Innovations for Packaged Products

Creativity and innovation stand on the shoulders of giants. Meaning that, everything that comes afterwards has to build on what came before. Still not entirely picking up what we're putting down? Let's look at some classic packaged products. 

Product packaging is a straightforward concept. You have a product, and it needs packaging for multitude of reasons. Security. Safety. Shelf life. The reasons go on. But just as there are a myriad of reasons for why packaging is needed, there are just as many potential packaging styles. And most of them started with a simple style. Like the cigar box. Or, the case of our most recent packaging innovation, the setup box

"Shouldering" Packaged Products

The basic setup box consists of two trays that slide together. It's a simple and relatively iconic design. Intuitive and accessible for all ages and abilities, it's popular for tech devices, tools, and more. It's also the basis of our new box style: the two piece set up shoulder box.

As you can see in the video and photos to the side, the "shoulder" is actually a small ledge on which the top tray of the setup box sits. Normally, a the top and bottom trays in setup boxes slide and overlap. The shoulder makes this box style even easier to open, and also adds an additional layer of protection to items inside. We love the presentation of the should set up box as well. The delight of a heightened reveal, or unboxing, is a simple joy that doesn't get enough credit. At least, we don't think so ūüėČ

What's Next?

Just when we think we've explored every avenue of packaging design, someone comes to us with something new. A new request, a new product, a new idea. The wheels start spinning, and we start creating. Before you know it, we've crafted something new and personalized to the project itself. 

This is just one reason why we love chatting with our customers so much. We learn as much as we hope we impart, and value all of our partnerships. Whatever your product packaging needs might be, try Sunrise Packaging. We'd love to see what grows out of the collaboration.

Box Construction Informed by Style

When people talk about construction, they're usually not talking about box construction. They might talk about cranes. Skyscrapers. Majestic, sweeping bridges, or unmistakeable jackhammers. In light of these admittedly bigger projects (at least physically), we'd like to present something smaller, and more immediate. Box construction isn't something that we take lightly. And it deserves more consideration. 

Hear us out. 

Constructing memorable packaging takes more work than simply folding cardboard. There's the material to consider, and the finishing touches. What will the product be, and how can we mirror or forecast it with the box styling? How can we bring it all together?

Box Construction Styles

As a study in style, let's look at the setup box

You've almost definitely held a setup box in your hand. It's ubiquitous in the technology world, especially for smartphones. You probably remember opening up the box for the last smartphone you purchased. The box was probably small, tailored to the brand (white for Apple, black for Samsung, and so on). As you pulled the top off, it probably resisted a little before begrudgingly sliding off slowly. Your new phone--an expensive but exciting purchase--lay cradled inside. 

Did we get it right?

Setup boxes are evocative and classic. They're constructed in a way that makes them firm and rigid, yet--as you experienced--yielding and personal to the user. 

Packaging & Personality

All packaging must (or at least should) be branded. And with a brand, comes personality. 

As we stated above, the chic blankness of an Apple product is practically iconic at this point. So are the set up boxes they use to house their phones and tablets, with no spared expense to create the perfect stage for their products. When someone opens your product packaging, what personality are they witnessing?

Let your product's box construction do the talking for you. That is, after you talk with our team about this project. 

Recyclable Boxes: Reusing Gift Boxes

(This story won’t sound relevant to recyclable boxes or setup boxes, but I promise it’s getting there)! Last December, I received a glass tumbler from Starbucks that I absolutely loved. Although it technically *just packaging,* I also loved the box it came in. Starbucks does a great job creating attractive packaging, and their two-piece setup boxes for the holidays are durable and always feature rich colors. Each year has a different color: last year was red, this year was green, and so on. They also design a brand new series of tumblers every year, so when they sell out, they’re gone forever.

Starbucks recyclable boxesBut I used the setup box to package another gift, keeping the lovely tumbler for myself. However, maybe as a lesson regarding growing too fond of things, I accidentally dropped the tumblr at a gas station in sub-zero temperatures. It shattered. I was sad, and I must have mentioned the fact to my mother (we bought the tumbler together).

Lo and behold, this Christmas, I took the wrapping paper off a present. I recognized the red box, but in the back of my head, I knew that the gift boxes from Starbucks this year were green. I opened the box, and there it was. My shattered tumbler, which she had found online, whole again. Added bonus: I got to keep the box this time around!

As the major December holidays pass, most households are left with a lot of new things which need to find homes as well as a lot of boxes and wrapping paper. Recyclable boxes aren’t a problem (wrapping paper is another story, since the majority of it isn’t recyclable).  There are plenty of ways to take sturdy gift boxes and repurpose them around the house. 

Tips for Reusing Recyclable Boxes

  1. Re-gift
    The easiest thing to do with when you receive a nice gift box? Reuse it for its intended purpose.  The wrong attitude is to think of it as someone else’s problem; rather, think of it as spreading the joy of a nicely-packaged custom gift box. 
  2. Use it as a desk organizer
    Full disclosure: This is how I’m using my own Starbucks setup box. My workspace at home has drawers with organizers, but I’m always looking for something to help me out on top of the desk that doesn’t look like it came from an office supply store. The red box is colorful and not too big. It’s made of sturdy chipboard with sharp edges, so I know it won’t look battered in a few weeks. It’s perfect to hold my oh-so-necessary supply of Gin-Gins, lip balm, favorite fine tip marker pens, and other random necessities, all in one place. 
  3. Holiday storage
    It’s nearly time to pack up all those holiday decorations. Use the sturdier of the boxes you received to switch out any older packaging that’s starting to wear, or to keep any new items safe. In my house, the holiday decorations are pretty secure, in one spot, but occasionally there might be some jostling. Keep your memories safe and secure with an updated custom gift box. 

And When All Else Fails

Break them down and put them in the recycling. Reasonable sentimentality can only go so far. But next year, keep in mind how someone might get some enjoyment out of a nice setup box for their gift. 

How do you upcycle recyclable boxes from the holidays?

Packaging Set for Brand Cohesion

We found the packaging set shown here from the Packaging of the World gallery. The entire set is a collection of fifteen chocolates that each represent an element of being the black sheep of a family or group. A clever way to brand themselves and create a collection, this set uses cohesive branding and design in order to be consistent with their message and product line. The use of color and design in this set it strategic in bringing the attention to the only dark chocolate in the box, creating the black sheep (Sheep Noir) of the group of sweets. We specifically like the use of a custom rigid box to house the diverse set on the inside. By creating a collection with cohesive branding and a variety of colors, makes this luxury packaging set a nice novelty gift that just about any consumer can identify with.

Web Startup Product Packaging

turned edge setup boxThis hard cover two piece¬†setup box holds a small notebook. Baron Fig, is a movement that was started by a group of people that wanted to reintroduce creativity of thoughts and ideas put on paper.¬†They felt that many notebooks on the shelves today are too corporate and branded, creating an initial disconnect from the user. Baron Fig aimed to create an easy-to-use, simple¬† journal¬†of which users truly take ownership. The box¬†that holds the journal is based on simplicity and utility, indicating the category of notebook- and that’s about it. Turned¬†edge boxes were chosen because as a¬†web start-up, they needed a package that would be thick enough to protect the notebook in shipping. We found this packaging solution on thedieline.com.

 

The youtube video below gives more insight into Baron Fig