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The Intersection of Food + Design: A Thought Provoking Look

The Intersection of Food + Design: A Thought Provoking Look

How empowering would it be to cause social impact with your design? Have you ever thought about mixing design, technology and food to transform the way we eat? I honestly haven't thought about this before. At least not in this impactful fashion. I didn't realize that food & design could be so interesting and important together. What comes to mind when you hear "food & design"? To me, I envision fancy, curated dishes perfectly shot on Instagram. You know, the ones that look too good to be true? Or how about those super exclusive and fancy restaurants you see on TV shows but can only dream about actually going? So it was a happy surprise to read that The Dutch Institute of Food and Design is a platform for designers working with food and its impacts on society. They instigate designers creativity to collaborate with specialists and develop alternative approaches to the food industry. We all eat. It doesn't matter what you eat, when or how much. But that is something all of us have in common. Eating. Some see food as fuel for our body. Other see food as a ritual, as a reward. It doesn't matter how you see the food industry, you do participate in it. So why not use your point of view and ability as a designer to disrupt the food sector? And don't think about that beautiful dish that keeps popping into your head while you think about this. Think about the whole food industry, the whole process behind that food you are eating. Think about how important it is. From farming to transportation, healthcare to waste, there are a ton of steps involved in the process of creating our beloved food. Have you ever stopped to think about the societal and environmental challenges that surround food? Yes? No? Maybe? So this may be a good opportunity for an exercise. Next time you eat something, take a few minutes to think about it. Think about the process behind that particular morsel you are eating. Where was it produced? How was it transported to where you are? Did it cause any impact during its journey to your plate? And most importantly, do you have any ideas that could change one of those answers you asked yourself? I bet, at least once, it crossed your mind that a certain package could have been designed better. That this certain material would have made a much better to go box than the one in front of you. Or that we should be able to have a better use for some of the food waste we see. Maybe it crossed your mind that when we eat a banana and discard the peel, someone, somewhere, could have a brilliant idea for what to do with that peel. What about that little sucker peanut shell? Can we smash it and turn them into beautiful furniture? Maybe we can blend corn cobs and turn them into a natural dishware line? How about food transportation? If we could have some sort of Lyft service for trucks where rides could be shared to make transportation more cost effective and accessible? I don't know. Is any of this possible? But this kind of exercise certainly provokes a lot of thinking and how great ideas come to life.   Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction. Design has different connotations in different fields. In some cases, the direct construction of an object (as in pottery, engineering, management, coding, and graphic design) is also considered to use design thinking. Wikipedia   So you see, you don't need to be a chef or a farmer or anyone directly working inside the food industry to change things. It all starts with an idea. In case you have something related to food design in mind you can check out The Dutch Institute of Food and Design Future Food Design Awards. They are still accepting projects for the 2018 Awards. The deadline is August 12. They are looking for ideas that will change the way we see the food system. Take a look of last year's winning project. Winner 2017 - Fernando Laposse We were delighted to post about last year's winner Fernando Laposse and his awe-inspiring project dubbed Totomoxtle. Totomoxtle is a project inspired by the relationship of Mexico with its maize by creating a surfacing material from naturally coloured, native corn husks. The process is simple, the husks are flattened and glued onto veneer or MDF which can be sawed and lasercut to create tiles or marquetry for interiors and furniture. Apart from creating a sustainable material, the project also aims to raise awareness about the uncertain future of heirloom maize and the people that harvest it using traditional methods in an increasingly globalised world. Read more about Totomoxtle.  

The Baking Supply Co.: Healthy Recipe Kits for Herbal Baking

The Baking Supply Co.: Healthy Recipe Kits for Herbal Baking

A company called The Baking Supply Co. decided to re-invent the use of herbs for our treats. To get us excited about nutritious foods again, they are doing through what they called kits. Inside a variety of kits, you'll find recipes for gluten and refined sugar free herbal treats, iron-on patch, oven mitts, guides and more. All together in a very attractive branding, what do you say? It's worth for a try, at the least. In their words What is The Baking Supply Co.? It's an independent company delivering healthy baking kits to people who’d rather eat their herbs. Our recipes are not only good for you—gluten and refined sugar free, and packed with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables—they’re delicious and fun to make, too. Pre-portioned and refrigerated baking kits delivered to your door—for people who’d rather eat their herbs Project Gallery   We created the Baking Supply Co. to get more people excited about eating wholesome and nutritious foods. Each Baking Supply Co. box comes fully equipped with a comprehensive recipe, and all the ingredients you need to make healthy treats at home. We’ve distilled decades of cooking techniques, tricks, tips, and nutritional information into a single box; so you can make your own herbal treats with ease. Get Baking! More Links More about this project and share your support via Indiegogo

