The Brief 2/28/17: Design News You Might Have Missed
March 6th is less than a week away, so you know what that means? Aside from the fact that, wow, the first two months of the year went by quickly, it also means you have less than 7 days to enter the Nielsen Design Impact Award. There’s no panel of experts who selects the most beautiful, innovative or sustainable packaging. The judges are consumers—and the steely, naked truth of in-market performance. If you’ve made an impactful design, learn more and enter it here.
Here’s the latest:
- Bummer. The ratio of packaging to the actual size of the cartridges for the Nintendo Switch is a little ridiculous.
- You can make packaging child-proof, but making it teen-proof is a little more challenging. In fact, nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely.
- Bob Marley lives on—in cannabis packaging, of course.
- The absolute best cat food packaging fail.
- An environmentally-conscious move on Dell’s part: they’ll be recycling ocean-bound plastics litter to create new packaging.
- So like...why do we tolerate waste packaging?
- Pet treat packaging with audible cues. Pavlov would be so proud!
- Do you think non-branded, plain cigarette packaging would have an effect on sales?
- Your local budtender is here to let you know what makes for good cannabis packaging.
- Woohoo for feminist gifts!
- Working for free—yay or nay? Paula Scher, partner of Pentagram, is here to tell you why and when it’s actually worth it to work for no $$. “‘What alarmed me,’ says Scher, ‘is that it seems that the design community is so worried about their position in relationship to getting paid for work that they don’t use the opportunity to grow their work where they have control, which will ultimately lead them to do better as designers later. Agencies understand this, and they do a huge amount of pro bono work. I find myself competing with them for theaters or public organizations because they want the piece so they can show it to get other work. They set it up to get control of the work just like I do.’ That’s right, doing work for free is a total power move.”