A beautiful cookbook like you haven’t seen before: Unless You’re Really Familiar with Obsessively Organized Ingredients

A smart content marketing move from Ikea.

Come out with a cookbook (also a subtle, indirect way of pushing their products – appliances).

But, like their design-for-the-masses philosophy – make it painfully sparse but beautifully useful.

And this is how they presented their rationale and procedure.


Grab bag: Rural America technology, Facebook-brand tracking, bacon salt and party kit packaging design

Open-tab cleaning.

1. The High-Tech of Rural America

Why do I like this?  Because it’s an example of how design and technology serve people’s needs (and yes, businessmen’s pockets).
Too often, my job revolves arounds trying to plan applications that seem so unrelated to what people need or are going through.
Hooray for rural America!

The DeLaval AMR Circular Cow Milker

The DeLaval AMR Circular Cow Milker

2.  The Wired Social Index

Let’s see how this works out.  Tracking the financial performance of the strongest brands on Facebook.
The Wired Social Index

3. The Donut Project

I’m partly biased towards the name.

But, nice source of interesting images and videos.

Boys & Girls' reception area

Boys & Girls’ reception area

Jason Bacher wallpaper

4.  Bacon Salt and a Sundae Kit.  Ideas from Buzzfeed’s 38 Ways to Give the Gift of Food.

Bacon Salt

Bacon Salt

Sundae Kit

Sundae Kit

This entry led me to…

5.  Manic Design’s Merrymaking Must-Haves Kit on Lovely Package

Smart, smart, smart.  And cleanly designed.

Merrymaking Must-haves Kit - Manic Design

Merrymaking Must-haves Kit – Manic Design

EatBoutique Screenshot

Gradually lumbering back into the waking life – 4 foodie blog entries!

I think I subconsciously went on an Internet diet.

Naah. I was just cut off from an Internet connection for a while.

Then I had to deal with concrete, non-web life elements, like family and work. But now I’m back to face all my open tabs.

Particularly, ones that seem to revolve around food.

First up, let’s have fun stuff from Buzzfeed, like…

1. 13 Life-Changing Ways To Eat Food

Click to see full “story”

2.  The Jill Scott Cookbook. Funny homage.

“‘Hello,’ she smiled as she rung me up / Orange juice $3.29, Croissants $4.85 / She sniffed, Butter 89 / She sniffed, Strawberries $1.50 a pint / She sniffed, and sniffed, and sniffed, and sniffed again / And then replied, ‘Raheem, right?’ (Exclusively)” – Buzzfeed caption


4 large day-old croissants 3/4 cup milk 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons powdered sugar Sweetened Whipped Cream (optional) Fresh Strawberry Syrup

Directions 1.Slice croissants in half lengthwise. 2. Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into egg mixture, coating well. 3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four croissant halves, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 4. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and croissant halves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; top with Sweetened Whipped Cream, if desired, and Fresh Strawberry Syrup.

 3.  YumSugar.  Which, seems to be part of the PopSugar family of websites.
I’m still…hmm..getting a feel of it.  What it’s voice is like.  It’s definitely female-oriented, and female-“written”.  It seems…mommy-ish.  Which I’m not saying is a bad thing; it’s just descriptive.  Also the frequent White House family features, although interesting to me, makes the site feel slightly like a PR machine.

Oreo Pancakes – from 8 Oreo Treats You Can Make At Home

Chipwiches – 11 Iconic Frozen Treats to Make at Home

And, yes, this is from an entry in the food site:

First Dance Songs – from the Sugar Wedding Roundup

4.  And, Lord, as if I did not like enough food blogs – You introduce me to EatBoutique, through the YumSugar Frozen treats entry.

Just the site tagline makes me smile – “Food that hugs you back.
Non-sarcastic awwww!

I like the branding and clean site design.  Straightforward, with big enticing visuals.

Quite an interesting platform – a group that not only discusses homegrown artisanal food, but crafts “gift boxes” for people to actually try sets of ’em.  Smart.  On point.  And, needless to say, yummy.

EatBoutique’s Classic Ice Cream Sandwich

5.  And, not really a foodie entry…

Just an Instagram picture of a bubble-gum covered wall from GeekSugar (also one of YumSugar’s many many siblings), from Seattle by iwife:

by iwife

Foodbeast: Visiting The Buttermilk Truck

Foodbeast: Food blogging from a man’s perspective. A young one specifically.

I’ve hit the motherlode.


Yet another street in the Internet world where I’d love to loiter and waste time.

Favorite features today:

Eat It, Don’t Tweet It, by American Hipster and The Key of Awesome

Reasons to watch this? Lyrics like

“Artisan bread dipped in artisan cheese dipped in artisan nuts dipped in artisan greens…

I’m more like the culinary paparazzi…

It’s unthinkable to dine out and not record it; I want the world to know I can fucking afford it.”

IHOP Confirms Rumors, Now Serving Red Velvet Pancakes

Sriracha Hot Sauce iPhone Case

Coca-cola Hug Machine

Make a Dark Chocolate Cake with This Darth Vader Baking Pan

PB & J Vodka, a Drink for The Big Kids

Looking for nice pictures of that Bacon Sundae led me to these:

This Grub Grade blog is nice.

Review: Bacon Sundae From Burger King

(Also featured on Design Taxi)

So is this Man Up Chicago one.

Denny's Bacon Sundae AKA The Final Days of Bacon's Cool-Kids Cred

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Pharrell’s Qream: No. Really?

Why are you doing this to me, Pharrell?

You know that I think you’re one of the hottest men walking the earth these days?  Why do you throw us these weird things that make me question your taste level, prompting me to have to justify to myself that maybe, just maybe, the PR spin on this could work?

You’re talented, attractive, fashionable and you seem to be smart, but this product and its website makes Jay-Z look really really really good. (Note: I actually admire Jay-Z as it is for having managed his personal brand well; this just sort of made Pharrell pale in comparison.  You don’t see Jay-Z hawking… something like this…)

Really? “Qream With A Q”?

And a website that looks like this:

Maybe they’re trying to get the ponies-and-princesses set who are all grown up now or something.

via the hairpin

5 Things I found nice today: the quietest place on earth, homemade butter, anime, prints and Harvard cooking lectures

5 Things I found nice today: the quietest place on earth, homemade butter, anime, prints and Harvard cooking lectures

1.  Cool..

It’s so quiet that after 45 minutes, some people have had hallucinations.

Welcome to the quietest place on earth.

Anechoic Test Chamber - Orfield Laboratories

2. The Little Friends of Printmaking

via Think.BigChief

3.  Q&A with Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry

Butter is a great one start with. It always works, it’s quick, and it’s totally magical.”

Yay 🙂

4.  Cooking and Science – brought to you by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. via Open Culture

5.  5 Centimeters Per Second

via SoFiliumm
I think it was brave of the owners and designers to go off-tangent – be in the opposite direction of typical ice cream parlor and gelato store designs that are usually crafty, old-world, luxuriously decadent and traditionally warm.


Ice cream parlour Polka Gelato is located in an old historic building in Fitzroy Square in London. Designed by London based design studio Vonsung the interiors are somewhat surprising when entering the gelato shop.

With raw concrete and rough limestone being the primary materials and all graphics and furniture being in monochrome colours, the actual gelato is the only colourful thing in the shop.

Vonsung has designed all branding including naming, identity, signage, website and spatial design.

The designers explain, “An early decision was to place the Polka’s colourful, beautifully crafted gelatos as the central focal point and make the surrounding interior resemble the sculpted nature of the hand-made gelato.”

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