Split Plate Series - Typography

Split Plate Series - Typography

I don’t believe we have shared the work from Thomas Price before, he is a designer based in Kansas City, USA. From his work, it’s great to see Thomas experimenting and playing with different mediums throughout his work. For this project for example, as a role of designer/letterer; he was mixing text content for the National Turkey Federation with food split in two on a plate with the other half with type. I think the results are quite simple but a fantastic concept! What do you think? Credits   Designer/Letterer: Thomas Price Writer: Jim Howard Photographer: Matt Mooney (RW2) Editor: Realfake Client: National Turkey Federation More Information via Behance.

Eating Patterns

Eating Patterns

We would like to share this Instagram account that has been making a lot of buzz lately. We’ll quite understand why because it is so refreshing and the idea of mixing two of my favourite things in the whole world. Design and Food, more specifically pattern design. Based in Vega, Barcelona; let’s follow their creative journey at making these very colorful images full of richness and combination from different food. This is what that is all about right? Making things with your hands and to stay creative! Make sure to check out and follow their Instagram: @eatingpatterns. Something between pattern design and cooking.   More information: https://www.instagram.com/eatingpatterns.

Food Photography by Lina Skukauskė

Food Photography by Lina Skukauskė

Lina Skukauskė is a photographer from Munich, Germany who loves to photograph wholehearted delights. Her photographs are mouth watering and the recipes look delicious, enjoy! For last few years I have this yearning to have a personal blog- a place to gather what inspires me and what helps me grow and also a place to play & experiment, to photograph and to tell stories. Finally I can say that it's here. Wholehearted delights is a place about all things I enjoy wholeheartedly- tasty & healthy vegetarian/vegan/raw recipes, wandering & wild foraging, personal development & spirituality mixed with bits of my personal life. Lina Skukauskė | wholehearteddelights.com

Logo Design: Pretzels

Logo Design: Pretzels

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. Last week we featured logos with wool, and today we're featuring logos with pretzels! Every week we search through our favorite galleries: Logopond and Dribbble. Both are a great communities for designers everywhere. Also, if you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;)

Thanksgiving Food Typography

Thanksgiving Food Typography

To celebrate thanksgiving I picked this awesome project by Casey Ligon. She used thanksgiving themed food to create some awesome typography. Check out the images and videos and happy thanksgiving! For more from Casey Ligon visit behance.net/caseyligon.

Designing with Food

Designing with Food

I've been seeing a lot of designs using real food and it's really refreshing specially if relates and reinforces the message. Today I decided to select a few of these pieces to share here and inspire you for your next project. Enjoy!

Awesome Food Photography by Agnieszka Piątkowska

Awesome Food Photography by Agnieszka Piątkowska

Agnieszka Piątkowska is a photographer from Poland who decided to mix her love for food with photography and specialized in culinary photography also known as food porn photography. Beware, you may get hungry from this post. Enjoy! For more from Agnieszka Piątkowska visit behance.net/apfff.

Food & Photography Passion on Island Menu

Food & Photography Passion on Island Menu

With Instagram, food photography has become a new interest and addiction to most of us. Sharing what we eat. But how about combining beautiful photography with food. Plus, you'll be learning new recipes! Well this is what Samuel Shelley and Catherine Miller are doing on Island Menu. Their focus is on the use of fresh Tasmanian produce available for everyday cooking. Hope you'll enjoy and get hungry! We don't claim to be the greatest cooks in the world - far from it - we just love creating new recipes and taking photos Find out more about Samuel and Catherine from Island Menu at IslandMenu.com.au All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu All Rights to Island Menu Links More info about Island Menu: http://www.islandmenu.com.au Follow Island Menu on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Island-Menu-Tasmanian-Food-Photos/222469…

