Structural Packaging: Design your own Boxes and 3D Forms

By Paul Jackson

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  • Paperback
  • 175 illustrations
  • 128 pages
  • 220 x 220 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697538
  • Published February 2012

Unlike other packaging titles, which simply provide templates to copy, this book enables designers of all packaging types to create 3-D packaging forms that are specific to their needs rather than based on an existing design.

It teaches a simple ‘net’ construction system – a one-piece 2-D configuration of card seen when a 3-D package is opened out and flattened – which enables the designer to create a huge number of very strong 3-D packaging forms that are both practical and imaginative. Each chapter concludes with photographs and net drawings of 6–10 creative examples of packaging designs made using the principles outlined in the preceding chapter.

Structural Packaging
gives the reader an understanding of the underlying principles of packaging construction and the technical knowledge and confidence to develop a greater number of their own unusual and innovative designs than any comparable book.

"Your job as a designer is not to find all the options (life is too short) but to find the ones that work for you; to limit your options … put simply: to design."

About the Author

Paul Jackson has been a professional paper folder and paper artist since 1982 and is the author of 30 books on paper arts and crafts. He has taught the techniques of folding on more than 150 university-level design courses in the UK, Germany, Belgium, the US, Canada and Israel. These include courses in Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Jewellery, Product Design, Packaging, Ceramics, Industrial Design, Fine Art, Basic Design and Interior Design. He has also taught many workshops in museums, arts centres and festivals and has worked as 'folding consultant' for companies such as Nike and Siemens.

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'Having often wondered why so many choose bog-standard boxes as an artistic display for their products, this collection was a rare delight; a quite surprising array of oddly-shaped box designs, with a shape for almost every occasion and product.' Art Box Magazine