This concept came to life on a lazy summer afternoon. Not wanting to dirty any more dishes, I squeezed several lemons into a mason jar to make my favorite salad dressing. It was very convenient to add my ingredients, replace the lid, and shake until the contents were mixed. I drizzled some dressing onto a salad and popped the mason jar into the fridge. Then I thought, what if I had a mason jar juicing attachment? A few days later, I peeled the first prototype off the MakerBot and Citrus Drops was born.
Promotional Bow Box
The biggest problem in packaging bows is that you’re essentially filling a box with air. They have very little material or structure, yet take up a great deal of space. This solution keeps these things in mind. Clear circular dividers keep the bows facing outwards and adds a layer of structure so they won’t be crushed during shipping. Also, by designing a hexagonal structure with two windows, we were able to show off a great deal of product.
Magic Message Reveal Heart
This heart shaped trinket box reveals the beautiful and simply stated message, “Always remember I love you” when your loved one holds it. I had the opportunity to lead the initial form development for this product.
After our first round of form studies, a test was conducted to determine what size and shape users gravitated towards as well as how they interacted with the heart. From there, I was able to refine as well and collaborate with an engineer to choose mechanical components to support the interaction that met the test results. We determined that users picked up the heart many different ways but they all tilted the heart towards themselves. Based on these findings, we chose a tilt switch to activate the message reveal.
Again, with the user in mind I worked with a package designer and art director on the experience at shelf through the packaging. The biggest problem we had to solve was how to communicate this unique product without a “try me” function or a product-in-use. We were able to achieve this by printing the message the product reveals on the APET lid. The other design hurdle was the weight of the product. I spec'd a heavier APET to accommodate for the weight of the die cast metal heart. In addition, the product needed to be held securely but also be easily removed. I achieved this by designing a three prong vac form that would grab the heart from three different points but allow the consumer to easily remove the heart from its packaging.
Find Me Santa Beacon Packaging
Set to launch during the 2014 holiday season, Northpole is one of the largest retail programs Hallmark has created. A full length feature film will premiere on the Hallmark Channel in November 2014 and a collection of products will launch alongside. According to the story, the Northpole elves derive their magic from the snow and ice in their environment. I worked alongside a package designer to create concepts for the product line that extend the story through the packaging to create a cohesive experience at shelf. Once we determined a direction, I was able to model and grow it so we could determine the most cost effective solution without diminishing the effect we hoped to achieve. We were also able to pull vac forms for high quality selling samples. This product and it’s variations are the “hero” formats for the program and will be sold in Hallmark Gold Crown as well as mass channel retailers.
Refinery is a collaboration between two industrial designers, me and Tim Patch, who share a passion for art, style, and hand-crafted goods. This ongoing project serves as an outlet for trying things we've learned and doing things we love.
Our first projects were focused around skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. I learned to sew with my nana and Tim learned to make pipes with his dad. We have sold our products at several craft fairs and online through Etsy.