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Oct 30, 2018

Maxims for Makers: Free Printable Posters for your Workshop

Have you ever marked out a board, went to cut, and re-checked your measurements after hearing the words "Measure twice, cut once" echo in your ears? It's remarkable how nuggets of shop wisdom can stick with you and save you a ton of trouble on a project.

At ManMade, we're big on collecting aphorisms, witticisms, and maxims that deliver helpful lessons in tidy packages. Sometimes, they're just what we need to stay productive, and get motivated to try something new. So, we're providing a few of our favorite in the form of free downloads: printable artwork to hang in your home, office, or wherever you create your DIY projects. 

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Nov 17, 2016
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Oct 18, 2016

29 Ways to Stay Creative

created at: 06/20/2011

You know how when you're an artist or creative type, you're just so bursting with ideas that you can't possibly even write them all down, let alone execute them all?

Yeah, I don't either. The truth is, that old thing about inspiration and perspiration is kinda true. Sometimes, brilliant ideas do just hit you, but it's pretty rare, and likely, the outcome of lots of prep work. So, what to do in the meantime?

Stay creative. Create even when it's not your best work, if you're uninspired, or don't have the time or energy to do your best work. It doesn't matter. You just gotta keep at it.  

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Jun 10, 2016

9 Tips for Jumpstarting Your Morning and Improving Productivity

I've never been a morning person. Or rather, I've never been a waking up person. I've recently been trying to work my schedule forward because I've discovered firsthand how immensely more productive I can be when I take advantage of those early hours.   

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Dec 27, 2015

Free Wallpapers: Inspiring Creative Resolutions Worth Keeping

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.

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Oct 15, 2015

Keep Your Busy DIY Mind on Track with These Super Effective Productivity Tools

DIY Memory Management

Perhaps the most essential tool for any ManMaker is your mind. However, if you're like me, it can be really hard to keep your mind on track. That's why I have to write everything down!

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Jun 16, 2015

Want to Get Promoted at Work? Take More Vacations this Summer

Guess what. Being at the office all the time does not impress your managers. In fact, it's exactly the opposite: getting away from work can actually increase your chances of a raise or a promotion. Truth.    

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Oct 30, 2014

6 Things Every Man Should Do Each Morning

created at: 10/30/2014

Look, we know you're a grownup. You know it's essential to eat breakfast, and to never be late to work. But that doesn't make hearing that damn alarm go off any easier. So, no matter what time you have to wake up, here's how to make that first hour of the day go smoother, mean more, and set yourself up for success. 

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Sep 03, 2014

A Handmade Coffee Routine Can Seriously Improve Your Creativity

The act of making an intentional cup of coffee in the morning - not just pressing a button or grabbing a to-go cup from your neighborhood shop or street vendor - has, no doubt, benefits to the flavor of your coffee. But, like many good and simple things in life, it could have a positive impact on your creativity and productivity as well.    

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Aug 04, 2014

How to Draw: A Guide for Makers, Crafters, and Designers

Despite advances in technology, most projects still begin where great projects always begin: with a pencil and a piece of paper.       

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Jul 17, 2014

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History's Most Creative Minds

created at: 07/17/2014

When researching his book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, author Mason Currey discovered that many great writers, thinkers, and authors kept specific records of their daily schedules, and how they handled the work, administrative tasks, leisure, rest, and exercise balance that will always characterize the creative lifestyle.   

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Jun 18, 2014

An Easy, Free Trick for Better Productivity and Creativity Throughout the Workday...

created at: 06/18/2014

Good news! Your body has built-in, uh, "app" to help you maintain or regain focus, stimulate creativity, and remain engaged in whatever tasks are at the top of your to-do list. 

The trick?  

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Apr 17, 2014

The Crossroads of Should and Must

created at: 04/17/2014

I've had this article open in a browser tab for over a week, and I just took the time to read it. (I'm horrible about following through on long-form stuff online...one of the casualties of blogging, perhaps. I wanna get better at it.)    

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Jan 30, 2014

The Gap: A Typographic Interpretation of the Creative Process

You're likely to see this all over the craft and design blogosphere over the next few days, but I loved it too much not to share.   

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Nov 15, 2013

Fieldwork: A Guide to Making Things

created at: 11/15/2013

To celebrate their one year anniversary, design and branding firm Fieldwork created "A Guide to Making Things."

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Nov 13, 2013

Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense

Matthew Schuler has been reading the scholar's Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent Peopleand has had a few reflections based his own creative experience. Matthew quotes 

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Nov 06, 2013

Take the Quiz: How Creative Are You?

created at: 11/06/2013

Growing up, we (well, at least I) learned that creativity was a facet of one's artistic talent: if you can sing or draw or make up good stories, you were creative, and encouraged to develop it. But, thankfully, we've learned that creativity is more than just a "one size fits all" kinda thing, and more than just your ability to use a pencil to make realistic looking objects or even solve problems.

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Nov 05, 2013

New Favorite Instagrammer: Whimsical Illustrations Merge with Everyday Objects

Ecuador-based graphic designer Javier Pérez uses Instagram's simple image-sharing format to wonderful creative effect, looking at the shapes of common household objects and using simple black lines to bring them to life.    

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Oct 07, 2013

How to Be Creative

created at: 10/07/2013The fairly broad phrase "how to be creative" seems a bit overly generic and link-bait-esque, but it's actually the latest in the always excellent 

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Aug 16, 2013

Friendly Advice to a Lot of Young Men

In 1957, poet, author, and "laureate of American lowlife" Charles Bukowski wrote a poem entitled "Friendly Advice to a lot of Young Men."   

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