Packaging Design

Fyrn is Changing Up The Furniture Game

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Fyrn, based in San Francisco, has launched its debut collection – a line of furniture called Stemn. Taking a page from Charles and Ray Eames, Fyrn took an unconventional approach to design and manufacturing to create a line of high-quality American-made furnishings. The line has already caught the eye of some of the country’s most notable architects and designers and in April 2017 garnered product design awards from the world’s largest online architecture platform, Architizer.

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The Stemn line’s debut offering is a range of six chairs and stools available in multiple finishes. In choosing to start the line with chairs – typically one of the toughest pieces of furniture to make – Fyrn quickly found a set of discerning customers to stress test pilot builds: restaurant owners, tech office spaces, designers and architects such as Sagan Piechotta and EDG Interior Architecture + Design. The line can be found in San Francisco’s highest-profile, design-forward restaurants, including Bellotta, The Morris, and Piccino. Tables, lounge chairs, and other products will follow in late 2017 and early 2018.

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The heart of the Stemn design is an exposed, patented bracket that serves as a durable joint and an elegant aesthetic element. It has the added benefit of making the furniture easily assembled, which allows it to be shipped inexpensively. It’s a modern, elevated version of flatpack that you’d actually be proud of, and want to keep.

In considering how to manufacture the line, Fyrn’s founder, Ros Broughton, quickly discovered that conventional manufacturing techniques and equipment were inadequate because they rely upon and incentivize the use of cheap labor while often falling short on quality. So Broughton relied on his unique heritage and 25+ years of furniture making expertise to design and make proprietary hardware and equipment that served his needs.

Ros said, “Instead of starting with the big vision, I started with the constraints. I tried to overcome them through a system of hardware, parts, and pieces that integrated the warmth of wood with the strength of metal. The design of Fyrn Stemn was inspired by thinking about how I could create a scalable manufacturing process in the Bay Area that would allow for high-end furniture to ship easily, making it more accessible to more people. The products had to be straight-forward, for example, a chair should look like a chair, be comfortable and it should last a long long time.

Dave Charne, Fyrn’s co-founder said, “I think of Fyrn as starting a new tradition of craftsmanship in the US, making it relevant and sustainable – in many ways – in today’s economy. And that’s ambitious. We are trying to do some very basic things that feel quite difficult, even extraordinary: we want to restore lasting value to products; we want to offer a good alternative to disposable culture; and we want to prove that manufacturing in the most expensive city in America is possible through innovation and creativity.”

Marketing with Colors 

Let’s play a word association game. What words come to mind when I say:

Blue 

Green 

Red

Yellow

Colors elicit feelings, emotions, memories, associations. It’s no wonder then that businesses large and small use colors to add a dimension to their brand identity. What effect do colors really have though? 

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Well it’s safe to say we’re all different. Because of that, we process things differently and associate different things with colors, but when it comes to purchasing items and services, color plays a more pointed role. It’s not like we mentally say, “since yellow is my favorite color, I’m only going to buy things with yellow logos and packaging.” The process is a little more nuanced than that. 

Our brain looks at the color with a critical eye thinking, “Do these things match? Does bright pink packaging really match this knee brace product?” Sure, it’s eye catching, but a mismatch could swing consumers in the wrong direction. 

It’s also important for brand recognition. We all know one of the foremost tenants for marketing: differentiation. Companies don’t want to be mistaken for their competition. Think FedEx, UPS, and DHL. Totally different color schemes so no one mixes them up. They each stand alone with their own striking combination.

When picking a color for a brand or product/service, it’s much more than what’s a popular color. It matters what the object represents. Eco friendly consumers? Brown or green. Power and vitality? Black or red. 

It takes a lot of research and profiling to arrive on the best image for your brand, but the rewards are invaluable. Build your empire from the ground up and pay attention to every detail. When you’ve designed your logo, let GTI help you decide on the right printer and make your mark on your boxes. We’ve got to stick together after all. 

Diet Coke Got A New Image

You’ve seen the meme. A rather large person rolls up to the drive thru, orders a supersized meal and a diet coke as if she’s done her due diligence of healthy eating. It’s a joke among consumers today, but does that highlight a shortfall in diet coke? We can’t say for sure that one meme or even all the variations of it have motivated Coca Cola to reinvent themselves, but they did so let’s chat about it. Shall we?

