "you’ve got something to be scared about no matter which state you live… read more

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Oct 20, 2011

Fontroduction: Learn and Play Your Way to Master Typography

created at: 10/20/2011

Designer Ian Obermuller has released, Fontroduction, a series of lessons and games for designs students, or anyone interested in typography. 

Like you and me.

There are lots of interactive demonstrations about anatomy and x-heights and tracking vs. kerning, but the real fun is in the quiz, which, thankfully, doesn't punish you for any incorrect answers. Not that I got… read more

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