Archives - May 2012

Thanks to our friends at the Production Factory

For the cool Jubilee hamper – Pimms o’ clock this Friday

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Is it a bean, is it a cure-all, is it a street corner?

Whether talking about the quality of their beans (Solberg & Hansen, Norway), the quirkiness of their dialogue with customers (eighthirty, New Zealand) or the heritage of their location (JJ Bean, Vancouver), what each of these coffee brands has in common is that they are telling a simple, powerful brand story and telling it everywhere the brand speaks.

Cheers!

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We were Weber fans before…

we started working with the team there but now we’re BBQ obsessed. Check out our new Accessories and Original packaging at a garden centre or department store near you.

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Long and lazy Summer days..

…are tailor made for Ribena. Loving seeing the full range of Boxer designed tetra packaging on the shelves, our thanks to GSK for giving us such a fantastic brief to work to :)

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Just some cool stuff that I want

Simpsons furniture (Everyone needs yellow in their life)

And the animal pocket knife

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Refreshing ideas for Summer BBQ

Here are a couple of great ideas for quirky BBQ drinks this Summer…

Recycle old jam jars for individual cocktails served on ice – so cool!

Fruit popsicle for the kids – all you need is fruit, juice and a freezer – such fun!

The adult version – there are two fun ways to enjoy these guys… dip and lick or melt and sip. Either way is acceptable and encouraged!

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Medal winning eats . . .

For anyone in London this Summer for the Olympic Games, locals and visitors alike, check out the new improved Eat London 2. A delicious combination of restaurant recommendations (from cheap eats to Michelin stars), maps and recipes. Yummy!

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It’s a breeze…

It’s that time of year again, when days become longer, evenings lighter and thoughts turn to the garden. With most of us looking to cut back on spending though, we may need to be a little more creative in finding ways to furnish our personal patch of the great outdoors.  I’m loving this – it would work equally well in small suntraps or to create a cosy corner in a bigger garden. The nooks and crannies could be personalised to suit your lifestyle – I’m already planning where to fit the ice buckets and wine glasses…

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Green Games

Looking forward to the summer, and with the countdown to London 2012 well under way, organisers are aiming to ensure it’s a truly sustainable event. Olympic Park was built using the most environmentally-friendly materials. Publicity campaigns promoting the use of Public Transport, Walk and Cycle Initiatives all play a part in reducing emissions.

Partners are playing their part too – Coca Cola, an official sponsor of the Games, are planning lots of ways to reduce their carbon footprint; for example, using trucks which run on BioGas – produced from waste – to deliver their product.  They also hope to reduce the 11,000 tonnes of waste produced per day by installing 260 recycling bins around the city.

Another smart idea is the Coca Cola Recyclometer, which allows you to choose an item from a list and then check how much energy would be saved if it were recycled – with surprising results; if we recycle just one 330ml can, the Recyclometer tells us that we will have saved enough energy to power a lightbulb for 2.5 hours, a TV for 2 hours or a microwave for 18 minutes. Meaning that we don’t have to amass a mountain of used tin cans, plastic bottles and old newspapers to do our bit for the planet.

London’s bid to host the event relied heavily on the ‘legacy of the Games.’  Perhaps the best legacy would be to instill lasting greener habits in the residents of our capital city?

Originally seen here

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The craft of an era gone by

Stumbled across this, this morning and thought it was gorgeous!

It is a gin that uses the traditional method of Cold Compounding (or in everyone else’s terms– infusing). It is infused with ingredients including Juniper, Orange Peel, Coriander, Cinnamon, Cloves and Cardamom, yum yum.

It is made in tiny batches of just 30-60 bottles at a time. Talk about making it in your backyard. This seems to be a trend that keeps immerging of people recalling an era gone by and it is using the graphics to relate back to the traditional times.

Make mine a prohibition-era cocktail of French 75 please.

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Butter on the go!

I’m loving this innovative packaging idea for butter on the go – perfect for a picnic!

To see more pictures click here

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From one wine lover to another….

