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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.

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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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Jan 20, 2010

Handmade Haiku: It's a Thankless Job, and Somebody Gets to Do It

created at: 2010/01/13

January 20, 2010: It's a Thankless Job, and Somebody Gets to Do It.

Sweeping up sawdust

Sucks until you recall you

got to make sawdust.

created at: 2010/01/20

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

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Jan 20, 2010

The Ten Commandments, Stop-Motion Style

See!? I knew God liked mashed potatoes.

created at: 2010/01/20

This unbelievably enjoyable and smile-inducing stop motion short is the first in the series of The Ten Commandments, animated by Chris Mckinlay, Patrick Beechinor and Justin Longoz. They begin with number five, Thou Shall Not Kill.  

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Jan 19, 2010

Hurry Up and Wait

This week, I've been pretty affected by a recent article in Good magazine, entitled "Hurry Up and Wait." When I first saw it, it was  the art by Mark Weaver that got me salivating...

But, then, I actually read the article, in which several forward-thinking designers, writers, and scholars explore the necessity of patience and slowness, and how it must be as important to a successful future as speed.  And it's pretty good stuff.

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Jan 18, 2010

Making Marmalade - It's Way Easier than It Looks

Windall and Lenore from Evil Mad Scientist found themselves in a terrible predicament this winter - 75 pounds of free citrus fruit, and no way to eat it all. So, they opted for the route that many take when they find themselves with a plethora of produce - they canned it by makin' marmalade.

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"The first step is to peel the fruit. We've made lemon, lemon-orange, and orange marmalade, but you can use pretty much any citrus fruit.

We looked around a bit and settled on this recipe primarily because of its simplicity. It scales well. For a large batch, just keep peeling and cutting fruit until the pot is full or your hands were tired. You can also scale down--grab a couple of oranges from the cafeteria and you'll make a lot of friends in your dorm kitchen."  

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Jan 15, 2010

Twenty-One Recipes for 2010's Food of the Year: Fried Chicken

2008 was all about pork bellies and cupcakes, and in 2009, thoughts turned to locally roasted coffee, Peruvian food, and a trillion ways to prep brussels sprouts. And in 2010?

Well, apparently, it's fried chicken. At its best, crispy, juicy, and savory, it very well may be the perfect post-recession dish. And, in the right hands, it can be prepared with much more nuance and technique than just eleven herbs and spices.

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