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by Danae Douglas
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And The Living Is Easy

UncommonGoods and Susty Party are proud to present the winner of the Summer Picnic Design Challenge. Chosen from over a dozen fresh entries, designer Danae Douglas' illustration rode off with our voters' hearts--and their votes! To Danae, a picnic is a getaway, and her winning design, featuring an iconic portrait of eco-friendly transportation, provides the perfect visual prompt to capture this event's carefree essence. Fun, free, and healthy, a leisurely bike ride is one of finest ways to celebrate the summer. With her crisp, modern design, Danae was able to encapsulate the freeing feeling of a summery escape, one that starts on a bike and ends on a smooth gingham blanket with friends and food.

With a basket brimming with delectable, French delights, this charming cycle represents all the most memorable aspects of dejeuner sur l'herbe (aka lunch in the park)! This charming cycle evokes that summertime joie de vivre and the ingenious plates and cups on which it's printed are made of bagasse, a fibrous, 100% compostable material made out of the remains of sugar cane, so picnickers today can do their part to make sure the earth stays just as lovely for future generations. Made in a fair trade facility in China.

Set includes 24 plates and 24 cups.

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Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
21596
Made from
bagasse, non-toxic, food safe glycol based ink
Measurements
plate: 7" dia, cup: 8 oz.
Notes
Microwave and freezer safe.
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Danae Douglas

Q&A with Danae Douglas

When did you start designing?


I've been drawing for as long as I can remember -- my family definitely has the art gene (my mom was a watercolorist and muralist, and my dad was a digital painter). I always assumed I'd also become a fine artist, but when a college representative visited my high school and showed us examples of graphic design work, I fell in love with it.

What are your favorite things to design/illustrate?

That's a tough choice, but I'd have to say my favorite thing to design is probably anything wearable. I've designed a couple t-shirts for different events at my college, and I think it's awesome to see someone wearing something you created.

How do you keep yourself inspired?

My college library has an incredible collection of design magazines and books. I also try to keep up with the news, both local and international. As a designer I think it's really important to be globally minded and try to take in as many different perspectives as you can.

What was the inspiration behind this design? I wanted to show a picnic as an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, as well a chance to travel greenly to get there. Biking is an excellent way to stay healthy, to take in your surroundings, and to get you where you're going without doing any harm to the environment (and it's also really fun!).

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SUSTAINABLE PICNIC PLATES AND CUPS SET
 
2.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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5.0

The Best!

By 

from Boston

About Me Practical

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Green
  • High Quality

Cons

  • I run out of them

Best Uses

  • Casual lunches w friends
  • Dont want to do dishes
  • Summer picnics

Comments about SUSTAINABLE PICNIC PLATES AND CUPS SET:

i couldnt have been happier with this purchase! the plates werent flimsy and the design was adorable- the perfect addition to my luncheons! i also get a ton of compliments when i let people know how green the product is. thanks susty party for making it EASY to be friendly to the environment.

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1.0

Poor Quality

By 

from Birmingham, AL

About Me Frequent Entertainer

Verified Buyer

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    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about SUSTAINABLE PICNIC PLATES AND CUPS SET:

        These plates were poor quality. The bicycle appeared to be stamped on them - with dark ink, light ink and some altogether non-existent bicycle parts. Was very disappointed in the paper plate quality.

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        2.0

        They are very cute !

        By 

        from Saint Paul,MN

        About Me Frequent Entertainer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Cute bike design

        Cons

        • Paint somewhere else that
        • Stains Easily

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Picnic's

        Comments about SUSTAINABLE PICNIC PLATES AND CUPS SET:

        I am upset that there is paint where it isn't suppose to be on the plates.

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        Q and A

        When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

        1807votes, 170 comments

        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

        We're big bicycle fans here at UncommonGoods, and we think Danae Douglas' design is a great depiction of the bike as a symbol of summer. What do you love most about this design?

        Amy
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This design is so cool for summer. It takes me back to a quieter, less stressful time.

        THERESA
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Really cute design!!!

        Brant
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Picnic bike rides = Summer

        Alison
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I would go to a picnic if Danae was packing the basket (coughwinecough.)

        Katilyn
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        -

        Dee
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I love the idea of it, but the illustration is too boxy and angular, and the "un" on the flag only makes sense for the store, not for the end user.

        Mary
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I like the overall idea and think it's fun. But I don't really care for the "un" flag and if it's meant to be used for families/children you should get rid of the bottle of wine.

        amal
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I Like the design. Fun

        Maggie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Cute!

