I’m a newbie to freelance design and I need your help. I recently landed a gig with a guy who wants to develop a drink hes been working on. He wants me to do the bottle design and labeling.
I had a few questions I was hoping you guys could answer:
What should I know before I design a plastic or glass bottle?
After the design is finalized, what type of file do I send to a manufacturer?
How do I find the volume inside the bottle in solidworks?
Do you know of any good website or books about bottle design?
Anything else I should know?
Thank You to everyone who helps a fellow designer out.
In general, you would work with the bottle vendor’s engineering team (who know bottle design inside and out). The engineering isn’t your problem. Message is.
For the 1st time out for both you and your client, I’d suggest using
a stock bottle and spend your time on the label, positioning, and message. Those are most important right now. A new bottle shape can come later.
jimr has it right on. There are a lot of stock bottles and bottle tops out there to choose from. The exercise of choosing a stock bottle and designing the graphics will be enough of an exercise with a first time project. You’ll learn a lot about the design limitations of the bottle design and the labels when working with the manufacturer. You will also have speed to market and a better understanding of cost and handling when dealing with a stock bottle.
There are a lot of Macros now for cad programs that will calculate material and cost … and I’m sure companies can use that to find their profit and loss according to their market share…does that make sense?