Click the images to find out more! While most other blogs seem to be taking some time off for the xmas/new years week, once again i might be doing the opposite and posting even more frequently in spurts... holidays never really play out to be the happiest of family reunion times, so i'll probably be mentally escaping into my love of design, products, and in this case... cookies! Been playing with the idea of baking, and i can't decide whether its because i feel like making something or whether all those tastespotters are getting to me with their cookies, cakes, and other delectable goodies this season! So here are more that are leading me into temptation... those top left Irish Coffee Brownies are calling out to me right now!
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The footers for NOTCOT.org and TasteSpotting are now live and actually showing the latest posts on the other sites in mini-form! I designed these a few months ago, but didn't have the time/resources to get them coded to show you the latest, so i'd been making them by hand in the interim... and now that Dan has joined me full time to work on our sites, this is the first of many exciting new features and ideas we're working on! So next time you're checking out the sites, take a look at the far bottom to see what is new across the network! (and if you have ideas for other features we may not have thought of, feel free to leave a note)
Click the cookies to find out more! Mmmmmm there are quite a few trends that surface on TasteSpotting and lately my cravings seem to think that it is officially cookie baking season, whether for gifting, for pleasure (yours and theirs), for kids, for family, for friends... So here are some delicious posts that have been showing up to inspire your inner baker.
Gift Guide Day 10! Can you believe we're down to the final 10 gift guide countdown? Over 20 guides up so far already? So to mix things up a bit, and for those of you who like to take it all in at once, i've created a new page showing you all of the gift guides page after page, just scroll to shop your way through! And for those who like them one at a time, well today's is still available in that form here.
Today is all about Culinary Gadgetry! Regardless of how much or little someone may cook these are some gorgeous design tools that help get the job done and in a really fun way. And as an extra little something, i needed to run the TasteSpotting survey this week, so anyone who wants a chance to win a Pentax Optio W30 Digicam, please answer the last question with your email! I wasn't sure what a good prize would be, but since TasteSpotting is as much about great images of food as it is about cooking it... i thought a waterproof digital camera would be a fun one to survive any and all messes in the kitchen! Covered in goo? Falls in a pot? Just rinse it off!
Seeing as i'm pretty much lost in a state of continuous consumption with this holiday season - particularly thanks to the gift guides - it was nice to be gifted with this "Christmas Survival Chocolate" this morning... nothing like some playful graphic design to help you hang in there, and it doesn't hurt that its filled with chocolate! By New Zealand brand, Bloomberry, this line of playfully wrapped confections is quite cute ~ but the signage like figures on the xmas pack are definitely the best. Also loving that they designed nice wrappers for the interiors... see below.
Seeing how its already Thanksgiving, it seems improper not to show some food on the site... so here is a roundup to help inspire any last minute Thanksgiving cooking - as found on TasteSpotting. Click the pics to find out what, how, etc... and happy Feasting!
In that interesting intersection of packaging, baking, gifting, dry+shippable... we have a unique twist on how to gift cookies. Without baking. And even get to have fun layering things together much like sand art as a kid where you layered various colored sand in glass? This first caught my eye in Glamour's Dec 07 issue ~ and i tore out the page to come back to... and then browsing Neiman Marcus noticed that even THEY are doing it with their infamous internet urban legend of a chocolate chip recipe (more on both below). As usual, this got me on a little internet rampage googling up "gift in a jar" "mix in a jar" and there are a LOT of options and recipes out there... however, i must say most of my finds lead me to some pretty painfully hideous sites, and their recipes images were not that much nicer. So i'll spare you. But as for the semi-crafty or low budgeted out there, i think we designers could do some really gorgeous things with this whole no-bake baking gifts concept... after all its really ALL in the packaging isn't it? (If it doesn't come out perfectly, maybe they baked it wrong!)... oh and if you're truly lazy, you can probably just buy some nice packaging and repackage some betty crocker?
