Bonobo: Leif Podhajsky

Curator: David Sherwin
date: April 9, 2014
Categories: Package Design
Tags: LP design, music, Packaging
In today’s age of crunchy MP3-based digital music, I am still a sucker for beautifully designed box art. A well-designed CD or LP can still exist as a logical extension of a musician’s work, for those of us still addicted to the physical packaging. 
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Compartés Chocolates World and Infinite Dream Bars: Jonathan Grahm

Curator: David Sherwin
date: April 7, 2014
Categories: Illustration, Package Design
Tags: Chocolate, dessert, food, Packaging
“You have to try this chocolate,” my co-worker said, pointing me to a dark chocolate bar sitting on her desk. This happens frequently. Friends know me as a chocolate aficionado, and when I travel the world for work or pleasure, I’m always dropping by local chocolatiers to sample their products. My pantry at home always has five to six bars from various producers, which are slowly nibbled at after dinner. But this dark chocolate bar was different. Not just because this Compartés chocolate bar was a decadent mix of dark chocolate, peanut butter, honey and sea salt—one of the best in this genre I’d tasted in some time. It was because of the striking, artistically rendered package.
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Give A Shave: Harry’s

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 8, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Systems Design, Package Design, Typographic Design
Tags: art of shaving, branding, community, culture, Design, Design Thinking, Environment, giving back, industrial design, innovation, Packaging, paperboard, product design, razors, shaving, social design, social responsibility, sustainability, sustainable design, The Living Principles
I was listening to NPR when I heard about Warby Parker co-founder Jeffrey Raider launching his second startup, called Harry’s. Since Warby Parker has been a model of doing good and being socially responsible, I was eager to hear more about Harry’s. During the interview, Mr. Raider spoke about paying over $20 for a small pack of razors and questioned why an everyday product should cost so much. From there, Harry’s was born. The company designs, manufactures and distributes its products itself, essentially creating its own unique supply chain. By doing this, the company is able to offer a higher-quality product at a lower price.
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Cook. Charge. Go.: BioLite

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 7, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Systems Design, Package Design
Tags: biolite, branding, community, culture, Design, Design Thinking, energy, Environment, industrial design, innovation, Packaging, product design, social design, social responsibility, sustainability, sustainable design, The Living Principles
An innovative business that converts waste heat into electricity—and integrates environment, people, economy and culture from The Living Principles for Design framework—is BioLite.

BioLite, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, was founded by Jonathan Cedar and Alex Drummond and has received numerous awards for their innovative CampStove. What’s so great about it? Well, it turns heat from fire into electric energy and can charge cellphones and LED lights. I am surprised no one had thought of this sooner, but it’s pure genius.


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Making Waves: WHOLE WORLD Water

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 6, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Systems Design, Information Design, Package Design
Tags: Environment, global water crisis, innovation, Packaging, packaging design, recycling, social design, sustainability, water
An exciting project that I think seamlessly embodies The Living Principles for Design four streams of sustainability—environment, people, economy and culture—is WHOLE WORLD Water.

WHOLE WORLD Water is a revolutionary new social enterprise launched by former (RED) CEO Jenifer Willig and kontentreal production company founder Karena Albers, with an advisory board that includes Richard Branson and other visionaries. The campaign unites the hospitality and tourism industries in combating the global water crisis by encouraging these industries to filter, bottle and sell their own water and contribute 10 percent of proceeds to the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund. The proceeds go directly to provide universal access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation to one billion people within a decade.
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