Welcome to The Manual Redesign

The Manual Redesign
Dear Manual Men,

You may have noticed a few changes around The Manual lately—and for good reason. We listened to our readers’ comments and opinions and have used that feedback as the basis for our entirely redesigned site. We hope you like the fresh, modern look of the page that we feel reflects the style and aesthetic of a modern man living, working, and playing in this hectic 21st century.

We’ve lightened the color scheme to bring you a brighter and more user-friendly experience, drawing attention to each article with a clear, image and a catchy title. As a result, we hope your browsing on The Manual becomes one of the easiest and favorite parts of your day.

Beyond our crisp new look, we’ve also done some refiguring under the hood which should make your reading and perusing experience simpler, easier, and much more visually appealing. We’re piggybacking on our brother site, Digital Trends’ platform and we couldn’t be happier.

All the features you see on Digital Trends will eventually find their way to The Manual, including interactivity and fully-formed gallery posts, so we can do away with the long scroll. We hope this reconfiguration will also help reduce loading speed time, letting you get to the information you want to read faster and more efficiently.

We also listened to your feedback about content and have made the editorial decision to both increase our content in general and improve the quality of the content we produce. Expect more interviews, how-to’s, and longform pieces in the coming weeks and months. We will still produce our regular features such as New Music Monday, Feel-Good Fridays, and fashion and product round-ups, but we thought it might be fun to try out the whole journalism thing. Let us know how we are doing by emailed us at support@themanual.com.

-Cator Sparks
Editor-in-Chief

P.S.- We just posted our 5,000th post!

Food & Drink

The Sweet, Sweet Science of Chocolate: Why Does It Taste So Good?

For more info on the science of chocolate — and how to craft the tastiest chocolate pairings — we turned to Thierry Muret, executive chef chocolatier at GODIVA.
Podcast

The Craft, Art, and Journey of Woodworking, According to a Master Craftsman

On this episode of The Manual podcast, we talk with Gary Rogowski, director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, Oregon.
Culture

Know Your Knife: A Guide to the Best Steel for Knives

Does your knife make the cut?
Outdoors

Put All 419 U.S. National Parks in Your Pocket with the Chimani App

Chimani gives you the power to know what to see, when to go, and where to poop in every U.S. National Park.
Living

This Vintage Travel Trailer Just Sold at Auction for a Ton of Money

A perfectly preserved Travelodge Vintage Travel Trailer from 1937 gives us a look at what qualified as luxury travel back in the good ol' days.
Living

This Legendary Golf Pro’s Colorado Ranch Could Be Yours for $50,000,000

From a fully operational cattle ranch to multiple lakes, trail, and outbuildings, Seven Lakes Ranch is, sadly, a dream that only a few can afford.
Living

LumiPod is the Pre-Fab Circular Bedroom Suite You Can Put Almost Anywhere

Put a bed and bath anywhere from your backyard to your mountain lot.
Living

Wake Up Easier With the Best Down Pillows of 2019

Poor sleep got you down? These luxury down pillows might just be the solution.
Living

Designers Share Their Unique Ideas for Rebuilding Notre Dame’s Iconic Spire

From a glass roof garden to a stained glass ceiling, these concepts are as wild as they are cool.
Living

Grovemade Introduces Extra-Large Felt Desk Pad and We Are Here For It

“But, what are the benefits of using a desk pad? Because doesn’t it seem like a sort of superfluous thing to have on hand?” To those questions, we answer: Many and no.
Living

The LooLoo is a Bathroom Stink Preventer and Night Light in One

Stuff happens. Specifically stinky, wake-the-dead-only-to-re-kill-them-with-the-horrendous-stench stuff.
Living

The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain

Do you toss and turn at night? A latex pillow might be just what you need.
Living

JaxJox KettlebellConnect is the One Kettlebell to Rule Them All

This one kettlebell can do the work of six kettlebells, allowing you to streamline your at-home gym equipment.
Living

Rivendell Comes to Life at Tree House Constantia

Elrond and his elves may not live here, but this one-of-a-kind retreat still offers the opportunity to get fully immersed in nature.