Far Foods by James Reynolds





If you knew exactly where your food was coming from, would it change the way you ate? Far Foods is a project by London based designer James Reynolds who uses packaging labels to highlight the immense distances some of our food travels. I seem to remember seeing another project like this before, but I really like the use of suitcase-like tags that go around the foods. Seeing that your oranges just traveled twice the width of the United States to get to your supermarket is definitely shocking.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 12, 2009 / By

North Peak & Grizzly Peak Beers



Check out this great packaging design for Michigan based Northern United Brewing Company, who have some really great looking beers. The packaging design was created by Neatly Trimmed Beard, made to have “an old-timey log cabin vibe,” which I’m totally feeling. The overall aesthetic definitely reminds me of the midwestern vibe of the 50’s and 60’s cans (click here for some great old school beer cans) and the simplicity of the design with the bold colors really makes them pop.

Does anyone know if I can get these in Los Angeles or order them online?

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Update: Also check under the cut for the advertisements that go with the beers as well. Really kind of funny with some great images.

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Bobby Solomon

August 4, 2009 / By

Locali’s Bicycle Treats

While taking a break earlier today with my friend Frank at Intelligentsia, along came the Locali bicycle treat vendor, something I’ve been looking forward to for a couple of weeks now. Locali is kind of an organic, healthy convenience store that opened up down the street from a few months ago. They carry things like sandwiches and salads as well as different kinds of daily specials. Their drink selection is pretty diverse as well with fair trade coffees, flavored teas, ginger slushies, organic wines, beers and sake, as well as a ton of other things. This place is pretty legit.

Well they also have this great mobile version of the store which sells these really great ice creams and frozen treats. Seeing as how I’d been sitting out in the sun for the last couple of hours, this was the perfect solution. Frank and I decided to go with local sweets maker Bittersweet Treat’s ice cream sandwiches. I went with the the dark chocolate wafers with coffee ice cream in the middle, while Frank chose the oatmeal cookies with salted caramel ice cream. His, sadly, was way better than mine, not that mine was bad in anyway at all.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

June 30, 2009 / By

Otokoyama Sake

University College Falmouth grafuate Jamie Conkleton created this beautiful set of sake above that I’m totally in love with. Created with a westen audience in mind, the bottles were meant ti simplify the process of picking a type of sake. This is most clearly illustrated through the bottle itself, as the pure sake gets an opaque bottle, the refined sake in a hazy bottle, and the ultra-refined in a completely clear one. Such a simple and great way to get a message across, and at the same time quite beautiful.

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Bobby Solomon

June 14, 2009 / By

Odell Brewing TwitterBrew Tap Design Contest

Odell Brewing, a craft brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado that was started in 1989, is having a competition right now on Twitter for people to decide the tap design for their next beer, Blackbird. It just so happens that my friends over at Tenfold Collective have decided to join the competition, creating a tap design that is absolutely gorgeous. Despite the fact that I e-know them, their design is hands down the best. I love the subtle use of orange and the way the word ‘tweet’ pushes into the frame, subtly referencing Twitter. I also suggest you check out the other designs, and you’ll clearly see how amazing of a job they did.

But in order for them to win, they need votes. Under the cut I’ve placed a poll where you can vote for them, they’re letter J. I also want to mention that they in no way have asked me to do this, I simply believe in supporting nice, creative people, and I hope you will to.

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Bobby Solomon

May 27, 2009 / By

The Garden

A couple days ago I posted about the Japanese’s plan to start introducing underemployed workers to farming, and thought it would be really great if the U.S. had a plan like that. Well that led to a friend telling me about an upcoming documentary called The Garden. The film centers around a community garden that was started after the Los Angeles Riots in 1992. It was 14 acres of farmland on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles maintained by the South Central Farmers. It also happens to be the largest urban garden in America.

But one day, the South Central Farmers got a notice saying that the land was sold, and that the farm was going to be bulldozed. The movie explores what’s currently happening with the property and why the deal was never made public, that some shady dealings have definitely happened.

This totally infuriates me, especially because these people have worked so hard on this farm. This is also why people don’t tend to trust elected officials, because they’re willing to sell that trust for a high price. If you’re interested in seeing the movie, here’s a listing of the places it’s screening.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 4, 2009 / By

‘For Young Japanese, It’s Back to the Farm’ by Hiroko Tabuchi

'For Young Japanese, It's Back to the Farm' by Hiroko Tabuchi

For Young Japanese, It’s Back to the Farm
by Hiroko Tabuchi

The NY Times had a really great story a few weeks back about Japan’s new Rural Labor Squad, a program that gets young, underemployed Japanese to work on farms. The idea works in two ways. The first is that it gives young people who are having problems finding a solid job a chance to learn new skills, something they can possibly use in the future. The other part is that Japan’s rural work force is getting older, and they don’t always have the money to hire new people.

While the program isn’t perfect, it’s not going to solve their unemployment problem, it does bring up some interesting ideas. President Obama has recently been calling people to service, to help out in their communities and the such. Well what if more communities started creating farms? Imagine people learning how to grow their own foods, maintain crops, take care of livestock.

Personally I think this is an amazing idea, and I wish I had a place to participate in something like this. It would be even better if it were in the city limits, like the lot where the recently out of business Circuit City is on Sunset. Does anyone else think this would be really fun to try?

Bobby Solomon

May 2, 2009 / By

Andy’s Frozen Custard

I realized there’s sort of a trend to today’s posts, kind of a “making old things more cool” vibe. This time it’s Andy’s Frozen Custard, a store in Springfield, Missouri that was started by a husband wife who “took on the challenge of selling frozen custard”… right. Anyhow, they’ve opened a new store and it’s absolutely beautiful, and environmentally friendly.

The store collects rainwater which cools the custard machine compressors, waters the plants around the site, and even can be used to rinse equipment. The lighting uses high efficiency fluorescent bulbs as well, which makes the building look beautiful and helps lower energy needs. Good design in uncommon places is always fun.

Read more about Andy’s Frozen Custard over on Arch Daily.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

March 17, 2009 / By

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