Cardboard Kenworth Truck (50th Anniversary)
Another ace brief.
"Mat, we've seen the cardboard tv... we want you to build us a cardboard truck" ... Now I'm no model maker, but I had to give this one a crack.
Kenworth were having their 50th anniversary within New Zealand and wanted some special centrepieces for a celebration dinner. Yep, rad, mini models of one of their trucks... x85 of them, hand built.
Starting with some imagery of the desired truck, the CAD drawing began - just with an eye for detail and approriate scale. Near the bottom of the page you'll see my first white model. A pretty good start but lacked a little oomph, plus the nose was a bit stumpy! After some refinements - most importantly the chunky exhaust and the hollowed out back tyres, we were ready to roll. Line art was added and the centrepiece was done.
The completed truck is made from E Flute corrugated and the wheels were cut from 16mm Xanita board, for the bulky tread/tyre look.
Client: Image Centre Group/OnDigital
Artwork: Robin Charles, ICG
Art Direction, Creative Direction, Packaging
Stolen - Coffee & Cigarette Rum
Introducing Stolen Rum’s Coffee & Cigarettes, a smoky coffee spiced rum only available in the USA. The initial promotion of the rum took cues from its name and I was asked to create the structural design and concept model for a rather wicked, special edition pack in the form of an enlarged cigarette box.
The brains: DDMMYY - www.studio.ddmmyy.com
Creative Direction, Packaging
Rest In Pets: Biodegradable cardboard pet caskets
This one's a personal project - www.restinpets.com
An idea had been rattling around my head for some time and eventually made its way into the ideas book, sketched, then straight onto CAD. Once I had cut my first prototype I stood back and revelled in the pure, natural beauty of it and like an over excited child at Christmas I started showing it off to fellow designers & friends. All who saw this instantly knew that this wasn’t just an idea anymore, this had to happen. So Rest In Pets was created…
The death of a beloved pet can be hugely painful, and it’s difficult to plan for such a sad event. But think back to your early childhood memories of pets passing away. Goldfish flushed unceremoniously down the toilet. Guinea pigs and bunnies wrapped in old tea towels, and cats squashed into shoeboxes. Surely our furry family members are worth a bit of forethought?
Illustration, Packaging, Product Design
Rachel Carley Ceramics
Rachel Carley established a ceramic design practice in 1994 in Auckland, New Zealand, while studying architecture. The collection developed from an interest in collecting, revising and re-casting rejected tablewares. The intention was to create a ceramics collection that brought together a motley aggregate of waifs and strays, providing an afterlife for demoted objects. The pieces can be mixed and matched in a multitude of ways to create diverse chromatic compositions on the dining table. These different combinatories enhance the aesthetic appeal of both the container and the contents. The vessels are designed to collaborate with food rather than act as a distancing, background foil to it. Why not question the ubiquity of white table ware and glory in polychromatic splendour instead?
These pieces are indeed brilliant from Rachel, yet they'd be no good arriving through the mail in multiple, broken pieces... So I was engaged to design some protective, yet lovely looking transit packaging. With the large collection Rachel offers, these packs were engineered and sized to be as common as possible, to hold various styles and shapes of her ceramics to keep things nice and tidy in the studio.
Identity, gift wrap stickers: Inhouse Design
BOLU Organic Loose Leaf
Bolu are purveyors of fine quality tea, directly sourced from Fair Trade plantations in Darjeeling, North India. The client's brief was to design a suite of original, contemporary packaging that created an overall 'umbrella' look to the consumer, but that also reflected the individuality of each tea variety.
The starting point to achieving this goal was the creation of a totally unique pack shape. After exploring many options, a perfect balance of aesthetics and function were applied. Visually the pack looks completely harmonious-due to the integration of flowing, curved lines that echo traditional Indian architecture. However form is nothing without function, so the true genius was ensuring that this unique pack was also cost effective to produce and easy to assemble.
Inviting Curious to the party was the key to success in this epic project. They lept into action designing sumptuous iconography and fused with it with a vibrant colour palette, to create a contemporary range of packs. Brilliant.
Beck's Boom Box - NZ Music Month
Beer making is an art, but Beck’s takes that a tad more literally with its bespoke music inspired art labels.
