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When you are living on a shoestring budget (popularly known as student’s budget), you know that every penny counts. This is why time and again we see designers coming up with innovative ways to split the bill. Go Dutch Bill is one such concept that allows diners to get their bill printed individually, as per their order. Super non-fuss way of doing the math!
Thirsty beachgoers in Colombia may now avail themselves of the ultimate in chilled beverages–and no messy plastic left over! Coca-Cola has undertaken another bit of stunt bottling with the Botello de Hielo, or bottle of ice.
We reported on Coke’s recent split-can idea–bringing the brand’s happy vibe to life with a sharable package. That idea seemed a little more practical than this one–a bottle made entirely of ice. Sure, it has a nice live-for-now message built in (wait . . . isn’t that Pepsi’s line?), but it can’t be comfortable to hold (even with the rubber band that encircles the bottle) or to drink or generally to be around. But as a promo on a steamy Colombian beach, it’ll do for a summer warm-up.
How low can you go? Or more precisely, how minimal can a design be and still function as a playable and attractive deck of cards? For Iota designer Joe Doucet the answer is – very low!
IOTA is a deck of regulation playing cards that dallies with the idea of how much you can take away while still maintaining a playable deck. Simple geometric symbols are reductive versions of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades and while it’s necessary to mark the back of regulation playing cards, we’ve done so with a minimal diagonal line instead of the overly ornamental versions used at your granny’s bridge club.
The Coffeebrewer is best described as a disposable French press. Inside the pouch is a filter with 26 g of freshly ground specialty coffee. To brew 3 cups of coffee, all you need is to open it, pour ½ L hot water into it, and let it brew 5-8 min. The unique brewing system is designed to preserve the coffee’s natural oils. This enhances the delicate flavours and finer aromas of the coffee, which otherwise can only be achieved by using a French press.
The Coffeebrewer is basically a hybrid between a filter dripmaker and a French Press. The design of The Coffeebrewer enables a perfect extraction as the volume of the pouch allows the hot water to interact with the coffee grounds and extract the aroma.The filter is designed to preserve all natural oils and flavours in the coffee. Therefore – a richer taste !
The filter will effectively separate the brewed coffee from the grounds and when you have served the first 1½ cup the remaining coffee will be under the filter and the brewing process will stop. This means that the coffee will not go bitter over time like in a French Press.
Turns out you can do more in an Ikea than purchase high-design furniture, get married, or nearly break up with a significant other: you can eat, too!
The Swedish retailer, long a purveyor of meatballs and recently a leader in breakfast, as well, has teamed with Stockholm Design Lab to jazz up the look of its packaged foods. According to Co.Design, the minimalist designs use only the font Verdana, which Ikea’s blue-and-yellow logo (and in-store signage, catalogs, and all other branded materials) has made famous. The sleek new look will grace canned anchovies, ketchup, pasta, crackers, cheese, chocolate, and more.
“Brand Spirit: every day for 100 days, I will paint one branded object white, removing all visual branding, reducing the object to its purest form. I can purchase each object for less than $10, it can be something I own, something another person gives me, or something I find.”
Some products are so ingrained into the mushy greyness of our brains that we can spot their branding on just the shape of the product alone. It’s kinda sick, isn’t it? Within half a second, you already knew that that packet above was Swiss Army Knife.
Why is that? Is it because we use it everyday? No, when was the last time you used Wite-Out? It’s just funny to have this reserve of knowledge about brands and shapes and have the ability to immediately draw from that useless knowledge tank.
The idea is to see if we still see the brands without the, you know, brand. You can check all the pictures at his blog.
Now here is something different…Black Spring Water! The BLK water is not only different it is healthy, it is infused with fulvic trace minerals, these minerals play a critical role in the growth of plant life, assisting in the transport and absorption of nutrients inside the plant cell. Once the minerals are added to pure water, the water turns black naturally without the use of any artificial dyes or colorings. The water delivers a high pH to consumers without any carbs, calories, or sugar.
You can buy it from here: blk beverages, 16.9 Ounce Bottles (Pack of 24)
New range of shirts from Johnny Cupcakes Clothing. Tin cans modeled after paint cans were designed to look like used Johnny Cupcakes Frosting containers. The T-shirts with matching artwork are found inside.
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