The To Resolve Project is a different take on the New Year's Resolution: well-designed and inspiring creative mantras that give you a beautiful reminder everytime you switch on your smart phone or tablet. Whether you wanna read more, eat better, meet an exercise goal, or just be generally more creative and productive, you'll be good to go for the next fifty ringtone/wallpaper changes, at least.
Back before we had the intuitive computer interfaces we have today, the men in the control booths had to rely on looming control panels full of switches, levers, buttons, and all sorts of intimidating and archaic devices. The physical industrial design had to be both wholly practical (in a lot of cases) and as user-friendly as possible, resulting in a wealth of unique control panels.
If you're more of a minimalist with your daily carry items, and prefer to keep everything in one front or jacket pocket, check out this leather smartphone flip wallet project
Jonathan Ives is perhaps best known as the British man with the soothing voice who's been featured in the Apple ads of the last couple years. He's currently the Chief Design Officer at Apple and one of the most influential designers alive. Steve Jobs called him his "spiritual partner at Apple" and
Living in the age of social media as we do, it almost seems preemptively nostalgic to talk about a love for physical things, but I think we'd agree that there is beauty in the tactile. Hanging a physically framed photo shows intention and an eye toward design, so printing the best photos (and having a good frame) is key. Which is why Popular Mechanics took the time to put together this great how-to guide to help you print the best photos whether at home or online.
SketchUp is free, robust, and really helps to bring your projects to life. I stumbled through the basics for way too long, so here are a few steps to get you modeling faster.
Around here, it started in January. All of sudden, several repertory and arthouse theaters had Back to Future II on their marquees. This kind of stuff is normal in the summer, when it's super hot and folks are seeking a little respite in the AC, or the "Movies in the _____" take over parks and swimming pools and gardens. But Back to Future II popping up all over on Martin Luther King Day weekend?
You know those creative types who just can't stop creating no matter what they do? Or that philosophical friend who just can't relax in his endless search for meaning? Put those together and add a dash of Phillip K. Dick and this is what you'll get: the visual daydreams of Google.
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,
If you've ever found yourself looking for a good project to MacGyver, building a transistor radio seems like a good place to start. This vintage design comes from 1956, and as advertised can easily be built within an hour.
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!
Our remix culture is in this unique place where many of us feel comfortable finding great images online and then retouching/repurposing them to our liking, but our laws aren't quite as forgiving - especially when it comes to using images for commercial purposes. Worry no more...
Most of us at ManMade have at some point had to create our own makeshift photography studio, and I imagine a lot of you have had to as well. Thanks to the team at DIYReady.com, here are some easy DIY hacks you can do at home for anything from a DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere to your very own tilt shift lens…
A countertop cold smoking machine is a great way to add a depth of grilled or barbecued-style flavor to a simple weeknight meal, or to up the excitement of a standard cocktail or a less-expensive dram of whiskey. They're easy to use, relatively small to store, and really can bring a different level to simple plate of roasted vegetables or pan-seared protein, especially in the dead of winter.
I'm kinda hard on ear buds. I wear them a lot - when doing household tasks like cleaning and cooking dinner, when crafting in the workshop, on long bike trail rides... I even use them when not connected to anything, à la ear plugs, to drown out ambient noise when working from the coffee shop. As an introvert, I wear them in the airport and the grocery store and the book shop not so I can avoid others, but because I like being out and moving about in the real world listening to things that inspire me.
And, I'm kinda hard on them. I used to buy pricier ones, but no matter how careful I'd be, they'd get caught on something or the contact points would fray, and they'd simply go kaput. I don't think of them as "disposable" but I am certainly a heavy user, and its hard to justify $50 or $100 on something you know is gonna need replaced at least once a year.
I experimented with a few styles, and then Bruno, ManMade's publisher, recommended a pair of these to me. And they're the best pair of ear buds I've ever owned. They sound great, they fit great, and they cost less than $15.00.
Hi everyone - Chris here. I'm the founder, editor, etc, of ManMade, and here's the deal: Lately, I'm really into Instagram. Yeah, yeah, I know. It took me awhile. I can be a bit of a late adopter with some of these things. I still don't really care about many other (let's have them go unnamed) social networks, but Instagram? That's a good one.
In addition to offering your standard toolbox storage features, the Coolbox features an internal battery to charge or run small power tools, a 12ft extension cord with 3-way splitter, bluetooth speakers, a double-sided and removable whiteboard, a tablet stand, two USB charging ports, and a built-in clock. The Coolbox frame itself features handles on both sides as well as wheels to easily maneuver it on the go.
I think it's incredibly hard to make an argument for casually browsing talk radio in the modern age when there are so many amazing podcasts on any subject a man could want. There are even podcasts (many of them) that are entirely devoted to simply bringing you a fascinating assortment for random information for those of you who really like browsing. According the PBS, the number of unique monthly podcast listeners has tripled over the last five years to 75 million, and there's never been a better time to jump on board. I personally listen to podcasts pretty much whenever I'm cleaning, driving, or working out, and so I figured I'd give a shout out to some of my favorites that other men might be interested in as well.