カレーライス karē raisu

August 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

In between buying boxes of Tokyo Bananas at the airport last year, I picked up a box of Kiyoken’s Yokohama Curry. It expired before I could cook it, but always had a thing for Japanese packaging and its sweetish curry, so here it is, scanned for keeps.

According to wikipedia, “Western-style curry draws its influence from stews mixed with curry powder, which were popular amongst the British Navy.”  I suppose that explains the figures in western garb below, alongside the traditional kimonos; or perhaps that’s a nod to the American navel base that was there, as shown by the flag.

In any case, thought it quite a feat they combined so many different elements and made it work.

Breaking it down, there are:

  • 4 typesfaces (english, kanji, katakana,  hiragana)
  • 2 patterns flanking the top and bottom of the box
  • A faint skyline of Yokohama’s famous attractions (Chinatown gate, Yokohama Bay Bridge, etc)
  • Feature ribbons
  • Colourful illustration with a decorative border

Usually that’s enough to throw any design into chaos, but the designer showed restraint in the colour palette and allowed the warm curry tones of red, gold and tan to tie things together.

Random trivia to round it up: Guess what’s on the menu for Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force today? Seeing that it’s Friday, curry rice, of course.

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curly fries + shared resolutions

February 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

So, Squid and I sat down the first January friday – one of those tabula rasa, blank-slate days –  and decided on our resolutions. We came up with a shared resolution: To doodle something every week and post it up on Wednesdays.

Since we happily munching on McD’s twister fries (FRIES ARE LOVE) then, the tumblr blog’s ended up being called CURLYFRY.

squid's monsters

mine: sally-ann & her goldfish

The good thing about doodles is that they don’t have to be pretty, they don’t have to be proportionate….they can be perfectly ugly. We just wanted to keep our pens moving and scrawl our days out.

So if you feel like scribbling odd ends most weeks, come join us!

[research] Bonjour, Hat.

September 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

While doing hat research for Design Fundamentals (Colour Cuttings), I came across FASHION MODE : 1500- 1954 in the library. Lots of yesteryear lithographs that make wonderful browsing. Matching gloves and hats  and shoes and clutches.. veils and bows…what fun! These were some of the French fashion illustrations within:frenchfashionillustration01

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Flea-tique: Night Edition

April 14, 2009 § 2 Comments

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[what]     FLEA-TIQUE: NIGHT EDITION
[where]   Singapore Art Museum
[when]    27th March 2009

Lost our flea market stall virginity! And had bucketloads of fun while sweating bucketloads of er, sweat. Man, those spotlights shining down on our stall were deadly.

Sold hand-made rings, pre-loved clothes and illustrations. [READ MORE]

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