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Oct 13, 2015

Looking for a Unique Gift? How About a DIY Ring Made from Colored Pencils?

Colored Pencil RingWe all love to give unique gifts. The kind that are handmade but striking, and memorable enough to stand out next to that coffeehouse giftcard. Make this polished ring from colored pencils and you're sure to leave an impression.  

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Sep 04, 2014

The Process: Take a Colorful Video Tour of the Crayola Factory

Pop quiz: how many crayons do you think the Crayola factory produces each day? I'd have said something like: 500,000. 

Turns out, I was way, way wrong. The answer?             

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Aug 19, 2014

DIY Idea: Make Glowing Resin-Inlayed Wooden Shelves

Industrial designer and jeweler Mat Brown came up with this awesome technique for taking a split, live-edge length of chesnut wood, and rather than fixing its flaws, decided to highlight their natural character. By making them glow in the dark.    

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May 06, 2014

DIY Project Inspiration: The Pack Series by Takehomedesign

pack series by takehomedesign

These simple images of the Pack series from Takehomedesign illustrates one of my favorite principles to create to make a huge difference in your decor:   

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Jan 20, 2014

The Swatchmate Cube For Color Lovers

created at: 12/21/2013

Design fans, your prayers have been answered!

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Nov 15, 2013

Color Coded Candy by Emily Blincoe

Austin-based photographer Emily Blincoe has been experience with shapes and texture inside of different color families. In this series, she takes on candy, gum, and other sweets. 

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Oct 15, 2013

Paint Bouncing on an Audio Speaker in Super Slow Motion

created at: 10/15/2013

I've admitted it on ManMade before: I'm a total sucker for liquids sloshing around in slow motion, especially thick, colorful ones like paint. And, I'm never not amazed by 

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Aug 01, 2013

5 Ways to Wear Colorful Shorts without Looking like a Weirdo

Photo via [http://www.gq.com.mx/galerias/los-mejores-shorts-para-vestir-en-el-verano/1078/image/28655]

The ManMade approach to style has always been to seek out the classics. And true, layered and subdued works in the winter, but summer's the time for embracing the season and trying new things. So, go out on a limb and check out these ideas for wearing colorful/patterned shorts so you can step up your style for the summer...while still feeling like yourself. 

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May 02, 2013

Reports from the Pantone and Lowe's "Color with Confidence" Event in NYC

created at: 05/02/2013

So...how was your weekend? Mine? Fantastic. I was fortunate to spend it in New York City, at the "Color with Confidence" Event from Pantone, Valspar, and Lowe's. It was organized to celebrate the release of a new line of PANTONE UNIVERSE paint collection at Lowe's, which means...

You can now get paint in Pantone colors at your local home improvement center. Design nerds rejoice! 

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Apr 30, 2013

DIY Idea: How to Make Your Own Color-Trimmed Mirror

created at: 04/24/2013

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the coolest of them all? Well, you of course.

Er, yikes... sorry about that one. But! This simple idea really will transform your - otherwise boring - full-length mirror into a legit accent piece, and it's super easy to pull off.

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Feb 04, 2013

10 Quick and Easy Tips to Step Up Your Apartment or Home

Men often get pegged as "utilitarian" decorators - they choose things that are comfortable and work, and don't worry about how they appear. But, I'm a firm believer that we're affected by the places we inhabit, work, and live, and so your environment should be a place you're proud of.   

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Feb 04, 2013

Panto'N'Roll: Color Swatches Meet Pop Song Titles

Panto'N'Roll is the clever new project from creative firm Chic & Artistic, wherein the sub Pantone swatches for colors mentioned in song titles and lyrics. It's part design joke, part homage to pop music, and all sorts of fun.    

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Feb 01, 2013

Amazing Aerial Photos of Colorful Fields in the Netherlands

For the same reason I get a kick out of this bright pink lake in Senegal or these colorfully striped mountains in China, the amazing colors and abstract geometric shapes of these aerial photos of

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Jan 14, 2013

Where DayGlo is Made: Take a Tour of the World's Most Colorful Factory

Just a mere two hours from my house, there exists a Willy Wonka-like factory that pumps out all the world's bright and bold fascinating flourescents: the DayGlo Pigment Plant. There, the factory makes 4.5 million pounds of eye-popping color per year, which goes into all the road signs, traffic cones, toys, and other ultraviolet-absorbing goodies.   

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Jan 10, 2013

Beertone: A Beer Color Reference Guide

Inspired by the Pantone color matching system, an international team of designers have created Beertone: the beer color reference guide.    

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Nov 15, 2012

Colorful Pipes by Stiff Embrace the Tradition of Modern, Minimalist Design

On cold, winter-ish mornings like these, when everything is quiet, I like to put on a button-down sweater, palm my tea mug, stroke my beard (I have one now, for the next ten days or so), and get into the vibe of the great writers of yore. Not that I think blogging is the same as writing, but there's still plenty of blank page staring. And sometimes, I think, "Man, I should get a pipe."  

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Nov 02, 2012

How to: Make Easy Colorful Rainbow Pasta at Home

At first glance, those of us without kids may take a look at these brightly colored pasta noodles and say, "When would I ever do that." That's what I did, of course. And then I thought about it...and thought about it...and then the question soon became, "When would I not?"  

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Oct 24, 2012
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Sep 04, 2012

The RGB Colorspace Atlas: All the Colors in the World in a Single Book

Move over paint swatch fan decks... Tauba Auberbach has designed a book featuring, supposedly, every single color possible, ever.  

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Aug 02, 2012

A Paint-Loaded Sprinkler Covers Any Space in Rainbows

created at: 08/02/2012

Dutch artist Edwin Deen had an idea. Like, an entirely genius, space program-worthy idea...What would happen if one armed an oscillating sprinkler with a ROY-G-BIV collection of water-based paint? 

And so he built it...and the results are colorfully spectacular.  

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