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Feb 20, 2013

The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors

In 1981, outdoor clothier L.L. Bean published The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors

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Sep 04, 2012

The RGB Colorspace Atlas: All the Colors in the World in a Single Book

Move over paint swatch fan decks... Tauba Auberbach has designed a book featuring, supposedly, every single color possible, ever.  

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Aug 28, 2012

How to: A Quick and Easy Way to Reattach a Book or Notebook Cover

created at: 08/28/2012

Last week, the unthinkable happened: the pages of my notebook separated from the cover.

Okay, well, it's not really unthinkable...I'm pretty tough on it. It goes everywhere with me, falls off the workbench daily, gets covered in sawdust and paint, regular interacts with power tools and sharp things, and I'm pretty sure this is the one I threw across the room when I just couldn't get the math right for a project.I've had this one for nearly two years, and it's spine has been covered and reinforced by layers of duct tape for more than half its life. So, unthinkable? No, but discouraging, nonetheless. This thing still has at least 20% of its

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Aug 22, 2012

All of the Book and Magazine Covers from "The Royal Tenenbaums"

Whether or not you buy into the Wes Anderson universe, you can't fault it for being incomplete. The Royal Tenenbaums is full of details, including a series of books and magazine covers featuring the literary and highly-published characters. Criterion recently released full images of each of the covers featured in the films.  

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Aug 08, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: August 8, 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.

Vijay Pandurangan created this amazing data visualization of the general color trends of movie posters since 1914? The project began with an observation that recent film posters tend towards dark blue,

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Aug 03, 2012

Destination: Cocktails - The Traveler's Guide to Superior Libations

Many travel for beaches. Some travel for mountains, and others for architecture, art, or anonymity. And then there's me, and others of a similar ilk, who when we pick our next destination or pass through a new region, though we're happy to take in a museum or two, travel for local food and drinks.  

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May 31, 2012

How To: Make a Book Cover Disguise for Your Wireless Router

created at: 05/30/2012

Now this is a brilliant, but incredibly simple, DIY idea. Chances are most of us have a wireless router. And if you do, you probably know already that it's the ugliest gadget in your home (seriously, why can't the folks who invented the Nest thermostat redesign the router?!). Some of us can tuck our routers away, but others need to keep theirs out in the open.

Well fear not, because with a little (and I mean minimal) amount of handiwork you can transform an old hardcover book into a disguise for your wireless router!  

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Apr 20, 2012

50+ Awesome, Creative Ways to Display and Store Books

Say what you want about the decline of the bound paper book, but, as a someone who spends most of each day online as part of my full time job, I believe the internet, at least the parts where I interact, loves books and print media. Every day, I've see folks talking about books, making stuff with them, sharing their experience of reading them, and most interestingly, sharing awesome ways to store and display them.  

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Mar 07, 2012

How to: Make an iPad or eReader Case from a Recycled Book

created at: 03/07/2012

This afternoon, the internet is all abuzz about the unveiling of the iPad 3, with its 4G LTE support and new home buttonless design. If you'll be standing in line to get a new one, or are simply interested in a unique, handmade an recycled solution to house your current tablet or eReader, then

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Nov 29, 2011

Roundup: 10 Creative Books for Your Holiday Reading List

created at: 11/28/2011

Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques & Truly Original Projects
By Christine Schmidt  [$13.59]

One of my favorite things about the holidays is having a few lazy days where my only real responsibilities are eating cookies, possibly shoveling some snow, and curling up in a chair with a good book. Granted, my idyllic view of Christmas vacations to-come may not be as carefree as I hope (someone needs to fix my parents computer after all!) but I definitely intend on catching up on my reading list.

After paring down my own reading wish-list, cross-referencing it with recommendations from Chris, and peaking at the bookshelves of all my creative friends, I've compiled a roundup of 10 inspiring books that will get your creative juices flowing and put you in the mood to start some new projects in the new year. 

Perhaps it might even give you a few ideas to reply to that incessant question, "What would you like me to get you for Christmas this year?"

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Nov 16, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 16, 2011

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.

I dunno what's going on, but for some reason, all the women on iStockPhoto are having a very hard time drinking water...   

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Nov 07, 2011

DIY Furniture: An Awesomely Inspiring How-To Book

created at: 11/06/2011

I don't buy a lot of how-to books these days. It's not that I dislike reading, but rather I tend to go to web for most of my instructional needs. Sometimes, however, I come across a book that looks so amazing that I just need to get it. That's how I felt when I discovered DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart. It's now at the top of my reading list; I plan on ordering a copy ASAP.

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Sep 19, 2011

9 Incredible Book Sculptures

Some folks freak out everytime they see some traditional form of media made into something else - books, vinyl records, and the like. As someone who has altered these things into many a how-to project, I constantly recieve comments about how "sad it is that books are no longer valued" or "instead of ripping up albums, try listening to them." Folks, my entire home is filled with books. And records. And lots of old furniture, plenty of heirlooms, and even a few cassette tapes. I get it. But, not all old things are worth saving.

Or, better yet, sometime a thoughtful transformation proves

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Aug 22, 2011

Free Download: Design-y Activity Books for Creatives

created at: 08/22/2011

'Member when you were a kid, and you were about to go on a road trip or had to get your tonsils out, and you got those activity books from the grocery store magazine section with puzzles and word searches?

And, remember how when you're an adult, and the thought on going on a trip is so awesome, that you still head to the magazine section and get those activity books, just cause it feels like vacation?

Well, magazine section no more, my friends, cause I've spotted this awesome collection of design and typeography-themed activity books for creative types.

created at: 08/22/2011   

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Jun 28, 2011

How To: Make a Reading Lamp from a Recycled Book

Steve Hoefer came up with this DIY, literal take on the book light. "Friends have regularly recommended books as being particularly illuminating, but I admit that after opening them I was as in the dark as ever. Since I’m not one to let a good metaphor go unmolested (and because design schools seem to constantly create designers who’s job it is to make ugly lamps) I made this."  

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May 10, 2011

The Moustache Grower's Guide

"Virility didn't have a manual -- until now! Whether you rock the wise Fu Manchu or the classic Lumberjack, this book has instructions on the care, growth and grooming of 30 retro and modern 'staches as well as coordinating style tips for non-facial parts."

   

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May 05, 2011
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Apr 11, 2011

The Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator

created at: 04/11/2011

Malcom Gladwell, The New Yorker staff writer, has written a wildly successful series of books (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw) that deal with, more-or-less, a super fascinating premise: explaining why seemingly unexplainable things happen.

created at: 04/11/2011

  

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Mar 22, 2011

You'll Never Guess How These "Stones" are Made

Take a quick look at the photo above. From what do you think the stones are made?  

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Mar 11, 2011

How To: Make This Amazing Geometric Mobile from an Old Phone Book

Yeah, buddy...Check out this super cool "himmeli" mobile my friend Elizabeth Abernathy [the brains behind Nuno mag] created using an upcycled, out-of-date phone book. (Right, it's out of date cause its a phone book. Got it.)

Elizabeth notes that hillemi are "

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