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Feb 05, 2016

A Movie Poster a Day

Australian designer Pete Majarich began a pretty big project for 2016. Each day, he'll create an imagined movie poster from his favorite (365?) films, working in his own style and highlighting the memorable visual and thematic elements that stuck with him most.     

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Feb 03, 2016

Blow My Mindsday: February 3, 2016

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

 

I just spied these carved wooden drawer and cabinet pulls on

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Jan 22, 2016

Weekend Project: How to Inlay Wooden Shapes to Make Some Geometric Wall Art

Chevron wall hangings and artwork are apparently gaining in popularity in the current interior design scene, although I find myself drawn to pieces like this for their ability to appear either traditionally masculine or feminine depending on the surrounding decor.

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Jan 21, 2016

Quotes Brought To Life: My Favorites From Zen Pencils

Zen Pencils ClipZen Pencils has taken the time to turn my favorite quotes into illustrated pieces that somehow bring the message to life. Here's Teddy Roosevelt, Robert Frost, and Jacob Riis. Inspiration is just about guaranteed.  

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Jan 14, 2016

Picture This: David Waelder Makes Some Seriously Awesome DIY Art Frames

Someone great has been growing in the shadow of Jimmy Diresta for a while, and he's really starting to put out some amazing videos of the projects he tackles around the shop.Drilling Frames Here's a look at some innovative ways to make the simple picture frame.  

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Jan 13, 2016

5 Inspiring Masculine Workspaces to Get Your Creativity Flowing

Eva Black Design

Some people like to peek inside other people's medicine cabinets. I have no idea why, but it's a thing. People really do that.

I've always been much more interested in taking a look at the offices, workspaces, and studios of artists, crafters, and designers. Here are five favorites that will motivate you to transform your current headquarters (a.k.a. couch) into a mad creativity centerl where ideas can grow.

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Dec 31, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Beyond the Basics - Get Yourself Some Beautiful Tools

H.O. Studley ToolkitWe've spent the year highlighting the tools we love in the shop. From the functional to the specialized, there have been 51 posts on the best tools for tackling creative, DIY, or around the house projects. Assembled together, they're functional, long-lasting, and straightforward to use. But now, for this last post in the series, it's time to go beyond the basics to explore those are as beautiful as they are useful.  

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Dec 08, 2015

The Art of the Menu

Back in the day, the importance of a menu’s design was on par with the restaurant’s actual decor. Artists were hired to craft hand-drawn pictures, ornate fonts, and anything that would help sell the cuisine. While the art of the ornate menu has declined in recent years, the New York Public Library has archived over 7,000 unique restaurant menus from the city’s history.   

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Nov 18, 2015

Blow My Mindsday: November 18, 2015

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

Artist Ray Cicin had had enough of his designer friends talking smack about the humble ball point pen. So he gathered up all their discarded and leftover pens and set about to create this huge, wall-sized piece.    

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Nov 05, 2015

Closer Look: An Interview With Hand and Eye Letterpress

A generation or two back, everything we read was printed with individual letters, hand picked and positioned in a tray by a patient and highly experienced printer. Hand Eye LetterpressYou've definitely seen many things printed by letterpress, but perhaps never understood or really appreciated the skill and effort it took to place row upon row of small letter blocks and hand ink the plates for pressing. 

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Oct 13, 2015

Looking for a Unique Gift? How About a DIY Ring Made from Colored Pencils?

Colored Pencil RingWe all love to give unique gifts. The kind that are handmade but striking, and memorable enough to stand out next to that coffeehouse giftcard. Make this polished ring from colored pencils and you're sure to leave an impression.  

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Oct 08, 2015

El Sueño Americano: Artful Photographs of Objects Seized at the US-Mexico Border

El Sueño Americano, "The American Dream" is a photo series by Tom Kiefer that showcases collections and items belonging to migrants that were apprehended by customs and border officials along the United States-Mexico border in Arizona. 

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Sep 09, 2015

Blow My Mindsday: September 9, 2015

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

 

This excellent collection of coffee blogs, news sources, and social media accounts worth following will make you wish it was already tomorrow morning.    

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Sep 03, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Get Started In Screenprinting

Screen PrintingWe all come in contact with screenprinted goods every day... there's a good chance you're wearing something screenprinted right now. It's is an impressive way to personalize just about anything you can think of, and it's really not that hard to start. Here are a few starter kits to help start down the road to making your own art and customizing everything you can get your hands on.  

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Aug 20, 2015

This Colorful Basketball Court is Sandwiched Between Two Parisian Aparments

In a little old neighborhood in Paris, nestled between two apartment buildings, lies this perspective-bending basketball court, straight out of a geometric abstract artist's fever dream. The court is named after the Rue Duperre on which it stands and was created as a dual project between French fashion company Pigalle and Nike in 2009.    

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Aug 13, 2015

How to: Print Professional-Grade Photos

Living in the age of social media as we do, it almost seems preemptively nostalgic to talk about a love for physical things, but I think we'd agree that there is beauty in the tactile. Hanging a physically framed photo shows intention and an eye toward design, so printing the best photos (and having a good frame) is key. Which is why Popular Mechanics took the time to put together this great how-to guide to help you print the best photos whether at home or online.    

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Aug 12, 2015

How to Stencil with Fire: Making Large-Scale Typographic Wood Burn Art

Oh... we know you can imagine the possibilities. Giving a hunk of hardwood that classic "branded" Western look. Creating an original poster or piece of wall art with a natural woodgrain background. A sidewalk sign or marquee for a local store or event.

There are plenty of reasons you'd want to make a wooden sign with a burnt design. Here's how to do it:   

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Jul 15, 2015

Restoring a 400-Year-Old Painting: The 5-Minute Video to Change Your Art Appreciation

Most art forms involve some level of collaboration, sometimes with people who work long after you've done your part. Or in this case, after you've been dead for 300 years.   

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Jul 14, 2015

How to: Make a Hood Ornament

Quick: what was the make, model, and production year of the first car you owned? Mine was a 1984 Honda Civic, tan, with a tape deck that got used significantly, and get this, power door locks! Snazzy!

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I bet most of you had no trouble answering that question - the cars you've driven throughout your life leave a mark on you. Remember how bad you wanted that soft-top Jeep in high school? Or the white Celica you took with your girlfriend on that first big cross-country road trip?

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Jul 13, 2015

Every Item in Grandfather's Tool Shed

Illustrated tools

Illustrator and artist John Lee Phillips has set out to draw every single item in his late grandfather's tool shed. 

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