Posts Tagged ‘design’

Custom Printed Heinz Sauce Bottles

December 3, 2009

I found out that Heinz have a web site where you can get custom printed labels on your favourite bottle of sauce. It is at

I designed a label for a 14 oz classic bottle of Tomato Ketchup. Of course, being frugal, I did not place an order. It’s only available in North America anyway.


Bangkok Photographer Ketchup


The 14 oz glass bottle costs US$6 (plus shipping). I think you can order just one. They have other products available that you can label.

You have until December 10 to order and have them delivered for Christmas.

Of course, being frugal I can work out a way to print my own labels and apply them to bottles I purchased from Jusco for a fraction of the price. The sole challenge is that the font for the message (all upper case) is distinctive to Heinz. As far as I can see making my own labels is legal as long as I do not make a business out of it.

Heinz Tomato Ketchup – Classic Design

November 18, 2009

Heinz Ketchup Bottle

It’s a classic design but the Thai language label makes it look unusual. This 300 gram bottle cost 18.75 Baht (about US 57¢) in my local supermarket.

For a comparison, here’s the US market 14 oz. (397 gram). bottle. How much does it cost in America?

According to the Heinz web site:

To release ketchup faster from the glass bottle, apply a firm tap to the sweet spot on the neck of the bottle— the “57.”

The Thai bottle doesn’t have a “57” label, thus putting Thai consumers at a disadvantage.

I saw US-labeled Heinz Tomato Ketchup for sale alongside the Thai producted product for over twice the price in a hi-so supermarket catering to foreigners. As far as I know the product is identical worldwide.

More Widgets

October 11, 2009

I have added some more WordPress widgets to the right sidebar on the blog.

Now I have:

  • Search this blog. This works very well for any text I have entered. It’s why I think Post Tags are of limited value.
  • Calendar View. I am proud that I have added at least one post per day since I started this blog in June 2009. I admit i have cheated a bit. If I know I am going to be away and off the internet for a few days I schedule some posts in advance. WordPress is good like that.
  • My 3 Latest Flickr Photos. From my Flickr photostream. I like the little thumbnails Flickr makes and WordPress displays.
  • My Favourite Links. (Spelled correctly – none of this “favorite” stuff.) This took the most work. The default is a “Blogroll” of favourite blogs, but I have broadened it to favourite links of all types. I am still adding links here.
  • My Categories. A cloud (font size proportional to frequency) of the WordPress categories in the blog. I have too many Misc. Lazy!
  • My Tags. Similar for the tags I add to each post. For categories and tags you can click on one and WordPress displays all messages with that category or tag. I guess adding this makes Tags more useful.
  • Spam Avoided. This is for information. WordPress uses technology from a company called to quarantine comments that are thought to be spam. For me it has been 100% effective with no false positives. I think Akismet is great.

WordPress has support for their widgets here.

I’m still learning about this subject. Please feel free to comment on my choices and also on my rather boring theme. I think it wastes a lot of screen space.

Trying Bigger Pictures

September 24, 2009

I’ve noticed that the pictures I have posted that link to Flickr look rather small when displayed here. Flickr automatically makes pictures of different sizes so you have a choice.

I was careful that the size of picture I selected does not overflow into the margins of the blog. That looks very bad. But perhaps I was too conservative.

I have edited some posts to use the “Medium” sized picture from Flickr rather than the “Small”. Flickr’s sizes are not constant: they depend on the size of the picture that I uploaded (of course).

So now I have

Bangkok Night From the Apartment

(Width = 500, Height = 533)


Bangkok Night From the Apartment

(Width = 240, Height = 160).

The maximum width looks like 500.

Some photographers use a different design that maximizes screen width to show their pictures to best advantage.

For example Jeff Friedl’s Blog has nothing in the left margin and much larger, framed photos with a black background.

Leo Laksi has a WordPress blog (so I have the same design “theme” choices). His pictures are much bigger AND they are nicely framed. He uses a white background.

As I admitted when I started this blog in June – the design is boring. Maybe I need a rethink.

Or am I thinking too much?

Design – British Design – Not What It Used to Be –

August 25, 2009

Design – British Design – Not What It Used to Be –

This is another of those “silly season” NY Times articles. I agree with the sentiments but I also feel that nostalgia inevitably clouds our views of something new.

For the examples the author gives:

  • Concorde was designed by an Anglo-French consortium so it isn’t an example of “British Design”. It may have looked great but it was cramped inside. I think “First Class Suites” on a Boeing 747 are much more comfortable for the passenger.
  • I was too young to remember its introduction, but I bet people complained that the Routemaster bus (RM) wasn’t as good as the Regent (RT) and the trolley buses that it replaced. People may dislike the Mercedes-Benz Citaro “bendy buses” but they are wheelchair accessible, cool in summer, warm in winter and far better for the driver than the RM.
  • Indeed the external design of the British phone box is dignified. But I rememebr having to use them when I was at college. The nearest one to home was dark, cramped, drafty and smelled of urine. The balky coin box took 5p and 10p pieces but often cut you off in mid call.
  • We remember the Spitfire and Hurricane, but it was not a design that directly affected the ordinary people. Current fighter jets have an agressive grace of their own.
  • The classic mailbox looked great too. But I bet it was a bear to install because of its weight. And the postman probably got backache emptying it.

Quite probably many items we deride today will be revered in 50 years time.

I don’t see a lot of great design in Bangkok. The street signs are the only things that stand out.

Soi Sala Daeng 2

I wonder if people will remember Bangkok’s diesel buses fondly

BMTA Hino AK Bus at Victory Monument

when they are replaced by buses like this

Chinese Foton AUV Bus in Bangkok

I think the Hino AK is the best looking of the BMTA diesel bus fleet, but it’s hardly a design classic.

Can you think of other examples of good design in Bangkok?