        Julie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        THIS I WOULD BUY

        Rachel
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This design screams fun, food, get outside, have fun with friends in a park, or simply go on a bike ride. I love how simplistic and modern the lines are. It looks tres francais!

        Tierra
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        dont know what the un means, but its clean and cute

        cheryl
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I like !!!

        cheryl
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I really like this.

        Debbie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Cute and summery

        debbie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        great art. what's the UN in the flag?

        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

        We're so glad to see such great feedback for this fun design! We're guessing the UN is for UN-commonGoods. Danae, please feel free to jump in if you had something else in mind!

        Sheila
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I think this design gets across the idea of "summer" and "picnic" very nicely! It is also eco-friendly!

        Marcos
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This one really works.

        Joanne
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        It says summer picnic

        marcy
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Bike riding always makes me remember my childhood summers..

        Tracy
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Would like this if more "bouncy" looking--and everyone would wonder...what does the "un" mean?

        ling
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        so funny

        Sheila
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I love this! I bike to work everyday so this one is a hit with me. Love being green!

        Alisha
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        love it

        Casey
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        love!

        Jennifer
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute!

        Danielle
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        The color scheme is classic blue and white. I like the simple design.

        joanna

        differently will sell

        Joyce
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This is so cute!

        esty
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute

        ashley
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        But... What's with the "un" flag? I know it represents the brand, but just a little "un" randomly on the plate raises questions by those eating off it. It would be a mystery to everyone but the buyer.

        Deborah
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Just needs to add a little more color

        emily
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        BIKE LOVE!

        amy
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        LOVE THIS ONE...REMINDS ME OF SUMMER

        colleen
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        summer all the way with this one

        Joanne
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I would like to see the in green colors, being that it represents a person going "green"

        Cynthia
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Really cute. Looks like something that would definitely be environmental.

        Lorraine
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        My Favorite!!!


        Vote: Thumbs up!

        lose the un. doesn't make any sense for the product

        Tara
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This one I like, but I thought the "un" stood for United Nations until I read the other comments...LOL I guess the design could do without the "un" because out of context (the store), it doesn't make sense.

        Heather
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute

        Sara
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        So cute!

        eb
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute, casual summer design.

        jimmy
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        hmmmmm

        gina
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        wonderful love biking

        Diane

        different

        Anne
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        reminds me of easy picnics and FUN!

        Wendy
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I like bicycles and I like blue. WINNER!

        Jackie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute

        Sheryll
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This design is really cute! Picnics definitely are a sort of getaway, and this really captures that. I don't really care for the "un" on the flag though I understand why it's there.

        Deborah
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I don't care for the un on the flag otherwise I love it

        angela
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        appropriate for a picnic

        Whitney
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Cute for picnic ideas!

        Cat
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Love all the designs.

        Kerry
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Cute! Looks like summertime.

        cassie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        ok- not great!

        Lois
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I love this design. Simple yet pretty

        Robin
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This is such a cute design. Really caught my eye!

        Allison
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        very cool

        Melinda
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Love it! Says summer breezes to me.

        MICHELLE
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Very neat for summertime! Great job and good luck!

        joycedaffodil
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        interesting

        rosalie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        adorable

        Angela
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This is soooooo cute! I want it!

        Rebecca
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I like this one.

        Brenda
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I love it!!

        Knikki
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This reminds me of packing a picnic and heading out for a day of fun...LOVE it!

        Elaine
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        what is "un?"

        vickie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        sort of cute for summer

        Teresa
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Love the throwback look!

        Candace
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        LOVE IT!!!

        a.
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        sophistication PLEASE?

        Nikki
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Seems ecofriendly... Great for a quick picnic

        Susan
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Not sure what the un means

        Janice
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        It might be good advertising but I'd rather not have to explain the "un"

        Nikki
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Summer appropriate

        Sue
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I want to ride my bicycle...

        Elizabeth
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I just don't like the UN on the flag.

        kath
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Makes me ready to pack up and have some FUN!

        Ron
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        eyecatching design

        Karen
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        love the bike incorporated into the theme!

        lynn
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I am not into bikes

        rose

        Reminds me of the good old days. Where every thing was so simple.

        LINDA
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        A GREAT DESIGN FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS,FOR PICNICS

        sherry
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute!

        roxanne
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I agree with Dee

        Cynthia
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I like this design a lot. So, I'm really torn between this one and the watermelon/summer one.

        Susan
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Very summery

        eb
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute summer design

        Laura
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Very chic!

        Andrea
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        I really like the design and the color, but I wouldn't want to explain to my guests what the "un" means all the time.

