After some comments about the final products, we decided to add an aesthetic detail to them. So.
Back to the good old cutting board.
We decided to make the labels more substantial , and make a nice window to the titles. Alex is good at being precise with measurements.. Me on the other hand, I was happy to cut and fold. Measurements are not my friend.
Also, we had some fun with the final Look again glasses… Don’t tell.
So today was a full day of work. 8 am till 9pm!
Up early to write the summary of our product, as well as finalise the label designs and layout for the boxes. I also called Alex to check up on her and the Map printing process. When the file size was huge, I tried to prep the file for print through inDesign… which proved to be a lot harder that it should be, with all the layers Alex had done. My computer was sputtering and gasping trying to save the files.. 2 hours later Alex had managed to fix a file for print, and hey presto it was on it’s way.
I was also corresponding with Pi Mei about the quotes for the fortune cookies. We wanted to emphasise a word per quote, so I went through the quotes Vanja collected and selected the word, emailing Pi Mei the details.
As for me, it was the good old DMW. Printing out the booklet for Roll with It was interesting. I’d always sent files to print during my professional career, but never knew how they lined the pages correctly (hey, every day is a school day)
Then a couple of hours later, passed by Yiche at the 3D workshop to check he was doing alright and didn’t need help before going home to meet Alex to finish of cutting and pasting and “boxing”.
So, after a lot of weight lifting and running around and printing and maps and lack of ability to save certain files, we got our products done and dusted (minus 2 staples, and the box of dice and glasses, that iare with Yiche for finishing touches.)
(the map is awesome by the way)
This is the packaging box I made for the “Look Again” box.
It comes with a small compartment to store the Lenses and
has a magnetic fastening feature
For our exhibition space this is ideally what we have in mind all we need is some surface space the map is A1 size.
After naming our products, the dice required a little booklet for the randomised actions to be listed in, so I tried a couple of different layouts. The group decided on the simplest one, which I agree is probably the best. (Example shown as “Red”
So after our many meetings, one of the jobs we needed to do was create an identity for our products (previously a kit)
Coming up with a name was difficult, as we didn’t want to limit ourselves to anything specific. It was important that the brand was not limiting in any way, whether that be visually, or content-wise.
We had considered using a symbol, or character to name the design, such as “~” or “*” for example. Then we realised we could just go back to our manifesto. Read This, Design That, Create Those, and changed it to the shorter, sharper “Use This, Create Those”.
Following our overall want to stick to the humble, sustainable standards, we went for a raw look. Recycled craft paper, and a stamp like font that was flexible enough to not follow a specific “movement” or design style that would contradict our ideals.
Some of the font choices we looked at:
The majority felt that the bottom last, and possibly the first upper left font were suitable. They were raw, textured, and fell into the image we wanted to give.
Some of the mock ups of our products, pending finalising:
Now to finalise and think of the product names for our final list of the products in our line, and finalise the layout…
Those sketches show how the “kit” might look like.
The idea is to create a have-them-all box, but maybe not in traditional box form. It can be a big book or an apron with many pockets. Some parody spirit is added to present that design process is an anxious activity.
This Perfume Bottle by Comme des garcons designed by painter Lindy Foss-Quillet and carpenter Frederic Couderc, is very different and caught my eye for many reason, i like the whole language of the type, but mainly the structure around the bottle, i love how raw it is with the way it is made on full view. very nice piece of design!