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Jan 06, 2011

Typographic Bicycle (Free Hi-Res Download)

created at: 01/06/2011

I'm quite enjoying this clever work of art by Aaron Kuehn for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The book in which it appears comes as a free PDF download, which means you can grab the image and blow it up to print at whatever size you want. And, the rest of the book is pretty sweet as well.

You gotta click through to see all its clever… read more

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Jan 06, 2011

Don't Shave Postcards and Softie Beards

created at: 01/06/2011

Perhaps you know someone planning to grow some epic facial hair in 2011. Or maybe you yourself need a bit of encourage to keep your hands off that Mach-3. Or, maybe you're a long time beard haver who just want to spread the gospel of whiskers.

Whatever the situation, you need to nab some of these "Don't Shave" postcards from Etsy seller I Made You a Beard. They're hand printed using vintage wooden letterpress type, and come on a nice rustic recycled kraft paper cardstock.

I Made You a Beard also sells these awesome felt and yarn… read more

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Jan 05, 2011

Free Download: Dr. Who Papercraft Templates

created at: 01/05/2011

Well, would you look at that?! Some generous soul has created a huge library of free, downloadable Dr. Who papercraft templates. They've got all sorts of good doctors, daleks, tardises, cybermen, and plenty others.

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Dec 22, 2010

Top Ten Must Have iPhone and iPad Apps for Food Lovers

created at: 12/22/2010

Perhaps you'll be unwrapping a new iPad or iPod touch on Christmas morning. Maybe your gift to yourself was cutting the ties with your old carrier and nabbed a shiny new iPhone. Or, maybe your like me and just really like food.

Whatever the scenario, the App store is full of cool stuff to make your cooking more… read more

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Dec 22, 2010

Free Download: Mod Holiday eCards and Desktop Backgrounds

created at: 12/22/2010

True, it's a little late to be worrying about sending  Christmas cards through the mail at this point, but how about a sweet e-card with no animated gifs or cheesy MIDI soundtrack?

The folks from Fossil are offering an updated take on the e-card, perfect for passing along to that friend that you won't be able to connect with this… read more

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Dec 21, 2010

Tell Us Your Favorite Christmas Movie, and Win Free Stuff!

created at: 12/21/2010

This year, I've watched a total of twenty-one Christmas movies and Christmas specials. So far. There are still three essentials to come in the next few days.

I don't normally watch that much TV in three months, but there's something about seasonal specials that turns me into a couch potato, with a candy cane in my mouth, festively lit by my spinning light wheel.

I guess like I feel it's okay, cause I presume everybody does it. 

So, I'm hoping you'll prove me right, and I wanna give you something to say thanks. So, between right now and 11:59pm on December 25th, 2010, just tell us your favorite Christmas movie or television special, and you'll be entered to win one of five free copies of one our publications, Make It! Hardwareread more

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Dec 16, 2010

Great Handmade Gifts for Guys

 

created at: 12/16/2010It's true - it isn't easy to find cool gifts for guys. Roundups and wish lists are generally reduced to practical clothing items (the standard tie), video games and media (which are cool, but expected) or tools and gadgets. And handmade items? Even more difficult.

But, if you know where to look, there are lots of cool items out there, all of which can still show up at your house before Christmas Eve. Tomorrow's free shipping day for plenty of places, so make those decisions… read more

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Dec 09, 2010

A Gift Guide for Guys

created at: 12/09/2010

This year, I promised myself I wouldn't make an official ManMade gift guide for guys. Not because I don't know about all kinds of cool stuff that a fellow might want this Christmas, but because presuming that you can suggest what to buy someone based on their gender goes against the reason ManMade exists in the first place.

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Nov 23, 2010

PostCarden Brings the Christmas Card to Life

created at: 11/23/2010

created at: 11/23/2010

Christmas card update: Nativity scenes or snow covered farms have been outdated for decades, and even thoughtful phrases like "peace on earth" or "comfort and joy" have grown a little tired over the last few years. But now? Now, non-plant producing Christmas cards are so 2009.

