Six months ago, I left my then-current career to pursue creative work full-time. In doing so, I realized I probably needed an actual space beyond my couch to stay organized, and keep track of various projects, etc. So, for the last few months, I gave the spare bedroom in my house a 100% overhaul to become a functional craft studio and office.
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I'll admit it. I'll probably never tire of seeing interesting information conveyed via good design. I mean, what kind of hater wouldn't wanna learn something and appreciate good layout and typography skills?
Designer Tom Muller created the "Coenfographic" a labor of love that details the actors and characters of the films of Joel and Ethan Coen.
Late 2010 and early 2011 have been all about the infographics, and topographic roundups of a state's signature ________. We've seen food, and favorite films, but this latest release takes a different approach: Identifiying some of the worst characteristics.
Of course you've heard of Georgia peaches, Alaskan king crab, and Idaho potatoes. But how about Rhode Island coffee milk? Or South Dakota chislic?
As a professional interior designer, Michael Murphy has had plenty of time to curate and cultivate his own style, so named masculine vintage. "It is a design philosophy that explores the ideas of color and shape with materials and patterns. The palette is cool and controlled. The shapes are formed and in scale. The objects are found and weathered with time and use. The overall effect is a warm space that will allow control in its clutter and comfort for it inhibitor. The word masculine I define not as man, but as a sense of being. I welcome the entire color palette but it’s the control of the world being created with the use of wood and objects that define what “Masculine vintage” is to me as a designer."
Face it. It's 2011, and Photoshop tutorials need more street cred.
Enter CYMKilla, the Photoshop master pixel pushin’ eye thrillah, who, along with his crew Masta Bevel, Filter Phil, DJ Dodge, MC Burn, and Rastorvizer, will get you 'shoppin' right.
So crop that tongue and sit back...it's about to get educational.
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As we've remarked before, guys simply love to have a space of their own. Tree houses, workshops, garages, bars... being a man brings a strong sense of place. And it's true for all kinds of men, from average guys to some of the world's best known.
So, here's a collection of some of the working and relaxing spaces of some of Western society's most well known gents: presidents, famous authors, inventors, scientists...all of whom have made a pretty big impact.
Hating the typeface Comic Sans has become oh-so au currant in the design-as-a-hobby early 2010s.
But I'm not interested in making fun of others. I'm interested in helping them.
Enter Comic Sans Criminal, a new site, that despite calling offenders criminals (I does have nice consonance), offers an educational and beautifully presented argument on why Comic Sans isn't the best choice for, well, anything.
This year, I vowed to only make or buy handmade holiday gifts for my friends and family, and I've kept to it so far. But wrapping these gifts in commercial paper didn't seem to make much sense, so I wanted to create some handmade gift wrap to match. I happen to think a gift wrapped in newsprint is actually quite attractive, and love the look of text on a package, but wanted to put in a little more effort. So I came up with a cool option that's clean, masculine, and maintains the typographic look of the newsprint. Plus, it eliminates the need for any "to:/from" tags, as the recipient's name is right there in tasteful type.
Once I figured it out, it was actually quite easy and quick - less than ten minutes per gift. The unbleached brown craft paper is only $1.25 per roll, and the book pages came from 25¢ war novel at the secondhand shop. To me, this beats the pants off of any mass-produced "Ho Ho Ho" paper in both price and style.
Here's how to do it:
Comedian Joel McHale, host of The Soup, has got to be raking it in with the NBC comedy Community, and thus, has a pretty amazing home in the Hollywood Hills.
The style is a bit Hollywood regency, a bit bravura, but still maintains a masculine feel, sorta like if King Midas had a safari hunting lodge circa 1935.
The songs of Jonathan Coulton aren't novelty music, but they don't really ask to be taken seriously. Songs like "Re: Your Brains" and "Code Monkey" feature humorous lyrics , but the melodies are really quite complex (from a songwriting standpoint) and unbelievably catchy. In many ways, they serve the same function that children's music did to us as kids: funny bone-tickling ear candy.
This new take on one of Coulton's most awesome is perfect ManMade material - super cool kinetic typography, lots of clever brand references, and...it's a song about a Shop Vac.
You simply gotta watch this video:
Today, Apple announced that the Beatles catalog is now available on iTunes. Most people reacted by saying, "the Beatles weren't on iTunes?" and the rest said, "If you're a Beatles fan, then you already have most of their catalog in your iTunes library."
But, here's a bit of Beatles news worth mentioning: the new book Just My Type: A Book About Fonts contains a chapter “The Serif of Liverpool,” discussing the origins of the Beatles famous logo, forever emblazoned on Ringo's kick drumhead.
The film documents Early's process of printing by hand: the cutting of film, burning screens, mixing custom ink colors from scratch, and printing each color by hand.
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