Diet Coke has a new image. It has outgrown its grey casing and traded it in for some new threads. Rest assured, the beverage still has same iconic taste… with a twist. It’s not surprising that millennials had a lot to do with the change. We’re up for trying new things so Coca Cola is going with it. It’s funny because for a generation allergic to labels, we sure do care what’s on the label. 

Coca Cola's new diet coke packaging label and flavors

4 New Flavors

Besides the original Diet Coke, the drink now comes in 4 new flavors: Feisty Cherry, Twisted Mango, Zesty Blood Orange, and Ginger Lime. 

Packaging

The can has traded its silver casing with red lettering for a sleek silver finish with a bold stripe. The stripe correlates with the flavor - red for original, purple for feisty cherry, orange for blood orange, yellow or twisted mango and green for ginger lime. 

Objective

Diet Coke wants to appeal to the younger audience - adventure seekers, active explorers, independent thinkers. The new vibrant flavors were designed for their taste buds. It is possible that Diet Coke is also trying to align the beverage to with a healthier profile like its contemporary Dasani Sparking. 

Launch

The new packaging will launch in the US mid-January and in February it will appear in Canada.

Today’s society is very visual so if something doesn’t scream “pick me” or “try me”, its likely to flop, even if it is a good concept or product. Despite its longevity, Coca Cola knows it is not exempt from this and so it too changes with the times. Seeing is the gateway to experiencing.  

Fenty Beauty Is Ushering in a New Era of Inclusivity In Beauty Packaging

The universally famous make up line named after the mastermind and beautiful face that brought it to the world is all everyone can talk about these days. Why? For one thing, the product fills a void felt by many makeup users of deeper, darker complexion. The make-up line boasts a collection of 40 tones from 100 to 470. The singer has been meticulously overseeing the development of the line, prioritizing its wearability, ensuring that makeup users are encouraged to be creative and unique in using the products. How does she get that message across? 

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Well, the make-up speaks for itself. Reviews are stellar and Fenty Beauty is on its way to being in the dictionary along with bootylicious, yowza, and NSFW, but before the makeup can speak for itself, the packaging beckoned shoppers to pick up the tubes and packs up off the shelves. Fast. 

Geometric shapes have really taken over. Just look at the trending geometric tattoos, makeup designs, display cases, etc. Following suit, some the Fenty Beauty line seems to mimic the honey comb. The latest line of cosmic gloss screams “pick me up!” with its rainbow psychedelic packaging giving a hint of the sparkle held inside the package. Still, other products build the suspense with an opaque container giving just enough of a teaser to entice but not enough to satisfy. You have to buy to satisfy. 

 

Also, Rihanna has made herself a walking billboard for her makeup. If there is a product that will make women look remotely as flawless as Rihanna, we’re pretty sure people will do whatever it takes to get it - even stalk the nearest Sephora until they restock their favorite item. 

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How It’s made: Corrugated aka Cardboard

How corrugated boxes are made

We've all had that feeling. Palms sweaty. Knees weak. Arms heavy… I’m talking about the anticipation of a package’s arrival to our front door. We just can’t contain ourselves when we know we’re looking out for a package. You check the tracking number every 30 minutes even though you already signed up for the notifications, but what are you supposed to do? Wait patiently like a sane person who doesn't get giddy at the thought of a package? No thanks, right? 

 

And you know the best part? The best part is slicing through that tape, opening the cardboard box and feasting your eyes on your precious cargo. Well before you head to your “go to” online store and unleash your credit card on shopping cart after shopping cart, I want to teach you something you never knew you wanted to know and it’s about the box your order came in. 

 

Children use them to make their own car or train. College students have used them to make furniture. We all use them to move, but how are they made? How is it that paper can hold such heavy, fragile, valuable contents? The key is in the construction. 

 

Cardboard is made up of three structural components all of which are made of partially recycled materials:

1 wavy sheet of paper called a flute + 2 flat sheets of paper called liners = one corrugated board i.e. cardboard

 

First a sheet of paper gets passed through two giant rollers and during this process, the flat sheet is beveled and steamed so that it becomes the wavy flute at the center of the cardboard. The two liners of flat paper are added on each side of the flute one at a time using a glue containing mostly water and starch. The air pockets created by the flute strengthen the board’s integrity and provide a cushion of protection. Some manufacturers even use additional flute and liners for added padding so its innards don't get squashed at the slightest bump.

