Playing games is something that goes back to the beginning of sentient beings. Ok, I don’t *know* that, but we can assume that once beings started being able to think complex thoughts, they were able to become bored. And out of boredom comes attempts at relief, right? That sentiment has endured for centuries. There’s evidence that ancient Romans played tic-tac-toe; Anne Boleyn was quite adept at chess; and in modern times, a simple word game on cards can take the world by storm. It’s no wonder that board games and card games are among some of the most funded Kickstarters. A custom game box is a great way to draw attention to your Kickstarter as well as spread the word about your product.
Ad Magic CEO Shari Spiro (recently profiled in Bloomberg) knows a thing or two about designing a custom game box. Her company has created packaging for the understated Cards Against Humanity and the more crass Poop: The Game, to name a few. Here are a few considerations for those getting ready to design a custom box for a Kickstarter board game or card game.
Considerations For Your Custom Game Box Design
- Have a plan
Don’t pull a number out of thin air when it comes to packaging costs. The goal is to make money, obviously, so think critically about what you want to sell for, and we here at Sunrise can help provide options from there.
- A little whimsy is doable
Crazy custom game packaging abounds on Kickstarter, and not all packaging companies can handle the most extreme. Remember, while outlandish ideas are great to grab attention, they’re not always sustainable. Keep the whimsy to the design, the content, and the game itself.
- Leverage your network
Spiro has her favorite vendors and producers to accomplish the challenges that customers place in front of her. Game makers can also reach out to the other people they know who are working to create games, or Kickstarter campaigns, and capitalize on their lessons learned.
Board games and card games are among the most ambitious projects on Kickstarter. They require a varied skillset: creative, logical, ambitious, not to mention entrepreneurial. Crowdfunding is still something of an emerging model, with clear successes and failures as far as projects go. Do your due diligence when it comes to packaging your product. It can help attract funders in the early stages, and it’ll garner new customers as your product launches.
In honor the recent release (and soon-to-be sold out) Urban Decay Through the Looking Glass eye shadow palette, I decided to revisit the original Alice in Wonderland palette (though note that these are not Sunrise products). What I love about these palettes is, first and foremost, the eye shadow selection. Urban Decay is super pigmented without feeling heavy or weighty, making it easy to vary the intensity. Secondly, the packaging for these palettes is always fun and interesting. The magnetic closure, or netbox, as Sunrise calls them, adds an interesting element. It helps ensure that what lies beneath that top flap stays secure and accessible for days to come. The drawer feature is one of my favorite features. It’s great to pull it out, see all the colors at once, and formulate your blending plan.
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Alice in Wonderland vs. Through the Looking Glass Netbox
The obvious precursor to Through the Looking Glass. The original Alice palette netbox takes obvious inspiration from the original illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. Whimsical mushrooms swirl around the mirror in the pop up portion, the caterpillar looms over Alice, and it’s basically a must-have for literary Alice memorabilia fans and collectors. This was one of the first palettes for which I popped the $60, and the one that made me a convert.
As one of those people, the fact that there are no original shades in this palette isn’t as much of a bummer as it would be others. That might sound surprising, but Urban Decay is notorious for re-purposing older shades in palettes. But it can be frustrating, so it pays to do your research prior to investing in a palette. From a purely financial standpoint, it’s a steal to get 16 eye shadows, two mini eyeliners, and a mini primer potion for that price. Buying each individually would run around $200. Granted, these are smaller than you would buy individually, but still it’s still a better deal.
Photo courtesy of Bustle.com
On the other hand, Through the Looking Glass makes up for it. With 20 new shades and a great design, this netbox delivers in more ways than one. One frequent offenses of the pop-up palettes is that they tend to skew toward the glittery-shimmery side of things, but there’s a good amount of matte shades for change. Another deviation in this palette is the organization of colors. They’re organized into columns according to character. Depending on how creative you are, this might make blending easier or feel limiting. I tend toward the former.
What’s your favorite palette and why?
Custom Setup Boxes for Extending Your Brand
Setup box is probably considered the most classic take on what a “box” actually is. Custom setup boxes comprise of two pieces which are a top and a bottom tray. Custom setup boxes can be put together a few different ways. To get the most sturdy and reliable type of this unsophisticated packaging solution, you should use a rigid setup that uses turned edge construction and presents distinctive customization options. A custom rigid setup box can use a rigid chipboard that may be wrapped with custom artwork which helps give the entire custom box durable support. A great custom setup box design does wonders for your marketing your product and extending your brand.
Custom Designed Luxury Packaging Branding
The Dagmar box and publication set shown here is a great instance of custom designed rigid luxury packaging. The custom packaging uses minimalist design and extends Dagmar’s branding. The custom box grasps the sophisticated simplicity of the logo as well as the products that make brand recognition possible. Characteristic of successful Swedish fashion brand, the two piece rigid setup box shown here is a luxury packaging design that exemplifies the brand and adds value to the product. Using open space wisely, the graphic design on the custom turned edge box is decorated by the logo and a simple tagline. This custom high end luxury box shows how important extending their brand is.
Brand With Distinctive Custom Box Packaging
This custom box we did for the Carolina Panthers shows how branding with distinctive custom box packaging can add tremendous product, marketing and branding value. The custom cigar style box has a spacious custom SBS paperboard tray that holds tickets and other keepsake perks. The custom SBS paperboard tray keeps products divided for a well thought-out display. The top of the box has an overlapping hard cover with a magnetic closure that folds over to cover the custom tray and stays securely shut. We use a black ultima wrap that gives a distinctive impression with an captivating texture. We also used a silver foil stamp of the Carolina Panther logo which gives an upscale vibrant presence for their custom cigar style box. www.sunpack.com
Minimalist Custom Packaging Design
I really appreciate this minimalist custom packaging design that Kanro Candy uses in their custom SBS Paperboard box packaging – sometimes less is more! Kanro Candy is a Japanese candy company with a rich history spanning over 100 years so it is so very important that their custom packaging and branding portrays their message accurately. The custom design for Kanro luxury candy is effortless with and refined details. The custom packaging sustains consistency throughout the Kanro brand by employing one daring color with graphics throughout each gift bag collection. Their custom SBS Paperboard packaging design totally corresponds to what Kanro is all about!
Distinctive, Appealing Custom Packaging
I consider the custom turned edge box packaging for Stick Bears soaps very distinctive, appealing custom packaging. The custom box packaging generates a very natural and luxurious feeling for their product which is what they are all about. Stitch Bears crafted a group of appealing soaps for their organic baby brand and use organic powder from goat’s milk as the soap’s key ingredient. Their custom design packaging fits so well with their product and branding! An additional novelty is the soap’s custom product design, which is crafted to look like a Popsicle. This is intended to diminish a child’s distaste of bathing by correlating their soap with something pleasurable. The wooden stick is also comfortable to hold when the milk soap bubbles become slippery. The custom packaging and design add amazing perceived value of the Stick Bears product and enhances their brand.