jgreer I got their new product packaging by running a design contest:
Graphic design for Inventor's Kit that looks like a book
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Games & Recreational
Our product is an Electronic Inventors Kit for Beginners. It teaches non-technical beginners the basics of designing and inventing with electronics including programming, circuit design, basic electrical engineering concepts. It comes with a small circuitboard called a microcontroller (smaller than a standard playing card) that can programed to control a variety of objects (LED lights, small toy motors, miniature speakers, etc.). When connected to almost any computer via the included USB cable, the microcontroller can be programmed using free software also included on a USB thumb-drive. Our packaging design is our key differentiator; the box is designed to look like and be stored like a hardcover book. The box contains features that make it easy for users to store "work in process" projects in an intuitive organized way that allows users to quickly and easily pick up where they left off. The target buyer is a parent, grandparent, guardian, or mentor of kids in middleschool to highschool as a fun way to promote their education in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
What's your vision?
We have the dimensions for the packaging. We want the graphics for the inside and outside of the "book" cover both front and back to be designed. The "book" also has two smaller boxes with lids glued to the inside. These boxes will need to have graphics created for the inside and outside of their lids. The package has to look like a book. This includes the spine with colophon, front and back cover. The edges should also be designed to resemble the stacked pages of a book. Below is a link to an example of the type of box I'll be using. http://www.sunpack.com/wp-content/gallery/cigar-stlye-box-no-mag-11-16/SunriseCigarBox-Opened.png The kit will contain the following: 1 x Arduino-compatible microcontroller 1 x 6-inch USB cable 1 x 2GB USB Thumb drive with necessary drivers and software 1 x Clear plastic solderless development breadboard 1 x Acrylic plate 1 x AA battery pack (batteries not included) 1 x Project Guidebook 5 x RGB LED lights (programmable to any color) 8 x red LED lights 8 x yellow LED lights 8 x green LED lights 25 x 330 Ohm resistors 25 x 10K Ohm resistors 3 x Control knobs (trim potentiometers) 1 x miniature speaker (piezo buzzer) 5 x removable push-button switches 1 x Diode (type 1N4004) 1 x 8-bit register chip 1 x Temperature sensor 1 x Transistor 1 x Servo Motor 2 x 6/9 volt DC motors 20 x 20cm colored dupont cables 40 x 10cm colored dupont cables 2 screws 4 nuts miniature screwdriver
Update 10/31/2016 ============================ The FINAL DESIGN for the main box is to be made of a thick rigid paperboard with a shape similar to the "book" box on this link. https://cdn-business2.discourse.org/uploads/glowforge/original/2X/6/6d4825ccbfa6844ea16108d38c1b429396d8ebdd.jpg The image in the link above is of a wooden box. Mine will be thick paperboard and won't have a curved spine. But the concept is very similar. Here's another very similar concept only my box won't have the spine glued to the inner box. Instead, the spine will lay flat creating a flat work surface. http://jeanmonique.com/2014/02/23/unboxing-the-little-black-beauty-box-december-2013/ This is a 3mm paperboard box. The "book cover" wraps around a slightly smaller box of similar thickness. The smaller box looks like the "pages" of the book. Inside this box are the two other boxes. One is for cables and connectors. The other is for all the other electronic components. The space between these two inner boxes is reserved for an acrylic plate upon which the microcontroller and the breadboard are mounted. Under this plate and other inside of the "front cover" are velcro tabs. When fully opened, the spine of the "book cover" falls flush with the table creating a flat working space. The user can mount the acrylic plate to the inside of the cover of the book. If mom tells the kid or adult to stop because it's dinner time, the user can simply close the book and stow it on a bookshelf. The acrylic plate velcroed to the inside cover fits perfectly between the two inside boxes when closed and protects all the wires and connections. When the user opens the book again, everything is just as they left it and the kit is still neatly organized for efficient use. Because positioning of the acrylic plate is crucial to this feature working, having some kind of outline for the plate on the inside of the cover would be pretty much mandatory. ========================== END UPDATE 10/31 The packaging design is 95% complete. Dimensions and other details OF PROTOTYPE PACKAGING can be found in the attached file titled MakeXchange_Final Dielines and Art.ai THIS IS FOR GUIDANCE ONLY!! THE FINAL DESIGN WILL BE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. IT WILL LOOK MUCH MUCH MORE LIKE A BOOK AND LESS LIKE A BOX. After a recent review, we discovered that we can afford to shave a few centimeters from the dimensions to make more efficient use of material. So, design your best, but keep in mind that dimensions may change a little bit. Included are vector graphics for a variety of our logo and a .ai file of the packaging prototype design, a photo of the prototype and a link to a youtube video of the prototype. Title of the "Book" should be: Inventing with Electronics for Beginners 1st Edition. Included is a file with examples of book covers I like and dislike. UPDATE 10/29/2016: ============================= A feature I've seen on another design that people really like is that this is 1st edition but actually it's volume 1. That number 1 for the volume is prominently positioned on the front cover and on the spine so that when Volume 2 is released (a complementary kit with more advanced components) it will be labeled similarly so that they all look really neat on the bookshelf together.
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