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The Taco Box - my first ID class project!

Postby maehoosadie » January 31st, 2017, 3:44 pm

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I've posted a bit on the sketching thread, but I've recently been distracted by my first project in ID. I've attached my final process book below. It's a very simple project, but I'm very happy with my results. Please let me know what you all think!

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Re: The Taco Box - my first ID class project!

Postby iab » January 31st, 2017, 4:09 pm


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Nice. I think you do a pretty good job of fulfilling the 4 objectives of packaging; protect, contain, distribute and market.

But I don't like the separate end pieces. They can easily be integrated into your current design.

I also have a problem with the separate packing material. Again, that should be integrated into your cut and fold.

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iab wrote:Nice. I think you do a pretty good job of fulfilling the 4 objectives of packaging; protect, contain, distribute and market.

But I don't like the separate end pieces. They can easily be integrated into your current design.

I also have a problem with the separate packing material. Again, that should be integrated into your cut and fold.


Thank you for your feedback! I very much agree with you on both the endpieces and the paper grass. If I'm being honest, I underestimated my timeline and got rushed at the end by my own procrastination, so both were a response to an immediate problem that I didn't give myself time to address properly. In the case of the separate packing grass, it didn't actually work to solve the problem; if the box was impacted from the upper corner, it fractured the spine of the shell. I added extra packaging material in a last-ditch effort to pad those areas, but next time I will consider that sooner, and possibly try to incorporate it more thoroughly into the larger design. The end caps was my solution to creating a box that could be opened completely flat without use of adhesive. I agree there were likely more concise ways of achieving that. In the future I know to start my development process much earlier!

Do you have any comments on the process book itself? Most of my InDesign experience comes from the design of a semesterly campus magazine, so I see that influence in the process book as well. I am not familiar with how process books for ID usually look, so any advice would be appreciated!

Thank you for the compliment about fulfilling the packaging objectives--- I was not aware of those principles. Are there any good resources you know of to learn more about packaging design?

Re: The Taco Box - my first ID class project!

Postby yo » January 31st, 2017, 5:55 pm

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Sadie, I think you will maximize your opportunity to get feedback if you paste the images of the project directly into the forum, especially for users on mobile.

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Postby thesisindia » January 31st, 2017, 11:44 pm


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Nice Post for objectives of packaging .

Re: The Taco Box - my first ID class project!

Postby iab » February 1st, 2017, 9:48 am


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maehoosadie wrote:Do you have any comments on the process book itself?


I didn't read a single word.

Re: The Taco Box - my first ID class project!

Postby iab » February 1st, 2017, 9:53 am


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maehoosadie wrote: Are there any good resources you know of to learn more about packaging design?


For patterns - https://www.amazon.com/Packaging-Design ... g+patterns

For benchmarking, although dated, I like the Graphis series. 4 & 5 have some interesting structural designs. 6-9 are more for graphic content.


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