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Apr 23, 2010

The Trustworthiness of Beards

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Unless your a complete hermit and/or man craft blogger (ahem...), you come across people you don't know everyday. And it's likely that at least half of them will be men, and half of that group will have facial hair. This, it turns out, is a good thing, as the key to judging both character and sinister lies in one's beard.

So, simply print out this handy reference chart by Matt McInerney for your easy reference.

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Just remember, it goes left to right.  

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Apr 21, 2010

So You Need a Typeface Flowchart

Hi all - I've had some medical tests today that have left me feeling pretty rotten, so please allow me a "low content" day.

That said, this "So You Need a Typeface" flowchart image by Danish design student Julian Hansen is, at once, both hilarious and quite helpful.

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From Julie Anderson, Julian's teacher, of Inspiration Lab : "I never usually feature my students but I’m going to make an exception, we had such a brilliant critique today that I just want to say “Thank god for passionate students like mine!”. You guys rock!! (in spite of our verbal whupping; better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all). So let’s end the week with a student project, an info graphic related to the job we do as graphic designers. Julian did a flowchart of the choices we go through choosing fonts, with a humerous approach. A brilliant job on such a short project."

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Mar 31, 2010

Bald Artist Uses His Head as a Canvas

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Philip Levine was going bald, and rather than hide it under a combover or (swallow...) hairpiece, he embraced his new bare dome, and put some art on it.

Phil says "Button Lovin!"

From Phil's bio: "London born Philip started using his head as a canvas for creativity back in 2006 when he began to go bald. He did not want to conform to shaving his head like everyone else so started using it as an art form to express....His designs are...reaching abroad including Japan and China, and he is leading the way to becoming an original expression of creativity in the 21st century in what is becoming known as the ‘Head Art’ scene.Phil says “Tsunami”

Philip teams up with professional body painter Kat Sinclair, continuously creating a wealth of designs that have ranged from his 1000-Swarovski crystal headpiece, to homages of such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Hokusai painted on his head. "

Phil says "Holy atomic pile, Batman!"

  

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Mar 29, 2010

Free eBook: The Type Classification Handbook

created at: 03/29/2010

What exactly is the difference between a Grotesque and a Gothic? What's the relationship between Didot and Bodoni? And, for goodness' sakes, how DO you tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial.

To answer these, you can do a four-year degree in graphic design. You could purchase a copy of the excellent "Font. The Sourcebook." or "Designing with Type." Or you could head to Just Creative Design, and download their free 27-page eBook, "The Type Classification Handbook."

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Mar 05, 2010

Building a Better Hot Dog

"If you were to take the best engineers in the world and asked them to design a perfect plug for a child's airway, you couldn't do better than a hot dog."

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So, the American Academy of Pediatricians have called for the redesign of the hot dog. And since its an entirely processed product, any shape is game. The folks at Fast Company set off to redo the hot dog, with these criteria:

  • Esophagus-sized cylinders and spheres = bad, very bad
  • Fit within existing buns for "authentic"-ish experience
  • Look for opportunities [to] increase sense of play
  • Enhance condiment-to-hot dog engagement

After thinking through the designs below, they came up with the spiral dog above, and did a mock-up in green Play-doh.

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Mar 01, 2010

How To: Recreate the Very Manly Home of Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong - the U.S. cyclist who has become a household name for his Tour de France performance and ubiquitous yellow bracelets - has retired into a Spanish colonial outside Austin, Texas. It's pretty gigantic, and contains all the elements of traditionally masculine decor - lots of wood, leather, and warm colors.

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Feb 26, 2010

Oscar Movie Poster/Food Mashups

In honor of the upcoming 82nd Academy Awards, Photographer David Gartner has created Oscar-food mashups based on this year's Best Picture nominees.

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The titles include "A Serious Manwich" and "The Blind Side Salad" as well as "Precious, Based on a Novel by Bombay Saphire,"  and "Avatunatartare."

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Feb 23, 2010

What Type are You? Determines Your Characters Based on Your Character

created at: 02/22/2010

Graphic design giants Pentagram have built an impressive, European-accent fueled exploration of determing one's typesetting based on personality...a typography typology, if you will.  

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Feb 16, 2010

Great "Man Cave" Designs

Rainn Wilson Man Cave

man cave, n. A dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop, or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends. (from mancavesite.org)

I admit, I'm not much into the hunting lodge or sports bar basement approach, but I do completely understand the masculine impetus to create a space of one's own. The same need that had us build forts and club houses as kids still drives us to make special places to simply be.

Contemporary design and architecture site Styleture have assembled several inspiring man cave designs. The common themes? Pool tables, big tvs, and lots and lots of woodtones.Man Cave with Nice Pool Table

  

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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 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.

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Jan 01, 2010

Cut Your Hair Business Cards

Wanna attend Glammer Education Institute? Here's the contact information...now prove your skills.

Top Cut Card

Designed by Y&R Thailand, the cards feature line drawn faces and a bevy of textured blackspace, allowing the user to create a custom hair style with a pair of scissors. A little bit paper doll, a little bit Wooly Willy, a whole bit awesome.

  

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