Seaweed had itself a giant week.
Not solely have been the winners of the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize introduced—all three finalists make seaweed plastic options—however The New York Times got in on the action by publishing a giant piece with loads of bells and whistles (i.e., plenty of fascinating video displaying how its harvested) documenting its rise past its culinary makes use of. In truth, in keeping with the article, international manufacturing has grown 75% within the final decade, and nations like South Korea are having difficulties assembly demand from the West.
What’s much more fascinating is that, regardless of its promise as a single-use plastic cure-all, this miracle sea crop might be impacted by local weather change and hotter waters, and scientists are attempting to breed new strains that may develop in these circumstances.
Anywho, listed here are your hyperlinks for the week.
The Real Dill
Folks will shove dill pickle-flavoring into absolutely anything, and I approve. Good on you, Frank’s.
And talking of McCormick, their line of spices received their first redesign in 40 years.
Wedge’s design for boxed wine model Ami Ami is an early frontrunner for my favourite piece of packaging on this younger 12 months we name 2023—simply take a look at these half moons as wine glasses.
Related—I’m struck by of us saying that boxed wine is having a second proper now and that it’s beginning to get fanci-fied (or on this case, design-afied). That’s nice and all, however I additionally assume you can also make the argument that this has been occurring for years. There are loads of stunning manufacturers on the market, but it surely might be that they’re getting a bit extra helium due to a maximalist aesthetic pendulum swing. Plus, in relation to curbing carbon emissions, glass is fairly, fairly, fairly heavy, and regardless of the plastic bag stuffed with chardonnay, they do supply eco-conscious shoppers a considerably climate-friendly different.
Meta World Peace
So a lot for the metaverse, huh? Mark Zuckerberg will lay off one other 10,000 employees, dubbing 2023 the “12 months of effectivity,” though I’d in all probability name it the “12 months of getting no concept what the fuck you might be doing.”
Some folks say that the metaverse is dead and that Facebook—er, Meta—is pivoting to AI. I’m unsure that’s totally true, however can I curiosity you on this used Oculus headset?
Justice for Lefty
Hi, Company Man right here. Just wish to remind you that we’re knee-deep within the Dieline’s Mascot Madness, and Division 2 voting STARTED TODAY. Get your ass over to LinkedIn and vote for the best model mascot to ever model mascot. Yes, it’s the Kool-Aid Man’s race to lose, however in the end, solely you’ve gotten the facility to alter that.
Do you actually need a subscription to a print journal that includes Midjourney AI art, even when entry to stated “artwork” is free on-line? Question for the ages, I suppose. Otherwise, it’s $4 a month.
We Goin’ Sizzler
According to this new piece from Fast Company, fast-casual eatery Sizzler, aka the place the place you rating corn nugs, has simply undergone a redesign courtesy of TNI Design.
And, hey, it doesn’t look that dangerous—it seems to be like another modestly-priced restaurant the place you pay upfront. But I’m unsure concerning the particular callout to a redesigned salad bar as a result of are you able to ever actually redesign a salad bar? That factor seems to be like your run-of-the-mill civilian-issue salad bar, even with an improved sneeze guard.
Now, if we’re speaking SUPER BAR, that’s one other dialog totally (and be happy to get at me, Wendy’s).
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