The "Seasons Greetings" PostCarden: "Once opened and unfolded into its log cabin, pop-out the skaters and simply sow the enclosed seeds and add water. In a few days your card will start to grow into a festive forest and will keep for 2 - 3 weeks."

Check out the video of it… read more

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Nov 17, 2010

Mirror Gadget Turns iPhone into a Handheld 3D Theater

created at: 11/17/2010

A brief look at my local movie showtimes indicates there are currently nine films available in 3D format in my neighborhood. Nine. This craze, for some reason, has no indication of stopping.

So, it's interesting to see some inventiveness beyond $13.00 ticket prices and disposable glasses. "i3DG is a playful analog extension to an iPhone or an iPodTouch, converting its 2D display into a layered 3D view. Using the old technique of placing a half-silvered mirror at a 45-degree angle in front of an image, in a new context, the project extends upon 3D displays and iPhones. As a peripheral gadget, i3DG can support a wide range of different applications, from  3D videos and animations to accelerometer-based… read more

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Nov 16, 2010

ManMade Top Ten: Men's Scarf Patterns

created at: 11/16/2010

As the cold season inches even closer, we're moving straight through jacket weather into heavy-duty winter wear. We happen to think that a scarf is an essential piece of gear for the dashing guy in winter, and love them even more when they're handmade.

created at: 11/16/2010

A scarf is often a first project for beginning knitters or crocheters, and understandably so - it's straight, repetitive, and inherently practical.

So, here's a list of our favorite knittable scarves that'll suit the modern man, all of which come with… read more

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Nov 15, 2010

Cool, Free Modern Thanksgiving Printables

created at: 11/15/2010

Only the most virile of haters would be opposed to adding a little seasonal festiveness to your Thanksgiving table. It's just that most of us with tastes that lean towards contemporary have a hard time finding cool, modern-looking Thanksgiving decor items. Even the master crafters at Etsy haven't really been able to translate the aesthetic...Most of its harvest-y, country, or just straight dated.

So, this cool collection of modern, free printables from Hostess blog is a breath of fresh air. Yep, the orange and brown still abound, but do so in geometric stripes and dots. Includes: place cards, buffet labels, drink tags, dessert toppers, napkin rings, and bottle… read more

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Nov 11, 2010

9 Green Style Essentials for Guys this Fall

created at: 11/11/2010

At ManMade, we've always argued that the DIY approach should extend into all areas of our life, including what we wear. Several well chosen, long-lasting pieces can be transformed into a multitude of appropriate looks, and will always beat a preassembled, off-the-rack deal.

And, as the seasons change, "fall is now upon us, and with winter around the corner, we’re bundling up and breaking out the cold-weather gear. Fortunately, with the recent resurgence of high-quality heritage menswear, there’s never been a better time to invest in classic frost-battling essentials that are built to last. From warm woolen knits to sheltering coats, we’ve rounded up our picks for sustainable garments that will help you withstand the worst that fall—and winter—have to offer. So suit up, boot up, and hit the jump for the greatest green gear to weather the cooler months to… read more

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Nov 10, 2010

Pick Punch Makes Guitar Picks Out of Anything

created at: 11/10/2010

Oh, wow, twelve-year-old Chris would have been over the moon about this thing. Twenty-eight-year-old Chris is pretty excited about it, too.

Twenty-five bucks and some source material will get you (and anyone you know) as many guitar picks as you could ever need for the rest of your life. Or at least until it… read more

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Nov 04, 2010

Chalk: A Free Browser-Based App for Your iPad

created at: 11/04/2010

The clever team at 37Signals came up with a cool, free browser-based productivity and art app called Chalk. Rather than messing with the App store, you can just go to the webpage, draw stuff on a virtual chalkboard, pass it around, do what you will, then save it into your photos library.

It even works without internet access. Check out the video below to learn… read more

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