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Is There Life on Mars?

Retro Space Toy Design

This package design project combines two of my loves: vintage tin rocket toys and David Bowie. I took the idea for an old-timey rocket toy and gave it a little bit of a Bowie vibe. I illustrated a Starman (Major Tom, perhaps?) on the package along with some intergalactic lyrics. I tried to keep the packaging simple but interesting; informative but not too text-heavy. Created using Photoshop and Illustrator.

One of the old brands of Tin Rockets were called Moon Patrol, or Lunar Patrol because that was on everyones’ minds at the time. Today we are more focused on Mars, so that is why this is a Mars-themed design. While youngsters may not be familiar with the Bowie references, the toy and illustrations are fun enough to make that a non-issue.

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Gone Bananas for Dried Fruits

Dried fruits bag mock-upThese SWEET designs will really stand out on the shelf!

I don’t have too many vices, but this project combines two of them.

1: A love for dried fruits and nuts (especially in the form of TRAIL MIXES! Yum!)

2: A fondness for the font Lobster (and its many variations) which, while no Comic Sans, does seem to be a little too popular in some design circles.

While my love for dried fruits is not really a part of the design process, the decision to use Lobster as the main font for these packages was a conscious one. I chose the font because it is easily accessible, legible from a distance, and tasteful. It’s also very versatile; I wanted lovely ligatures, not sad serifs.

This design is meant to be used on a number of different dried fruits as seen in the above image. The colors are meant to be changed to suit the overall color of the fruit, while the clear window in the center showcases the quality of the fruits inside. This helps the retailer merchandise the products either all together, or with other brands (within the same types of dried fruits) and this package will still pop. This could also be amended to include organic varieties.

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The Cat’s Meow

The Cat's Meow Tea

This really is the Cat’s Meow!

I designed this package this week. It was made using Photoshop and Illustrator and was an exercise in package design and branding. The concept behind this project was to make a package for an herbal tea that would also fit within a larger “Cat’s Meow” brand.

I wanted to come up with an iconic look with a nice color palate that would stand out on the shelves. Porthole-style circle on front and side of label showcases the herbs that are featured in this herbal tea, making it easy for customers to pick what best suits their needs. I have more fun ideas in mind.

Look for more to come!