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Prepd via Kickstarter
Prepd via Kickstarter

Pack Your Lunch in Style With This Modern Lunch Box

Prepd via Kickstarter
Prepd via Kickstarter

Bringing a packed lunch to work can be a bit of a drag. With a variety of options waiting outside your office building, it’s tempting to put up with the extra cost and calories for the convenience of takeout. The team behind Prepd believe they can help change that attitude starting with a well-designed lunchbox.

The Prepd Pack is made not just to carry your food from one point to the other, but to elevate your dining experience to a whole new level. Inside the box’s stylish case is a system of removable, modular containers which can be arranged in multiple configurations depending on that day’s meal. The pack includes a three-piece set of magnetic cutlery that stacks neatly together and a silicone eating mat that folds out to provide a sanitary spot for your meal. 

Prepd via Kickstarter

The lunchbox’s most innovative feature is the Prepd companion app. Users can browse its database of nutritious, "prep-friendly" recipes that have been perfectly portioned to fit the pack’s containers. In addition to listing the ingredients, the recipes also include nutritional information that can be uploaded to the Health Kit app on iOS, allowing you to keep track of all your health data in one spot.

The Prepd Pack is currently available for preorder on Kickstarter, where the project has raised their $25,000 goal many times over. Backers can reserve an original pack for a pledge of $50 with shipping estimated for June of this year.

[h/t Inhabitat]

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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Pop Chart Lab

No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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The Design Tricks That Make Smartphones Addictive—And How to Fight Them
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Two and a half billion people worldwide—and 77 percent of Americans—have smartphones, which means you probably have plenty of company in your inability to go five minutes without checking your device. But as a new video from Vox points out, it's not that we all lack self-control: Your phone is designed down to the tiniest details to keep you as engaged as possible. Vox spoke to Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, who explains how your push notifications, the "pull to refresh" feature of certain apps (inspired by slot machines), and the warm, bright colors on your phone are all meant to hook you. Fortunately, he also notes there's things you can do to lessen the hold, from the common sense (limit your notifications) to the drastic (go grayscale). Watch the whole thing to learn all the dirty details—and then see how long you can spend without looking at your phone.

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