Delicatessen with Love Project by Gabriele Galimberti

Delicatessen with Love Project by Gabriele Galimberti

One of the greatest things to do when you visit a different place is to try the local dishes. By eating ethnical food you'll go a little further in the experience of that city or country, which is the whole idea of traveling. Gabriele Galimberti is an experienced Italian photographer who travels all over the world to capture the soul of different cultures in the little things. You might know his project called Toy Stories, and following the same idea, he captured the essence of each country's traditional foods, cooked mainly by old ladies, which is totally cute. The project called Delicatessen with Love is a explosion of colors and tastes [in my head] that will bring you new light about other countries' cultures. These are only a handful of dishes: for more, and even to get the actual recipes, visit the project page at Gabriele's personal portfolio. It's a delight. Cheers. ;) Riga, Latvia Abolu Pirags (sweet pizza with apples and chocolate) by Natàlija Kaze, 65 years old Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti Lambi in creole sauce by Serette Charles, 63 years old Beirut, Lebanon Mjadara (rice and lentils cream) by Wadad Achi, 66 years old Mchinji, Malawi Finkubala (Caterpillar in tomato sauce) by Regina Lifumbo, 53 years old Chongqing, China Hui Guo Rou (twice-cooked pork with vegetables) by Pan Guang Mei, 62 years old Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Nasi Lemak (coconut rice with vegetables and fried dried anchovies) by Thilaga Vadhi, 55 years old Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fejoada light by Ana Lucia Souza Pascoal, 53 years old Stockholm, Sweden Inkokt Lax â (poached cold salmon and vegetables) by Brigitta Fransson, 70 years old Istanbul, Turkey Karniyarik (stuffed aubergines with meat and vegetables) by Ayten Okgu , 76 years old La Paz, Bolivia Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup) by Julia Enaigua, 71 years old Oltepessi (masaai mara) Kenya Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat) by Normita Sambu Arap, 65 years old Buenos Aires, Argentina Empanada Criolla (that is, meat stuffed pastry) by Susana Vezzetti, 62 years old Cairo, Egypt Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie) by Fifi Makhmer, 62 years old Reykjavìk, Iceland Kjotsùpa (lamb and vegetables soup) by Valagerdur Olafsdòttir, 63 years old Lima, Peru Corvina fish ceviche by Itala Revello Rosas, 77 years old Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Enjera with churry and vegetables by Bisrat Melake, 60 years old Madrid Asadura de cordero lecca con arroz (milk-fed lamb offal with rice) by Carmina Fernandez, 73 years old

Design x Food

Design x Food

British Designer Ryan MacEachern decided to take his diet to the next level by using some design to spice things up. This project explores the nutritional values of the diet and presents it in a contrasting way, it juxtaposes the dull and boring appearance of the food he was eating by presenting the data using colourful vibrant foods. Enjoy! For more from Ryan MacEachern visit behance.net/ryanmac.

Foodscapes Series by Carl Warner

Foodscapes Series by Carl Warner

Carl Warner is photographer from London, UK and he created this absolute creative series called: Foodscapes. It's basically landscapes constructed entirely from fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread, fish, meat and more. At first glance you'll think that is a real landscape but it's entirely made of food! For more information about Carl Warner and his many works, you can visit his website at CarlWarner.com. All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner All Rights to Carl Warner

A Taste of Erin Gleeson Food Photography

Erin Gleeson runs the blog named 'The Forest Feast'. With a background in Food Photography, Erin just laid out visually her recipes in a photographic illustration mixed with typography. It truly inspires me to a healthier dinner ideas and also very earthy. Make sure to follow her recipes and it's always inspirational to be in the woods! For many years I worked as a food photographer in New York City, but in the summer of 2011, my husband’s new job prompted a move to Northern California where we found a lovely cabin in the woods. For more information about Erin Gleeson, you can visit her website at theForestFeast.com. All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson All Rights to Erin Gleeson

Alphabet Carved into Food

Garret Steider had the bright idea to create this awesome project that involves typography and food. Carving into food and shaping each letter of the Alphabet with an extra taste of typography making this a very unique and probably very time consuming but the result is amazing. Check it out! For more from Garret visit his Flickr Gallery

Ultra-Creative Foodscapes by Photographer Carl Warner

English photographer Carl Warner is the perfect example of a creative person. This guy thought of building full landscapes with food, and it just looks absolutely amazing. It's total eye-candy and of course, makes you hungry. He uses several kinds of food to create perfect landscapes that you would be proud to gaze for hours. His technique gotta be really painful but really worth the time spent in the end. For more of his amazing work, you should visit his portfolio. He'll appreciate it. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers! ;)

Yummy Food Groups Illustrations

Experimentation is a vital part of design. A person gets an idea and starts planning to make that idea come true. Designers make a living out of it, and it's important to keep our work fresh. Here's a little something to inspire you. Dan Beckemeyer has done some amazing illustrations of food groups, and I find it a really awesome experiment. From coffee and doughnuts to bacon and eggs, he got it all covered, and these look delicious and fun. So, fore more of his work, you may visit his Behance folio! I hope you all enjoy these. Cheers. ;)