 

So next time you open up that long-awaited package (because you didn't spring for the expedited shipping) think of the loving cardboard hands that cradled it through its journey to its forever home. Think about the cardboard box it called home for several days. Think about the flutes and the liners and say a silent thank you. 

3 Benefits Of Shrink Wrap Product Packaging

Regardless of the size, if the core of your business is selling products, you know well just how important eye-catching packaging is for the success. And not just for increasing revenue, but for acquiring new customers as well. Also, beside attractive product packaging, quality wrapping material to ensure safe transport is essential. This is maybe why majority of businesses choose shrink wrap product packaging. Also, the fact that shrink wrap product packaging is Eco-friendly and can be recycled is another reason this packaging technique is very popular, especially with Eco-conscious companies.

But why shrink wrap product packaging? Why all the fuss? To answer these questions, you need to know what shrink wrap product packaging is and how is it done. Shrink wrapping uses two things – a plastic film and heat. The shrink wrapping is done by wrapping a product, of any size or shape, with the plastic film first and then adding heat. The heat helps the plastic film to shrink and to tightly seal the product. Businesses use shrink wrapping not just to protect their products, but also to improve product appeal and to ensure easy transport. In addition, shrink wrap product packaging save storage space what makes it an ideal money-saving solution. Here are 3 more major benefits of shrink wrap product packaging.

Superior Durability – Shrink wrap product packaging offers greater durability than any other packaging. The plastic film used in shrink wrap product packaging features high quality and is hard to damage. This makes it perfect for products that require transport, especially if it’s a long distance.

Impeccable Protection – Because different products, mainly due to size, shape and design, require different protection, finding the best packaging is hard. But with shrink wrap product packaging almost any item can be securely packaged and protected. Shrink wrapping products fully protects enclosed items from harmful factors such as dirt, moisture and other damages. The reason is the fact that shrink wrap product packaging shrinks tightly over a product holding it in one place.

Cost-Effectiveness – Shrink wrap product packaging is very affordable compared to other packaging options. Also, since the plastic film shrinks and encloses tightly onto the product, it saves space. Shrink wrapped products thus do not take up much space in warehouses or factories allowing the owners to use the space for other things. Moreover, since shrink wrap product packaging requires less space for storage, it also requires less space in transport what means more products can be shipped at once.

The benefits of a foam-in-place system

Getting packaging decisions right is crucial for any company that has a need to ship products. If an order arrives broken at the buyer's door – whether the buyer is a consumer or another business – that relationship will also be damaged.

Depending on what a company regularly ships, packaging decisions can be relatively simple or complex. Shipping fairly durable items, such as books or clothing, minimizes the risk of damage. Boxes or even bags with minimal void fill should do the trick. In these instances, it's important to contain and protect, but there is little chance of breakage.

Other items are more sensitive to shock and motion during transport. Expensive electronic items, anything made of glass or ceramics and other delicate items require more forethought into the packaging decisions. If they have a unique shape, this could cause even more difficulty in deciding which protective packaging solution is best.

An all-inclusive solution
One popular type of packaging for these instances is foam-in-place. This is for good reason: Foam is incredibly shock-absorbent, and foam-in-place systems are highly versatile.


Foam-in-place systems involve two chemicals combining in real time to form a unique foam mold around the product itself. The mixture is collected in a polyethylene bag to protect the item itself, then rapidly expands, encapsulating the product in its own custom shell.

DoItYourself noted that the item is typically placed in the box or container in which it will be shipped first. Once the foam is applied, the package is ready to go. However, a company can also create a wooden mold for an item so the foam protection can be created without the item actually being present.

Storage ease
When making packaging decisions, there are more factors at play than effectiveness and consumer satisfaction, though these are two of the most important ones. Beyond them, however, businesses must think about ease of use, the ability to stock up on an item and cost-effectiveness.

In each of these aspects, foam-in-place systems have an advantage.

When the two chemicals come in contact, they rapidly expand as much as 200 times in size. This makes for thick and sturdy packaging around the item, but it also demonstrates how little room the pre-combined liquids take up. They can be stored away easily without getting in the way of other tasks that need to be accomplished or other materials and goods that need to be stored in the same location.

A foam-in-place system can keep motors safe during transport.
It's important to keep motors safe during transport. A foam-in-place system can absorb shock and vibrations during transport.


