'packaging' on Serious Eats

We Try Super-Portable STACKED Wines

The set of four 187-mL pre-poured cups are sealed and stacked on top of one another. They're handy the way juice boxes are, since you don't have to deal with bottles, corkscrews, or glasses. This means you can take them on picnics, camping trips, or wherever your heart desires. More

Confirmed: The New Sun Chips Compostable Bag Is Crazy Loud

There's been a lot of talk lately about the Sun Chips compostable bag—"the world's first 100% compostable chip package," the bag clarifies. Also, quite possibly the world's loudest. In a Wall Street Journal piece, the sound was compared to a revving motorcycle, glass breaking, and a jet cockpit. We wanted to get our ears blasted, so Leah went out and grabbed us a bag. Watch the video to see what we mean! But maybe not in a library. More

Lucky Cat Gum Ball Package Design

[Photographs: box vox] Even though I rarely chew gum, I'd want these gumballs just for the adorable Lucky Cat packaging. (Other possible designs for white gumball packaging: snowmen, bunnies, penguins? Someone get on that.) [via The Dieline] Related Gum Alert, a Gum Rating Blog Amazing Chewing Gum Art Photo of the Day: Franks Bubble Gum... More

Christian Louboutin's Glass Sipper

[Photograph: Colette] Christian Louboutin is partnering with Piper Heidsieck in releasing a Louboutin-branded Champagne. To celebrate the launch the French shoemaker designed a glass stiletto (with signature red sole), which comes in a limited-edition gift box along with a bottle of the bubbly. Available from Colette on October 26. [via The Dieline]... More

The Fresh Label Tracks Food Expiration Dates

[TO-GENKYO] Spoon and Tamago's preview of the Good Design Awards features an expiration date label concept, Fresh Label, by Japanese design studio TO-GENKYO. The hourglass-shaped label would track a food's expiration date "by changing colors based on the level of ammonia the food emits as it ages." When the food has expired, the label would no longer readable. [via swissmiss]... More

Creative Wine Labels

Photograph from Nine99 Design When I think of a wine label, I imagine an illustration of a French château with cursive lettering. Nothing wrong with that sort of label, of course—but it's not that interesting. Weburbanist shows the versatility of wine labels with their feature of 61 creative wine labels, from traditional to typography-centric to pop art. I'm a fan of the stylish Shefa Wine label made by Nine99 Design. Related Mad Manatee Beer from Bold City Brewery Cartons' Chemical Properties May Actually Improve Wine Don't Want a Whole Bottle of Wine? Try a Can... More

Mad Manatee Beer from Bold City Brewery

I don't like beer, but I'd want a bottle of Mad Manatee beer from the Jacksonville, Florida-based Bold City Brewery just for the awesome label. Visit Lovely Package to see other great designs made for Bold City Brewery by The Robin Shepherd Group. I can already tell you though that none of them top an angry manatee wielding a propeller, boat collision scars, and an anchor tattoo. (In case you don't know, boats and manatees do not mix. Visit savethemanatee.org for more information.) Related FIT Grads Design Funky Food Labels Beautiful Mustard Jars with Die-Cut Labels Beatle Juice: Playful Package-Design Project... More

Cartons' Chemical Properties May Actually Improve Wine

If you've followed the rise of box wine over recent years, you've read the arguments that it's just as good as glass-bottle wine. And, indeed, there are a number of reputable, good-quality wines being packaged in cartons. But, now, an interesting story in The Economist says that, in some cases, the lined cardboard packaging may actually help produce better wine. It all starts with ladybugs. They eat grapes. Sometimes they get mixed in with the fruit as it's processed and their bodies produce chemicals that give the wine an off flavor. But researchers in Canada have found that the carton appears to absorb these chemicals. The cartons may therefore be best, The Economist says, for wines from regions with large... More

Retro-ish Oreo, Ritz Packaging at Target This Summer

For those of you who care about such things, The Dieline reports that Target will be selling limited-edition Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers in retro-ish packaging this summer. My advice? Don't open them, wait 20 years, and sell them on whatever auction site exists in the future—at that point, I'm sure, Target will be selling retro-2009 Oreos.... More

Chipotle Redesigns Logo

From left: Chipotle's original logo, its pepper logo, and the redesign of the pepper logo. I think I had the same reaction as Brand New blogger Armin Vit to the redesign of the circular Chipotle chile pepper logo: I didn't even know the burrito chain had moved away from its original retro-shape-sign logo. The new signage and branding has begun rolling out across the chain's 800-some U.S. locations. [via Gordon Eats]... More

Dear Slice: 'Regarding the Album Packaging by Horse the Band'

Looks like the Jonas Brothers pizza video post started a cascade of email. --The Mgmt. Adam, Although the packaging by Horse the Band was fairly enjoyable, it was sorta already done years ago by Gainesville, Florida's Less Than Jake.The record was called Rock and Roll Pizzeria. It was put out by No Idea Records and came in a hand-silk-screened pizza box with a magnet, guest check, and menu.Around 1996.Just a heads up.--James... More

Single-Serve Packages in Japan

Mmm, a whopping 38 grams of hammy goodness. From Tokyo Damage Report. Single-serving packages of food can be convenient and good for portion control, but sometimes they go too far. Tokyo Damage Report documents some examples of excessive or atypical packaging for single-serving products in Japan. Individually wrapped waffles or dorayaki don't seem that strange, but single bananas, eggs, or slices of ham are a bit questionable. [via Peter Crackenberg] Related Individually Wrapped Cashew Is Full of Fail Photo of the Day: Individually-Wrapped Bananas, Freaking Us Out... More

Dear Slice: Forget the Jonas Bros.; Here's Horse the Band

I knew I was going to get some crap about the Jonas Brothers post from yesterday morning. Slicester Josh G. writes in with this. --The Mgmt. Photograph from Talk About the Passion Adam,If you're going to have The Jonas Brothers showing up on your blog, you should also know about the Pizza EP by Horse the Band.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizza_(EP)I purchased the record when it came out because the packaging is awesome. It comes in a pizza box, looks like a pizza, and there were coupons and even one of those table things that keeps the cheese from sticking to the box.http://www.tatp.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/horsethebandpizza.jpgThanks, Josh... More

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