Man Made DIY


Jun 04, 2012

Stately Sandwiches: A Bread-Bundled Recipe for Each of the 50 States

created at: 06/04/2012

Like every informed person, Kelly understands that making a good sandwich is an art form. An adventure, even. So, she's set out to create a sandwich recipe to best represent each state in the U.S.A., using signature ingredients from each state, playing with regional flavors, and honoring the food traditionals that make residents proud.   … read more


Jun 01, 2012

The Bottle of Wits: "The Princess Bride" Wine Packaging Design

There's nothing like one of your favorite things from childhood (The Princess Bride) joining hands with something you love as an adult (great design) for the purpose of something you like plenty (wine) at something you strive to support (independent movie theaters).

Enter The Bottle of Wits, which is each of those beloved things, and probably more.   … read more


Jun 01, 2012

Happiness is a Warm Chimney Starter

created at: 06/01/2012

And by warm, we mean unbelievably blistering, seethingly ablazing.   … read more


Jun 01, 2012

Rust In Peace: Mesmerizing Photos of Things Getting Old with Style

Rust In Peace is a [completely addicting] collection of images of classic, well-made objects that have aged to a patina that makes them even more amazing.

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Jun 01, 2012

The Best Bars in America

You usually can't tell what kind of bar you're in within the first five minutes. You've got to sit for a minute, watch the other patrons, let the jukebox play a few selections, let the bartenders do their thing, perhaps even order some food. Sure, you may know you're in a dive by the general smell and look at the place, but it'll take a round or two to know whether you're in a great dive.   … read more


May 31, 2012

The Process: The Art and Science of Building a Handcrafted Guitar

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Alma Flamenca is a short film that condenses, "pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work," into three minutes, detailing the beautiful process of building a flameco-style guitar.

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May 31, 2012

How To: Make a Book Cover Disguise for Your Wireless Router

created at: 05/30/2012

Now this is a brilliant, but incredibly simple, DIY idea. Chances are most of us have a wireless router. And if you do, you probably know already that it's the ugliest gadget in your home (seriously, why can't the folks who invented the Nest thermostat redesign the router?!). Some of us can tuck our routers away, but others need to keep theirs out in the open.

Well fear not, because with a little (and I mean minimal) amount of handiwork you can transform an old hardcover book into a disguise for your wireless router!   … read more


May 31, 2012

It's Time to Be Less Productive. No, Really.

"Productivity — the amount of output delivered per hour of work in the economy — is often viewed as the engine of progress in modern capitalist economies." But, what if, our drive to be more productive, to generate more output with fewer people, actually has met its ilmitations. What if it's time to actually shoot to be less productive? What if we can actually improve the quality of our lives, the professions of others, the economy, and our relationships, by seeking to be less efficient?   … read more


May 30, 2012

Father's Day Gift Guide: Design-y Gifts for Dads

created at: 05/30/2012

There's not much help out there for poor souls seeking advice for Father's Day gifts. Stores and advertisers haven't really gotten over the golf and/or grilling card, the necktie, the crummy multi-tool set, or the everpresent aftershave.

Your dad does not want these for Father's Day. I promise.   … read more


May 30, 2012

How to: Make a Banana Peel Hat (for a Banana)

Cause honestly, how can you NOT make one of these the next time you enjoy a banana?   … read more

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