Some brilliant Italian designers created “I Tradizionali,” a collection of temporary tattoo recipes that you can simply apply to you forearm before cooking. No more splattered books, only easy and attractive reference.
These are especially wonderful because they rely on illustrations for the recipe. No squinting at lines of text–see exactly what you need for your recipe at first glance.
The basic idea is this: in trying to make sure villagers stave off iron-deficiency health issues, these cute little lucky fish made of iron became an unlikely problem solver. It doesn’t necessarily feel right to plop a hunk of iron into your pot when you’re making soup. In fact, that sounds really unappealing.
Know what’s cute, also made of iron, but symbolizes luck and health? These iron fish.
When hunks of iron were distributed for the same purpose, no one used them, because EW. But recognizing the importance and symbolism of the fish in this particular village culture, a tweak in the presentation made all the difference! Now, it’s more or less standard to throw your lucky fish into the pot, AND the rate of illnesses related to iron deficiency has dropped significantly.
Awww, cute kitty Maru LOVES boxes! But this post isn’t about Maru and his boxes. It’s about that fact of life when you have fuzzy friends, and their curiosity becomes SEVERE ANNOYANCE as you just try to get work done as they crawl around and chase things all over you.
If you don’t have any boxes, never fear: Ruan Hao of LYCS Architecture has solved your problem with… the CATable!
I particularly like the way this project is described as I poked around The Internet to find more information. It’s a shared table, for human AND cat. Not a human table that cats can play with.
I need this.
The design principles involved largely revolve around humans feeling anguish when they have to shoo their kitties away, coupled with the irresistible temptation to a cat of that magical thing: the small opening.
The idea was pretty simple: you can order delicious food prepared by local chefs delivered right to you door that just need that finishing few minutes in the oven or microwave. After a while, though, they noticed a flaw in design–their packaging. It wasn’t oven safe, or environment safe. So they made a commitment, and voila!
From the website:
Eco-friendly packaging. No eco-tradeoffs.
Trays made from all natural, renewable plant fibers (bamboo & sugarcane)
Microwave and oven safe
Compostable and biodegradable
Plastic from recycled plastic bottles
Paper products from 100% recycled paper
What a cute design, and was a decent company:
As you can see, responsibility was a big focus as part of this relaunch. So on a related note, we also partnered with The Conservation Fund to offset our delivery drivers carbon footprint by planting trees. We also partnered with The San Francisco Food Bank and donate a meal for every order placed on Munchery.