Archive | June, 2009

Got Gu, Got Good Design

I’m not much of a sweets eater. If given the choice, I’d rather have a nice slice of pumpkin pie over a piece of chocolate anything. But, when you’re given chocolate as a gift you naturally accept it, eat it, and enjoy it. One of my Father’s Day gifts was a box of Gu Cocoa Chocolate Truffles. The truffles are great, but the packaging the truffles came in were better.

I love clean design. Our first experience with Gu was with their Gu-ey Chocolate Fondant Torte. I was immediately taken by the smooth black box the torte came in. Simple, clean, nice typography.

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The packaging for the chocolate truffles was no different. Clean, simple, same great typography, a splash of pink on the lid, and a cool design on the inside. Here are a few snaps of my Gu chocolate truffles.

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Abbreviated Tribes

Most of you have heard of Seth Godin. Rich, marketing guru, who’s written several books. His latest is called Tribes. I liked the book. I didn’t particularly care for how it was written, no chapters, just sections. But overall I would recommend it to anyone really. You don’t have to be in the business world to appreciate it.

For those of you that don’t like to read, I thought I would just give you Seth’s TED talk. It’s an abbreviated Tribes.

Enjoy.

The Sixth Sense

Imagine doing your grocery shopping with a device that allows you to see if the toilet paper you’re about to purchase was manufactured in an environmentally friendly way. Or imagine walking up to someone on the street and within seconds of meeting the person you know his background, where he works, where he lives, what groups he belongs to. Pattie Maes from MIT thinks it’s possible. She demoed such a device at TED. Enjoy.