Every so often, The Dieline features packaging designs by student designers that are titled “Student Spotlight.” We found a common theme lately in these student spotlights in that a lot of students are designing for shoe packaging. We found a few package designs that we thought did an excellent job of conveying what the brand stands for and gives the brand a personality.

Five Ten climbing shoes

In the designers words…

“My goal was to design a shoebox that would be a better user experience and would better reflect the brand. There is a lot of photography on Five Ten’s website. I wanted to take this idea and apply it to the box design. The photography incorporates both outdoor and indoor climbing, so no one is left out. The pull out drawer function also gives a fresh take on the typical shoebox. Leave No Trace policies are also something I wanted to push in this project. Leave No Trace gives tips on how to clean up after your climbing day and not to disrupt or litter the environment. This is the reason why there are no people climbing on the box.” – Ryan Huettle, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Vans shoes

In the designers words…

“With my packaging for Vans shoes I wanted to pay homage to vans roots in the late sixties and early seventies, in the California skate and surf scene. I chose extremely contrasting colors, which I felt were reminiscent of the period I was aiming to speak to. I also chose these colors because I felt they would be effective in attracting attention, even at a quick glance. The graphics covering the package are intended to reinforce Van’s brand image, as well was act as something that members of the skateboarding / surfing community can connect and identify with. I chose to use a non traditional shoebox shape, because I saw it fitting, as Vans has always been an alternative shoe brand, for alternative athletes. The new box design uses less cardboard than regular shoeboxes, and is size flexible, in that by varying the way the shoes overlap it can house most shoe sizes without needing alterations. In addition to being more efficient, the new box design is more appealing visually, both in that it is more dynamic in shape than rectangular boxes, and displays graphics more appealingly.” – Nate Eu, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Jeffrey Campbell shoes

In the designers words…

“This shoe box design was created for Jeffrey Campbell Shoes. I selected Jeffrey Campbell because I love the unique, creative, bold colors, styles and design. The brand is all about a tremendous love for shoes by those with a creative sense of style. I wanted to show off their unique, artistic style by creating watercolor and hand-drawn illustrations. This is a box that would be in a boutique for when you want to give (or receive) Jeffrey Campbell shoes as a gift! I designed it this way because shoes are a gift that you buy yourself and it should feel like opening a present. I also added a scratch-off element under the lid to provide an interactive experience. When you scratch it off, it reveals a fun quote about shoes. I utilized the Jeffrey Campbell signature in combination with my illustration work to create a bright, memorable, and iconic box design.” – Katy Verbrugge, University of Wisconsin-Stout

All three designers have a clear understanding of the brands they are promoting with their packaging designs and have and knowledge that the brand messaging needs to align with the design and look of the package because the packaging is what makes a product sell.

Source: The Dieline

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