An eclectic mix of musical genres influenced the newest range of New Zealand exclusive Beck’s bottles. Each label motif is a reflection of cover art for a specific genre of music, in an exaggerated, almost clichéd way. From indie to hip hop, rock to pop, heavy metal to punk, Beck’s has captured the varied sounds that are ever-present in the NZ music scene.
The packs were designed to hold Beck's beer & hand delivered to radio and TV stations to spur on discussions around the newly released labels, in line with NZ music month. As you open up the boom box, you’re presented with 6 beers on ice, nice. Once you pull them out you’ll see that you have more goodies underneath… Hip hop inspired pop out glasses, coasters, retro tapes & a USB with the sponsored Beck’s track lists for your listening pleasure. Oh and underneath that, more beer.
Straight out gangster….
Artwork: Curious Design
Creative Direction, Music, Packaging
Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is a free service offered to women undergoing treatment for cancer. They help restore and enhance the appearance of cancer patients during, and after treatment. Their aim is to put a smile on the face of every woman with cancer. They are there with support, guidance and free makeover workshops at a difficult time in their lives, when they need it most. Look Good Feel Better understand that the way we look on the outside can have a powerful influence on how we feel on the inside. With makeup, skincare, skills and a positive attitude, they transform the look and the outlook of over 3000 New Zealand women with cancer every year... Look Good Feel Better’s famous lipstick pens and bookmarks were going back on sale for "Feel Better Month" (July) so we were set the task of giving these items a makeover themselves.
Client / Artwork: Brother Design
Creative Direction, Packaging
Firefighter fitness exam -survival kit
So, my awesome wife has been training for the last 6 months to follow her dream and become a firefighter. She flew through the written exam and it's now time for the fitness test. Of course she has myself, friends and family right behind her but I wanted to create a little survival kit for before and after the test.
I'll let you work out the order in which things go, and what was inside the card...
Creative Direction, Packaging
*KA-BOOM* Paper Tanks
One of the best subject lines I've ever had... "We want a cardboard tank"
Brief: x2 conditions
1. It must be able to be pressed out of an A4 sheet of paper
2. It needs to be cool
Client - The Image Centre - Robin Charles illustration.
Retro, Cardboard TV
"Mat, we want you to build us a cardboard TV"
Brief: x2 conditions
1. We'd like it brown and kinda retro looking, just go for it!
2. Can we have it on Wednesday... ?
This TV will house a stop motion commercial, inside it's screen.
Client - OnDigital - www.ondigital.co.nz
Advertising, Art Direction, Packaging
Splash Brands - Baby Steps
Since 2011, Splash Brands have been creating outstanding products and never take shortcuts. They supply the ideas, oversee the product design, manage production, retail and wholesale. Since Splash Brands are in charge, there's no need to make compromises and only release a product once they absolutely know that it could not be any better.
Baby Steps needed to travel well through the mail as it is distributed around the world. This package has an E Flute skeleton for rigidity and a 350gsm printed cardboard outer for the looks. A tough little cookie.
Creative Direction, Packaging
YOLKR egg separator
Forget the traditional method of transferring the yolk between cracked egg shells... and the mess, broken yolks and floating shells that go with it. YOLKR is an innovative and stylish way of separating egg yolks from whites. Basically, it sucks... but in a good way!
It was my task to design the packaging for this ridiculously good looking kitchen item. The brief had some vital features to be considered: 1: Keep the beauty of the product - to have it shown as much as possible and able to be touched/squeezed. 2: Preferably the ability to hang or sit nicely in-stores.
I went through a few options (see hand cut concepts & pack testing below)
The final single YOLKR package had it all. Once this little beauty was complete I then created a few point of sale pieces and a transit display too. With my structural part finished I handed the baton to my friends at Curious Design and they knocked it out of the park!
YOLKR - IT SUCKS
"Suits you sir" A cardboard, snazzy dresser
This snappy dresser isn't made up by some clever graphic design ... oh no.
Entirely made from cardboard, this snazzy little sucker is the perfect leave behind when you intend to make a smart impression. Inspired by a certain English spy - this chap here presents as a nice and tidy suit. Rocking up to meetings looking rather dapper for the occasion, whilst you're wearing your tight black jeans and favourite t-shirt.
