Veer, an awesome stock photography and illustration site for designers, offers these free desktop, iPhone, and iPad desktop that reimagine vintage drive-in B-movies with the language of typography.
At some point today, I snagged a Twitter link to record label Kill Rock Stars' latest free, downloadable sampler, aptly entitled "Best Sampler Ever." It's been blaring for the last hour or so, and it's gotten not one but two volume bumps. So, whatever that means.
Anyway, it's good and you should listen to it.
The South by Southwest Festival in Austin begins today, showcasing the best of contemporary music, art, film, and technology. In honor of the event, iTunes is offering a free 21-song playlist features artists performing at the event.
I'm listening to mix right now, and I gotta say: there's some stuff here that's gonna have a big impact in 2011. You want to know these groups. Now!
I have a terrible time keeping track of instructional documents and handbooks on my computer. They don't go in the "documents" folder, cause that's where the documents I create go, right? Do I organize them by content, or by form? Plus, how am I ever gonna remember to actually open them and read after downloading?
So, I'm loving these desktop backgrounds that put the info right out there. It's already hard enough to find good looking wallpapers, but one's that help you make good looking stuff yourself? Why, yes I will, Speckyboy.com.
FontShop.com does more than just sell the best typefaces. They also want to help you learn to use them properly. They're offering four amazing free downloads that can do just that.
Meet Your Type is a charming, first-date-themed primer to all things typeography.
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.
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.
Botropolis has assembled this massive collection of papercraft robots that you can download, print, cut and assemble. I love projects like this because they're active and crafty, but the inspiration is built-in and they don't require tons of materials and time.
Bots include everything from retro atomic imagery to characters from classic sci-fi movies to contemporary takes on mechanical mans - there's even one featuring President Obama!
Hubblesite.org is offering three awesome, free how-tos to recreate model Hubble telescopes. There's excellent instructions and lots of free printable parts and decals "These models aren’t working telescopes – you can’t peer at the sky with them. But they can give you an up-close look at the telescope’s structure and a challenging project to engage your model-making skills."
The first is the easiest to make, and uses a short length PVC pipe to support the main structure. The other two save you a trip to the hardware store, and are pure paper, created without special materials (though you'll need a few supplies from your stash).
Popular Science, the oldschoolest of how-to magazines that continues to capture the mind of manmakers and lay tinkerers, has assembled their entire archives -that's 137 years - and made them available for free browsing. "Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. It's an amazing resource that beautifully encapsulates our ongoing fascination with the future, and science and technology's incredible potential to improve our lives."
Says RetroThing: "It's stunning to recall what a huge impact Popular Science had in the pre-internet days. I remember pouring over the "What's
First came the bird silhouette, then cupcakes, then vintage owls, and now?
Well, now, we're in the height of moustache season. Which is a very fine thing for the manmaker, since generally, men do have a monopoly in the ability to grow a moustache category. [I was gonna make a joke concerning my second grade teacher, but I'll restrain myself.]
ManMade is not even a month old yet, but we're thrilled to have so many of you interacting with us and letting us know what you think.
So, to say thanks, we're offering a free poster that you can download [PDF] and print off at home!