1. The Food Project (via We Heart)
Stories told via pasta, sugar, cake, liquorice, jelly and all sorts of other ingredients? Sounds like my kind of thing. I’d love to see The Food Project: The Shape of Taste exhibition at MART, in Italy. Pairing elements of design with food, the exhibition sparks a conversation about how we see food. Is it purely just something that sustains us? Can a meal be considered a work of art? What direction is food headed in the future? The exhibition features the works of some of the world’s most innovative designers and foodies, including Philippe Starck and jelly creators extraordinaires Bompas and Parr.
In partnership with Intrepid Travel, The Perennial Plate make the most captivating travel videos – that will have you itching to buy a plane ticket to anywhere from Japan to Louisville, Kentucky. An online documentary-style journey into international cuisine and sustainable food preparation, the video series is beautifully and thoughtfully filmed, and really takes its time to let its subjects tell their own stories. The creative behinds behind The Perennial Plate are Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine. Daniel is a chef and Mirra is a designer and writer, and she films the episodes. Some of my favourite episodes include this video above, A Day in India, as well as For Udon and Country and Little Radish (it’s just too cute).
I’m a firm believer in self-directed education. I think there are tons of exciting projects and hobbies that we can start to teach ourselves, without having the pressure of going down the ‘professional’ path. Whether it’s baking at home, blogging, painting – whatever – I think it’s important to give things a go, even if you are an amateur. So this link caught my eye whilst doing my usual rounds online. Way back when, before WordPress and Blogger opened up a new channels of communication, this fellow – an author and member of the United Amateur Press Association – encouraged amateurs to give writing a go, and say goodbye to the rule book. Thank you, H. P. Lovecraft.
Maybe I should have done this with my cooking projects, and have tracked my improvements over the years? I guess it’s never to late to start! I think this is a cool idea by artist Marc Allante. He has tracked his artistic progression through a series called ’25 Years in the Making (And Hopefully Many More)’. A visual evolution of his artwork over the past 25 years of his career (and budding years as a young artist), Marc’s project is a clever way of showing how artistic styles can change and morph over time.
Sometimes time seems to rush by so quickly that I feel like I’ve accumulated a to do/read/see/try list a mile long. The classes on offer via online education platform Skillshare are a fantastic way to incorporate learning into your everyday work routine. You can sign up to a whole range of classes (I’m currently enrolled in a Map Design class), and fit the homework in between your day-to-day tasks.
A book dedicated to ‘what if’ moments, ‘Missed Connections’ shares many stories that didn’t quite happen – chance encounters that slipped away in the blink of an eye. Illustrator Sophie Blackall’s little book tells stories inspired by ‘missed connections’ listed on Craigslist. These missed connection can happen anywhere – the guys wearing the red scarf, who spots the girl in the blue hat across the train platform, or a conversation cut short at a stranger’s party. Have a read of Sophie’s hilarious account of how she came up with the idea to draw ‘Missed Connections’ in this preview of her book.
I love these gorgeous illustrations and animations by artist Lisette Berndt (who goes by Thoka Maer). The series is called It’s No Biggie, and Lisette manages to highlight inane and everyday moments in an eye-catching way. Capturing regular people doing (mostly) regular tasks, the animated series covers anything from guys reading maps, to couples flipping through the newspaper, and a lady caught in a rainstorm.
This TED talk is a perfect reminder to make the most of what each day has to offer. Creative type and director Cesar Kuriyama has started a project that involves recording one second of footage of his life everyday (and he’s planning to do this for the rest of his life), which he then chronologically complies and edits together into one continuous video, and therefore essentially captures the little snippets that make up his life. Cool idea. And good way to remember what you’ve done each day!
The compact design of this Swiss Army Knife-inspired kitchen would be a practical and cool space to cook in. A cool combination of good design and functionality (essential when cooking in tiny spaces), the kitchen space was dreamed up by Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana. And I guess you could add some of these to make it a really authentic cooking experience.
After a friend recently re-introduced me to the fun of the old school View-Master, I then happened to stumble across another cool visual toy. These 3D video binoculars for iPhone would be such an awesome addition to my phone! You attach the mount to your smartphone, and you can then watch 3D YouTube videos by looking through the binoculars.