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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Type Terms | Interactive Typography Manual

I've always loved words and, especially, the way the page design and letterforms themselves can influence the meaning they hold. In fact, the interplay between content and concept is something I have been obsessed with my whole life and led up to my pursuing a BFA in graphic design.

I tend to geek out over things like this and wanted to share this bit of coolness called Type Terms:

Type Terms is an interactive tool for designers to learn the basics of typographic terminology. 
If you are new to typography or just here to refresh your memory, then Type Terms is perfect for you. (via

Monday, June 20, 2016

Fuego Box | Some Like It Hot

Everyone has that one friend. The daredevil who laughs in the face of danger, chugs the hottest salsa and takes on all challengers to eat the fieriest chile peppers. You may have gotten married to one of these guys and perhaps even borne children who may or may not yet possess the penchant for spices that singe the palate and whet their appetite for adventure. There is a perfect gift for these lead-bellied loves of our lives: introducing Fuego Box, a hot sauce delivery service designed to pack the heat.

With Fuego Box, you choose monthly or quarterly deliveries that include your choice of 1 or 3 bottles of expertly curated, hard-to-find small batch sauces and spices that will break a sweat fast. Not in the mood to commit? Fuego Box also offers a la carte bottles of subscriber favorites in their Hot Sauce Shop, as well as seasonal special delivery boxes like the limited edition Father's Day Fuego Box we received for review. Dad's Spicy Box of Awesome came in a seriously awesome wooden crate with the Fuego Box logo burned into its sliding lid:

Nestled inside Dad's Spicy Box of Awesome were five generous full-sized bottles of burning hot deliciousness:
  • Bee Local Hot Honey
  • Purple Panda Chili Oil
  • Hoff Sauce
  • Laguna Salt Smoke Ghost Pepper Salt
  • World's 1st Dry Hot Sauce by Vesta

Now, I don't know if it's because I am super special or something, but our Fuego Box came with an extra little bottle of Marie Sharp's BEWARE Habanero Pepper Sauce, seen in the photo above at bottom left. It is reassuringly labelled "Comatose Heat Level" and "XXXXX." It is actually the only brand in the box that we have tried before because Annie, our favorite dental hygienist, is from Belize and brings it back by the caseload. She and Bob trade seeds and cuttings from the garden and she gave him a bottle of Marie Sharp's last year. Anyway, the stuff is good and HOOOOOOT.

Another thing that is clear about the Fuego Box curatorial mission is that the stuff they include looks pretty darned cool. I mean, hot. Or at least very well-designed. I know "artisanal" has become a bit of a hipster cliche but everything in this box looks as good as it tastes. It's obvious that the individual makers put as much effort into packaging as they do to making their sauces, which warms the little cockles of my BFA-in-graphic-design snob heart.

Locally produced, small batch goodies that look great in your pantry? Win!

I also love the variety in this Fuego Box. The Purple Panda Chili Oil is a nice version of the Asian home classic that I had run out of and the Hoff Sauce is a great replacement for your "basic" hot sauce but the Laguna Smoked Ghost Salt and Benny T's Vesta Dry Hot Sauce offer a totally new way to add spice with a little finishing flourish. And the Bee Local Hot Honey infused with Scorpion Chili Peppers is just totally off the wall good for everything from livening up your Greek yogurt and granola to dipping fried chicken or making a hot (literally!) toddy.

All in all, Fuego Box made a great Father's Day gift but one that fire-loving foodies of all genders and generations can agree on.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Disney's Moana…

… looks an awful lot like Roo.

Being from Hawaii, I have been pretty excited about Moana for months and months. But when I saw the most recent image from the movie, I did a double-take. The smirk, the leonine mane, the on-point eyebrows… Moana is a dead ringer for my first-born.

I'm looking forward to taking the kids back to Hawaii next month. Roo hasn't been since she was a toddler and Jasper has never been, so it will be nice to expose them to the place I grew up. We'll get to spend some time on Oahu with Grandpa Rod and Grandma Marie and also on the Big Island and Maui. Hopefully they'll embrace the culture a bit… and if they don't, there's always Moana to look forward to come Thanksgiving…

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.