Learning curve
Using foam-in-place systems can also be very easy to learn for packers. According to Packaging World, Pregis' foam-in-place system, Maxwell, accomplishes this effectively. The system comes complete with an interface that allows the owner to provide instructional videos or photos to help packers understand how to operate the device. This is important considering the versatility of foam-in-place systems typically leads to many different items being packaged with it.

"In packaging operations which rely on FIP, workers are typically asked to package many different types of products," John Gee, IntelliPack Systems' national sales manager, explained. "Maxwell is capable of providing specific instructions regarding both material usage and bag placement for optimum protection. The operator can look at the screen to follow easy-to-understand photos or videos. These are also ideal for training and troubleshooting. Maxwell takes the guesswork out of the FIP packaging operation."

This also allows for a package to have great protection without excess packaging materials. In today's world where dimensional weight is a concern for businesses trying to keep shipping costs down, this is essential. Packers can also control how much foam is used for an item, giving them the ability to ensure the result isn't wasteful yet the package arrives perfectly intact.

Custom casing
Since the product forms the protective casing around the item quickly, production can be sped up. Packers won't need to strategize wrapping techniques or carefully-placed void fill materials because the foam creates a shell as unique as the shape and size of the item.

For those businesses shipping delicate or irregularly-shaped items, a foam-in-place system could be the best way to ensure packages are delivered with care.

PepsiCo betting on packaging to get an edge in the cola wars?

On a field visit to Navi Mumbai, PepsiCo's chief marketing officer Vipul Prakash gazes with satisfaction at his company's range of beverages, arranged at a vantage point above racks of traditional snacks and finger foods. "I can put up the best TV screen here and people won't see my ads as many times as they see this," he says.
By "this", Prakash is referring to packaging, a hitherto under-utilised weapon in Indian marketing. However, PepsiCo intends putting packaging front and centre. It's the big bet for 2016, which will hopefully trounce the competition in the annual cola wars that play out through gruelling summer months.

The rationale is quite simple. TV audiences are getting fragmented and ad avoidance is on the rise, even if it's not as much of a problem in India as it is elsewhere. Prakash says: "Even if a consumer watches our ad, it's for 30 seconds and a one way story." Bottles on the other hand are held for anywhere between 10 minutes and an hour.

And so PepsiCo is opting for an inversion of its strategy. Previously, packaging would change to reflect a large mass media campaign that broke on TV. "But if the consumer interacts with the pack so much, can we start the story there?" is what the cola giant is seeking an answer to.

While admitting that the full model is yet to be cracked, PepsiCo nevertheless claims to have notched some early successes. For instance 7Up Revive, a variant launched last year in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, set to go countrywide this year, hit the market in distinctive blue glass bottles with its PET variants featuring a full length wraparound plastic sleeve. The new pack helped highlight the features of Revive, going a long way to educating a sceptical consumer. Research later revealed that the No1 reason for trial was packaging.

For its flagship cola, PepsiCo is rolling out a desi variant of its global emoji campaign. A consumer can pick a bottle with an emoji that reflects his mood provided the range is between happy, party, naughty, etc. (Anger or existential despair are not included for obvious reasons.) An SMS code gives the consumer an opportunity for instant gratification with grand prizes like trips to Las Vegas and Ibiza, or net practice with Virat Kohli. There will be a TV commercial at some point, but Prakash believes with 38 emojis over 10 categories, the story is complete using just packaging. Even if the second stage of consumers sending in SMS does not take off to the extent Pepsi would like, he confesses to being very satisfied with stage one; "The visual appeal on shelves itself tells us the first part has worked."

Those expecting a My Can style TV blitz for Pepsi's 150 ml variant have a long wait ahead. As of now the mini can, priced at `15, is going to be pushed only by a series of web exclusive films, built around the theme 'never underestimate the little things in life'.

For Mountain Dew, the second leg of its real heroes campaign is embracing digital media in a big way. Instead of buying pre-rolls or banner ads, PepsiCo is relying on a combination of its bottles and Blippar, a service that links consumers to videos via codes on packaging. Part of the stories about the four real heroes begins on the label, provoking curiosity. A consumer wanting to know more can be taken to a branded video, to be watched when and where he chooses. While digital used to be considered an add on to TV in media dark areas, it's becoming the lead medium says Prakash; "TV reach is minimal but our bottles are everywhere." PepsiCo is working on weekly audio stories with content providers in Uttar Pradesh hoping to net potentially millions of otherwise hard to pin down consumers.

