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Friday, February 5, 2010

Misery Loves Company; Kleenex With a Heart

Design students of professor Sylvain Allard have developed an amusing, empathetic series of tissue packaging explorations, much like the ones pictured above by student Corinne Pant. Head over to UQAM for the full series.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:05 am  

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hair pin Business Cards

What a clever concept for hairstylist Yuka Suzuki, designed by Studio Kudos.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:07 am  

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hanger Tea

This clever concept by designer Soon Mo Kang transforms an ordinary tea bag into the shape of a t-shirt. Who’d a thunk it?

The container that houses the tea bags stays with the concept by mimicking a closet – with a sliding door and all. A bit excessive and wasteful in terms of material, but well done nonetheless.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:03 pm  

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Soccerball Packaging

South Korean design firm Unplug Design has developed a concept to deliver footballs (soccerballs) to poor children in third world countries who don’t have the resources or means to purchase their own. The Dream Ball design overlays patterns onto aid packages, such that children can build their own footballs through reuse of the cardboard.

Unplug Design explains the concept below:

To the children in The Third World; Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Congo and etc, who can’t enjoy football freely because of poverty, war and natural disaster, having a football means a lot and can be a dream and hope to escape from their poor life.

However, the children are so poor that they can not buy a football. So, they play football with the ball made of plastic bag or coconut palm leaves, therefore giving them their own footballs which can give them hope. This is our aim for this project.

This is an interesting concept, but we have to wonder how practical it really is. Noted football icon Pele, grew up in similar circumstances and made due with rags and grapefruits to master his skills. Thoughts?

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:17 pm  

Monday, January 11, 2010

Design Your Case

Check this new venture that encourages users to reinterpret an artists work to personalize their iPhone cases as they see fit. A few of the artists represented in the tool are Joshua Davis, Deanne Cheuk, Thomas Hooper, Matt W. Moore, Hannah Stouffer, Nigel Dennis, Anthony Yankovic, Ray Frenden, Chuck Anderson, and Shadow Chen. To learn more click here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:57 pm  

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wrap it Up!

In acknowledgment of World AIDS Day we felt it only fitting to showcase a few of our favorite condom packaging designs. Enjoy.

Election Protection Condoms

Love Me Condoms by Ampersand Design:

COOP Condoms:


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:25 am  

Monday, November 30, 2009

Landmine Ketchup

Publicis Mojo figured out a simple, but clever way to raise awareness against landmines.

“Using a ketchup sachet, we demonstrated the horrific nature of living in a land mine affected country and how much a part of everyday life that horror is. The idea is simple: as you tear open the sachet you also rip through the child’s leg and the ketchup inside pours out like blood.”

via noquedanblog:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:23 pm  

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Coca-Cola’s shape over the years

This month marks the 94th anniversary of the iconic Coca-Cola contour bottle. This single shape of packaging by Coca-Cola has achieved iconic status since its creation in 1915.

The first bottle was designed in 1915 by the Root Glass Company. The bottle designer, Earl R. Dean and his team decided to base the bottle design on the soda’s two ingredients, the coca leaf or the kola nut. Dean couldn’t find any photographs of either, but became inspired by the cocoa pod, and transformed the shape of the pod into a bottle:

Go here for a visual showcase of the bottle through the years.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:05 pm  

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pantone Potatoe Chips????

This can’t be serious. Enough with the Pantone branded products already! Can anyone tell us who the originator of particular misguided concept is?


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:24 pm  

Monday, November 16, 2009

Eco/Techno Polo Shirts

Impressive eco-friendly packaging for Lacoste. See below for a few words from Mind Design the designers behind it all.

“In collaboration with Tom Dixon we worked on the branding and packaging for two very different types of polo shirts commissioned by Lacoste. The most eco-friendly way to package a shirt was not to print on the packaging at all but use embossing instead. For the techno polo we designed a speaking label that plays Tom’s voice at the push of a button – very techno.”


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:19 am  
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