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Can energy drinks help us in these COVID times?

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This virus changed our world almost over night, this constant fear of getting sick is making us search for ways to chase away depression. Of course we rely on family and friends, on fun activities as sports or gardening, however food and drinks can also help out. Used with moderation and care, maybe energy drinks can also give us a boost. An energy drink is a type of drink containing stimulant compounds, usually caffeine, it can provide some mental and physical stimulation. Alongside multivitamins, energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement consumed by teens and young adults. Most of these drinks stimulate brain function and increase alertness and concentration. A few of the most common ingredients are listed below: Sugar B vitamins Amino acid derivatives Herbal extracts Design conventions apply for this type of product as well: it's crucial that the packaging image convey a sense of energy. It's important to maintain the balance between creativity and consumers e

Beer - modern drug or ancient wonder?

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Beer is one of the oldest drinks and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. Beer is produced with boiling water, hops , and fermenting process. In some countries beer is defined by law—as in Germany, where the standard ingredients consist of water, are malt, hops, and yeast. So how is beer produced? A brew day begins with getting the ingredients ready, grains are up first. Whole grains are put through a gristmill that cracks and opens the kernels. This is mixed with hot water where it steeps for a time. During this process simple sugars in the grain are released. Hops are added to this sugary liquid at different intervals to extract aroma, flavor and bitterness. The result is pumped into a fermentation vessel where yeast will be added to begin the process of converting the sugars into alcohol. After fermentation is complete, many beers are filtered or run through a centrifuge to remove any particulates. Some may also be transferred to brite tanks, to allow more t

The most beautiful spices

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Why do some people eat bland food and are afraid of putting spices in food? For most cases this happens because they just don't have the right info about condiments and herbs and are not sure how to use them. So a bit of information might just change eating habits for the best. A spice is a seed, fruit, root, bark primarily used for flavoring or coloring food. On the other hand, herbs are the leaves, flowers, or stems of plants used also for flavoring or as a garnish. Most spices are grown in the tropical regions of the world, with some thriving in the cool misty highlands. Many of the seed spices come from more temperate areas. Spices have a long history linking Europe, Asia, India, etc. I n 1497 the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama returned from his voyage with a cargo of nutmegs, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and peppercorns. Evidence of early herb gardens dates to Europe in the Middle Ages. Spices indigenous to India were cultivated in Babylonian gardens as early as the 8th

How can you reduce packaging costs in these troubled times?

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These troubles times affected many businesses, so everybody is looking for innovative solutions that will help preserve the quality but cut the costs . Packaging industry is no different, that's why we tried to think out of the box and give you a few examples where you can make strategic moves and reduce packaging cost while maintaining a high level for your product. Packaging is much more than just protection for your product. It's a critical marketing tool, it supports branding efforts, and creates a special experience for the customer. So to understand better where we can reduce some costs and what should be kept intact, we should look at what customers want from a packaging: Identify the brand Edgy, different design Attractive color Accessibility Ecological aspects Accreditation Simplicity  Considering these points, we identified some areas where some savings can be done: Choose a clean, quality design, however avoid very intricate elements that can add to the time spent

The connection between Software and Design

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Today these two topics are interconnected: software and design , it is quite difficult to be a good designer and not use technology at least for some parts of your work. There are lots of software choices, some created by Adobe and some by other big companies, each has its own purpose and area of expertise. We tried to present a few here and specify where they fit best. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular software used in design work. Its usability goes from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation, and graphic design. Of course you can also find other software with similar functionalities like CorelDraw Graphics Suite and if you are a beginner you can also start with free options like Sketch or Inkscape that focuses on the SVG format as its primary file format  or vector orientated apps like Gravit Designer . Adobe InDesign is specialized in layout and page design software for print and digital media, it helps designers put together original graphic

What are the most frequent types of design?

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A design is a plan or specification for the construction of an object or system or process, it can have just a functional purpose or also an aesthetic one. Drawings are used to develop and communicate ideas about a developing design so everybody involved can understand the direction. Some say there are 4 types of design: Business design, Enterprise design, Products design, Execution design, however we are more used to a classification like this: Architecture Interior Design Landscape Architecture Packaging Design Industrial Design Fashion Design Engineering Design Software Design User Interface Design etc. A good designer should take into consideration principles like: balance, rhythm and repetition, emphasis, proportion and scale, and last but not least, harmony. Each designer has its own process , however most of these simple steps are included: Find a problem Gather information Brainstorm with your team Create solutions Gather feedback from clients Improve design concept This pr

What makes a succesful vineyard?

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So before we go into a few factors that can make your vineyard successful, let's get a few notions straight for the large reading public. What is actually a vineyard? A vineyard is a plantation of grape-bearing vines, grown mainly for wine making. A winery is a licensed property that makes wine. So, a vineyard can have a winery that produces wine from the grapes it grows, but it can also sell its grapes to outside wineries and purely act as a grape-grower. To make it simple, wine can be classified into 5 main categories: Red, White, Rose, Sweet or Dessert and Sparkling. The type of grape determines largely the flavor, color, sugar, acidity and the levels of tannin in the wine. Wines with high acidity will be more tart, whereas low-acidity wines will taste rounder or richer. 4 factors are known to contribute to wine quality , so to start thinking about creating your own vineyard, check if you meet these:   Climate and Weather - Cooler climates produce wines higher in acidity bu