The suit jacket opens up like a charm and presents a business card, neatly tucked into the shirt pocket - nice.
Cardboard Fridge - Cheese Wheel, Milk & Cream
I was asked to design a knock out concept to use for a pitch to a leading dairy company. This monster design came from an informal chat - discussing perhaps designing a milk carton to fill with info, goodies etc ... before I knew it the conversation turned into a fully fledged ideas smorgasbord!
Cheese wheel - To display all of the various parts, strengths & capabilities of their business
Milk carton - Holding documents & promotional goodies
Cream carton - Sweets/lollies & hunger busting bribery
These were all cool ideas and worked well for the industry but it needed to be presented cleverly.
The Fridge - Not only does this bad boy come with internal fittings to hold everything in place neatly and rather charmingly, it boasts a magnetic hinged door with a PVC window so you can see the delights before opening.
I love goooooold... Fonterra Tetra Pak award
Of course a gold bullion style solid gold Tetra Pak would have been epic ... but erm, pretty costly (No offence Peter) Instead a hand cut & formed pack was the way to go.
This was created with Spicers 300gsm sirio pearl aurum (metallic gold) and digitally printed. Once the Tetra was half glued up, a block of wood was cut to size, sanded and added for a good weight & feel for the award, then simply sealed.
Client & artwork: tried&true
The wonderful .. Mr Greg Straight's Portfolio
Greg is a pretty whizz illustrator and found my details through the design grapevine ... He contacted me and asked (demanded) that I create him a portfolio piece that would encapsulate his talent. He had been fortunate enough to bump into and chat to the art director of Wallpaper* Magazine whilst in Auckland at the Semi Permanent exhibition. Greg still appeals that he was NOT stalking him ... The facts still remain unknown and rather shadey!
Wallpaper* Mag receive thousands of emails with "ooh, ooh, look at my work" all of the time and Greg was tipped off that hardly any of them were read, as the guy just simply has not got the time to go through them all. However, he said that he can't help himself if something was to be delivered through the mail ...
So - Greg & I sat down and discussed that we would create something funky, different and that would travel across the globe and still look like it had been handled like the crown jewels. Creating multiple layers of corrugated card and cutting cool little cut-outs, it made the perfect hollowed out book that effortlessly showed off his work and presented in a way that received a chorus of applause when it arrived on the directors desk in the UK. Needless to say that Greg has now pushed his way to the top of the list when it comes to choosing an illustrator.
View his work here: www.gregstraight.com
idealog cardboard cover shoot
It was a pretty cool day when the idealog team asked me to help design, build and setup a cardboard cover shoot for their Nov/Dec issue. The magazine was going to include the NZ Innovator Awards and an extensive piece on exporting goods to China so we needed to do something innovative and around the idea of taking ideas to the world...
After a good brainstorming session with Aimee (a wicked art director) I was basically given the nod to get to work and cut lots of cool things out of cardboard, it was awesome!
The large head with all the landmarks was made from E Flute and cut with an Esko cutter slooooowly... as for the clouds and baloons, I simply cut & creased these by hand on some nice 350gsm stock. We used the Esko again for the letters, these were made 3D by layering one on top of each other - B Flute.
The shoot took us around 5 hours and had many important elements, such as: patience, masking tape, fishing wire, biscuits, knot tying, beer, standing on tippy toes, laughing, climbing, wobbling, shaking, nodding, and of course, a whole heap of photography gear.
The cheeky devils then decided to put me in the piece and slap me on the cover too - ha, stoked! My mum is going to be so proud...
Art Director - Aimee Carruthers
Editor, idealog - Hazel Phillips
Photographer - Bryce Carleton
Art Direction, Packaging
Epic - fly fishing kit
In Epic's words... New Zealand is our home, but we've been adventuring, diving, hiking and fishing for a while now, more than 30 years in-fact. From Antarctica to Key West, the Aleutian Islands to the Cook Islands and most places in-between. During our travels we've come to learn and appreciate the value of top quality gear - and that's what we produce and sell. Simple.
We've taken this experience and sourced or developed what we believe are the absolute best products in their class, to do so we've teamed up with some very clever engineers, designers and manufacturers. Swift gear is designed and developed by the people at the pointy end.
