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Jul 08, 2010

Music Philosophy: Giving Song Lyrics a Graphic Punch

created at: 07/08/2010

UK-based designer and illustrator Mico Toledo loves music. And UK-based designer and illustrator loves typography as well, and he's fused his two passions together in his latest venture, Music Philosophy.

As he states, Mico had "nothing better to do," and he began to put some of his favorite and most inspiring song lyrics under the typographic spotlight, and see if a simple, well-constructed phrase can serve on its own as a piece of great graphic design.

As it turns out, it totally can. Mico's constructions are a brilliant smash of visual poetry, which end up, as Mico has dubbed them, working as philosophy,… read more

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Jul 08, 2010

Calling All Social Networkers!

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Hi everyone - After months of being a social networking Luddite and stick-in-the-mud, I've decided something: Twitter's pretty cool.

See, at first, I made the mistake of following people I actually know, and just re-hearing all the things I'm actually present for everyday. But then I realized - there's so much to be learned out there, and Twitter's a great way to experience it. And, if you get connected to the right places, you can access to all sorts of links and content that simply isn't anywhere else.

So, we're gonna try harder - ManMade's Twitter stream won't just be links to blog posts, but will hopefully contain all sorts of extra stuff, projects, how-tos, and inspiration. We'll try to be creative, we'll try to be funny, and we'll try to highlight stuff we think you'll dig on.

So, follow us. Say hi. Give us an @. We'll respond, I promise. More importantly, we can follow you and learn more about what you're interested in, and what you're like in the real world. It'll be fun.

Also, on the networking front, if you're not already hooked in to the ManMade Facebook page, join the family there, too. It's… read more

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Jul 07, 2010

Reflect Showerhead

by DIY-Maven

created at: 07/07/2010

I don't shave. My face, that is. So although I can't say for certain if the fog-less Reflect shower head is the best thing for the morning manscaping ritual since the twin blade, but it sure seems like it. According to the manufacturer's website, Reflect works… read more

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Jul 07, 2010

Peter Buchanan-Smith and the Urban Ax

created at: 06/14/2010

Both a completely functional "manly" tool and objet d'art, the perfectly crafted axes of Peter Buchanan-Smith have totally exploded over the last year.

created at: 07/07/2010

The New York Times Design Notebook recently visited Peter's Tribeca studio, where Peter and a few interns and employees handpaint each ax. Over the last year, the axes, sold under Best Made Co., have landed in the hands/galleries of Andy Spade, author Seth Godin, and filmmaker David Lynch.

created at: 07/07/2010

" 'With the ax, I wanted to do something simple and sweet,' he said. 'It was like an invitation to this world I wanted to create. The world of making things where notions of… read more

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Jul 06, 2010

How To: Fold Origami Post-It Boxes

Origami Post-it boxBored at work with access to the office supply closet?

Well, then, you, my friend, need to grab a few sticky notes and whip up some of these Post-It note origami boxes. Perfect for storing staples, paper clips, thumbtacks, or just looking adorable there on your… read more

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Jul 06, 2010

Fang: The Freestanding Bottle Opener

created at: 07/06/2010

I will never get tired of useful things that are cleverly designed.

And the Fang bottle opener by Vitamin satisfies that category perfectly. The little dude stands on his own, then uses his chompers to open your beverage...which is way better than using your own. Comes in nine different patterns, or my favorite - just plain… read more

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Jul 01, 2010

How To: Make Melty, Amazing S'mores...Sans Campfire.

IMG_0215I'm so crazy pumped for my camping and canoeing trip this holiday weekend that I can barely sit still. And, oh, buddy, you better believe I'll be making some smokey and toasty s'mores over the campfire. See, I live in the city, and city with very strict open flame laws (I think it's actually illegal to light a match on the sidewalk), so a blazing campfire is quite a treat. I get to be around one around once a year, which is about how many s'mores a year I can stand, so it all works out.

If you wanna join me on my trip, I'll gladly make you one with my reknown two level heat technique, but if you're staying urban this summer - don't worry. Here's two tricks for making great melty s'mores that are totally worth the calories, at… read more

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Jul 01, 2010

Cool Site: Ransom Note Generator

created at: 07/01/2010

I've been meaning to create one of those photo signage fontsets from scratch, but, at this point, it'll be pretty tough, having found The Ransom Note Generator.

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Jul 01, 2010

Killer Snakes Become Cobra Burgers!

So, out of kindness, the above picture is the only one I'll keep above the jump.

I've long said the only thing I'd never try, at least one bite of, is snake. And turns out, having seen Life's fascinating and slightly terrifying exposee on the Indonesian cobra burger trade, I was totally right.

Yet, I do encourage you to click through, and check out the additional images of the catching and processing (seems like it's a free range process), but just know, they're snakes. *Shudread more

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Jun 30, 2010

101 Fast Recipes for Grilling

With July 4th on tap for this weekend, we're so deep into grilling season our tongs barely have time to cool down between uses.

Gratefully (ha!), Mark Bittman has assembled a massive collection of grilling recipes that can be prepared super quickly, with "vast majority [taking] less time to prepare and grill than it takes to watch your coals turn white. [Or] If you use gas, they’re still almost as fast as heating up the grill..."

Bittman begins with veggies and fruit, moves through meat, nails fish and shellfish, kills kebab, slays salads, bangs out burgers, sandwiches, and breads, and comes to a close where any meal should -… read more

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