Leave it to Phillip Wood of CITIZEN:Citizen to give me exactly what i needed once i got into the madness that was the Paper 24 Hour Department Store... my prescription of Design Therapy. Although i must say i STRONGLY disagree with the Bx that says i should take it ONCE yearly, i'm more of a daily overdoser ~ and if you're here, i'm going to assume you are too. Why else would i have NOTCOT? and NOTCOT.org? (and TasteSpotting and notcouture too! There really isn't enough design therapy out there.)
So, are you curious what's in my bag of The Brand Pharmacy Design Therapy? See below for pics of the bottle of pills... the pharmacists at work... and more info of what this really is... and some pics of CITIZEN:Citizen's fab booth of ironically luxe goodies... and a never before seen piece!
The most tempting thing to grace my screen this morning is the D.L. & Co's Mori Ex Cacao Skulls... Particularly this black Curious Chili "An eccentric blend of chilies and spices immersed in smooth chocolate ganache, generating a warmth that rises to an almost deadly heat, before leaving you spent, yet craving more." Take a look at the other two skulls as well as the gift box trio below! In Bitter White Brandied Cherry and Scorched Caramel, how can you resist?
Rodrigo Bruna just sent in some images from Reconstruccioniepce which is showing at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Curated by Angélica Peréz Germain - October 5 – December 3, 2007. If he sounds familiar, you are probably remembering our previous coverage of his incredible Toast "painting". Believe it or not, this too is made from toast! Here is his description of the piece:
"The first photography of a landscape was taken by Niepcé in 1826. The particularity and beauty of this image triggered my attention to work with it. In the middle of 2006 I initiated my research and creation project titled Reconstruccioniepce. Through spatial and objetual projects I developed a reflection of this image and the fragility of the reconstruction processes. The material chosen for these works was bread, and the action was toasting. It is not longer the sun which fixes the images, but the vehement fire that fixes the vestiges of a landscape on white slices of bread. This statement defines my system of work and the material and technical displacement I made of the photographic process. Reconstruccioniepce V arises from the destruction realized of a previous version of this work at the Museo de Artes Visuales of Santiago.
The remains of bread that were left from this action are selected and organized in a ornamental border that crosses two walls of the room, proposing a new version of this enigmatic landscape."
Click the images to see more!. Mmmmmm. Cinnamon Rolls. Ok this weeks roundup ~ i wanted to give you guys a little insight on how hard editing submissions can sometimes become. When i started TasteSpotting, the vision was to create a gorgeously drool worthy space filled with delectable delights... and we were excited to have ANY submissions at all. But as with all things, evolution is inevitable... and scaling, necessary. So as the visual/designy side of the site (and yes, we all know i'm quite the newbie when it comes to food)... trends have become even more apparent on TasteSpotting than any of the others lately, and it's put editing in a hard place. For example... this week, EVERYONE seems to be cooking delicious cinnamon rolls! 5 of the posts are up there, and even more were in submissions that didn't make it up... this is where it is no longer a problem about whether the image and post are things we love, but whether it is interesting and stand out enough as a Cinnamon Roll post. Because as you can imagine, a front page of 30 cinnamon roll pictures isn't exactly what people come to TasteSpotting to see. Other trends? Last week mooncakes were showing up in full force. Then there was the heirloom tomato trend before that. Pomegranates have been popular lately too. Basically when a trend organically appears, we try not to let it take over the site TOO much, and the standards tend to raise on that theme. Anyhow, i just wanted to let you all know, and see whether people had any ideas or opinions on how we should handle this. Our goal is to showcase some of the most beautiful and interesting selections of links daily to whet your palate... how do we handle the possibility of having TOO MANY posts a day? Is there such a thing?
Click the images to see more! Inspired by that post on the bottom right ~ TasteSpotting #3794 described as "Liquor + Cake! An entire 5 course tasting menu of mini cupcakes and coordinating cocktails." Here is a selection of delicious sweets and drinks to kick off your friday.
