XXXX Swatchbook – Evelin Kasikov

This book is about print, but printed without a trace of ink.
It is a personal project that I have been slowly working on past 6 years. This massive project brings together my love for book design and my experimental approach to craft.

The book is made of:

4 colours
16 elements
400 colour combinations
219.647 stitches

In the four colour printing process, the patterns of small overlapping dots create full range of colour. Here the process is tactile and three-dimensional. My inks are threads in CMYK colours: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. All elements in the book are hand-embroidered: the swatches, the title pages, the grid papers, and binding.

Source: XXXX Swatchbook – Evelin Kasikov – Art Direction & Graphic Design – London

  • BAKAs Note – this may be the third of fourth blog i have shared this book on over the years. its amazing, and i will continue to share it.

Pasta Waterfall – a new shape of pasta.

From the mind of James Beard Award winner Dan Pashman, creator and host of The Sporkful food podcast, comes CASCATELLI (Italian for “waterfalls”). Three years in the making, this brand new shape was created in collaboration with the artisans at Sfoglini. Cascatelli is designed to maximize the three qualities by which Dan believes all pasta shapes should be judged:

Sauceability: How readily sauce adheres to the shape
Forkability: How easy it is to get the shape on your fork and keep it there
Toothsinkability: How satisfying it is to sink your teeth into it

Listen to the story of Dan’s quest to create this shape in a special Sporkful series entitled “Mission: ImPASTAble,” available in your podcasting app or at And try cascatelli today to experience the next chapter in pasta history!

Source: The Invention of a New Pasta Shape

Space Cup Noodle

Instant ramen is a well-known ally of students and bachelors, but it’s also pretty popular with travelers in Japan. Since it has a long shelf life and it’s easy to prepare, it’s not uncommon for a dinner away from home to be a cup of instant noodles in a hotel room, especially if you’re staying in a remote location without a lot of local dining options.And since you can’t get much farther away from the restaurant rows of the big city than outer space, Nissin is now producing multiple types of space ramen, so that astronauts can enjoy the familiar and comforting flavor as they orbit Earth.Naturally, the company’s flagship foodstuff, Cup Noodle, is accounted for, in a variant now known as Space Cup Noodle, which features dried shrimp, ground pork, scrambled egg, and green onion, just like the terrestrial Cup Noodle you can get at the grocery store (and also the terrifying Cup Noodle ice cream that we keep trying to scrub from our memory).However, the starches of Space Cup Noodle’s noodles are specially formulated so that they’ll reconstitute with 70-degree Celsius (158-degree Fahrenheit) water, the temperature readily supplied to astronauts on the International Space Station, as opposed to the boiling 100-degree Celsius water that normal Cup Noodle requires. The noodles are also thicker and the broth more viscous, to prevent them from swirling around and causing problems in the ISS’s microgravity environment.

Source: Cup Noodle’s Nissin develops space ramen, space curry rice for astronauts to eat among the stars | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

New Calpis Water bottle design can only be fully seen after you drink the contents | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Keep refreshed and get a glimpse of Japanese high school life with these charming bottle designs.Yoghurt-based soft drink Calpis is, for many Japanese people, a beloved summer drink. Sure, for some people, a yoghurt-based drink doesn’t sound particularly appealing, especially when paired with a name that sounds like bovine urine.But Calpis remains popular in Japan and has been for over 100 years, with the company constantly coming up with fresh and creative collaborations.This year, Calpis has released limited edition summer Calpis Water bottles, with three unique designs all featuring charming illustrations of high school kids and their after-school life. But there’s also a mysterious instruction: “Once you finish the drink, a new illustration will appear.” What is this, Alice in Wonderland?

The person responsible for the beautiful drawings on the bottles is artist Rei Kato, who posted the full illustrations on their Twitter account.

Source: New Calpis Water bottle design can only be fully seen after you drink the contents | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Official Studio Ghibli anime skateboards offered at brand-new Ghibli specialty shop in Tokyo

A whole new way to ride the Catbus.There’s a brand-new Studio Ghibli specialty store set to open this month in Tokyo. This isn’t another branch of the Donguri Kyowakoku chain that specializes in various knickknacks inspired by the anime of the Hayao Miyazaki-founded production house, either, but an entirely new venture focused on high-quality fashion items for adults.GBL Miyashita Park is the first brick-and-mortar location for GBL, the Ghibli-inspired clothing line that bills its aesthetic as “American casual.” When it opens in the Shibuya neighborhood’s Rayard Miyashita Park shopping center, the store will have not only GBL’s cool T-shirts, but also a collection of Studio Ghibli skateboards.

Source: Official Studio Ghibli anime skateboards offered at brand-new Ghibli specialty shop in Tokyo【Pics】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-