The Story of Little Cloud Nine


Sunrise Packaging is more than just a box manufacturer. From start to finish, we can bring your product to life. Our unique facility, consolidated with a variety of machinery and tools from several walks of manufacturing, coupled with our mission to be the most complete fulfillment house around, makes this shop truly one-stop. We pride ourselves on planning the interior and exterior. Custom inserts and outer decor. If you need personalized flash drives preloaded with data to complete your launch kit, we can do it! Custom mailers for shipping? No problem!

But did you know we might even be able to help create your product itself?

 

steve and jan diemer_inventor of the little cloud nine travel pillow

 

Such is the case for one Steve Diemer. If you don’t know him by his name, you probably know him by his product. Steve is the inventor of Little Cloud Nine™ travel pillow and we were lucky enough to get to pick his brain about it.

 

 

little cloud nine travel pillow in useWhat is story behind your product?


“Little Cloud Nine ™ was a travel pillow idea born years ago while I was in agony on a coach-class seat somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Since then it’s been tested, refined and tested again. With the Little Cloud Nine ™ travel pillow, you can rest and relax in an amazingly comfortable sitting position, keeping your head, neck, and spine aligned. Our vented support cushion is reusable, inflates and deflates quickly, and stores flat in a purse or carry-on bag. Little Cloud Nine™ can be used on planes, trains, buses, cars and any other preferred mode of transportation. Little Cloud Nine™ makes a great gift for your traveling friends. Make your coach seat feel like first class with Little Cloud Nine.”

How was Sunrise Packaging able to assist in bringing the Little Cloud Nine™ to life?

 

“My product needed special welding of an inflatable material and I was stymied by not having anyone with the know how to put my product together. I called the company that makes the specialized welding equipment and asked if they would give me the name of someone who used their equipment and was good at it. The company spokesman did not hesitate. He said Rod Herdina, Sunrise Packaging, Blaine Mn was the best he knew. I called Rod and asked if he would see me and take a look at the idea. He was most gracious and invited me to come and see him. We had made several mockups and he was able to visualize how a cylindrical shape could be made using materials impervious to air. Without Rod Herdina and Sunrise Packaging it is doubtful my product would have made it to market.”

little cloud nine sbs paperboard packagingWow! Thanks, Steve! That’s high praise!

From the early stages of Steve’s design, Sunrise was there working with him from the initial concept. We used RF sealing to create the actual pillow. RF, or radio frequency, sealing uses high frequency electromagnetic energy to bond materials. In the case of the travel pillow, it was a medical grade flocked plastic that we sourced just for his product.

 

That’s right, we didn’t just packaging his product, we made it! Of course, in the end, we used our specialties–logo silkscreening and sbs paperboard packaging–to finish the job all under one roof!

You can struggle with concept planning, you can search for mockup artists, you can bounce around from manufacturer to manufacturer trying to all the pieces in place–or you can put in a call to Sunrise Packaging. We get the job done from start to finish.

6 Eco Friendly Ideas for Post-Consumer Corrugated Cardboard

 

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So What Do You Do with Your Custom Corrugated Boxes After They Serve Their Purpose?

 

Recycle them, of course. That’s obvious. We all know that generating post-consumer waste is nearly unavoidable in the retail market, but corrugated cardboard is an eco friendly post-consumer fiber that is easily recycled. And it’s place in retail as light-but-durable packaging is widely celebrated.

 

But how are you going to recycle it? I’m not talking about the route you take to the recycling center. I’m talking about the step in between. You know about that step, right? The part where your post-consumer corrugated cardboard becomes the key to crafting? The doorway to imagination? I mean, you’ve heard about that, right?

 

Custom corrugated boxes are eco friendly. But they’re also kid friendly. You’ve seen it before: some birthday or Christmas where the box gets more mileage than the toy inside. Kids love cardboard. Parents: don’t be discouraged by this–embrace it! Get that kid a box and let them go hog wild!

 

Recently, I wrote about how corrugated cardboard has been vital to prototyping my own board game. Yes, the cardboard box has become coveted in my household. Brown Gold, we call it. But it got me thinking: there’s a lot of awesome ways for kids to use corrugated cardboard boxes that can be quite beneficial to their creativity (and the environment). Here’s a few, just off the top of my head.

 

Make a Puzzlepost-consumer corrugated cardboard for custom board games and puzzles

Puzzles are one of the most timeless toys in history. Going to the store to pick one out is fun…but how about making one? Take a piece of corrugated cardboard and either draw right on it, or glue on a picture. Flip it over and sketch out the pieces. The cutting part might need a little supervision–or maybe an adult with an Exacto knife–but at the end, you’ll have a thick, sturdy puzzle made to your exact specifications. Definitely a good project for a rainy afternoon.
 

