Recycled box more eco-friendly in France


This curious glitch in the eco-matrix comes via Crappy Design—presumably the higher number is correct, but each country has different regulatory requirements for describing paper as recycled, so in goes the boilerplate.

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How to Wrap Five Eggs is a real inspiration for both designer and maker


See sample pages from this book at Wink.

How to Wrap Five Eggs: Japanese Design in Traditional Packaging by Hideyuki Oka (author) and Michikazu Sakai (photographer) Harper & Row 1967, 203 pages, 10 x 11.6 x 1.2 inches (hardcover) From $35 Buy a copy on Amazon

This book is a museum of traditional packaging artifacts from Japan. Before the age of plastic, the Japanese perfected the art of packing consumables in incredibly ingenious ways. They excelled in using natural materials such as paper, straw, clay, and wood. Much of the packaging looks astonishingly modern, even though the form may be hundreds, if not thousands of years old. In fact, packages in Japan today often are wrapped in the same way. I recently received a gift from Japan that contained seven layers of boxes within boxes, wraps within wraps, each layer its own exquisite art, the packing at least equal to the cost and worth of the gift inside. There is a mesmerizing variety of packing collected during the last years of traditional Japan on display here. Each artifact is featured in stunning black and white photographs. It is a real inspiration for both designer and maker. Long out of print, this masterpiece of design was first published in 1967; used copies can be found today at rare book prices. It has also been republished in a modified paperback form, that contains some of the original content at a smaller scale. Read the rest

Replica cases for classic console cartridges


Retro Game Cases sells at least superficially-accurate replicas of the cases that old games came in: perfect for game hunters who've nabbed a cartridge from a crate and want it to take pride of place in their collection.

Protective archival game cases are not only a safe way to protect your retro video games, but also a very appealing way to show off that retro collection you’ve been working on. Each case is designed using styles from the artwork of the original boxes. For those games that came in a horizontal style box (N64 & SNES), we offer both the original horizontal style and the vertical style designs. We are the leader in game cases and are very proud to have the largest selection (and growing daily!) of cases available online.

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Best design for a milk bottle

The Imedia Creative Bureau in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan designed this concept cow-swiping-UFO milk bottle.

From Imedia:

We are trying to tend to come up with original and smart packaging or product designs. So this time the task was to create a milk package unlike anything on market shelves.

We wanted to find very abstract or distant association with milk and cow.

Cow being abducted by UFO is pretty common used image in pop-culture. But it was very unexpected idea for milk bottle. So we begun working on it. At first we sketched the shape of the bottle and its proportions. Then Kanat (our 3D designer) started to model the bottle while the rest of the team were looking for appropriate naming. We had some cool names like Cowsmilk (which reads like “cosmic”), Mimimilk and among them was Molocow.

As you know “moloko” is a Russian word but thanks to outstanding director Stanley Kubrick everybody knows this word, we suppose. Also we wanted to pay tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s greatest movie “Orange clockwork”, and “Space Odyssey – 2001″ which is sci-fi classic. We were happy with the product name.

Kanat worked on this project for a month roughly. He’s done the visuals very well that some could take them as real ones.


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A roundup of the hilarious, terrible, wonderful art of 4th of July fireworks packaging


Every July 4, Cabel Sasser photographs the artwork used to sell that year's crop of Independence Day fireworks, which are a graphic design sub-genre that reflects pop culture sensibilities and the national mood. Read the rest

The new world of packaging design: green, communicative, tailored


A new book, Material Innovation: Packaging Design, written by a material science consultant and a design consultant, explores the ways that packaging is being changed by innovations in retail, materials, design, and marketing. Read the rest

Vintage Soviet space program cigarette packages

The Soviet space program inspired some of the great space-themed tchotchkes of the 20th century, including a whole line of cigarette packs from Russia and surrounding nations. Read the rest

Incredible vintage typography Tumblr

Type Hunting will overwhelm you with delightful typographical specimens. (via Daring Fireball) Read the rest

Limited-edition LP housed in a cast sugar box

The deluxe edition of dark IDM/R&B duo Beacon's new LP consists of rose-colored vinyl housed in an cast sugar box.

Monstrous chocolate bar

Hot damn, that's a nice chocolate bar wrapper. It's from Loom and Honest Chocolate, two South African companies, who explain the design to The Dieline:

"In August 2012 we ran a crowd-sourced design competition on (a local design design website) and invited creatives from around the world to design a unique chocolate wrapper for us. In just 6 days we received over 115 local and international entries from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Namibia, Amsterdam, Toronto and Paris.

The winning design came from Cape Town based illustrator, Miné Jonker. She runs an agency called Studio Muti."

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Ma'amite is Jubilee Marmite

Even a hard-hearted, card-carrying Republic member like me can't help but smile at Ma'amite, a Jubilee-commemorating rebranding for the tarry brown semi-edible (entirely delicious) substance Marmite.

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