Archive | September 2012

Something to Try – Such Delicious


If you haven’t tried Jelly Bellies, you haven’t yet tasted a tiny slice of heaven, nor are you a man. All good designers know that without a weekly fix of ‘Buttered Popcorn’ or Cinnamon Jelly Belly, you will never amount to very much.

Jelly Belly Gourmet Jelly Beans are the most delicious multi-flavoured treats in the universe. Unfortunately we don’t have a huge variety of flavours in South Africa (that I have seen) but I do know that you can get them at some Spars, Food Lover’s Market and Dischem. If you ever have the pleasure of visiting Hamleys on Regent Street in London, make your way to the top floor and you will find Jelly Belly heaven. I think I was there for an hour deciding which flavours I’d like to try.

Seriously though, if you haven’t tried them then you need to make a stop at your closest Jelly Belly stop. They’re pricey but oh so worth it.

Some Jelly Belly Rules:

1.  Eat them one at a time. You won’t experience the flavours properly if you mix. Unless you follow the Jelly Belly recipes, which make new flavours.

2.  Never eat ‘Juicy Pear’ – it is horrible.

3.  If you are new to the world of Jelly Belly, get yourself the 20 flavour assorted pack – it has most of the best ones.

4.  If you are feeling adventurous then mix ‘Cinnamon’ and ‘Buttered Popcorn’

5.  Don’t share your Jelly Bellies.

6. Avoid Imitations – they’re horrible and sadly Spar stocks them. Check for the logo.

7. Know your Jelly Belly history. They have a great story and the company was founded in 1869!

Check out the full flavour list here. In my experience, 90% of them taste exactly how they are named.

Image source.




Class project – infographic for Libya.

The Bank of the Future – earth:bank


The bank of the future will eliminate the use of cards and cash. Your entire banking experience will take place on your smartphone. Every earth:bank customer receives a unique digital barcode, which can be used to make and receive payments. The barcode can be printed on till slips, accounts as well as sent via mobile messaging.

Typical usage scenario: Martha does her shopping at Woolworths after work. Once all of her items have been scanned, an amount is displayed on the till screen. Martha enters the amount on her smartphone and scans the unique Woolworths barcode printed at the till, using her phone’s camera. The money is instantly transferred.

On the way home, Martha remembers that Samantha owes her R200 for lunch. She messages a copy of her unique barcode to Samantha who uses the code to pay Martha immediately.

Simple, pretty CI

Simple, pretty CI

Click on the picture for the source. I love simple, beautiful CIs – this one caught my eye.

Password Trick

I can’t for the life of me remember where I saw this – never bookmarked it unfortunately. If you, like most people, have a million passwords to remember, you probably end up using the same one for multiple accounts. This is not a good idea. If someone finds out the password, they have access to your entire online life.

Set up passwords like this, to make them easy to remember and hard to hack. Let’s assume your password is ‘password’.

Facebook: fbpassword or passwordfb

Twitter: twpassword or passwordtw

GMail: gmpassowrd or passwordgm

I really liked this idea. The guy did mention though that you should figure out your own system – just in case. So use single letters (fpassword) or triple (fbapassword, where a = account).

Cute Infographic

I deep-etched cupcakes for my last project – food is not fun to cut out.



iOS6 Today.

Just updated my iPhone 4S and iPad 2. The update is quite big – about 900 MBs. Definitely worth the cap though, just for the update to Maps. The iPod interface looks much better – its white now. Facebook integration is a welcome addition (and long overdue).

Nice work Apple.