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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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Oct 20, 2011

Minimalist Philosophies

London-based designer Genis Carreras has created philographics - minimalist graphic explanations of various complex philosophies and other isms.

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Oct 20, 2011

Guy Makes a Skateboard Deck Out of Popsicle Sticks (and You Can Too!)

created at: 10/20/2011

Here's your DIY interesting fact for the day: popsicle sticks are made from baltic birch. Which is an exceptionally good material for plywood - it's very strong, holds hardware well, and is the go-to material for around the shop jigs, fixtures, and furniture, as well as hobby projects like model aircraft.

So, what's an enterprising maker to do? Create a section of laminated, steam-bendable DIY plywood from the craft store staple, perfect for making a longboard skateboard from… read more

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Oct 20, 2011

How to: Make a Bloody Brain Cap

created at: 10/19/2011

Mmm…brains. Halloween is quickly approaching, and that can mean only one thing: the zombies are coming. Heck, even the CDC wrote an article about how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse!

Technically speaking, this gory brain cap is probably the worst thing you could wear when the zombies arrive, but it would definitely be a great costume for Halloween if the brain-eaters aren't… read more

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Oct 19, 2011

How to: Make Homemade Sriracha Hot Sauce

At the risk of saying something that'll probably make you roll your eyes and scream, "No kidding" with considerable volume, sriracha is amazing and addictive stuff. This decidedly American sauce has its roots in Thai and Vietnamese condiments, and is know for its iconic rooster. A perfect balace between spicy, tangy, and garlicky, it's surprisingly versatile, working equally well in Mediterranean and Latin dishes as those from Southeast… read more

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