Elsa Lang, the better half of Always With Honor, has started a new blog called Chow Scout which hunts down the best foods and treats that Amazon has to offer. It’s still relatively new but you can already see that she’s digging up some unique finds like Aardvark Sauce, Taiwanese Pineapple Cake Butter Cookies, and of course, adorable packages of Kewpie Mayo.
Best of all, she’s using an affiliate link to earn money which is being donated to the Oregon Humane Society. Nothing better than helping pets in need AND eating delicious foods.
Mexican branding agency Anagrama never fail to impress. It seems like they have at least one new branding project launch each month, and each of them are always drool worthy and make you wish you’d created them. Their most recent project is for an Arabic-Mexican fusion restaurant called Habibi, which is located in San Pedro Garza García.
Habibis is an Arabic-Mexican fusion taqueria located in San Pedro Garza García, a city enriched by the culinary treats of its third generation Arab immigrants. Previously a humble taco stand, Habibis approached us with the task of creating a brand that communicated the foods’ exceptional mixed background and quality without losing its street-friendly and casual demeanor.
Our proposal is a brand that adapts stylized Arabic calligraphy to a typical Mexican street setting, complete with neon colors and inexpensive materials, like craft paper bags. Deep research and careful understanding of the Arabic alphabet was needed to design, using calligraphic pens and special brushes, the various words and signage in both Arabic and Latin. The custom type is accompanied by Gotham, a gentle and neutral typeface that would allow the bespoken logotypes to stand out above everything else. The pattern is based on traditional keffiyeh (a Middle Eastern headdress fashioned from a square scarf) and gorgeously intrinsic mosaic patterns.
If there’s two things I love it’s good whiskey, and obviously, beautiful photography. So it’s pretty awesome that I was asked to take over the Instagram handle for The Macallan tonight at a special event celebrating the launch of the brand’s Masters of Photography series. For the fourth edition of its series, The Macallan has commissioned renowned photographer Elliott Erwitt to capture the spirit of Scotland (where Macallan is made) through a collection of 58 images; each pair with a never before released single cask whisky from The Macallan.
If you love fine whisky and photography as much as I do, follow my photographic journey on Instagram at @The_Macallan and on Twitter at @USMacallan.
(The Elliott Erwitt photograph that accompanies Cask Number 0004112. The Macallan, Easter Elchies House in Craigellachie, Moray – © Elliott ErwittMagnum Photos)
New York Times recently published this great photo of the kitchen of Jean Georges, one of the top French chefs in the world, which was taken by Brett Beyer. The stitched together photo is a fantastic look at the fervent pace a kitchen like Georges must maintain, and it’s quite interesting to see the inner workings of his Columbus Circle restaurant. It’s also pretty incredible that Brett was able to get a camera/cameras above the kitchen, you wouldn’t expect there to be a whole lot of room.
Be sure to see more of Brett’s work, including more awesome overhead shots like this, by clicking here.
Slowly but surely the every day objects in our homes are being filled with better designed versions of themselves. I’d say it started with the Nest thermostat, then the August Smart Lock, and now you’ve got Soma’s new filtering water carafe.
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Zim and Zou are a French design duo comprised of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann, who together are exploring the boundaries of design with paper. Browsing through their portfolio on Behance you can quickly see how varied their work is, from complex, ornate animal sculptures for Hermes to a paper representation of protons colliding together for an article on Higgs Boson. Of course though, I choose to feature the hamburger.
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Created back in 2011, this clever bit of packaging, dubbed a “Golden Carrot”, was used as a client gift for communications company Alpha245 to drum up business. The bags of oranges, made to look like giant carrots, were meant to represent a number of clever metaphors that would certainly grab the attention of any prospective client.
Mandarin oranges have always had a symbolic presence during Chinese New Year. Phonetically, they mean ‘gold’, and since 2011 was the Year of the Rabbit, we packed the oranges into a shape that looked like carrots – to signify a golden harvest for the year. These were given to existing and potential clients to wish them a successful and profitable Year of the Rabbit.
Should you spend any time in Monterrey, Mexico, keep an eye out for El Camino, the community food truck. The black truck coated in white scrawlings would be hard to miss. Inspired by the kind of badassery that comes with biker boys and prison tattoos, the rolling vendor certainly makes a statement while serving up a mix of Texas-style burgers and vegetarian options. Savvy Studio, a design firm based out of Monterrey and Mexico City is responsible for El Camino’s branding. They wanted to convey an “Easy Rider” or “Born To Be Wild” Americana vibe through the use of taglines and claims. As tough as the truck looks, the phrasing creates a very approachable and quite intriguing feel.
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