The Vitamins In Google Are So Good For You

The Vitamins In Google Are So Good For You

Brand power is everything in business and some people know how to milk it best. Sony, Microsoft, Apple, and our favorite Google…powerful names that carry a lot of weight. In the concept-design-world, the trick to get noticed is not to associate the brands with the obvious. For example, concept  Sony gadgets have been done to death, but a Google Envelope will attract more attention. Likewise having jaded Hollywood actresses sell fountain of youth pills pales in comparison to Google selling Vitamins.

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Chanel Number 4 Of A Different Kind

Chanel Number 4 Of A Different Kind

It’s not a new fragrance by the popular couture brand that I’m getting here at, instead a clever packing design for travel kits. The number of lotions that metrosexual males and divas have to carry on their outstation trips is endless. Chanel 4 in One packs in 4 different lotions into a combo bottle and fits tidily in your suitcase. If I really must be picky about this near-flawless design, then I’d have to go with the glass bottle. For travel, plastic bottles are safer.

0 Designer: Kang Soo Sun

Can You Smell What I'm Reading?

Can You Smell What I’m Reading?

“Never judge a book by its cover” or “Never judge a perfume by its bottle”. Unless of course we are talking about this stunning collection of perfume bottles by Polish firm Ah&Oh Studio. They have taken inspiration from some of their favorite and most iconic pieces of literature and interpreted them as men’s fragrance bottles.

0 Designer: Ah&Oh Studio

Book Journals My Shrinking Waistline

Book Journals My Shrinking Waistline

To lose weight you must decrease caloric intake and increase physical activity. Simple equation but damn hard to follow. Motivation is the all important and invisible variable and very few products on the market address it. Workbook 001, the Food & Fitness Diary flip book logs 26 weeks of nutrition and exercise. Following every two weeks you measure yourself and by the end of the year, even Kate Moss will envy you. Don’t believe me? Just flip thru the book and watch that shrinking waistline.

0 Designer: New Text Studio

Coffee On A Stick

Coffee On A Stick

Allow me to introduce you to the most revolutionary way of making coffee….directly from a stick! The Cappuccino Coffee Stick is a spoon laden with your favorite coffee-fix that dissolves deliciously into a steaming cup of water. Tear away the plastic wrap, dip the instant spoon and a few good swirls later; a piping hot cup of coffee is ready for your consideration. The need for “your type of coffee” can only be understood by an addict, I’m one and for me this design wins full brownie points. Now only if Nescafe Select were available on this spoon!

0 Designer: Heo Jeong Im

On The Death Of A Teabag

On The Death Of A Teabag

I have this friend who keeps collecting all her used teabags to add to her henna mixture (hair dye) and it always grosses me out. Different strokes for different folks, what do you do with your dead-used teabag? Mine goes straight into the bin, haha I’m lying, I use loose tea leaves! But seriously, would you want to create artwork with a dripping bag like seen in the “Teabag Coasters” packaging or would you just dump it?

0 Designers: Yuree S. Lim & Jieun Yang

The Last Straw

The Last Straw

Boo to you, you-land-polluting-extra-plastic STRAW! We don’t need you!

Not a great slogan for the green-brigade, but most definitely do-able. Ditch the straw and have the drinks-packs include an “Internal Straw”. A neatly folded layer of the box itself becomes the pipe to sip your drinks from. Simple, easy and GOOD!

0 Designer: Kyung-soo Park

No Shelf For My Shampoo!

No Shelf For My Shampoo!

Less Soft may not be the apt name for a liquid soap /shampoo packaging, but the purpose behind the re-design is apt! The idea is to use a packaging that is eco-friendly and can adopt variations in skin, so that it becomes easy to distinguish between soap and shampoo when we are all lathered up! The material used to make the bottle is “self-resolved corn starch vinyl”, and has suction cups to stick the bottle to the wall. I dig the fish-shape the bottle takes,which is prominent when hung.

0 Designer: Jung Hyun Jee

No More Tape And Scissors!

No More Tape And Scissors!

Many may not be aware but our ed-in-chief Long Tran is in the process of building up his fashion line for men, and I helped him out a bit by getting some T-shirts dyed here in India. While I received his package in good shape, sending the Tees back in this big brown box was a nightmarish story! Triple rounds of duct tape and many snips later, the box still looked a bit insecure to me. Concepts like “No More Tape And Scissors” can come in handy for folks like me, who don’t ship goods on a regular basis and find professionals too expensive.

0 Designer: Jaesik Heo

UPACKS, Fold It, Tape It, Ship It

UPACKS, Fold It, Tape It, Ship It

It seems a box is always too big or small so designer Patrick Sung came up with flat sheets of recyclable corrugated cardboard called the Universal Packaging System or UPACKS. The patterns make it easy to fold and conform to almost any shape while maintaining structural rigidity and protecting the contents. Love the idea of saving on packaging but will this actually work? I suspect each sheet would have to be sufficiently padded; not too thick, not too thin, but just right said Goldilocks.

0 Designer: Patrick Sung

I'll Cup Noodles To That

I’ll Cup Noodles To That

Oh Cup Noodle, you fed me all thru college when I was broker than a joke. You flavored my palette with harmonies of sweet and saltiness. How I enjoyed the gummy texture of your noodles and fondly remember burning my tongue several times because I couldn’t wait for you to cook and cool. Sadly Cup Noodle, your styrofoam packaging is a big no-no so I want to show you this one; collapsable, disposable, and much easier to ship.

0 Designers: Joonggeun Ahn , Jeongmi Lee, Hyunseok Moon & Donghee Suh

Spooning The Yogurt

Spooning The Yogurt

Most often yogurt cups come with extra plastic spoons, which for the moment may seem handy, but are they really? Aww come on; get your eco-green-caps on! We need to re-think, for that matter Cho Hye-seung has already done that bit, and come up with the Yogurt Spoon Package Design. The top seal of the cup comes off and can be folded into the shape of a functional spoon. Now be honest, how many of you actually lick the yogurt stuck to the seal paper…isn’t this a more legit way of doing that?

0 Designer: Cho Hye-seung

Tang, Tea And More, On The Go

Tang, Tea And More, On The Go

Cumulus Bottle concept is simple, it’s a plain reusable bottle with a juice concentrate dispenser located in the cap. Pop in the juice cartridge into its compartment, fill in the water and you’re set. At the push of a button, the drink concentrate (or granules) dispense into the water and mix into a refreshing drink. Most often we discard the used juice/soda bottles, but with the Cumulus, we eliminate that action and re-use it time and again for flavored drinks on the go. Eco-consumers at their best!

0 Designer: Kisun Kim

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