With this said... I couldn't let them down by creating any old package, this one had to be custom built and remain awesome through the rigorous levels of testing that the couriers may lay upon it, not only within NZ but overseas travel. Creating cradles & inserts for their beautiful components was key here, not just for dashing good looks but to keep them secure. The fitting also has hidden rolled supports inbetween, underneath and along the sides for maximum impact protection. We were also able to manage some sneaky rod holders below the fitting that you can pop up to place your rod nicely whilst making it up - rad!
Sans New Generation Cueticals
Final & Concepts:
PH & SHINE CORRECTOR - Restores hair to its virgin state by altering the pH with a unique combination of B vitamins and fruit enzymes. Sans needed a simple, elegant carton to hold the bottle securely.
Double module kit
This was a juicy bit of cardboard engineering work - I loved it!
Lucid Design were asked to gather all of these elements together and package them up. After converstaions we knew that we were not going to just lob all the bits into a big box!
So... we set out to create two separate bundles that could hold each component nicely, along with all of it's bits and bobs. This way, not only does it look great but the end user - the customer understands what goes with what. Simple.
Meadow Fresh diorama
&some needed some punch for Meadow Fresh POS
I developed and constructed a pretty simple diorama piece built out of 3 different layers & cunnigly joined them together, plus a lip along the front so they don't slip backwards and get lost down the back of a massive fridge in store!
TVNZ - NZ Marketing Awards
These awards, now 22 years old, were given a major revamp by Tangible Media in 2012. With a new brand and design template and a bolder mission to celebrate “Everything Marketing” the relaunch generated stunning results: 49% increase in entries and ticket sales and record haul of sponsorship revenue. For the 2013 spectacle they wanted to be even more kick-ass and invited me to create the already stunning award from cardboard to create beautiful centre pieces for the tables.
These worked out so well that we couldn't help but make a 2 x 3m version for the red carpet. Boom.
www.whitedoor.co.nz - Awards night images, Nigel King
The Little Card Factory
Emma Fraser is the designer and creator behind The Little Card Factory. Growing up in the UK, she moved to New Zealand in 2008 to complete her Visual Arts degree at Auckland University of Technology. Knowing the corporate world wasn't for her, she decided to take her love for cards and illustration further and started The Little Card Factory. In a world surrounded by technology and emails, TLCF invites you to take the time out and enjoy the simple pleasure of sending a card. It will make someones day, they promise. Simplicity is key at The Little Card Factory & with the Little Squares of Positivity added to their range, it's time that your desk filled you with a positive charge...
Illustrations/artwork - the talented Emma at TLCF
bayly&moore - good stuff
Documentary style storytelling is what bayly&moore dig more than anything - shooting images that tell genuine stories and show real people at their best. They needed a neat little package to pass to their clients after a shoot. Bam.
Cardboard Clapper DM Piece for dpod Auckland
dpod offer design, photo, video, print & packaging ...
Brief: Create a rad DM piece
With such a neat plethora of skills and service, dpod wanted to create a piece that is not only visually striking but encapsulates the dpod brand/experience - "possible is everything"
Where to start ...
Idea - *BANG* Clapper board
In a nutshell ... a working, cracking, snapping clapper board! Within this lies a cinema style pack that slides open on either side just like at the start of the movies. Showing off a DVD video showreel & a snazzy booklet with pro shot images of the packaging that they have created for clients.
With some creative thinking and as always, some rather good cardboard engineering - the vision was born.
The clapper is made from E Flute and has a magnetic closure on the reverse flap. Once you open this, a clever piece of wizardry has the inside popping out around 15mm so you can pull it out easily and think "what the ... how the ... ?" Once you calm your excitement levels, you simply pull either end of the stage apart and it reveals the goodies to drool over.
A perfect solution to demonstrate the dpod experience - design, photo, video, print, packaging & smarts
Contact the crew to get your hands on one of these and have a look at the serious skills that these guys offer
CAST, CREW, CREDITS
Director - Andrew Nalder, dpod (plus the wizardry pop out idea)
Artwork - Gregoire Aubourg, dpod
Photography - Bryce Carleton, dpod
Print, production, make up - dpod team
Structural packaging design / vision - Mat Bogust (AKA me)
Advertising, Branding, Packaging
WARWICK Accessory Pack
Curious Design were giving Warwick's accessory range a bit of refresh and I was asked to re shape the packaging for the ruler, protractor, eraser, sharpener & pencils set. Originally these were sold on a piece of printed card & bagged up. They were looking for something a little more stylish but would still stay streamlined and could easily hang in stores ...