It's quite a shift at a time when most marketers still balk at riding on the consumer's precious bandwidth to deliver their messages. However Prakash believes "It's not about the brand but the story. If they've watched four minutes and enjoyed it, two seconds of branding will do more than 30 seconds of in your face messaging. I keep telling my teams, 'If a consumer has X amount of bandwidth, would he watch a song or your content?' Your content has to be interesting enough to be chosen." Even the Mountain Dew films deal more with the philosophy of risk than with traditional endorsement. "We don't show our real heroes drinking Mountain Dew" says Prakash.

Going for full length wraps on bottles is something PepsiCo has worked on in the past. It invariably got derailed because it was considered too expensive, with marketing and production bickering over who was to pay for it. But things are different now with even the CFO insisting Revive not be launched unless it has a full sleeve. The brand manager on 7Up Nimbooz Masala Soda agreed to pull back on television to accommodate full wraparounds. Says Prakash, "When you get the support from the top it's easier. I thought we'd not be able to do it for three years. But when there's a sales and consumer pull it comes together." The sales force in particular has been galvanised by the new packaging and are pushing for more in store real estate. Even the visicoolers have been revamped to display packs to best advantage.

According to Shripad Nadkarni, founder MarketGate, who has previous experience at Coca-Cola, "Using packaging to drive home the message is a well established practise especially for teen and lifestyle brands.

The use of emojis as a language that's current is a good strategy." However he cautions that, packaging and TV serve very different purposes and one should not be at the expense of the other. When it comes to wraprounds, he believes these are best tactically deployed else they run the risk of becoming first the new norm and then the new clutter. However the biggest challenge which has as yet been inadequately addressed by either player, according to Nadkarni, is finding out how they can play a more powerful role in the lives of teens.

As for whether it's all going to work, Prakash admits that's still something that remains to be seen. Whether packaging is in fact the answer will be revealed if the packs survive the transition from scorching summers to the squelchy humid monsoons.

Ikea plans eco-friendly boxes made from mushrooms

Ikea plans to replace its polystyrene packaging with eco-friendly boxes made from mushrooms, it has been reported.

Green-thinking bosses at the Swedish furniture giant are said to be looking into introducing the biodegradable alternative as part of a series of changes designed to improve sustainability.

The so-called 'fungi packaging' is made by US-based firm Ecovative using mycelium, the unseen part of a mushroom made up of millions of tiny fibres.

Pioneering: An example of the made-to-measure 'fungi packaging' created by US-based company Ecovative

Ecologically, mycelium’s function is to break down waste. The process causes it to secrete enzymes and proteins which can act as a glue to bond items together into a solid shape.

As it is 'growing' mycelium can be manipulated into a range of sizes and densities, much like plastic, making it ideal for containers and packaging.

Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability for Ikea in the UK, told the Daily Telegraph the company was looking into the material because 'a lot of products come in polystyrene, traditionally, which can't be - or is very difficult to – recycle'.

In contrast mushroom packaging can naturally biodegrade in just a few weeks. 

An Ikea spokesman confirmed to the newspaper that mycelium is one of the materials it is looking into using but that it is not currently used in production. 

The Swedish firm has promised it will adopt a series of changes by 2020 that will boost communities and the environment.

 

Green-thinking: Ikea has promised it will adopt a series of changes by 2020 that will boost the environment

Two of which include plans to invest £755million into renewable energy for poor communities and also ensuring all of the energy used in its branches comes from clean sources.

This idea of living more sustainably and protecting the planet has even influenced the menu in its restaurants, particularly the much-loved meatballs.

The company is now offering a vegetarian alternative to meat, production of which is associated with greenhouse gases. 

Mycelium is already used by a number of companies around the world. Ecovative already supplies mushroom packaging to Dell computers called EcoCradle, which acts as a subsitute for polystyrene. 

Founders Gavin McIntyre and Eben Bayer have previously built a 'self-fixing' house using the material and have said cars could one day be built with mushroom parts. 

