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Jul 31, 2012

How To: Make DIY Gradient Typographic Wall Art

created at: 07/27/2012

Wood.
It's my favorite material to work with, hands down. I love the way it makes my car smell when I bring it home from the lumberyard. I love that it goes from a roughly-textured square to any shape I can imagine, and unbelievably smooth when you sand it.

But the best part? Seeing the full character of the grain come through during that last step - finishing the wood with stain or oil. Not until you rub that rag over the surface does the wood truly come alive.  

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Jul 27, 2012

Minimalist, Vintage-Inspired Movie Posters

I'm a total sucker for vintage-inspired, "alternative" movie posters that are created by honest-to-goodness designers that are fans of the films, not to sell tickets. When I look at these, I start to have a little more understanding for why sci-fi and fantasy fans do things like create elaborate costumes and fan fiction. It's a way to giving one's skills to participate

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Jul 25, 2012

Your Logo is Not Hardcore

created at: 07/25/2012

"Your Logo is Not Hardcore" is a new Tumblr blog that seems to have noticed a curious trend in graphic design - namely, that there are a whole lotta logos with Xs in them. Like, a whole lot, and many of them brands and organizations dedicated to men's interests and products.  

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Jul 24, 2012

Mesmerizing Vintage-Inspired Motion Graphics by Matthew DiVito

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Boston-based graphic artist and designer Matther DiVito has created these fantastic geometric animations that remind me of the little production studio tags at the end of the education TV shows we watched as kids in the 80s - like the end of 3-2-1 Contact or those "The More You Know" bits from Saturday morning.

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Jul 24, 2012

The "Film Map" Replaces Landmarks and Locations with Movie Titles

British design collection Dorothy introduce the "Film Map" - a collection of over 900 film titles organized in the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map.

   

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Jul 18, 2012

How to: Create a Realistic Letterpress Effect Using Photoshop

Stock image site Shutterstock offers a helpful and in-depth tutorial for creating a realistic letter press effect on your digital images using Photoshop. I've seen several of these over the past few years, and this is, by far, the most effective and paper-texture like tutorial yet. It even has a technique for making embossed, non-inked designs, one of the hallmarks of great letterpress prints.  

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Jul 17, 2012

Typewiches: A Site about Sandwiches and Typography

created at: 07/17/2012

Jackie, you and I are on the same page. That page being: some things are way more than just the sum of their parts. And in this case, those parts are two of our very favorites: type and sandwiches.

Typewiches is a new project by Jackie Ngo, a "hungry lady, who loves Sandwiches,

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Jul 16, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Typographic Rug

These days, with home prototyping and laser cutters widely available, artists are using these new tools to come up with all kinds of custom, stylish projects.

But it's still awesome whenever someone figures out how to make some that looks machine-cut complicated, but is actually done at home with simple tools and techniques. Like this "type" rug, which, while looking awesome and loopily abstract, actually says, "type."  

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Jul 16, 2012

The Choice Cuts of Potato

You rattle off which end a rib or loin stake comes from, and can demonstrate the difference between baby back and St. Louis-cut ribs on your own torso.

But do you know which cut of potato is best for scalloped and which for the crispiest hash browns?  

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Jul 16, 2012

A History of Olympic Logos: From London 1948 to London 2012

created at: 07/15/2012

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London will be here before we know it. And I cannot wait! This is actually the second time that the Games have been hosted in London. The first time was in 1948. The world has changed a lot in 64 years, of course, and so has graphic design. It's fascinating to look at the logos for each of the Olympic Games and observe the changes in the world of design. So, here's a history of the Olympic logos from London 1948 to London 2012.  

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Jul 10, 2012

The Alphabet of Typography

Pop Chart Lab, the Brooklyn-based design studio that seems to have the ability to look into my subconcious and design posters about everything I'm remotely interested in, now offers "The Alphabet of Typography," a Futura-based exploration of what makes great letters.  

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Jul 09, 2012

The United Shapes of America

XKCD, which describes itself as a "webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language," offers the United Shapes of America, a "map of things states are shaped like." (Try saying that three times fast.)  

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Jun 27, 2012

Humorous Travel Posters for Staycations

For those of you not planning a summer getaway this season, consider these humorous, vintage-style "travel posters" for lazy people, or for those who take their breaks at home. They seek to inspire you to check out the exotic locales and activities...of your own house.  

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Jun 11, 2012

Infographic: Which Men's Style Blogs Should You Be Reading?

created at: 06/11/2012

Over the last few years, there's been a significant movement to provide a diversity of content for men, and ManMade is excited to be a part of it. One of the biggest outcomes has been all the fantastic men's style and clothing sites that have popped up, provided solid advice, great deals, and tips for dressing like you know what you're doing.

But of course, keeping up with all of them is quite a task, so complex created a flowchart to help you pick just the right ones for you, so you can get the kind of advice and inspiration you're looking for.  

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Jun 06, 2012

A Map of the Breweries of the United States

There are a very many ways to map out the United States: topography, the highway system, state captials, and the like. But none are nearly as fun as this new map from Pop Chart Labs: The Breweries of the United States.  

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May 29, 2012

The No-Fuss Dessert Generator

ManMade favorite Mark Bittman, who previously brought us The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator, offers a new tasty flowchart: the No-Fuss Dessert Generator.    

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May 17, 2012

The 15 Best Sports Logos of All Time

created at: 05/17/2012

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Nets moved to the new Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, New York, and got a brand new logo by partial owner, Jay-Z. The logo is a basic black-and-white treatment, with the shield motif, basketball, and team name from the previous incarnation reduced to a two-dimensional plane inspired by old public transporation signs. It wasn't super well-recieved by professional designers, who explain, "the logo family is technically worthless and embarrassing.

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May 10, 2012

Infographic: What Your Facial Hair Says About You

created at: 05/10/2012

Based on data from Holy Taco and AskMen, the ackwardly named but engaging "What Your Facial Hair Tells Her" infographic explores what your face fuzz, or lack thereof, communicates to women.  

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May 08, 2012

The Periodic Table of Meat

Jeff Wysaski, the author/humorist behind A Handy Map of Hell and The United States of Scary Things, offers The Periodic Table of Meat.  

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May 07, 2012

Flowcharts of Beatles Lyrics

Artist and designer Sarah Emerson is having a blast creating this graphic diagrams of Beatles lyrics. The last level of this

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