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May 13, 2010

Hyperactivitytypography from A to Z: An Activity Book for Type Lovers

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Fans of typography now have a coloring/activity book to take with them on their long trips to Switzerland to study the masters. Hyperactivitytypography from A to Z is filled with puzzles, games and busy-work-of-the-best-kind all involving type design and the history of the printed word.

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It was written and designed by Studio 3, fifteen third-year students at the Westerdals School in Oslo, Norway.

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Apr 20, 2010

Off the Shelf: Knits Men Want

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Knits Men Want is a knitting pattern book, written by a fellow, but subtitled "The Ten Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man."

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ManMades appreciates that it recognizes that guys are interested in handmade goodies, but aren't terribly excited about its presumed audience.

Though, politics aside, this is a good one. Really. I spent almost an hour with it today, and it's got the goods. The patterns are awesome, easy to follow, and account for different sizes and gauges. The photos are great, and it contains lots of sharp tips for creating things for men's bodies.

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Apr 19, 2010

ManMade Giveaway: Win One of Five FREE Copies of Make It! Secondhand Chic

created at: 04/19/2010Hello, ManMade land! Last week, I mentioned I'd participated in a new publication,Make It! Secondhand Chic. I also mentioned that this week, we'd be doing the first of what I hope to be many ManMade giveaways, in which we'd give away five FREE PDF-versions, and so here we are!created at: 04/06/2010

To be entered, all you have to do is say hi in the comments below, making sure you enter a valid email address, so we can let you know if you win! And you can increase your chances by sharing the goodness on Facebook or Twitter. Just use the easy buttons below!

Below are the intro pages to two of the five projects I wrote and and photo'd. It's all about repurposing and reviving thrift-store and flea market pieces to make 'em fresh again, and I must admit, it's pretty cool.

  

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Feb 12, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Moleskine-Like Notebooks.

In the era of smart phones, tablet pcs, and very useful, well-designed computer-based to-do apps, there's still something quite organic and almost human about scraping a pencil across the fibers of a piece of paper. So, even the most wired-up creative set still keep a notebook around - for speed, accuracy, and sometimes, inspiration.

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The Moleskine has become the standard, due in large part to a clever marketing approach at the Barnes and Noble superchain, who entice would-be highbrow superstars to use the same notebook used by Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway. But despite their beauty, Moleskines are ludicrously overpriced. And...we never buy what we can make.  

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Feb 01, 2010

ManMade Giveaway: Win One of Five FREE Copies of Make It! Mid-Century Modern

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So, just before the end of 2009, I had the pleasure of collaborating on a publication with the writing team at Curbly.com. The outcome is Make It! Mid-Century Modern: a how-to manual for creating items that echo the era of Mid-Century Modernism, a design movement from the mid 1940s- 1960s that took advantage of changes in processes and manufacturing after World War II. One of the reasons this book is unique is that most of these pieces are decidedly difficult to make by hand, in that they use factory techniques like bent plywood, fiberglass molding, and the like. The book includes material and tool lists, and step-by-step photos, that

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Jan 21, 2010

The Amazing Sketchbooks of Lars Henkel

Julia Rothman's "Book By Its Cover" blog regularly features some incredible things bound in book form. But these from German Illustrator Lars Henkel simply leap off the page (screen?) in their pushing the boundaries of what "sketchbook" usually conjurs up.

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"Lars Henkel wrote me wondering if I’d be interested in sharing his sketchbook. I am more than thrilled when an incredible artist such as Lars even has heard about the site, let alone wants to contribute to it. Lars work is interesting and impressive in every way.  

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