With a bit on ninja cardboard engineering, the items now fit nicely on a internal fitting and housed in a sleek, curved pillow pack style carton - accompanied with a smart window & of course a hanger with a euro-hook.
Brand Design Kudos - www.curious.co.nz
Pineapple Heads Display
These guys have raised the bar in kids hair products ... Making the purest, yummiest kids hair products known to man. Now they’ve got five super duper products that have been fully kid tested and approved. So they were ready to go into hair salons and show them off.
The product itself looks so cool & vibrant, the display needed to be designed to show the goods as much as possible, kinda like a stage. The base of the bottles have a small lip so we were able to locate them into cut-outs in the plinth to hold them neatly in place. With the character shaped header card, this little beauty is rather striking ...
Spicers - New Range Promo Pack
Spicers have been servicing people's paper needs in New Zealand for almost 100 years, and maintain a strong global identity with operations in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States. They say that there is nothing more exciting than a blank piece of paper .... Paper is a promise, it is one half of a relationship waiting to be completed by the other half - your vision.
With this in mind they wanted to extend their already enormous paper range and add new boards that are perfect for sign & display needs.
Generally when a range like this comes out, paper companies tend to stack A4 sized pieces into a large, crude box and lob it on your desk and say "here, look at our new range .. we do really thick stuff now" You politely say "that's great news" and start the process of deciding where to put this oversized box that you've just been struck with. It generally ends up kicked under you desk or in a filling cabinet somewhere because you can't bare to look at it.
Spicers recognized this and decided to make the pieces the same size as a swatch book - easy.
The pack was designed to show off some whizzy cardboard engineering using their product and effortlessly have their new range easily accessible and more importantly ... worthy of sitting on your desk.
See their full range here - www.spicersnz.co.nz
Great artwork completed by Switch - www.switch.co.nz
Fruit Syrup Gift Range
An NZ based design agency approached me with a fantastic challenge ... To create a stunning and delicious x3 bottle gift pack which boasts the products glorious colours and allows light to sparkle through at every angle.
There were 2 key no-no's ...
NOT to be made from corrugated board
NOT to be a drab windowed carton
Music to my ears as I wouldn't have dreamed of making something so standard and predictable! Knowing this brief was a cracker and my packaging senses tingling with excitement I swiftly went to work to create this masterpiece
The pack was designed to show as much of the bottles as physically possible - I managed this by engineering the top & bottom walls to take the bottles base & cap - just the right size to load the tops in and snap the bases into place ... awesome ... however, these little beauties are heavy and needed extra support than just the cardboard to make sure they stay nice and safe. The solution was to design and develop custom and perfectly sculpted E Flute fittings that are easily slipped into the cavity walls during make-up, adding strength, stability and the final touch to have this design looking immaculate & sleek on the outside, whilst having a solid corrugated skeleton system underneath.
This pack design would be nowhere without the artwork and print job from the guys at Samdog. Creating five faultless designs to capture the essence of this fantastic brand - kudos
Humdinger Design adopted a unified approach to design and messaging in the GIB® ReadyLock® project to ensure a consistent aesthetic mixing GIB®’s bold colours with subtle print process for a simple and recognisable solution across all the collateral.
The sample folder and brochures it contained became critical to setting the tone of the product at its launch among specifiers and architects. I was asked to design & develop the way it was all delivered and held together, its sleek white satin laminated finish and high-density foam, was a direct hit with the client and was well received by end users who appreciate unique solutions to the well trodden road of sample folders.
The ReadyLock system was a Best Design Award finalist in identity design and product design where it earned a silver pin.
Architecture, Branding, Packaging
Rudolf Xmas Card
Every year you get the same old Christmas cards that drop through your door....
The Image Centre wanted to do something a little different, so a pop out reindeer was designed and delivered with a ho ho ho this year!
