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Nov 14, 2011

Pillow Fight Weapons!

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Nov 14, 2011

Keep Fighting the Good Fight: Designers and Creatives vs. the Rest of the Office

The Art Directors Club recently released this humorous and true campaign that encourages creative types around the world to "Keep fighting the good fight" despite obstacles to creating great work.

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Nov 14, 2011

A Mobile for Mustache Lovers of All Ages

created at: 11/13/2011

I'll admit, I haven't read too many parenting books, but I assume most of them contain a chapter about introducing babies to the wonders of mustaches as early as… read more


Nov 10, 2011

Free Download: The Artist's Survival Kit

created at: 11/10/2011

Last week, I shared Keri Smith's "How to Feel Miserable as an Artist," and it was huge hit with ManMade readers. Turns out, that chart is just one page of many from Keri's excellent The Artist's Survival Kit, a free downloadable booklet to keep your creative self motivated, inspired, and… read more


Nov 10, 2011

Nominate Your Local Firehouse for a Brand New IKEA Kitchen Makeover

There is likely a secret culinary hot spot in your neighborhood...where you'll never get to eat. Deep inside that community staple - the firehouse - there are cooks and recipes to die for, many of which can battle restaurant chefs, and likely win.

The firehouse kitchen epitomizes the spirit of communal dining, as explained in this video interview with Denis Leary, star and co-creator of the NYC firehouse drama Rescue Me. During long shifts and a mindset of constant readiness, firefighters continue to gather and enjoy hearty, homecooked meals, likely with fairly bare bones equipment.

IKEA and The Family Handyman magazine want… read more


Nov 10, 2011

Awesome "Retro Modern" Superhero Illustrations

French artist and illustrator Grégoire Guillemin created these incredible "retro modern" superhero posters, taking clear influence from Bauhaus and Art Deco movements and 1930s advertising. He says, "As the name suggests, this is an "exercise in style" or rather a confrontation between two cultures: a personal culture forged during my childhood through comics books (among others things) and a professional culture nourished with the beginning of advertising."

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Nov 10, 2011

Incredible Intricate Antique Thimbles

created at: 11/09/2011

I don't sew. In fact, I don't do many crafts that involve thread for that matter. But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a good thimble. And these, my friends, are some incredible… read more


Nov 09, 2011

How to: Add a Paper Texture to Vector Graphics with Photoshop

created at: 11/09/2011

Whenever I'm aiming tocreate an illustration or a graphic, I go straight to Adobe Illustrator. It is, hands down, my favorite program to design in. The only problem with Illustrator, however, is that the vector graphics you create sometimes look too clean and flat. Personally, I like a little bit of texture in my designs. Computers are great, but there's no reason no to mimic the amazing feel and appeal of paper or fabric.

So today I'll be showing you some basic tips on how to add textures to vector graphics or text using Photoshop. The thing about Photoshop, as you may know, is that there are 100 different ways to achieve the same effect. Some people may use completely different techniques to create textures, and that's just fine. My process isn't necessarily the best, but it's what I like… read more


Nov 09, 2011

Kanye'd By The Bell: Kanye West Lyrics + Saved By The Bell Visuals

You wouldn't think it'd be possible to do more than two or three, but a musician who dubs himself "Dustin Diamonds From Sierra Leone" and remixes as Team Goldie has created the most esoteric Tumblr imaginable: Clever Kanye West lyrics superimposed over matching Saved By The Bell screenshots.

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Nov 09, 2011

Bruno and Chris on "Ask the Blog Squad" This Week

This week, Chris and I will be hosting True Value's "Ask the Blog Squad" sessions on Facebook. We'll be taking questions from readers about anything you can think of (well, anything DIY-related you can think of; don't start getting too personal on me, buddy). 

You can find the page on Facebook (make sure to click on the 'Ask the Blog Squad' tab). Head over there now and get your question in before it's too late!

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