Make a “Layer Sculpture”

Keep those scissors handy. Break down some corrugated cardboard boxes and cut out a base for your sculpture. Essentially, you’re going to become a 3-D printer, crafting your little statue layer by layer from the ground up. Stencil out the next piece so that it fits within the confines of the base, and so on and so on. Eventually with a little stacking and glue, you’ll have a layer sculpture. A castle spire, the Statue of Liberty. You can even make yourself that Academy Award you’ve always deserved.

 

Make a Giant Interactive Board Game

Now this use for corrugated cardboard will really get you moving around! Breakdown a repurposed cardboard box or two. Or three, or four, or five. (A good old B-Flute RSC Box would be perfect.) Use the flaps as spaces for a giant board game. Get out the markers and crayons to add rules and regulations to the spaces. Collect 200 Pennies or Win a Candy Bar or whatever! Half the fun of making a board game is making up the rules. And making a giant, fully-interactive board game that can go around the house, through the yard, or all of the above will definitely getting the creative motors running. And don’t forget the giant cardboard box dice! 

 

Make Room!

Sure this is fun for kids, but it’s also good for parents, right? Use some repurposed cardboard boxes to create a den of storage cubbies. Or turn existing shelving a little more personal and private by creating custom drawers for each member of the family. Everybody needs more space. Stack’em up and see that precious floor space you’ve been missing!

 

Make Stencils

I use this a lot in my board game design when I need to draw a particular shape or symbol over and over again. Take a sturdy piece of corrugated cardboard and cut out a cool shape. Now you have a template for drawing shapes again and again, and the best part is they’ll be personalized to what you like drawing! Maybe you’re a 5-leaf clover fan, or partial to crescent moons! The options are endless!

 

Make a Robot

box bot, eco friendly idea for post-consumer corrugated cardboard

 

 

I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t suggest making a robot to someone. But a custom box made of corrugated cardboard makes the perfect robot parts. 5 or 6 of them stacked together make for all the components of a robot. With very sizes and shapes of boxes, you can make a pretty unique bot. Make it a mini, or life-sized. Just try not to give it artificial intelligence–I’ve heard that ends poorly.

 

 

 

 

Whew! That should hold you for awhile, right? Two rainy saturdays, at the very least. These ideas are all fine and well, but it’s important to remember what it means for the environment. Every time you get a little more use out that custom packaging or corrugated box before the recycling bin, you’re contributing to the fight against post-consumer waste. Granted the eco friendly nature of corrugated cardboard plays its part in that battle, but why not get something creative out of the deal while you’re at it? After all, it’s a lot easier to utilize something than figure out how to properly dispose of it.

 


 

Creative Software Packaging for Developers

The FlashPad (n)

1. The premiere software packaging solution for anyone trying to take something mundane and make it pop.

 

You know, like a flash drive. Want to give it a real stage presence? A bit of pageantry goes a long way when you’re trying to stand out among competitors, or even just be remembered. The Flashpad fits that bill, while retaining the functionality we’ve grown to love about personalized packaging.

 

I’ve mentioned before how custom USB drives driving business as an alternative to the business card at trade shows. They are a fantastic, reusable asset that puts your company’s name at the fingertips of a potential client on a daily basis. There’s no better marketing tool than an asset that has multiple purposes. What began with a square of paper, became a pen, and now ends with a veritable digital portfolio, smaller than both its predecessors and infinitely more functional.

credit card drives primed for custom software packaging from sunrise packaging

But what if you dwell in a world where customized flash drives are the currency of the realm. A techie business, where you are literally swimming in a pile of flash drives. Water water everywhere and all that. Certainly there must be a way of standing out in that domain, right?

 

The FlashPad should be a go-to for any up-and-coming software developer or game designer. Why? Because if the bulk of your work exists within the walls of a computer, there’s not much to hold onto in the real world. Believe it or not, seeing is still believing, even in the online era that we live in. Trade shows, conventions, and business expos are still relevant outlets for new products, digital or otherwise. And custom flash drive packaging still makes the difference.

 

If you’re a software developer, maybe you have great new antivirus product. Now, you can fish for leads online, hoping that a pop-up catches someone’s eye and brings them back to your site for a download. But we all know where pop-ups end up. And do you really want your antivirus program associated with a pop-up? I don’t know know about you, but every helpful piece of software I’ve ever downloaded has come from word of mouth.

 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: not everyone opens an email, but everyone opens a FlashPad. The same can be said of a pop-up. But chances are you won’t immediately close a FlashPad the moment it appears.

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In fact, it’s just the opposite. Like an intriguing book, or the compact disc (in it’s prime), curiosity will drive your potential client to open your sharp software packaging. And with a FlashPad, it will be a memorable experience, complete with images, text, high-definition graphics, and a diecut foam insert housing your flash drive. Consider the FlashPad a preview of what’s to come when they plug in your USB drive.