Artwork / Illustration: Robin Charles, ICG
"Stick to either side of your monitor, mug, or head of colleague"
Merry Christmas everyone!
Art Direction, Packaging
Changing the world 1:FACE at a time
The 1:Face Watch empowers YOU to create change in the World.
Each colour watch represents a different cause and has a particular metric tied to it. When you buy a watch, this metric is carried out by our supporting charities. For example, when you buy 1 white watch, our supporting charity One Day's Wages provides food supplements to 16 children in the Horn of Africa.
Designing the packaging for these watches was as awesome as the cause itself ..
The packaging is all about the watch, simplicity is key. Choosing crystal clear PET we crafted/engineered a fitting which enables the watch to appear suspended in mid-air and is complimented between two end caps, simply framing the watch as they come in a variety of colours, depending on the charity.
These will change the world … Keep your eyes peeled, this is going to be BIG!
Thanks to Fam Mirza for asking me to change the world with them and to join the vision …
Check out the 1:FACE website for details & how you can get hold of these, and indeed change the world "1:FACE at a time"
Tandem Photography is a Christchurch based company of professional photographers committed to offering excellence in a diverse range of photographic services. These guys have become one of the most sought after Christchurch wedding photographers and are available within New Zealand and internationally for wedding photography. Award winning wedding photographers work with you in a unique way using two photographers to capture your day in a natural and unobtrusive way. At Tandem Photography they are passionate in their work and proud of their results ...
In respect to enquiries and future work, Tandem wanted a nice presentation pack that they could mail out to potential clients that would have all the information that they may require. Plus, to look a little fancy too.
A paper covered, rigid box & lid was the way to go, a nice little fitting with a ribbon for easy access to the goodies and a sleeve to finish it off, lovely.
ArtyInk - Paper Wishes
Even without print this looks phenomenal. To open the pack, you fold 1 half of the heart on the front up and the other down – hey presto, it comes apart ... engaging with the client. They are then presented with the wonderful booklet containing their hearts that they’re so excited to fill out on their special day.
By pulling out the booklet – POW ... there’s the pen, placed to the left side leaving a nice amount of space for some artwork/details. A heart as a cut out so you can see the return courier bag under the fitting. The bag is red so it fits in absolutely perfectly – awesome!
CHALKD - Mailer packaging
These sweet chalk boards are getting pretty popular & the guys at CHALKD needed a snazzy mailer to not only look the part but to do the business when it’s thrown around by the courier sorters!
First things first … End caps were developed to slip over each end to stop those pretty, hand crafted corners getting bashed in if it was dropped. Designed to be self make up & friction fit - these were just the ticket. Accompanied with a simple cross wallet to form the outer wrap …. marvellous!
All components were made from Kraft E Flute
CRC "One Drop" Range
x4 ONE DROP bottle pack ...
Gusto Design approached me with some very nice work that they'd developed for "ONE DROP"
Three differently labelled bottles which looked the business and needed some packaging to house them.
The brief was to design some stylish as well as sturdy packaging. It was a clear vision to me that the pack would indeed keep with the branding. This meant keeping the display as open as possible and the front having the same shape as the bottle to give prominent shelf appeal and recognition. These packs are to be sold in the likes of Bunnings and Mitre 10 so there will be many hands reaching and grabbing at this product. So the design was engineered to have a custom shaped fitting placed into the bottom to hold the bottles individually. This means that when a buyer picks one out, all of the others stand tall and proud instead of slipping forward or over and looking untidy ... we wouldn't want that now would we! Adding a euroslot too means that these can hang from shelf struts also if needed. Great for when shelf space may be limited or they have a promotion in store.
