The Loud, Messy, XTREME Graphic Design of the 90s

Today we learned that popular 1990s soda/xtreme sports pump-up drink Surge is back: Amazon will now deliver a 12-pack to your house for $14. If you hadn't thought about Surge since the late 1990s, it was probably a trip to see that distinctive green can again. And it brought up a question: Who designed this little gem… » 9/15/14 4:16pm Monday 4:16pm

This Slim Engagement Ring Case Slips Right Into Your Back Pocket

There are an infinite number of ways to do a marriage proposal. Regardless of what comes before, many of them climax in the big reveal of a fancy ring in a bulbous velvet box that, while traditionally classy, isn't exactly discrete. Packaging designer Andrew Zo streamlined that somewhat clunky exterior into Clifton, a… » 8/28/14 4:40pm 8/28/14 4:40pm

The Simple Reason We Like Buying Food In Clear Packaging

Back in the olden days, most food packaging was thick and opaque—all the better to keep out elements like light and moisture which could potentially spoil our Funyuns. Now Americans are gravitating towards packaging that lets us actually see the food we're buying. And it makes sense why this trend is gaining momentum… » 8/14/14 12:44pm 8/14/14 12:44pm

Gum-Packing Coffee Cup Sleeves Prevent Burns and Bad Breath

If you think a fancy new lid is the only way you can upgrade a disposable coffee cup, you clearly haven't seen what ad agency DDB came up with for a South African chain called the Seattle Coffee Co. For a limited time its paper sleeves that prevent burns (and lawsuits) were upgraded with a free sample of Orbit mint gum » 7/21/14 1:27pm 7/21/14 1:27pm

These Printed Circuits Could Connect Any Object For Just a Few Cents

When we think about the connected world, we think about hardware—from Twine to Nest—that connects our household appliances to the web for a pretty penny. But according to Quartz, one firm is pioneering an alternative that's cheap, easy to make, and embeddable in nearly any product. » 7/01/14 6:30pm 7/01/14 6:30pm

LG's Glueless Packaging Is Almost as Impressive as the OLED TV Inside

A product's packaging is usually nothing but the last obstacle between you and a shiny new gadget, but often there's as much thought that goes into the design of a cardboard box as the device inside. For instance, LG put a remarkable amount of design effort into the box its OLED TVs ship in, and most consumers will… » 6/18/14 3:40pm 6/18/14 3:40pm

How the Design of Soda Cans Have Changed Over Time

Things change over time. Famous logos morph from black and white text into ornately embossed colorful graphics. Home screens go from a few icons to pages and pages. Phones go from bricks with numbers to slates with touchscreens. It's just what happens. Little tweaks become overhauls. Just look at how your favorite… » 6/21/13 1:00am 6/21/13 1:00am

The Supermaterial That Could Make Plastic Obsolete Is... Mushrooms?

Fungus is, almost universally, not a good thing to have in your walls or personal belongings. And normally, selling certain strains could lead to federal charges. But a company called Ecovative is violating both of those rules, creating packaging and building materials from fungus—and they’re being lauded as… » 6/06/13 1:01pm 6/06/13 1:01pm

Watch a Package's Entire Shipping Journey from the Package's Point of…

Few things are more fun in life than tracking shipments and then seeing how it'll eventually reach your front door. But what happens in the in between process? This video shows you what happens when you send something by mail. The drop off locations, the sorting facilities, the delivery process and everything in… » 4/03/13 10:30pm 4/03/13 10:30pm

Ketchup Squeezing French Fry Containers Will Surely Revolutionize Fast…

Besides the menu options, the uninspired design of the ketchup packet has to be one of the worst parts of the fast food experience. So designers Hwandong Lee, Myung Gyu Kim, Nari Lee, and Taeno Yoon tasked themselves with coming up with a better solution, and now that the world is aware of the Ketchup Presser, we can… » 1/11/13 9:40am 1/11/13 9:40am