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How are you doing, guys? We’re fine, except when we stumble upon social media – so we basically don’t do it anymore (seriously, if you want to contact us, send us an email, not a Facebook message). We’re sitting at home, of course, but it’s nothing unusual for us (we barely notice, except we’ve moved our gaming night online). We wanted to give you some fun activities to do during house arrest but regular work got in the way so instead we searched our bookshelf for a book with something fun to do when sitting at home and voila! Let’s Bake by Clara Lindström and Annakarin Nyberg, illustrated by Katy Kimbell and Li Söderberg.

This cute book presents a number of recipes for simple sweets that can be made at home with children. The results are photographed but the ingredients and instructions are charmingly illustrated, which helps keep the kids interested and involved. Truth be told, we bought the book for its visual aspect and haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but maybe now’s a good opportunity.

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Hang in there, people, this too shall pass. Do something fun inside!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

This year we are celebrating by returning to our old project which we never got to finish: Project Doolittle. Back when we started experimenting with tangible typography, we started a series of vinyl covers for songs from the Pixies’ album Doolittle. Life happened then and we only did a little over the half of those but as this years marks the 30th anniversary of the album, we decided to finish that work.

And we’re starting with “La La Love You” made from cookies and honey.

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Front cover.

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Back cover.

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Making of (sticky work it was).

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Did you know that Ikea cookies submerged in honey will float up? Now you do.

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Lots of St. Valentine-y love, guys.

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After Christmas we have a whole bunch of pretty books we want to share with you. This pair of books is a Polish version of a Swedish book Food Pharmacy, which originated as a blog. The first one presents the authors’ philosophy on healthy eating and the second is a companion with recipes. The books are designed by Anna Lindelöw.

We don’t know much about the food theory in these books (it seems you have to eat a lot of green vegetables) because the main reason we wanted them is how good they look. A couple of years ago when we were designing our first cookbook we went to look at food-related books in a bookstore and boy, were they awful. But this market has really improved and now we own some cookbooks just because they look great. Now these two have joined the shelf.

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The books are illustrated with a combination of colorful and black and white etchings, photos (both stylized and random-looking), stamp-like icons and geometric type. It results in an eclectic but well-planned look that makes the hard truths of the book a bit more accessible and inviting.

The open book with a somewhat surrealist collage.

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Table of contents.

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Tangible type! (sort of)

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Today we’re sharing just a small recent job. The Atelier of Taste is a company of our friends, Jola and Mirek, who create and promote vegan, gluten-free recipes and sell such products. Together with a Polish association for gluten-intolerant people they have created T-shirts that people who don’t eat gluten can wear to own their diet choices or needs. And we designed the T-shirts that you can see in the photo.

T-shirt slogans and photo above by Atelier Smaku, models: Jola Słoma and Mirek Trymbulak.

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Yesterday we went to Ikea to search for some unexciting stuff for our bathroom and it took us so long that we didn’t have time to go to the cafeteria. But we were hungry so we dropped by the food store to buy cookies. And boy, was it a great decision.

A few years ago we found online a gorgeous cooking book Ikea published as promo material with cookie recipes and the most beautiful minimalistic photos of food we’d ever seen. You might have seen this one: with all the ingredients arranged in geometric patterns. We ogled the photos and admired the idea but were sure the book was not available as such outside of Sweden. Well, as you have sure figured out by now, this is exactly the book we spotted among Swedish jams and cookies, and quite cheap at that. We pretty much squealed with delight (and I clearly saw two guys looking at us like “ew, crazy people”). Even though we didn’t exactly buy what we’d gone for, the trip was an unquestionable success.

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The book has thirty recipes, each illustrated with the spread with ingredients and one with the finished product. All photos are great but the ones with ingredients are particularly memorable. It had virtually zero impact on our decision to buy the book but the recipes actually look quite inviting too.

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(And yes, we bought the mice starring in the photos for our baby, who’s not big enough for cake or cookies yet.)

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Winter is not always a great time for outdoorsy activities (call us lazy but we’re not that into freezing) but instead it helps creative behaviors at home – such as cooking. But instead of showing you food we’re eating (so much chocolate!), today we’re simply sharing a food-related illustration we designed a while ago for Experyment Science Center in Gdynia.

The illustration advertised a family workshop in molecular cuisine and so it invited all sorts of fun with combining scientific and culinary elements: and they are actually fairly close. It also needed a child or children and somehow the subject inspired us to think of Ratatouille (which is simply awesome, no question there).

This time we made a sketch decent enough to share (our regular sketches are maybe not so much indecent as really messy):

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And the final design looked like this (we’re showing you the version with just the title “Experyment in the Kitchen” and not the whole text):

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We hope you feel inspired to cook something experimental this week.

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After some holiday irregularities we return to our standard posting schedule (or, we try to).

This year’s Christmas (and New Year’s) card were not very mysterious in the making but they took a lot of work, fun and mess to get to and so we’d like to share the process with you.

We actually never made ginger cookies before (though gingerbread was part of our Christmas tradition for quite a while) and so we found a recipe in a cookbook. It was fairly easy and it took a whole lot of honey.

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Once the dough was ready and rolled out, we needed to draw the cookie shapes (because not only do we not have any ready-made cutters but it would also make for more generic cards).

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Then we cut the shapes out, simple as that (though the first attempt was a failure: we used too little flour and needed to scrap the first reindeer).

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The first batch consisted of the elements of the card: reindeer, trees and stars. At first, we tried to make very geometric trees and stars but they looked like bad results of using a commercial cutter. And so we let our love for Matisse guide us from then on. Once the first batch was baked we let our imagination run a little wilder.

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So, the culinary part was ready but, of course, that was nowhere near the final card. At first, we intended to be very traditional and decorate the cookies with icing. We got a lot of sugar decorations for that and were very determined to do this. Except time was running out and we still didn’t got to decorating. Also, we were a little nervous about it, having no experience with creative icing and no time to do another batch of cookies. So finally we skipped the icing and used the decorations straight on the background when arranging the card(s).

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Yes, everything on the cards was edible. The ground is white chocolate. Insider tip: chopsticks helped with the arrangement.

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We initially meant to do just one card but we had enough cookies for two so we did a more direct Matisse (/Miro?) tribute. And finally, here’s a bunch of other cookies we did just for fun (sadly, the dinosaur did not survive a fall untouched; and yes, it’s an X-men-related geeky cookie).

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So, we hope your year is off to a great (and delicious) start and we hope to see you around a lot!