Click the pics to find out more! Mmmmm, Happy Labor Day! Since for all the americans this should be a nice monday off, and for the rest of the world its just another monday... it seems like a perfect excuse to give you some delicious sweets to kick your week off with, or end your long weekend with (who knows, with the day off, perhaps we can help inspire you to dabble in the kitchen a bit?)... anyhow, here are some terribly delicious looking sugary sweet finds from TasteSpotting this week.
Click the pics to see more! As you can see, my vacation is currently just relaxing which inevitably leads me to end up posting and tweaking code and this lazy saturday afternoon - making roundups! So here is a pile of delicious looking pictures i loved from TasteSpotting to inspire you to go hunt and forage for some gorgeous delectable delights this weekend.
i-delicious is the portfolio of illustrator Lesia Chernish, and it's just that delectably delicious that it feels like a perfect blend of NOTCOT and TasteSpotting's passions. I must admit i've tried hunting for more information on her, but she only seems to exist on her site: i-delicious! A few more of her pieces that i love below.
Sauces 'n Love ~ my recent packaging discovery at the market... although not the ONLY reason i purchase something, its definitely big on my first impressions, so i grabbed this Sauces 'n Love Tuscan Vodka Scarpetta, and was pleased to see that they come in these nice Re-usable screw cap plastic containers that are microwave, freezer, and diswasher safe! Also nice clean typography on the label ~ and its "Healthy 'n Love - Gluten Free. Vegetarian. No Sugar. No Preservatives. Low count on Carbs, fat, and choesterol." And the best part ~ this sauce was incredible. So fresh and delicious. Mmmmm... Close up images of the labels and container below!
Click images to find out more! Here's more deliciousness to kick off your week. Looking at my picks after the fact, looks like chocolate was looking particularly enticing... also the way that nutmeg looks like a brain is a bit of a trip. And can you believe that bottom row, second from the left is Brownie Tiramisu? Or Tiramisu Brownie? Either way, interesting idea.
LaLaLand presents Hot Lunch! A series of metal lunch boxes - complete with matching thermoses! And you can't imagine how much i wish i was a kid and needed one of these suddenly. My four favorites are from Shag, Bigfoot1, Amanda Visell, and Kristi Gushiken's Can Cam! More views of these below. View the full collection at LaLaLand.
I can admit it - as much as i love fine cheeses and crackers, packaging still sways my purchasing... luckily this time it paid off. Came across these Fine Cheese Company Crackers at Faletti's which are imported from Bath, and the boxes have gorgeous imagery and typography. Above are the Sea Salt and Olive Oil (absolutely delicious to munch on plain even) and the Rosemary Crackers. Below i also have pictures of the natural and charcoal crackers with simpler illustration and typography on the box that is worth taking a look at. I also found the Charcoal Crackers visually interesting, being black they look really nice in contrast with white cheeses.
Click images to see more! Woke up with a sugar craving, and as usual TasteSpotting only made my mouth water more. So, decided i'd share the pain with you through a sugary sweet roundup of goodies over at TasteSpotting for this sunday morning/afternoon. Oh, and bottom left... thats a cookie layer cake. Yes, stacked cookies.
Click the pics to see more! Monday morning cravings... a la TasteSpotting. From waffle chips and éclairs to coffee granita and german oven pancakes - korean friend chicken to home made tortillas... just a little something to jump start your appetite before you grab "just anything" for lunch... or dinner.
Ok, on odd fixations for the night, i remembered an old OLD post on travel chopsticks (dan actually even bought them)... and they were silly and complex? As shade elaine and i wonder... they aren't really that much lighter, or take up that much less space... why do you need them? where are you bringing them? Well... i googled travel chopsticks and we were the first hit... so i browsed more, and apparently the travel chopstick options have come a long way! So below are 6 awesome options i've found to meet your travel chopstick needs. Trust me, they are quite impressive design objects... esp for such a simple instrument.