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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.… read more
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
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
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."… read more
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
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
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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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!