Testing & creating the litmus paper: The process of creating the litmus paper involves using red cabbage as a dye. Red cabbage has certain chemical properties and pigments that allow it to react to varying levels of acid.
Evaluating paper types: We knew we wanted to create some kind of food carrying apparatus. Therefore we needed to test various papers for structural integrity.
Choosing plate fold: In order to create a plate form, we studied some very simple origami folds. Ultimately, we decided on a fold that had just enough detail to be visually interesting, but also approachable and easy to carry.
Exhibition with live demo: At the end of our semester we had a live presentation and gallery style exhibition of our product. Because the purpose of our litmus paper plate was to alter your food eating experience, we conducted demos of the plates in action, as well as an artistic representation of a “food explosion” that passing viewers could see how visually striking the acid content of different fruits and vegetables.
Because our product is currently in prototype phase, we wanted to share more information about how the pH of certain foods can affect our bodies. Therefore, I designed a poster to help viewers understand the importance of eating a diet with more alkaline forming foods and minimizing the intake of acid forming foods
For example, while a lemon is acidic in its raw form (as our litmus paper plate will show you), it is actually alkaline forming in the body, and this helps your body digest foods and maintain its ideal pH of being slightly more alkaline.