 

 

So how can software packaging help exactly? Well, a plug-and-play jump drive loaded with your software demo is that much closer to being downloaded. An indie game delivered in a classy, flip-open binding on a flash drive is that much closer to being played. Not only are you providing your potential user/gamer/customer with the ability to get started quicker, the FlashPad offers you the luxury of including other materials. A pen, a stylus, a keychain, even a good old fashioned business card if you’re feeling nostalgic. Why pick and choose what to include when you can store it all in a clean, organized display.

 

It’s like a mini trade show in the palm of your hand!


 

Get Creative with Promotional Packaging

To catch the eye of a targeted consumer, branded promotional packaging can make a world of difference. The best way to accomplish this is through using high end materials and design to catch the attention of prospective clientele, and gaining interest for new product roll outs. By improving printing processes, product layout, and overall design, a brand can interact with its marketed consumer while improving and promoting their brand identity in general. When a company participates in interactive promotional packaging of their product, they hold the consumer’s attention and ensure higher rates of consumption in the future. The goal of this type of packaging design is to become more involved in the decisions of the consumer and their purchasing experience. Here at Sunrise, we see a wide variety of packaging solutions that are created to promote a new product line, or even awareness of existing company services. From USB packaging  like a Flashpad used to distribute information, to large scale product demonstration kits like the Key Surgical case shown here, companies are finding innovative a creative ways to extend their brand.

Soul Music Set: Collector’s Edition

We found this creative box on the Packaging of the World creative packaging design gallery and just had to share! This packaging solution definitely thinks outside of the box and case. Made for a limited edition music compilation, Soulfinger music production and soul music artists have come together to create a collector’s item. This highly detailed, unique piece adds value to the music collaboration by making the entire set special and gift-like. Both the construction of the box and material choice are out of the ordinary, but in a way that catches the eye of the consumer and entices them to at the very least pick it up!

Limited Edition Camera Box Set

This refined packaging solution creates a unique brand experience when being opened. The turned edge box and the entire set is made exclusively with paper, paying close attention to production sustainability. Introduced by Geometry Global Frankfurt, the Leica X2 Edition Fedrigoni, The Paper Skin is the main attraction in this high end box that we found on thedieline. Using a pearlescent Fedrigoni paper, the leather trim of the camera is replaced and becomes a part of the product. The collaboration between Fedrigoni and Leica Camera resulted in a tailor made product, packaging solution, and cohesive set that shows attention to detail and standards for high quality.

Hardcover Slipcase and Box

This packaging solution we found on Packaging of the World is for the VEGA Secret Note- a smart phone device that is meant to be used as a diary. The box and turned edge slipcase for the product is meant to give the look and feel of a personal journal or private diary. Invoking an emotional reaction, the product is well represented for its features as well as the personal benefit it will bring the consumer. The turned edge box has a clean, high end design that not only protects the device but displays the product with impressive shelf presence. Clean white space can often be underrated in graphic design, but at some point it is important to let the product and packaging do the talking for you. We appreciate the use of a hard cover slipcase that makes the product easily accessible once purchased, yet completely encased and protected in a retail environment.

Custom Box Inserts: Foam or Plastic?

The videos below show two options for custom inserts in box packaging solutions. Both of these examples are rigid setup boxes, but plastic trays and die-cut foam can be used in a wide variety of our turned edge solutions. For example, thermoformed plastic trays sealed onto a turned edge flat can make a great album or sales kit that holds a selection of product samples. Check out these videos to see how you can customize inside cavities for your next packaging project.

Deluxe Box Set

turned edge boxThis packaging example is for a deluxe box set edition of  Random Access Memories from Daft Punk. High end packaging solutions a special edition music go together like peanut butter and jelly, and this example rose to the occasion and delivered a special set. The box is turned edge, except instead of using paper, the box is wrapped with cloth and stamped with a gold foil logo of Random Access Memories. The intricacies of this custom box extend beyond the outside wrap; individual contents of the box set are separated by dividers that are adorned with pattern and texture relevant to Daft Punk themselves. This kit is super custom all throughout with Daft Punk inspired foil stamps, reusable USB flash drives, schematic posters, collector’s vinyl, and even a cloth-bound hard cover book. The use of the word “deluxe” has never been more appropriate!daft punk

Blog Source: thedieline

 

Commemorative Gift Set

custom boxThis packaging set is a commemorative gift box in celebration of the Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary. Premium spirits brand Crystal Head Vodka is the featured item in this Stones-branded gift set. The innovative box is a carton with double doors opening up in the front with a gold zipper and small platform. Once the creative layout was determined to represent a stage for a show, the next step was to apply the famous graphics that adorn Rolling Stones memorabilia everywhere. With eye-catching design and representative graphics, this high end gift set holds the Crystal Head vodka securely with a vacuum formed holder (the packaging needed to withstand shipping and drop testing). The limited edition set has done very well in the U.S., Canada, U.K.., Australia, and Mexico. Read more about this rock and roll packaging at PackWorld!