Monday, March 29, 2010

Packaging and branding

packaging design and visual identity was a completely new stage for me and i was really excited to do the packaging in a Eco friendly pack.

I started of by using cardboard cones which is sold as scrap from spinning mills and covering it with fabric stitched with the guidance of a textile student-aditi.

I tried to reduce the stitches in the making so i used old Tyre tube to hold the fabric in place.

walking down raja market i found these ready made pouches that fit the cones perfectly.
i felt this process of packaging was getting messy and over the budget.

moving on to working with cardboard and talking to a visual communication student- nalisha
we started to do more research and thinking of a way to see the product when its packed.

a dirty prototype with paper showing the opening in the sides.

paper templates for the packaging

first trial with cardboard. It was a good start where the top was safely packed but the packing space could be reduced.

packaging using recycle cardboard.

side profile where the top can be seen .

unwind the rope to open the package

outer pack opens where the user manual and story of the top is there.

The master piece

one of the most exciting stage of the project was to see the final prototype take shape. It was challenging because i had to work with a different artisan ( amjed ) since javid was not in town. It took amjed less than a day to understand and start making the prototype. The size was finalized and also how the joinery would be fitted during assembly had to be planned. Running back to SP-road for the joinery inset and back to channapatana the next day.

This was my last day for prototyping and all the joinery was set in place for assembly. Fear of the power cuts always in mind was leading me to fast production but i realized the quality of work was going down so i had to slow down the phase and pay attention to the details at every stage even though the time was limited.

choosing the right size of wood and cutting.

mounting it on to the lathe.

taking off the rough edges and making it smooth.

the top taking shape.

drilling for fixing the inset.

fine sandpapering for a smooth finish.

lacquering the wood

gloss effect using the palm leaf.

making the top tip.

making the base of the top.

making the circular winding gripper.

The top and base of the top was then assembled with the joinery parts which are standard parts readily available in the market.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

techno trial

Precession wood cutting can be achieved using laser cutting technology.

simple patterns were created to do the first trial ( illustrator sketch )

It was sad that i could not see the cutting process due to some company manufacturing rules but the end result was amazing.

wood laser cutting is a little expensive because there are very few companies that have this facility.