Granell Coffee

 

“Granell coffees are roasted next to the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by the fine weather, sun and scents that shape the Spanish spirit: joy, warmth, passion and spontaneity. In order to take advantage of these values, specially relevant for the international market, we created a unique proposal for them under the claim “Roasted the Spanish way”. We conjointly built a strategy and speech that would leverage on the attractive of Spain and the Mediterranean, that would be then translated into the design of a new website, brochure and a new line of products called “Mediterranean blends”, which packagings were conjointly designed with illustrator Charlotte Molas.”

McDonald's Serves Up New 'Modern' Packaging

"New year, new me."

McDonald's appears to be adopting the adage and announced today that it has given its packaging a modern makeover -- forgoing the familiar red, white and gold motif and replacing it with bold colors.

This month, the biggest fast food chain in the world is rolling out new carry-out bags, fountain beverage cups and sandwich boxes at its restaurants in the U.S., McDonald's said in a news release today.

The latest look -- featuring colorful accents and bold typography -- will also expand to over 36,000 restaurants worldwide throughout the rest of 2016, the company said.

"McDonald’s is a fun and modern brand and this was a progressive way to turn our packaging into art and support a community where fashion is an expression," said Matt Biespiel, senior director of Global Marketing, according to the news release.

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McDonald's global packaging is pictured through the Years 1955-2016.
"Every day 69 million customers visit McDonald’s around the world and this new packaging will be a noticeable change," Biespiel said. "It was fun to join these ideas together and create playful pieces that connect our customers to the Brand."

McDonald's added that the new look is not only stylish but sustainable.

To celebrate the unveiling of the new packaging, two students from Miami International University of Art and Design created an original "couture collection" of "one-of-a-king accessories" under 48 hours using 50 bags, 72 straws, 22 cups and eight sandwich boxes with the new packaging.

NATURALLY CLICQUOT

As if anyone ever needs a reason to pop open a bottle of bubbly! This new champagne from Veuve Clicquot, called Naturally Clicquot, comes in 100% recyclable packaging made from paper and the skins of grapes used the make the champagne itself. Being committed to using environmentally responsible innovations in packaging, we saw them use potato starch as a main ingredient in packaging back in 2013 and 2014.

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“A step further in the approach of eco-responsibility, from the house of Veuve Clicquot. With our wonderful grapes we create our unique champagne. Then, we transform the grape’s skin into a bio-based material in order to create our new innovative packaging.”

“Because the exceptional quality of our wines is largely due to the precious terroirs from which they are produced, environmental concerns have always played an integral part in our striving for innovation and excellence. Each step of the wine production process is meticulously conducted to ensure that the vines are treated with the utmost care and that the production processes have as little impact as possible in terms of consumption, emissions and waste. ”

As consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the waste they and the products they buy create, Veuve Clicquot is a standout. The trusted champagne will only face gaining more loyal customers with such an environmentally-friendly initiative. Naturally Clicquot communicates the change in packaging right on the box with a large graphic of hanging grapes on one side and an outline of the bottle on the other, all while keeping Veuve Clicquot’s elegant style.

Taylor Swift fragrance carton wins award for Diamond Packaging

Elizabeth Arden’s Taylor Swift Incredible Things carton uses a textured, felt paperboard and rich palette of watercolors that transform inspired graphics into a work of art that beautifully complements the primary container inside—an opaque white bottle, decorated with a watercolor print of Taylor Swift’s silhouette profile.

The colorful carton earned a Silver Award in the “Folding Cartons” category for Diamond Packaging at the 28th annual Gold Ink Awards competition, produced by Printing Impressions magazine.

Winners were chosen from more than 1,000 entries submitted in 50 different categories. Entries were judged on print quality, technical difficulty, and overall visual effect.

The carton was converted utilizing Neenah Paper Royal Sundance Brilliant White Felt paperboard. It is offset-printed with seven colors in-line with UV matte coating. The matte coating conveys the soft, natural aesthetic of the design.

A gold foil-stamped and multi-level embossed “13” medallion on the top panel reflects the significance of the lucky number to the music star and matches the fragrance bottle’s finely crafted gold cap, which is also embossed with her signature “13.”

The combination of colors and textures create an irresistible sensory presentation that stands out in the retail environment and captures the feminine, youthful vibe of Taylor Swift and her international fan base.

Naughty But Rice

Designed by Robot Food | Country: United Kingdom

“Rice pudding is rising in popularity, and to coincide with the trend, The Hain Daniels Group has launched Naughty But Rice, a vibrant new brand with a bit of a twist. The clue’s in the name. Naughty But Rice brings pud lovers all the heart and soul of traditional rice pudding with a deliciously contemporary edge.

