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Jun 23, 2010

This Toothbrush Wobbles, But It Won't Fall Down.

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Guess what everyone I know is getting for Christmas this year.

Why, a DEWS toothbrush, designed by  Ryan and Harc, of course. It's weighted at the bottom, like a Weeble or a Bozo the Clown inflatable punching bag, so that it will never let the bristles go below the surface. This does three things, I imagine: 1) Keeps everything nice and sanitary, 2) adds some style and weight to otherwise flimsy, boring toothbrushes, and 3) makes it into a toy and is therefore awesome.

I mean, look at these things. They're toothbrushes, and yet totally dripping with personality. dews-bw.jpg 

"DEWS does away with concerns about whether your toothbrush is resting on

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Jun 18, 2010

The Ramones Saved My Life

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Danish-born and Barcelona-based graphic artist Emil Kozak has a solo show at the Nina Sagt Gallery in Düsseldorf. The collection features graphic, 80s-skateboard-y simplistic images that swing back and forth between art-for-art's-sake and the commercial. 

Emil also put together this great video detailing how the whole installation came together.

Drool-worthy.

Emil Kozak - The Ramones Saved My Life

[via NotCot]

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Jun 16, 2010

I'm Comic Sans, %@#hole

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Literary magazine McSweeney's has given the world's most maligned typeface a chance to fight back. Short Imagined Monologue "I'm Comic Sans, %@#hole" is a rapid-fire diatribe against the Swiss snobs and fun haters....and it's very, very funny.

"People love me. Why? Because I'm fun. I'm the life of the party. I bring levity to any situation. Need to soften the blow of a harsh message about restroom etiquette? SLAM. There I am. Need to spice up the directions to your graduation party? WHAM. There again. Need to convey your fun-loving, approachable nature on your business' website? SMACK...."

We promise this will be the only time ManMade posts anything in Vincent Connare's 1994 casual that's rocked such achievements as the Beanie Babies logo and the Sims video games, but for now, if he's actually this funny, we say rock on, you Sans Serif Superman.  

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Jun 09, 2010

BP Logo Gets a Current Events-Related Redesign

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Twelve weeks in, and the response to the United State's worse ecological disaster is being rated worse than that to Hurricane Katrina. In light of current events, Aaron Draplin has given British Petroleum's logo a little redesign.     

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May 25, 2010

40+ Excellent Free Typefaces for Professional Design

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There must be tens of thousands of free typefaces online - everything from schoolteacher cursive to graffiti scripts to famous movie fonts can be downloaded for use in personal projects. But, as usual, you get what you pay for, and the majority of these don't have staying power, and only work in specific settings.

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Not so, however, with this great collection assembled by Smashing magazine. It's a list of fine free typefaces (outside the free standards, Arial, Verdana, Calibri) that look mighty fine and would fit in a variety of applications.

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May 21, 2010

101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes

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Deke McClelland - master media lecturer - has done the impossible...or at least the ambituous. He's made this amazing how-to video that features nearly every Photoshop shortcut and excess-click-avoiding tip, all in five minutes and to a tune that mimics mid-90s bizarro hit "Popular" by Nada Surf.

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May 21, 2010

Nathan Tobiason : Screw Chairs, Wine Tables, and Plinko-Like Coin Bank

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Nathan Tobiason of Revol-Design says this about himself: "My name is Nathan Tobiason. I live in San Diego, California and studied Design at Hampshire College. I design and build functional objects."

Functional objects like segmented furniture, folding tables, and all kinds of recycled goodies. Here's three favorites:

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Screw Chair: "A surprisingly comfortable chair made from scraps of douglas fir and 3,726 drywall screws."

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Wine Table: "Three to fifty-five wine bottles can be used in various configurations with this small clear acrylic coffee table. Wine bottles are press fit onto the table to make stable legs while recycling and

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May 20, 2010

The History and Evolution of the Batman Logo

http://www.sparehed.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/batman-logo.jpgThe Batman logo...talk about brand recognition. That symmetrical slash of black, looking neither like a man or a bat, and somehow exactly like both.

The Caped Crusader has been around for nearly seventy-five years, and continues to be reinvented to keep things contemporary. The same goes for his iconic logo - immortalized in Bat Signal, and in the backs of suburban kid heads circa 1990 after the release of the Tim Burton films. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers this)

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May 17, 2010

Where Do Cursors Come From? Why, the Cursor Forest, Of Course.

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There are millions of computers produced each year...let's hope the cursors are harvested with sustainable practices.

And don't even get me started on the emissions of the spinning beach ball of death factory.

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May 14, 2010

Boarding Pass/Fail - Stylish Airline Boarding Pass Re-Design

0tylerthomps011.jpgThe airline boarding pass...

You've seen then. Hard to read. Difficult to interpret. Generally aesthetically offensive. Probably not even functional unless you work for the airlines and know all the tricks.

