This is the final week of the spring semester at Otis College. My Thursday packaging design class had some difficulty finishing their projects for the final critique in the morning, so everyone had until 5pm to finish up. I will be teaching this class in the fall and I'm making a mental note to be sure to make this a four week, not three week, project. That will give some students more time to explore structural and design options. And some will do just that and some will do nothing for three weeks and get going on the fourth. They'll all unique!
There were many outstanding packaging designs. Some of these students started the semester with very weak typography skills and ended up blowing me away with their sophistication on the last two projects. That makes me feel great. Hopefully, I had a little to do with it. One student created her own toy, Chef Brian, and created a 3-D print of it in a plastic material. The "chef" had a removable hand that could hold all the accessories of a well-appointed kitchen — sauté pans, cleavers, knives, etc. All you had to do is pop out one hand + pan and pop in another hand + knife. Chef Brian was a noodlely fellow with minimal features. Great overall concept. You can see the packaging above in the upper right. The package is a set-up box with outside Illustrations of kitchenware floating on a gray background. Another student created a "duck blind" folding carton for a character on "Duck Dynasty." You can see a part of it behind the Chef Brian box.
I'll be teaching this studio class again in the fall and my three-hour Tuesday class will become an advanced packaging class. I've already got some packaging books out to investigate how to open up the class to other ideas and different areas of packaging, like plastics.