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Apr 17, 2012

How to: Dean Martin's Hamburger Recipe

created at: 04/17/2012

Dean Martin - actor, singer, comedian, and all around cool guy, was apparently a pretty active chef at home, cooking meals for friends, family, and fellow famous people.

His favorite hamburger recipe "Martin Burgers" was recently discovered, on Dino's own stationery, signed by the man himself. It speaks for itself.   … read more

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Apr 17, 2012

Beautiful Still Life Photos of Rotting Food

"Nobody likes to see good food go bad. But Klaus Pichler's photography series One Third, which portrays food in advanced stages of decay, is a feast for the eyes — even if it turns the stomach."

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Apr 16, 2012

How to: Make a Vintage-y Screen Printed Banner in Adobe Illustrator

created at: 04/15/2012

created at: 04/15/2012

Today's lesson, class, is how to make the vintage-y, screen print-style banner at the top of this post. I created the banner in Adobe Illustrator and then brought it over to Photoshop to add some texture. This post, however, will just focus on what I did in Illustrator. If you're interested in learning how to add textures to your vector graphics, check out this post I wrote a while back.    

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Apr 16, 2012

30 Alternatives to the Traditional Nightstand

The nightstand or bedside table is an essential. Regardless of how minimalist-y you live, everyone needs a place to store a few essentials: your alarm clock, your glasses, a glass of water, some books and magazines. Except, it's pretty rare, at least among young adults, to have a pair that actually match your bed as set. So, you've gotta find ones that are similar in wood tone and details and hardware and trim...or you can just skip the traditional nightstand altogether, and opt for one of these alternatives instead.   … read more

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Apr 13, 2012

How to Start a Fire: By Hand, No Matches

created at: 04/16/2013

created at: 04/13/2012

You can imagine the scenarios: extra-minimalist camping trip, Joseph… read more

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Apr 13, 2012

Free DIY Plans: Simple Plywood Table and Bench

created at: 04/13/2012

Dutch designer Marjan Verboeket created free plans for this simple, rustic table and stackable bench. Constructed from an inexpensive single 8x4' sheet of plywood, you can have all the pieces cut to size at the hardware store, and assemble it at home with a few nails and glue.

The seats slide under the table for storage, making this a great solution… read more

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Apr 13, 2012

Take a Tour of Don Draper's New (Not) Bachelor Pad

The current season of Mad Men finds Don Draper married, and far away from his Conneticut colonial of yore and pathetic, dreary one-bedroom from last season and finally living in what mid-century fans and men everywhere have been waiting for: a warm and colorful bachelor-ish pad with a sunken living room, deep walnut cabinets, a built-in TV, a very, very impressive home bar.   … read more

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Apr 12, 2012

50 Tools Everyone Should Own

created at: 04/12/2012

Whenever I'm at a cocktail party, get together, or other small talk-conducive occassion and I tell people what I do, the first question I always get asked is, "Okay...so how do you make money from that?" But the second question I always get asked is for a recommendation of what are my top ten essential tools that everyone should have/buy for their niece who's getting their first place/try to get their husband to use.

The answer, of course, is "well, depends on what you're trying to do with them." I usually come up with some combo of measuring devices, handsaws, clamps, and fasteners, but I always think..."maybe I should come up with a list of essentials for the average homeowner or artist/maker at some point."   

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Apr 12, 2012

How to: Make a Bacon Taco Shell

I am known, far and wide, as a true and dedicated tortilla lover. Like, soak your own hominy with slaked lime and grind your own masa and then press them out with a handmade tortilla press and cook them on a griddle over a wood burning fire kind of dedicated tortilla lover.

In fact, I can imagine only one thing in the world that would convince me to try a taco in anything other than a fresh, soft, warmed and slightly blistered tortilla, and it's certainly not those Dorito-flavored bright red U-boats that Taco Bell is hawking all over the country this spring.   … read more

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Apr 12, 2012

Handmade Wooden Nintendo Controller Coffee Table, Actually Works

Venice, CA-based woodworker Charles Lushear has completed a noble undertaking: he's built a 42" x 18.25" all hardwood coffee table in the visage of an original NES controller. Maple, walnut, and mahogany provide for natural color variation (light, dark, and medium, respectfully), and the whole case is held together by strong, perfectly cut dovetail joints.

Oh, and it also functions as a WORKING NES CONTROLLER.   … read more

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Apr 12, 2012

How to: Coffee-Stained iPad Smart Cover

Simeon from Two Lives Left just snagged a new iPad 3, and with it, a warm leather smart cover. He says, "I’m not too careful with my cover. I chose the leather cover thinking the more scuffed and damaged it got, the better. I wanted it to look worn. Unfortunately after only two weeks of use it did start to look worn — on one side only."

The asymmetry simply wouldn't do for Simeon, so he decided to give his leather the worn-in look he was hoping it'd develop. So, he stained it. With coffee.   … read more

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Apr 11, 2012

Beards, the Infographic: Get a PhD in Facial Hair

created at: 04/11/2012

Friends and ManMakers: I present an infographic. About beards.      … read more

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Apr 11, 2012

55 Inspiring Typographic Quotes for Creatives

created at: 04/11/2012

 

Usually, I don't care much for things that are full of what they are: Hollywood movies about Hollywood, hip-hop songs about being a rapper. But, I have a soft spot for all the great type-based 'motivational' sayings that have all over the design blogosphere. I think it's mostly because I'm surprised that I can be moved by such visuals, actually inspired, certainly more than cheesey script-y phrases from the craft store or those photos of mountains with some definition that hung in everyone's office in the 90s. (Okay some of these have mountains too, but they're awesome mountains.)   … read more

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Apr 11, 2012

DIY Idea: Simple Scrap Wood and Bent Nail Bottle Opener

created at: 04/11/2012

Pop quiz time! There are six types of simple machines that have been identified for the last four hundred years. How many can you name?   … read more

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Apr 11, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 11, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Scottish artist Rob Mulholland installed six life-size mirrored translucent sculptures in the woods. He used a "plexiglass derivative called PMMA, these sculptures simultaneously distort and reflect light, allowing for these ghostly images to appear almost liquid."   … read more

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Apr 10, 2012

A Note to Self...

Note to self:    … read more

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Apr 10, 2012

Brass Knuckle Meat Tenderizer

created at: 04/10/2012

Truth: I've never punched another human being. Been punched? Yes. Did it hurt? Yes. But made a fist and landed it on human flesh? Never. And don't plan to. I'm a maker, not a fighter.   … read more

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Apr 10, 2012

From Here On...: A Manifesto for a Visual Culture

The French summer photography festival Rencontres d'Arles offers, "From Here On..." a creative manifesto for the visual/curation/maker/editorial/right now era.   … read more

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Apr 09, 2012

Embroidered Mixed Media Collages by Jose Romussi

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 04/09/2012

Jose Romussi is a Chilean artist who creates these stunning mixed media collages using vintage photographs and thread.

created at: 04/09/2012    

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Apr 09, 2012

How to: Make Guinness Barbecue Sauce

created at: 04/09/2012

With record temperatures in most of the U.S. in March, we're well into grilling season. Which means it's time to move beyond the "we're just thankful that we can fire it up again" stage to start trying new things for the season.

Enter: Guinness barbecue sauce. It's … read more

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