Recently, Terry Gross interviewed James Franco about playing Allen Ginsberg, and asked the actor how he went about changing his look to assume the character of the poet. "The glasses," was Franco's simple answer.
It's often shocking how much a single item or characteristic can identify a character. And illustrators to James Alexander Mathers and Andrew Lau have totally captured the notion in Dress the Part, a collection of movie posters reduced to the identifying pieces of the characters style.
For contemporary crafters, the old script-y, serif-y cross stitch alphabets simply won't do. So, Tamara Maynes has created the Helvetica Cross Stitch kit, an A-to-Z cross stitch design chart that allows you to incorporate the Swiss school classic and the world's most popular typeface into your handmade goodies.
Giant LEGO storage boxes? Who wouldn't wanna store their stuff inside an oversized, stacking modular toy?
"Our neat new giant LEGO storage brick boxes have been made especially for STORE under licence from LEGO themselves and just like the original LEGO bricks, each storage box can be clicked together and then stacked to create a giant LEGO structure but with the added benefit of storage within.
Eco-design blog Inhabitat has teamed up with Gilette to create this list of gadgets, each with style and a small footprint. Looking over the collection, I think most gents can safely say, "Yes, I'd want that." And while the care that goes into making each one is reflected in the fetching price, they're actually not completely unaffordable. Certainly, you'd get what you paid for.
This Halloween season, get a head start on your anatomical baking with this new 3D skull pan from cake masters Wilton. I spied this dude over the weekend at the craft store, and was delighted to see it put to use in this great feature from Megan at Not Martha.
The pan comes with a pumpkin spice cake recipe, and while making it I rediscovered how much I like the color orange. I had two types of cinnamon to choose from to use in the cake. The cake was good but too sweet for my preferences. I hope to change it a bit and then maybe add a cream cheese frosting brain surprise inside. Or, oh oh!, cream cheese frosting maggots. Ew.
I'm in love with this face.
What should I name him?
The gathering ranges from collectables to hygiene products to vintage-inspired new handmade pieces. And we gotta say - we like it. Like it a lot.
For the type of folks who buy matching camping gear or tandem bikes, introducing the Dualbrella. There's no longer a need to figure out who has to hold the umbrella, or where each of you should stand to get maximum coverage...
Unless, of course, there's three of you.
"Dualbrella is traditional umbrella which serves enough to cover two and can be held with one hand. The best thing about Dualbrella does not require to jockey for position under the canopy. This measure of six feet (1.83m) wide and three feet (0.91m) deep. Despite its size, only one hand is necessary to hold it, so its oversized canopy can also cover one person taking an armful of packages.
ManMade readers loved this workout measuring t-shirt last week, so here's another twist on the sternum gauge shirt: a Beard Growth Chart.
At its most basic, its a beard ruler reversed to measure growth from your chin. At its most complex, just imagine the possibilities.
Nomskulls are exactly what they appear to be in the above photo...totally awesome. :)
"Knock ‘em dead with these four stylish silicone skulls. Nomskulls are ready to fill with your favorite grey batter and bake into perfect cupcake craniums. One bite and you’ll be head over heels, because there’s no doubt about it — this skull bone’s connected to the YUM bone! We’ve packed four silicone skull molds in each printed giftbox."
It's amazing what a little line can do....
Design Toronto and GLP advertising created this promotional t-shirt for personal trainer Roland Semprie. It's a heathered-gray t-shirt with a gauge down the center - as one works out, the sweat works down the center in fifteen minute increments.
Totally inaccurate, and completely hilarious. And pretty easy to DIY, I'd imagine
Estonian designer Pavel Sidorenko has turned the recycled record wall clock motif upside down with this new series of laser cut LPs. Each piece creates a unique shape from vintage vinyl, making them appropriate for any room in the house, not just music or kitchsy themed spaces.
Shhh...don't tell Yogi Bear, but wicker picnic baskets and styrofoam dishes simply won't do anymore.
Boxsal is a new take on the readymade picnic kit - a cardboard box with a handle, and four sets of completely biodegradable necessities: trays, bowls, snack bowls, knife/fork/spoons sets, napkins, and a compostable trash bag.
The boxes come in three designs - the Urban Picnic (vintage boombox), Today's Date (color-by-numbers), and Office Escape (a briefcase).
"By" is for Bloody, "St" is for Sod this, and that's about all it's safe to share...
Tongue-in-cheek design studio Modern Toss brings us the "Periodic Table of Swearing," an helpful info graphic that organizes blue language from heavy metals to light gases, according to their offensive atomic weight.
We've been digging on the ridiculous-meets-totally-useful-ness of this revolver shaped egg mold, that seems like it'd work equally well for pancakes, or Jell-o, for that matter.
How would you market it?
"For some banging fried eggs?"
"For firing off a perfect brunch, everytime?"
"Create a breakfast that's always number one with a bullet?"
Post your best in the comments!