Squarespace Creative Director Tyler Thompson had also seen them, and was equally frustrated, and decided to do something about it...0tylerthomps03.jpg

"So I took out my Moleskine and started sketching. I tried to remember my previous trip through John F. Kennedy Airport and when and why I needed to reference my boarding pass. It seemed like I first needed to know which flight I was on. I put the gate right next to this, but made the flight number

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Apr 23, 2010

Sharky Tea Infuser

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Some things are just plain fun.

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"Sharky is a floating tea-infuser that looks like a shark fin marauding through the dangerous waters of your tea mug that simultaneously releases streamers of steeped tea that look suspiciously like the detritus after a nasty shark attack."

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Apr 23, 2010

The Trustworthiness of Beards

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Unless your a complete hermit and/or man craft blogger (ahem...), you come across people you don't know everyday. And it's likely that at least half of them will be men, and half of that group will have facial hair. This, it turns out, is a good thing, as the key to judging both character and sinister lies in one's beard.

So, simply print out this handy reference chart by Matt McInerney for your easy reference.

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Just remember, it goes left to right.  

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Apr 21, 2010

So You Need a Typeface Flowchart

Hi all - I've had some medical tests today that have left me feeling pretty rotten, so please allow me a "low content" day.

That said, this "So You Need a Typeface" flowchart image by Danish design student Julian Hansen is, at once, both hilarious and quite helpful.

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From Julie Anderson, Julian's teacher, of Inspiration Lab : "I never usually feature my students but I’m going to make an exception, we had such a brilliant critique today that I just want to say “Thank god for passionate students like mine!”. You guys rock!! (in spite of our verbal whupping; better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all). So let’s end the week with a student project, an info graphic related to the job we do as graphic designers. Julian did a flowchart of the choices we go through choosing fonts, with a humerous approach. A brilliant job on such a short project."

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Mar 29, 2010

Free eBook: The Type Classification Handbook

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What exactly is the difference between a Grotesque and a Gothic? What's the relationship between Didot and Bodoni? And, for goodness' sakes, how DO you tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial.

To answer these, you can do a four-year degree in graphic design. You could purchase a copy of the excellent "Font. The Sourcebook." or "Designing with Type." Or you could head to Just Creative Design, and download their free 27-page eBook, "The Type Classification Handbook."

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Mar 05, 2010

Building a Better Hot Dog

"If you were to take the best engineers in the world and asked them to design a perfect plug for a child's airway, you couldn't do better than a hot dog."

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So, the American Academy of Pediatricians have called for the redesign of the hot dog. And since its an entirely processed product, any shape is game. The folks at Fast Company set off to redo the hot dog, with these criteria:

  • Esophagus-sized cylinders and spheres = bad, very bad
  • Fit within existing buns for "authentic"-ish experience
  • Look for opportunities [to] increase sense of play
  • Enhance condiment-to-hot dog engagement

After thinking through the designs below, they came up with the spiral dog above, and did a mock-up in green Play-doh.

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Mar 01, 2010

How To: Recreate the Very Manly Home of Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong - the U.S. cyclist who has become a household name for his Tour de France performance and ubiquitous yellow bracelets - has retired into a Spanish colonial outside Austin, Texas. It's pretty gigantic, and contains all the elements of traditionally masculine decor - lots of wood, leather, and warm colors.

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Feb 26, 2010

Oscar Movie Poster/Food Mashups

In honor of the upcoming 82nd Academy Awards, Photographer David Gartner has created Oscar-food mashups based on this year's Best Picture nominees.

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The titles include "A Serious Manwich" and "The Blind Side Salad" as well as "Precious, Based on a Novel by Bombay Saphire,"  and "Avatunatartare."

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Feb 23, 2010

What Type are You? Determines Your Characters Based on Your Character

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Graphic design giants Pentagram have built an impressive, European-accent fueled exploration of determing one's typesetting based on personality...a typography typology, if you will.  

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Feb 16, 2010

Great "Man Cave" Designs

Rainn Wilson Man Cave

man cave, n. A dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop, or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends. (from mancavesite.org)

I admit, I'm not much into the hunting lodge or sports bar basement approach, but I do completely understand the masculine impetus to create a space of one's own. The same need that had us build forts and club houses as kids still drives us to make special places to simply be.

Contemporary design and architecture site Styleture have assembled several inspiring man cave designs. The common themes? Pool tables, big tvs, and lots and lots of woodtones.Man Cave with Nice Pool Table

  

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Jan 27, 2010

Helveticookies - Modern Typography Cookie Cutters

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I simply prefer my typography-theme pastries to be grotesque and sans-serif.

From artist Beverly Hsu, these homebrewed aluminum and acrylic cookie cutters feature the twenty-six letters (and I hope an ampersand) of  Helvetica - the ubiquitous modern fontset invented by Max Miedinger in the 1950s and seen everywhere from the NYC public transit system to most bathroom signs.  

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