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May 26, 2015

Building Six-Story Bamboo Houses: Testing Boundaries and Creating Magical Experiences

created at: 05/24/2015 Elora Hardy grew up in the world of imaginative actualization, and when her architect parents built a home off of the "fairy mushroom house" drawn by their nine-year-old daughter, Hardy didn't realize that it was unusual. Now a innovative architect herself, Hardy is building beautiful and immersive living spaces most people couldn't dream up, out of bamboo with Bali locals in a desire to increase infrastructure with sustainable resources.   

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May 21, 2015

American Dreaming and The Golden Age of Auto Design

The 1950's and 1960's were the golden age of auto design at a time when Americans identified more than ever with the cars they drove. Auto designers encapsulated the spirit of American adventure at a time when America was dreaming intently and looking forward to the future, but most of their designs were never released to the public. Until now...   

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May 20, 2015

The 10 Commandments of Typography

The first rule of typography is never use Comic Sans. The second rule of typography is NEVER USE COMIC SANS.      

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May 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Custom "Ex Libris" Bookplate Stamp

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Ever wish there were a better way to lay claim to the books in your library than just scribbling your name on the inside cover? Which, let's admit it, ends up being so non-descript that it doesn't even register to loanee, who will inevitably just shelve the book as his own.

What you need is an custom Ex Libris stamp they'll forever recognize. Like, with a bear on it.  

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May 18, 2015

Free Poster: NATO Phonetic Alphabet Chart

How about some free stuff to start off your week?

Outside Open is offering a free poster featuring the NATO phonetic alphabet chart (you know, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) for use on all your International Radiotelephony needs. It'll certainly come in handy on your next call with tech support and all future covert military operations, and also features semaphore delineation (pre-electronic flag letter signals for naval communication represented in a circle), Morse Code,

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May 11, 2015

10 Amazing Coffee Tables to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

If you drink coffee as much as I think you might, chances are you're in need of a good coffee table. Or could use a coffee table upgrade. Or just need a little design inspiration.   

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Apr 27, 2015

A Retro Redesigned Adventure Bus

As a high-schooler I always had the dream of creating one of these homemade mobile RV units for me and my buddies like this 1959 Chevrolet Viking Short Bus Retro. Of course it turns out that lots of other DIY-ers share this enthusiasm and are out there everyday building awesome rides or restoring old ones.   

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Apr 23, 2015

The Ingenious Design of the Soda Can

I don't know about you, but I've never given a second thought to the process or reasoning behind one of the most ubiquitous product designs: the aluminum beverage can. We're constantly surrounded by them in the modern world, and the decision making process behind how the aluminum can began as a storage container and how its efficient shape has evolved over time turns out to be a fascinating one.   

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Apr 20, 2015

50 Flawless Examples of Industrial-Inspired Interior Design

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination." So says acclaimed auteur Jim Jarmsuch, and I think it's something every design-oriented man ought to take to heart. So here's a little inspiration to fuel your imagination.   

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Apr 15, 2015

A Complete Toolbox Set Hand Crafted Entirely from Paper

A stylished-yet-realistic set of tools, made by hand from paper? What's not to love?   

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Apr 13, 2015

How to: Give Your Photos a Vintage Tintype Effect

DIY Tintype Photos
There's a certain cool factor that comes from a grungy, well-worn photograph. Last year, the tintype made a short resurgence when photographer, Victoria Will shot celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival with an antique tintype camera. I have always wanted to have a tintype photo of my wife and I, but unfortunately, I don't own such a contraption. So we're going to have to make do with technology that costs ten times more than the tintype camera ever did. Oh the irony!

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Mar 26, 2015

How to: Make Grandpy's Rocking Chair

If you grew up with a father figure in your life, odds are he had a favorite chair or place to sit. My dad certainly has one, and even my friends growing up knew where to find him in the evenings after work. This man from Instructables.com inherited this homemade rocking chair from his grandfather (who in fact inherited the woven patterns from his mother's chair) and decided to recreate one of his very own.   

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Mar 19, 2015

How to: DIY Geometric Test Tube Vase

As a child, I was under the impression that working with test tubes would be a bigger part of my adult life. Not only because I wanted to be astronaut/scientist, but I guess I just always pictured myself performing experience of some kind. If you happen to be in that boat, here's a fun way to do something useful with those unused test tubes, or if you missed that boat of impracticality, here's a potentially masculine way to display some single flowers.   

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Mar 18, 2015

A Visual Tour Through Frank Lloyd Wright's First LA House - Restored

Hollyhock House

Considered to be the germination of what later became "California Modernism," the Hollyhock House was the first house designed in Los Angeles by Frank Llyod Wright in the 1920's for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. Barsndall never moved into it however, and eventually donated the house and its surrounding 12 acres to the city of Los Angeles where it fell into disrepair for decades. Finally, it's been restored...   

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Mar 18, 2015

Simple Carry is Best: Dissident One-Piece Leather Wallet

Leather WalletRussia once again proves that the toughest people live in the North. This one-piece leather wallet is simple, strong, and deserves to hold my hard-earned cash. . . or ruples.  

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Feb 26, 2015

Six Origami Designs Every Man Should Know

Origami Crane

Origami is one of those unique pastimes that doesn't require much to handle the basics while leaving you with a fun party trick you can always whip out. I mean, you definitely don't want to be that guy actually making origami at all the parties, but I've definitely been out somewhere with friends and instead of absent-mindedly doodling on a piece of paper, I've folded it into something I learned at one point and people have been blown away. Mainly I think because people don't often take the time to learn something that, it always seems much harder than it is, despite the fact that reproducing them once you've mastered the technique is just like riding a bike. Here are six simple origami shapes I think all men would do well to master.

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Feb 25, 2015

Upgrade Your Business Cards: Thornwillow Makers Identity Cards

Business Cards In CaseLooking for a clean way to upgrade the way you handle your business cards? Thornwillow Makers have a great way to class up your calling card.

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Feb 23, 2015

The Evolution of Batman in Cinema

created at: 02/21/2015Watch this thrilling (and humorous) super cut of the cinematic Batman and his evolution through different era's of filmmaking. Created by Jacob T. Swinney, this video pulls from some of the more obscure early 40's serials (and the Lego Movie) while of course taking a good romp through the 90's and the Dark Knight Trilogy as well.   

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Feb 19, 2015

The Manliest Table You've Ever Seen...

Axe TableAxes may belong in the woodshed, but this exceptional piece of furniture brings them into the dining room for a classy man's touch.  

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Feb 10, 2015

100 Years of National Geographic Maps: The Art and Science of Where

created at: 02/10/2015

This year, the cartographic department at National Geographic celebrates its 100th anniversary. And this write-up by Cathy Newman, and its choice image selections, is one of the more fascinating things you'll read this week. Especially for lovers of graphics and all things travel. 

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