Monthly Archives: May 2009

Research in the round

Package design research continues to be a bit complicated, and I am not sure it has gotten any less so in the last few years, but there is some interesting technology, both high and low, being introduced that takes research … Continue reading

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Manhattan, and the new retail store, both off the grid

The design of Manhattan and the traditional retail store layout share a similar approach, implemented in the 19th century, and based on the grid. This rigid architecture, and its obvious efficiency that has worked well in the past, seems to be … Continue reading

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ICFF, Ellen Lupton, brand loyalty, and ModKat

In continuing to read coverage of the ICFF in New York this week I happened upon the New York Times column on the Fair, in which the columnist Penelope Green essentially followed Ellen Lupton, the curator of contemporary design at The … Continue reading

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Designs for a dollar

The 2009 International Contemporary Furniture Fair took place this week in New York. One of the exhibits at the ICFF was a design schools exhibition, and the students at Pratt had an interesting group of entries. The premise of their … Continue reading

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Coke’s PlantBottle, by any other name . . .

Coca Cola announced late last week that they will be introducing a “new plastic bottle made partially from plants.” A super idea but that name  .  .  .  ouch. The recyclable/renewable aspects aside, and I sincerely applaud Coke for the effort, … Continue reading

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The Dipylon Wine Jug, the first package with a message

While reading Sailing The Wine Dark Sea this weekend, Thomas Cahill’s survey on the historical context of Greek life and culture, I came upon a reference to what many scholars consider the earliest surviving example of the Greek alphabet. Although Cahill … Continue reading

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Hubble and The Guggenheim, two great packages

The juxtaposition of these two images got me thinking. Today there are a couple of completely unrelated events happening, one in space and one on Fifth Avenue. And admittedly I may be stretching the definition of packaging when discussing these … Continue reading

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