Posts Tagged 'Creative'

Japanese bento: an excuse to play with your food

I recently came across Japanese bento photography on Flickr and became intrigued with the intricacies of this cultural tradition. First, what is bento? In a nutshell it’s a combination of food items tucked into a container. The bento can be fairly simple or it can be an elaborate work of art. Wikipedia describes it in more detail:

A single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋, bentō-ya?), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend time and energy for their spouse, child, or themselves producing a carefully prepared lunch box.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Flickr:

Geese bento, photo by kitsa_sakurako via Flickr

Cute animals, photo by soulstruck via Flickr

Halloween bento

Halloween, photo by pkoceres via Flickr

Sandwich bento

Sandwich man, photo by kitsa_sakurako via Flickr

Preschooler bento

Sesame street, photo by cuteobento via Flickr

Preschooler bento

Elmo and friends, photo by lovebones via Flickr

Fun & Creative Superbowl Snacks

Looking to get in touch with your creative side for this year’s Superbowl food line-up? Check out some of these fun recipes:

Ritz Cheesy Football

Recipe from Food Network

Ritz Cheesy Football

Ritz Cheesy Football from Food Network

Salad on a Stick

Recipe from Food Network

Salad on a Stick from Food Network

Perky Olive Penguins

Recipe from RecipeZaar

Perky Olive Penguins from RecipeZaar

Super Bowl

Recipe from Food Network

Super Bowl from Food Network

And the best for last… albeit a little over the top:

The Greatest Snack Food Stadium Ever Built

Recipe from Holy Taco

The Greatest Snack Food Stadium Ever Built by Holy Taco

Amazing Crayon Art by Christian Faur

As a follow up to the post about construction paper art, here is the amazing crayon art of Christian Faur as discovered on the Telegraph.co.uk website. Apparently this creative father was inspired by his daughter’s box of crayons back in 2005 and has been doing it ever since.

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Check out more at Christian Faur’s website.

Construction Paper Art Like You’ve Never Seen Before

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Construction art like you’ve never seen before. I wonder how many hours Jen Stark put into these creations? Check out more at PJ LightHouse’s blog.

Sexy & Functional Designer Desk

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Can we say SOLD?! I’m so digging this designer’s workstation, called the “Novanta Designers Workstation” by Luke Riggall. It’s full of functional features, including:

  • Speakers
  • USB and Audio Hub
  • Monitor Stand
  • iPod Dock
  • Power Strip
  • Cable Channelling
  • K/B & Mouse
  • Drawing Utensil Drawer
  • Electrical Equipment Drawer
  • Laptop/A3 Paper Drawer

Check it out at YankoDesign.

Hot or Not? of the web design world

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It’s called CommandShift3 and it’s quite possibly one of my new favorite websites. You know websites out there that ask you to rate a person? Well, instead of people, this site rates any two website designs side-by-side. You can even upload your own design and see how people are rating it. What’s great is that you don’t have to log in to vote!

Check out the site: http://commandshift3.com/

Announcing launch of Refined Designer

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On Sunday, February 15th, 2009, Refined Designer was launched. The website features a collection of web design projects that I have completed for clients over the years.

You can check it out at: http://www.refineddesigner.com.

[PIC] Laptop Cooling Stand

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Whenever I use my boyfriend’s 2-year old MacBook Pro on my lap, I end up with burn marks. Okay, not really, but it does have an overheating issue. I found this cool laptop cooling station on an article, “50 Gifts Under $50 for Creative Types” by Bradley of Outlaw Design Blog. Thanks to Jacob Cass of JustCreativeDesign.com for the link suggestion!

Buy it at Amazon.com for $20.

Kristin Andrews Redesign

I finally finished the redesign comp for my personal website. I’d love some feedback, suggestions, and comments from you. Thanks!

Kristin Andrews Redesign, originally uploaded by andrews.kristin.

Website redesign

Desperately trying to get myself to design a comp and code my new website. My current one, while it’s better than my first one, it is pretty drab and boring. I think a personal website that showcases who you are should include:

  • Social networking
  • News feed (if you’re going to be religious about updating, otherwise forget it)
  • Short blurb about you
  • Area of expertise
  • Resources/links/blogroll
  • Portfolio (if you’re a designer or in a different field that would require one)


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