Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
Have you ever noticed that teeth and chewing gum look remarkably similar? No? Well, someone else has. And that someone has designed some rather nice packaging.
Hani Douaji’s concepts for Trident Xtra Care feature illustrations of mouths – including some luscious red lips and a bushy tash – with the chewing gum revealed inside the smile.
Once you pop a piece of chewing gum, you’re left with a gappy mouth – a not-so-subtle reminder to go and buy more. (Or to brush your teeth so your real pearly whites stay intact.)
Is it OK for men to drink cider? That’s the question Esquire recently asked its readers, and one the drinks’ industry has battled for centuries (maybe a slight exaggeration).
Attempting to prove they most definitely can, Snake Bite, the hybrid cider/lager brand has brought out new packaging specifically targeted at men.
The bottles feature a don’t-mess-with-me yellow-eyed snake, which is painted directly onto the glass. The technique is more expensive than normal labels, but apparently creates raised scales and a ‘manly’, tactile feel.
Co-founder Tommy Hester said: “We went with more of an aggressive label because we wanted a cider that guys could drink.”
Now how do you like them apples?
The grills are alive, with the sound of meatballs. Whilst this soundbite makes for a catchy intro, it technically isn’t true as most people tend to favour frying their meatballs. Still, it doesn’t make the latest project from a group of students at Hyper Island any less tasty.
They’ve created a device that allows you to turn your favourite tunes into unique meatball recipes. Taking the name Beatballs, the app uses some nifty coding to analyse each song according to tempo, cadence, mood, key and popularity, and convert that information into ingredients. Beyonce’s XO uses beef mince, Black Dog by Led Zepplin is a chicken mince recipe (with a fair bit of curry powder).
Why meatballs? Well, Hyper Island was founded in Sweden, so it seems the logical choice. And it gives them the chance to print T-Shirts with slogans such as ‘Justin Beiber’s balls in your mouth’. (Can’t see many takers for that one.)
London. Paris. Milan. New York. The hearts of the fashion world, where the rich and famous mingle with the young and trendy. The source of style for millions of people all over the world. Now we can add Leiden, Puri, Medan and Newcastle to the list, thanks to eBay’s latest adventure.
The e-marketplace packed its photographers off to New York Fashion Week to capture the hottest trends, which they’ve assembled in a shopable online ‘inspiration hub’. They’ll then select relevant listings from retailers, allowing bargain hunters all over the world to pick up similar styles for a fraction of the price.
There’s also a Pinterest site set up with its own team of fashionistas on hand for those looking for a little more inspiration. Once New York Fashion Week finishes the team will use the same tech at fashion shows around Europe. Time to #shopinspired.
Neighbours. Everybody needs good neighbours. With a little understanding, you can find the perfect sledge, lawnmower or ironing board. Whilst the residents of Ramsay Street in Australia’s most popular soap opera generally shared more intimate experiences, residents of Switzerland can now help their neighbours out on more practical matters through Pumpipumpe.
The name may sound comical (and slightly saucy) but Pumpipumpe is a social sharing community that allows people to let neighbours know of any useful tools/ appliances/ disco balls they can borrow. All you do is display the relevant stickers on your post box, and probably make sure you agree a date that they’ll return them.
It was all started by cyclists who used the idea to let those with the misfortune of a flat tyre know where a handy pump was. Which hopefully explains the name.