For this project I was tasked with designing a brand and packaging for a commercial product. The constraints of the packaging were that it needed to stack on a shelf but not a cube or rectangular prism in shape. The packaging also had to reveal the product and include important specification information.
Packaging was also designed with sustainability in mind and would be made with sustainable materials.
To design a packaging sustainable solution and brand for a commercial product with certain constraints around shape of packaging and packaging must reveal product.
A sushi styled hexagonal shaped packaging to sell socks. The bamboo socks are rolled up to look like sushi.
My Research and Findings
My target audience for this project was ideally sock or sushi lovers who wanted a novelty product centred around the Japanese sushi theme. The product would be marketed as the perfect gift for those that have everything.
This product’s packaging would be made from 100% FSC recycled bamboo fibres. Bamboo is known for being a renewable and low-cost material.
My Ideation and Inspiration
While researching various ideas to package I came across a rolling technique for socks that presented them as delicious sushi rolls. My idea was to use these as the product and create a packaging solution to market this as a product.
Initial moodboards consisted of novel packaging solutions as well as sushi inspired packaging.
During my sketching process I decided to add on additional takeaway chopsticks for the packaging solution, this continued the sushi theme.
Some of these ideas and many more were quickly prototyped in 3d using templates. I found that circular shaped packaging fit best due to circular shape of the packaging.
The longer cylindrical shape was used as it fit about 3 pairs of socks.
I researched the various sushi themed packaging graphics, many of these ideas were printed and prototyped to get a sense of the product. While completing this activity I decided to change the packaging dependent on the colour or the different sock products such as green socks could be cucumber ‘flavour’ and pink socks could be ‘salmon’ flavoured.
After setting on a concept for my packaging I begun to work on the branding, the brand was initially going to be called ‘Kutsushita’ which means socks in Japanese, however I decided to push the branding further into the sushi collection which could be used for various other clothing products.
Prototype early and often, prototyping helps visualise what the final concept will look like and work like. By prototyping as much as possible it opens possibilities and helps to narrow down ideas. Some ideas can often sound good such as my large hexagonal box sound good when in reality would be too cumbersome and would be selling too many pairs of socks. Prototyping rapidly assists with preventing failure later on.