Graphic details at the main counter.

Graphic details at the main counter.

   Packaging uses for chocolates and home made cookies

Packaging uses for chocolates and home made cookies

   Traditional hutong details contrasting with modern design

Traditional hutong details contrasting with modern design

 Our aquaponic system on the rooftop.

Our aquaponic system on the rooftop.

   First assignment – signage cut by laser

First assignment – signage cut by laser

Working at Re-up/Spoonful of Sugar has given me the opportunity to observe the design area in Beijing from a very privileged point of view. What I can extract from my current experience is that Beijing is a city which is in continuous growth towards product and graphic design, mainly based on its origins from traditional Chinese culture. I work in a hutong so every day I get to see both the local aspects of working in Dashilar plus the western atmosphere we have at the office.

The founder, Linlin and her manager Peipei, are both very concerned about the impression people get from the cafe when they enter through the main door. The upstairs terrace consists on an aquaponics system, by which the fish are fed from the kitchen’s waste, previously processed by a Black Soldier Fly composter. This closed nutrient cycle create a green cafe environment, which is a new concept in Beijing, where there’s still no great concern amongst people towards the need of the upcycling and recycling concept.

My tasks as the intern designer consist on the design of graphics used for the cafe’s promotion, amongst the preparation towards an upcoming highly expected and important event, Beijing design week, which will take place during the last week of September. 

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