Below are the examples of my two final designs, both manufactured in stainless steel with pop lids. One is lacquered in orange and blue, the other plain in the context of the Leicester Superdrug shop.
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Had a tutorial with Richard Chipps today to discuss the packaging, mainly because I wasn’t sure how to manufacture it, because companies don’t want to talk to students who aren’t actually going to put things into production. Here is how my design differed from the proposed final:
The window is now shaped, because I didn’t realise that it didn’t have to be square, apparently it’s just as easy to cut a shape as it is a square during the production process. I am going to do two finals, one in cardboard and one in metal. The handles are rounder and smoother in keeping with the overall feel of the design and Gillette brand.
NB: These designs were done before I changed my idea, so they refer to the OLD design, which would have been made out of card or plastic, not the new design made from recycled metal.
It turns out I was going about building the packaging the wrong way, which is to be expected I suppose. Instead the rotate tool was used to make the model round and then the scale tool was used to flatten it.
It’s one thing doing tutorials but it is totally another applying the skills to what I am actually working on. This program is so difficult and frustrating, it’s the most difficult thing I have encountered in this course so far.
The inner cut out was created by drawing 3 circles and a line and then using the ‘trim’ tool to create one curve. Then a rectangle was drawn and the ‘surface from planar curves’ tool was used. The ‘split’ tool was then used on both the surface and the curve, and the curve was then deleted to create a hole.
All of this seems very complicated, and it seems like the common sense rules don’t apply. Maybe it’s because I don’t know enough about the tool to understand it properly, but whenever I try and take the initiative and work things out for myself it goes wrong. Probably because the slapdash rules of photoshop do not apply here.
This is one of the colour options for the final packaging, based on the Gillette Fusion colour scheme. However, it seems too bright compared to the razor itself, so I will explore other colour options until an appropriate one is found.
There is also an issue of materials. This colourway would work in both cardboard and plastic because it is solid. However, I would not like to focus on plastics because although bioplastics are an option they are still relatively expensive, and do not degrade in landfill conditions where they are starved of light and oxygen. Cardboard would be a better option, and I will formulate nets based upon a single sheet of cardboard. However, there are security and safety issues with this material as well.