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Jan 27, 2010

Handmade Haiku: The Tough Guy with the Pinking Shears

created at: 2010/01/13

January 27, 2010: The Tough Guy with the Pinking Shears.

Spray paint is the thing

when you want to feel like your

crafts are illegal.

created at: 2010/01/27

Got a handmade haiku you'd like to see on ManMade? Email your idea to [email protected]

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Jan 27, 2010

Helveticookies - Modern Typography Cookie Cutters

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I simply prefer my typography-theme pastries to be grotesque and sans-serif.

From artist Beverly Hsu, these homebrewed aluminum and acrylic cookie cutters feature the twenty-six letters (and I hope an ampersand) of  Helvetica - the ubiquitous modern fontset invented by Max Miedinger in the 1950s and seen everywhere from the NYC public transit system to most bathroom signs.  

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Jan 26, 2010

Having Fun with Stop Signs

So...I'm pretty sure this is illegal in every state, but art is supposed to be edgy, and playing with imagery as recognizable as the most common of street signs is pretty effective. As the mind behind StopSignArt says "Because I have a digital camera and bandwidth, and Seattle has a lot of stop signs."

And whether you agree with the act or not, you can't help but be amused and challenged by this collection of stop sign additions assembled by DamnCoolPics.

  

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Jan 26, 2010

Oh My Gosh! A Dining Table that Turns into a Fort!

There's something about men and special places...club and treehouses when we're kids, cars and hangouts as teenagers, and garages, basements, studios, gyms, bars, etc as adults.

So, every guy can be touched by the nostalgic twinge (and by touched, I mean crazy excited) by the Daily Shelter - the dining table that, though seemingly innocuous during meal time, transitions into a fort, big enough for grown ups.

A fort! Like, ohmygoshthisthingisasfreakingcoolasthebatcave!  And there's no bedsheets or sleeping bags required.

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Jan 25, 2010

Five Very Manly, DIY Aftershave Recipes

Bay Rum Aftershave by MaggieMason.

A proper aftershave does three important things post-razor: 1) it contains an antiseptic agent to keep your newly vulnerable skin germ free; 2) It helps soothe the skin and 3) it helps close the pores (openned from the warm water and the blade) to keep out dirt and oil.

And, like all good things - it can be made at home. Here's five options to check out, with lots variation in difficulty, complexity, and, of course, scent.

1. Bay Rum Aftershave - The Art of Manliness recently offered these two recipes for a classic Bay Rum. "West Indies bay leaf, spices, and Jamaican rum, combine to give the bay rum fragrance its distinctive woody

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Jan 25, 2010

A Whole Mess of Free, Well-Designed Typefaces

I do love me a thought out, well-designed typeface. And while I love learning to recognize and properly use the classic, modern alphabets, I like veering away from the standards with some lesser known options.

Unfortunately, inexpensive, attractive typefaces are hard to come by. The League of Moveable Type offers not only inexpensive, sharp options, but a heap of FREE tasty fonts.

created at: 2010/01/24   

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Jan 22, 2010

The Shoeburger

I have nothing to add to what Shoeburger creator Olle Hemmendorff has to say, so I'm gonna let him finish -

Hemmendorff

"8 creatives/designers/photographers/artists/fraaaaaahhhh were asked to interpret 8 different Nike Sportswear icons. I got the Air Max 90.  

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Jan 22, 2010

Ikea Hack: Make Straws from Ice!

If IKEA had an impulse buy section, the Plastis ice tray would be in it. You've seen it, it makes long ice tubes to slip into the not-so-wide mouths of reusable water bottles.

created at: 2010/01/22

  

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Jan 21, 2010

iPhone Inspired DIY Kitchen Touch Screen

created at: 2010/01/21

Ryan and his wife were ready to stop being paper bound in the kitchen, and needed away to let go of recipe cards, printing recipes from the internet, and keeping cookbooks away from sauce splatters. And, being 2010, they turned to accessible digital technology. Their goals - slash - requirements?

  • must be discrete and look like a digital picture frame when not being used.
  • must be touchscreen.
  • must have internet access.
  • must be easy to use and not crash often (she's used to windows vista)
  • must have barcode scanner for managing her kitchen database.
  • the wires and techo stuff must be hidden and out of sight.
  • should be able to view what's on the lounge TV in the kitchen  

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Jan 21, 2010

The Amazing Sketchbooks of Lars Henkel

Julia Rothman's "Book By Its Cover" blog regularly features some incredible things bound in book form. But these from German Illustrator Lars Henkel simply leap off the page (screen?) in their pushing the boundaries of what "sketchbook" usually conjurs up.

created at: 2010/01/21

"Lars Henkel wrote me wondering if I’d be interested in sharing his sketchbook. I am more than thrilled when an incredible artist such as Lars even has heard about the site, let alone wants to contribute to it. Lars work is interesting and impressive in every way.  

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