Material: E Flute
Artwork: Labels & Packaging - Jason Petterson, Gusto Design
Packaging, Industrial Design, Branding
Here are concepts and final design that I’ve been badgering away on for SwypeGloves. Of course, these are all proven & structurally magnificent … Lucid Design created the artwork & brought this pack to life. See the design evolution & details of the brand below:
(we chose the last design for production)
“Magic in your fingertips” www.swypegear.com
You’ve skinned your computer monitors, internet browsers and even your mobile devices to match your identity. Now, it’s time to skin your palms. Introducing SwypeGloves, the innovative new palm skins, infused with conductive fibers that allow you to operate your touch sensitive screens and devices with ten finger flawless precision while keeping you toasty warm! SwypeGloves are compatible with all common touchscreen devices like iPhones, iPods, iPads, HTC Droid and more. Its really magic in your fingertips
This Is Stolen Rum - Dark & Gold/White Bottle Displays
The most sought after of spirits, Caribbean rum was once stolen and run by rogues and racketeers, illicitly sipped in the speakeasies of the American prohibition. Bewitched by the last drops of a rum that had been run into New York City in the 1920s, New Zealand rum fanatics Jamie Duff and Roger Holmes resolved to run rum to a new generation of wrongdoers.
Theirs would be a premium rum blended for a contemporary palate, but one true to the great rums of New York speakeasies and the spirit of the runners who stole and ran them. Stolen Rum is a New World interpretation of that rare and beguiling taste, liberated from the Caribbean by the rum-runners of Downtown Auckland, New Zealand.
Some neat display units for this tasty drop ... Nice, clean & simple design to show off this gnarly rum in all of its glory. Made from B Flute with re-enforced strengtheners inside the body to take x20 bottles.
Daines & Associates Corporate Gift...
To design 2 concepts to present as a corporate gift.
Approaching the festive time of year, creating a quirky cracker was the first direction to head in. The ends were designed & engineered so the receiver can twist open & access the items inside. Keeping it classy and adding a nifty personal touch - the clients new house placed on top. Then, with a “light bulb” moment...Based on what every architect has used before, the yellow pencil had to be developed. Changing one end to be the point, the twist open end effortlessly became the eraser & with perfect execution...this blew them away.
A simple note inside or some handmade chocolates inside- a great gift
Packaging, Branding, Industrial Design
Expresspak - Cardboard collection for a tradeshow
Expresspak are a food and beverage packaging specialist. Their extensive experience in custom printed packaging and exceptional customer service is highly regarded by customers who are leading operators in the coffee roasting, café, convenience store and speciality food markets across the country.
Having a spot at the fine foods tradeshow - ASB Showgrounds, Auckland they wanted to grab attention by showing how creative cardboard can be ... Brilliant!
These creations below received lots of attention and stole visitors from the other stands left, right & centre. Folks sitting on the corrugated chairs, enjoying a nice tasty coffee whilst perusing the selection of products that these guys have to offer - Win.
Artwork, print/cut & photography - www.dpod.com
Lucid Design - Free Postcards...
Lucid Design wanted to release Lucid Cards - a new advertising initiative which gives businesses the possibility of exposure locally nationally and internationally. They needed a stylish way of holding and displaying the cards without using clumpy wooden or metal racks...
With a shared vision, it was possible to create an awesome, innovative design – curved, sleek & able to attach to a wall. The cards have been produced & they are readily available & for FREE in local establishments & with the plan to go national & global, a very exciting opportunity.
Printed on eco-friendly paper and garnished with fresh, original designs, Lucid Cards are a great way to sustainably promote your business throughout New Zealand and abroad.
Sarau Media Presentation Pack...
Sarau Media came to me with a fantastic USB stick that they had customized with their logo. Planning to present the sticks to potential new clients, they felt that the plastic box that it came in didn’t quite cut the mustard so asked for my ninja packaging skills…I developed a custom fit cardboard fitment that held the USB all nice and tight with the bonus of a business card next to it for company. I then made a bufferwall, hinged lid for the outer box that created the perfect canvas for advertising Sarau Media’s services, & to be fair, looks like a quality product - Just like theirs.
Packaging, Multimedia, Industrial Design
Epicure Trading - Cone Holder
These guys make the coolest green bean eco-tableware, ideal for unique food presentation.
A problem that kept raising it's head was just how to hold and present their disposable cones.
So ... in keeping with the eco feel, I designed a corrugated paddle style holder. Perfect for passing around tasty treats by caterers at functions/gatherings. They needed to stand also whilst loading or on display, so triangular feet were developed to match the cones features.
Pretty nice hey ...
Kerstiens Hand Crafted Chocolates
Launching 4 new truffle flavours distinctively from New Zealand, Kerstiens asked for concept designs that would demonstrate elegance & quality with a touch of "the natural look"