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Tableware Visualizes Energy Footprints Of The Food We Eat

Tableware Visualizes Energy Footprints Of The Food We Eat
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3D infovisuals shaped like bowls and plates have different aesthetic features based on the energy, CO2 and cost of ingredients.

Emma Hutchings
  • 16 april 2012

Berlin-based creative design studio Shapes in Play features a project called InfObjects, which uses data to generate 3D infovisuals shaped like tableware with holes and growths based on the energy, CO2 and cost of culinary dishes.

These interesting and useful visualizations of the food we eat are created by analysing the ingredients of  different meals. Each object, such as a plate, bowl or mug, represents a certain dish. One example shown here is the Kartoffelauflauf (potato pie), which is illustrated as a plate with each segment showing its ingredients. These have been analysed to find out the energy content, CO2 equivalent and price, which is then visualized on the object.

Tableware Visualizes Energy Footprints Of The Food We Eat

High energy content causes the growth of root-like extensions on the outer surface. CO2 equivalent is visualized by the appearance of ‘ozone holes’ that indicate how much greenhouse gas has been produced. The price is illustrated by rising the edge of a segment in relation to the value. InfObjects are intended to raise awareness of how food is produced and consumed, for example, in an information campaign.

Tableware Visualizes Energy Footprints Of The Food We Eat

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