Leeds-based brand and design agency, Robot Food, are well-known for their daring challenger approach, and were asked to help create the brand look, feel and packaging. Leaving behind the tired, whimsical category cues of old, the team came up with the strap-line, ‘Rice pudding. But not as you know it’, and got to work on a strikingly indulgent aesthetic that deliberately disregards the category’s moody, rather serious look and feel.”

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“At first glance, the pack design is fresh and clean with plenty of pure white space to suggest dairy cues. The other side of the card uses bold contrasting colours to reveal each variant’s ‘naughty’ side and encapsulate the brand’s personality – cerise for Coconut & Raspberry, orange for Salted Caramel, and rich brown for Chocolate Orange.”

The pots themselves are the piece de résistance, the goal to be impactful. True to the brand personality, the pot designs defy convention with vivd, brightly coloured illustrations (with no branding) to represent the dynamic flavours. 

Jeremy Hudson, CEO, The Hain Daniels Group said, “We are delighted with Robot Food’s contribution to the project, the packaging is very different to anything already on shelf. Naughty But Rice is now our most successful new brand launch to date with listings in Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Booths.”

Simon Forster, Creative Director at Robot Food, said, “We distilled the brief down to ‘rice pudding, reinvented’. With such indulgent flavours, we had to push the boat out to tickle contemporary taste buds but rein it in enough to attract the more old-school rice pudding fans too. We think the results strike a pretty tasty balance.”

The Oaxacan Coffee Company

Design and development of image and brand products for TOCC (The Oaxacan Coffee Company, organic coffee, planted under shade delighting your palate with its strong flavor, from San Miguel Talea de Castro, Oaxaca, Mexico. A product designed and developed for all those who visit Oaxaca and want to carry with them a small part of this beautiful city, "take a piece of Oaxaca here" — "Llevas una parte de Oaxaca aquí".

Campaign - Cleverly Packaged Furniture

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Campaign is a new furniture experience. Inspired by the history of military campaigns where furniture was built and made to break down for easy travel, "Campaign" seeks to bring back the notion that "less is more" through beautiful design and clever packaging. Founded by Ex-Apple Executive Brad Sewell in 2014, their unique product launches today and can be shipped to anywhere around the world, for free. Campaign ships in days and assembles in minutes. 

Because the furniture ships in smaller boxes on standard UPS or FedEx trucks (thanks to its patent-pending folding design), shipping costs are lower and those savings are passed on to customers.
Campaign is available and customizable through Campaign.com and all the furniture is manufactured by Campaign and in the U.S., so shipping is lightning-fast compared to the industry-standard where manufacturing is outsourced and can take 6-8 weeks.

The pieces are meant to last a lifetime (think high-performance fabric suspension, expanded polyolefin and lightweight, but sturdy laser cut steel tubing), but built for a transitional lifestyle. Its design makes the furniture both easy to move (boxes with handles!) and simple to set up (no tools required, set up within minutes).

Here's How Bud Light Designed 200,000 Different Colorful Cans for Music Festivalgoers

There are 31 million possible label outputs from 31 designs.

Individualized packaging seems to be the latest trend for beverage giants like Diet Coke and Absolut, and now Bud Light is getting in on the action and bringing it to the U.S. The beer behemoth created 200,000 different cans, variations on 31 designs, using vertical-printing technology from HP.

Starting today, the cans will be available to attendees of the Mad Decent Block Party, a music festival that will hit cities across the U.S. and Canada over the next few weeks and run through September.

"The [individualized cans are] very much in line with what Bud Light wants to do for millennials," said Alex Lambrecht, vp of Bud Light. "We know they want something unique and an unexpected experience, and I feel that they will be so surprised and inspired when they order a Bud Light and get these cans." 

Bud Light was looking for an opportunity to amplify consumers' experience with the brand and to put that innovation in their hands, according to Gina Bazigian, packaging innovations manager at A-B InBev.

"That's where the packaging came in," said Bazigian. "So, we partnered with HP. Instead of printing these cans through conventional printing, we leveraged their HP Indigo digital-press technology, and what makes that significant is that we also used their HP SmartStream Mosaic algorithm." 

