Recipe Cards

These are for a project I’m working on. It’s the final projects of the semester. I’m not quite done. This is the front side (the recipes will be on the back). It’s titled “Playing with You Food.”  The subject is cheese and each recipe will be a variation of the traditional Mac and Cheese.

The instructor is Cheryl Beckett

New Lay’s Bags and Kettle Brand Chips

I was in Subway last month when I noticed the new bags Lay’s had come out with. I picked their new flavor, Southwestern Ranch, it’s delicious. I thought their new bags looked very sophisticated. The colors scheme was very warm, earthy, natural and even gourmet. The bag in person has a matte finish, unlike their previous and current shiny and “cheap” looking bags. The rest of the flavors Baked Lay’s line have also gotten new outfits.

Baked Lays Southwestern Ranch

The new design of the Baked Lay’s bag reminds me of the Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips bag.

Hickory Honey BarbequeI love both brands, but I’m particularly fond of Kettle’s Honey Dijon chips, not their healthiest option, but they’re delicious. I like how there’s that band of color on all their bags, each color relating to the particular flavor or regions that inspired the flavors. For example, the Island Jerk flavored chips have a festive purple band. I also like the silhouettes that have been added on some of the bags, especially the Backyard Barbeque. Kettle is really creative when it comes to naming their products. I do not like the flaming jalapeno on the Jalapeno flavor nor do I like the flames outlined on the Death Valley Chipotle (which has a great name). These details seem somewhat cartoonish, less advanced or too easy in the thought process and not as ingenious as the Backyard Barbeque.  Overall I think these companies have delicious products and talented people working on their product’s packages.

Fine Water

I saw and airing of “Nightline” a while back and I fell in love with a segment that discussed premium, or fine, bottled water. The bottles were beautiful. One day I decided to explore the companies that are apart of this industry, purely for my viewing pleasure. I found the following website:

Bottled Water of the World

Here are some of my favorite bottles:

My favorite bottle.
My favorite bottle.

I love that it’s glass, that gives an artisanal look. There’s an also an antiquated, old world feeling. I wouldn’t hesitate to reuse this bottle after the water is gone. It would make a great vase for a few fresh flowers. This bottle’s shape reminds me of an old medicine container, and indeed water is good for you. The position of the two types of text, the brand name and the smaller text below, reads as word and definition. I haven’t been able to see all of the smaller text, but from what I’ve been able to read from photos taken it explains where the water is sourced from. The words sure, scientific and mature come to mind.

BergThis is a smaller size of Berg water. I find the emerald green “glow” beautiful. I like how the plastic has been molded in the shape of a glacier. The tint of color and the bottle’s shape feels refreshing, cool and calm. The minimal text and fluff, reads as clean, and sharp.

EquaI’m big on the minimalist look of these bottles. The frosted bottle gives the look of instantly, perpetually cool (as in temperature, not style — though the bottle does look cool). The repetition of thin circles just behind the text makes me think of water ripples. The color pallet compared with the outline of a butterfly references playfulness (approachability) and tropical, but the package still remain sophisticated. Sophistication from the lightly frosted exterior and the fact Equa is considered fine water. Transparent and a rejuvenating, vibrant shade of blue connects to purity and simplicity, as well as the lively colors of the rainforest which is the source of the water.

The whole bottle water topic is like an art, this obviously isn’t your run of the mill grocery store water, at least that’s the understanding you get just by looking at the packaging. The water comes from different sources, sometimes remote and with little human activity. There is a manipulation of the image of how we all have viewed water. Water, seen as free or at least inexpensive, becomes a hot, sometimes doctored commodity. I hadn’t known water bottles had been so well designed and so pretty before. I would venture out and splurge on any of the bottles, but particularly Antipodes, because the container looks so great, plus it’s reusable. Fine water is my new obsession.