With more and more people becoming ‘green’ and ‘eco-friendly’, I think the rise in alterative packaging for wine has been a welcome one!

Don’t get me wrong, one of my favourite sounds is that of a cork being pulled from a good bottle of wine, however, there are many benefits to buying wine in a box.

 Aimed at those with an active, modern lifestyle…..the versatile containers are shatterproof, portable, and practical with a resealable, twist-off cap, making it a perfect wine choice for ski trips, backpacking, camping, and outdoor entertainment.  As an added bonus, wine stays fresh for longer and its better for the environment!

 While boxed wine has been on the shelves for a while, the packaging and design both seem to have evolved.  Don’t think of the large boxes in the 80’s that our parents used to try and fit unsuccessfully in to the fridge – but think more organic, streamlined, contemporary packaging;

Yellow + Blue = Green (see what they did there?!).  This wine not only comes in a box but it’s also organic and since it is more cost effective for the winery to have the wine packaged in a box they can sell it at a lower cost. So we are helping the environment and our wallets.

French Rabbit’s revolutionary packaging reduces packaging waste by 90% compared to glass bottles, and reduces emissions and greenhouse gases during shipping.  Also, for every 4 French Rabbit’s sold, one tree is planted. 

Boho Vineyards beautiful packaging is 95% recycled craft paper and uses only soy-based inks. This table –worthy design with paisley swirls pay homage to vintage bohemian chic.

 The Three Thieves “bullets,” sold four to a pack, resemble elongated, narrow juice boxes (complete with straw) with less severe edges. It’s nothing new to buy such a four-pack; mass-market brands have been doing it for years. But the new format offers both more wine — 250 ml, versus the standard 187-ml serving — and less waste.

For those of you concerned with the quality of sipping wine through a straw, fear no more, Tetra Pak has come up with a new ‘Sensory Straw’ that can direct the flow of a drink to different zones in the mouth to maximise flavour.  With a sealed end and four holes punched around the top, the straw is said to spread liquid over more of the mouth than conventional straws, which tend to squirt it down the back of the throat.  The new method means the drink comes into contact with taste buds in different areas, such as those on the side of the tongue which are most sensitive to sweetness… Cool!

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Look and you will see…..

With the Diamond Jubilee just around the corner, Brummie artist Graham Short has engraved what is believed to be the smallest ever portrait of the Queen!


Raising the profile of other Birmingham talent and highlighting our love of ‘craft’ – making the impossible, possible through vision, passion, focus and hard work.

Take a look at the full article plus cool video here

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Artists as illustrators

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Let it Dough!

Just found this and just had to share it. Created by Christoph Niemann I just love the wit, it really made me smile. For the full doughy experience go here.

Originally found here

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Spot which one is the alcoholic drink!

I came across these two very different packaging bottles and it amused me that the non-alcoholic one – Crodino – was designed to appear alcoholic using traditional design cues you’d expect to see in a beer bottle design and that the the alcoholic one  – Mixed Emotions Vodka – has been designed to play down the alcoholic content and taste and focus on the emotional and fun aspect of drinking. Cheers!

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‘The Nobel Experiment’

PROHIBITION is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.

The culmination of nearly a century of activism, Prohibition was intended to improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse.

But the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality. Thugs became celebrities, responsible authority was rendered impotent. Social mores in place for a century were obliterated. Especially among the young, and most especially among young women, liquor consumption rocketed, propelling the rest of the culture with it: skirts shortened. Music heated up. America’s Sweetheart morphed into The Vamp.

…This looks like a very interesting documentary which draws on lots of parallels to western life today.

Here is an interview with the film maker Ken Burns…

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Taking things into their own hands!

Check out this article about an interesting new website. Neighborland is a neighbourhood networking site in New Orleans and allows people to build crowd power around ideas to improve their local area.  To build a rallying call for improvements to their immediate environment and services. In an era when we no longer know all our neighbours – how they think and feel – this seems like a great way to prompt local authorities and other bodies to make the changes that their local populous really values.  I’m not sure which is the tail and which is the dog – but there seems to be a good bit of happy wagging going on here!

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