The algorithm tweaks each can design based on parameters set by Bud Light. "Each time we've printed a label out they're a little bit different, and that allows us to get 31 million possible label outputs from those 31 designs and ensures that no two cans printed are alike," said Bazigian.

Lambrecht said it's the first time such technology is being used in the U.S. market.

"And this is really tapping into the desire for millennials to have a unique experience," he said. "All 200,000 cans produced will provide 200,000 different experiences."

Bud Light's internal creative team partnered with Virtue Worldwide, VICE's in-house creative services agency and Diplo's L.A.-based record label Mad Decent to create the cans. Mad Decent's team created four custom cans; the 27 other designs were done by various artists.

With the initiative, Bud Light is testing whether consumers will get excited about individualized cans. "There will be more initiatives in the future," said Lambrecht. "What the scale will be, we are exploring." 

Pågen Bakery

“Pågen is Sweden’s largest bakery. Providing Scandinavia and other parts of the world with bread for breakfast, dinner or snacks. Their Fast Food Range has been a classic choice for barbecues for many years. They wanted to adapt the design to become more street food than fast food. More inspirational for customers to try new kinds of burgers, hot dogs and sliders.”

Design Gear: Click And Grow Smartpot

 

Click and Grow is a small company that started in 2009.  Founder Mattias Lepp drew inspiration from NASA's aeroponics technology, that ultimately fueled his desire to change the way people grew plants. After some experimentation, the Smartpot was created, a self-sufficient plant growing system that operates with just a click of a button. The Smartpot made its first debut in 2011 and its product line has been expanding ever since. 

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The Packaging

A simple cardboard-folded box, designed by AKU, is outlined 360 degrees with the product's minimalist silhouette and slipped in a white paper garment. An already fully ripened Smartpot is shown front and center with simplistic instructions transcribed on the back.

 

What's In The Box?

The pot, the "grow light", and the specified seeds which are already inserted into the plant cartridge. In addition, the box includes two complementary power adaptors, one for the UK and the other US. 

Upon opening, you will discover the pot on the bottom tray surround by an easy 5-step instruction manual and below, a user guide for further instructions on the do's and don'ts when using the product as well as how to clean it properly.

 

The Product

If you're looking to start this year right and eating healthy is a resolution of yours or you are like me and you have trouble growing any form of vegetation let alone maintain is longevity, then this is a fun and foul proof product to test out. Whether you are seeking to grow some aromatic herbs such as lemongrass, thyme or basil or you are more in favor of sweet summer fruit, with the Smartpot, you will have these desired fresh ingredients growing in your own home in less than 2 months. 

 

With an easy setup that takes less than 5 minutes, the product is sleek in design and can compliment any part of the house. Once plugged in and filled with water, a green light appears indicating that the growth process has begun. As water levels plummet, a red light will flash letting you know it is time to refill the pot. To exponentiate the sprouting, a "grow light" is hooked on the back of the system allowing a maximum amount of "sunlight" to reach the crop. Unlike traditional gardening, the Smartpot does not require professional experience or knowledge of what soil is best for what plant, when to water it or climate control. You can literally place this product in a dark room and with the help of its own "grow light", it will transform into a magical garden. 



Cats Love Boxes

Cats love playing with and sleeping corrugated boxes, but who wants an cardboard box sitting in the middle of their living room? That’s where these new cardboard cat products from Canadian pet company Loyal Luxe come in. They’re beautifully designed 100% recycled cardboard box cat habitats, The Canadian Cabin (saw this at ICFF and loved it!) and The Native American Teepee. Certainly much nicer to look at than a shipping box!

The Canadian Cabin
This cardboard cat hut comes flat packed and is assembled by the consumer. The package contains three cardboard balls, a textured cardboard carpet to place inside the chalet which cats will love to massage their paws on, four rubber anti-slip mats to stick under the chalet in order to prevent the cat from displacing it, and an assembly guide. Also included are four decorative ornaments, which are interchangeable to be placed on the façade: an antler, a fish, a bird and label in which the name of the animal can be written. And since it’s cardboard you can decorate the outside as you wish with markers and crayons.

The Native American TeePee
Like the Canadian Cabin, the TeePee comes flat-packed and is easy to assemble with no glues. It is available with six interchangeable ornaments: the dream catcher, the feather, the tomahawk, the eagle, the bull’s head and the banner in which the name of the animal can be written. The front cutout even expands if you happen to have a tubby kitty!