        Mary
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        nice for a kids picnic

        Jennifer
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        i like the drawing

        Sue
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Cute

        Mary

        Love the design except for the "un" on flag.For that reason I would not buy.

        brian

        looks nice

        carol
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute

        Caleb
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I think there should something else on the flag.

        Susan
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        When you think of summer you think of bike rides and picnics so this design is perfect.

        Vt
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Very summer-y

        jeri

        This is what my husband and I do in the summer,we also take a scrabble game and just enjoy the day.Nothing like a bike ride!

        Katie
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Just too boxy and angular. Lacks the fun and whimsy of some of the other designs.

        Kathy
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This says picnic and summer to me. They have the picnic supplies ready to go in the basket of the bike.

        bonnie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Great picnic them with family and friends. A day out riding and stopping to rest and eat.

        bonnie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Fun for spring and summer.

        Katie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Just awesome.

        Victoria
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Definitely screams, "Summer and picnics!" Luv it!

        Chris
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Creative and fresh.

        Barbara

        I love this design. It's is fresh and appealing and is a good way to promote conservation.

        Debbie
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        it ok

        janice
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        too cute

        John
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Can I buy this yet? Where? It would be a perfect birthday gift for a friend who owns a bike shop!

        mike
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        like the bike idea, but this is a little too "folksy"for my taste

        Ruth
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        This is ok, but not a big deal - therefore, thumbs down

        Sandy

        Awww... This really cute

        Lisa
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        love this! I'm a recycle freak and a triathlete so this is a fantastic design for me!

        Cindy
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        What does the un stand for?

        Cheryl
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        so summer

        Jo
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Great for a picnic

        Ron
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        makes me yearn for a bike ride today... if it weren't raining so. Glad for this little bit of sunshine...

        debra
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        not for me

        Avis
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        too large of a design

        Lauren
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute!

        Trisha
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Love it! Change the un on the flag though.

        DIANA
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        fun

        Kyna
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This totally says French picnic. Bottle of wine is OK for a family design, don't get rid of it! The un on the flag didn't make sense to me though until I read some of the other comments - not a big fan of letters in this image.

        emma
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        This one says summer!

        emma
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Cool and summer-like!

        emma
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cheerful!

        Krista
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        very cute

        Barbara
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Picnic bike rides = Summer

        Cindy
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Too busy.

        Rachel
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute bike

        Michelle
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        cute-

        Ally
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Cute cup. Not plate.

        Sally

        Love the design, cute and fresh. Can't wait to buy it! Really, you are on the UNcomon goods site and don't get the un? Great conversation piece.

        Debra
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        too much going on

        dianne
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        like this design only the "un" is a bit annoying. and the spokes inthe wheels are abundant which makes the two wheels look like owl eyes from a distance which is not appealing for dinnerware- but the overall design is totally cute.

        Lisa
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Not great, but okay

        Cindy
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I love the way this design feels like I am off riding a bike in the warm summer breeze. So much nicer than a stuffy ol' car.

        K
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I like this one.

        patti
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        very cute

        ciara

        I think this is really cute, it has detail but it still keeps its simplicity. Good luck!

        Karen
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        no

        Judith
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Summer picknic on the riverbank.

        kris

        I like everything except for the "un" on the flag. Maybe change it to a sun or something.

        Barbara
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        wow love this

        Lori
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Too much going on in the design. Simpler is better.

        Amber
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Cute! Just began shopping for a new bicycle with a front basket yesterday!

        Lucille
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        A Wonderful Idea, how many people would understand the thought behind the creativity and purchase it?

        tiff
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I would definitely buy this.

        Linda
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Didn't bowl me over

        paula
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Love the design

        Barbara
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        not my style

        janet
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Overall, great design idea except for the "un" on flag for user end.

        Christina
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        nah

        TL
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Cute design, but not for dishes.

        amanda
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        plain

        Lillian
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        I like it, but what's with the "Un". Together with the picture I would think a "Re" would be better Re cycle! Not un cycle it makes no sense.

        Helen

        Interesting site!

        Elaine
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        REALLY like this one. Cute, but not tacky.

        Gabriele
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        The flag balances the picture and it may be fun for kids, but I'm not a kid. Cutes, but not my style.

        Rebecca
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        Cute design but don't like the adtertising on the flag. Seems a little gratuitious.

        katherine
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        a bike does not make me think of summer. whats the un for?

        Stephanie
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        i'd love it if it didn't say "un". it won't make sense to anyone except the person buying from this site.

        Liz
        Vote: Thumbs down!

        just dont like the design

        donna
        Vote: Thumbs up!

        Way cute!

        JoAnne

        Love the colors! Simple but so much to look at.

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