So My Fork Makes Me Feel Guilty

Statistics in books make me just totally fall asleep. What this projects aims to do is to add another page to the three dimensional world of awareness. “What if this kind of information crawled off the page and seeped into the products that surround us?” That’s what Nadeem Haidary aims to explore. The first image you’ll see is of a fork whose prongs each represent the calories each capita consumes. Frightening?

As you can guess, the capita with the most calories has the prong most likely to pierce the food. The same is true with the plates that go with the forks in this set: the surface area of the plate relating directly to, again, the amount of calories per capita.

This project is called “Caloric Consumption” and if someone tries to make me eat with it when I’m chomping down on some amazing crab legs, I’m totally just not gonna look at the fork and pretend the plate doesn’t have a starving country on it. After the meal I will contribute money to a charitable fund.

Next time on Haidary’s extensive “In-Formed” project: Waste Production and Water Usage!

Joy!

Designer: Nadeem Haidary

Caloric Consumption by Nadeem Haidary

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12 Comments

  • p says:

    ahh, cool concept!

    not sure how practical it would be actually implemented (I think that fork would get annoying pretty quickly) but it’s no doubt an interesting interpretation of the imbalance of world resources. I love the fact that the longer prong of the fork always pierces the food first, almost snatching it out of the hands of poorer countries.

    also, the third form looks like a metal “devil horns” hand gesture. Which is awesome.

  • mif991 says:

    This will not solve the world’s hunger, unless you give it to Bank’s CEO’s or other corrupt leaders, but then the only way they’d use it is if it was made of gold! and even then they would care less.

    • Meredith says:

      They are not supposed to "solve" the world's hunger problems, just shine some light on the issue for people who are iggnorant to the subject. And you may be surprised. If enough people get these, then, who knows, someone might come up with the solution to end world hunger.

    • Meredith says:

      They are not supposed to “solve” the world's hunger problems, just shine some light on the issue for people who are iggnorant to the subject. And you may be surprised. If enough people get these, then, who knows, someone might come up with the solution to end world hunger.

  • Margot says:

    Someone is giving a solution to hunger a valiant attempt, but I believe the decision to give to others starts long before I sit down to the dinner table. I also think being ‘guilted’ into something is about the worst motivation out there….

  • Air2air says:

    Somehow the designer forgot to represent or thank the countries who farm, produce, prepare, ship and distribute all the food.

    Or ask third world dictators to be accountable for feeding their populations.

    But that wouldn’t create feel-good guilt for us rich white people, eh?

  • Confucius says:

    There is no market for this product. Fattys dont want a constant reminder they’re fat when they’re eating…?! Its their favourite part of the day!
    Also it has no reference to the end user, because you can’t put the length of the prongs into perspective.

    And whats the point of the bigger plates?
    “Here American, you’re the winner, so you get a bigger plate which fits more food” isn’t that counter intuitive?
    It could make a good ad campaign.

  • Latisha says:

    That explains how all those people in those other countries are able to keep such nice trim figures. Awsome!

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