29 July 2014

Bespoke Packaging for Pembrokeshire County Council

Pembrokeshire County Council wanted to create custom packaging to hold a condom to give away at events to promote safe sex.

We worked with them to create a package from folding box board (FBB) which can come in various weights depending on the product. We printed these packs using 4/0 CMYK (where four CMYK ink colours are printed on one side of the box without ink on the other side) and finished them off with a matt U/V varnish.

Project Packaging can manufacture folding box board products from 8 working days from approval of artwork and CAD sample (plain white mock up)

If you’re looking to realise a custom packaging created from folding box board or require a custom packaging solution, why not get in touch with us today to discuss your ideas.

04 July 2014

10 Iconic Examples of British Packaging Designs

Packaging has the power to make or break a product. And it's a well-known fact that consumers will judge a product by it's packaging.

Both power house brands and start-ups know that they need to dress their item in something special in order to sell, but the packaging (not just the product) can make a lasting impression on culture, and find its way into the consumer's heart.

Maybe it's something you opened at Christmas when you were twelve and played with for well over a month, ot maybe it's a jar you've opened every morning for as long as you can remember. Here are ten examples of iconic packaging designs from brands that have stood the test of time.

1. OXO Cubes

Although no longer packaged in the classic tin box design, you'll still find a box of OXO cubes in almost every kitchen cupboard in Britain. And inside that little box, wrapped in silver foil is as flavour that unifies Sunday roasts up and down the UK. And we all tried to eat it raw at some point in our lives.


2. Action Man box

Which one did you have?

Everyone remembers their first action man, the British counterpart to G.I. Joe in the USA. Compelling artwork was a staple in toy packaging before blister packs came about. Packaging design like this fuels the imagination and brings the toy inside to life right out of the box.


3. Sex Pistols album sleeve

Their fashion was garish, their lyrics were provocative and their album sleeve design was just as brash.

The collage and fluorescent styling of The Sex Pistol’s ubiquitous “God Save the Queen” and “Never Mind the Bollocks” albums are perhaps two of the most iconic images from the punk movement. You can still see the designs pasted all around Camden market, on t-shirts, and mimicked on the majority of punk rock compilation CDs.


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4. Marmite jars

Whether you love it or hate it, you’d definitely recognise it in an instant. The fundamentally ugly black and yellow packaging is so distinctive that you can almost taste the contents, which is sometimes unfortunate. Many other brands such as Innocent (smoothies), Walkers, and even Vaseline, have teamed up with marmite to make collaborative products, with packaging that is just as striking as the original.


5. Airfix boxes

Airfix have been producing scale model kits since 1952, and are still going strong today. Walking into a shop that stocks Airfix is like walking into an art gallery. Many artists have produced box art for Airfix throughout the years, and British artist Roy Cross has produced arguably the most distinctive packaging of all time; as vivid in the minds of modellers as they were all those years ago, the nostalgia can be overwhelming.



6. Guinness bottle

The most iconic beer of Britain; recognised internationally (along with the annual excuse for everyone to drink lots of it) as Ireland’s gift to mankind. The Guinness bottle is an indisputable contender and hasn’t changed much since the first label was printed.



7. The Quality Street tin

Merry Christmas! This one is from Aunt Denise and it’s the only octagonal present under the tree. How long do the Quality Street chocolates last in your house?



8. HP Sauce labels

Proudly sporting the image of Big Ben and the words ‘The Original’ on the label,the instantly recognisable red, white and blue colour palette is a subtle homage to the union jack.

HP Sauce’s packaging is a symbol of Britain and a national favourite flavour.


9. Tea tins

We can’t choose just one tea tin. They’re all great, from the picturesque landscapes of Yorkshire to the modern design of PG Tips, and countless novelty tins in the shapes of London buses and telephone boxes. Put the kettle on and admire this beauty.


10. Paul Smith shopping bag

Paul Smith’s definitive stripes were originally made up of 28 different colours, which have now been downsized to just 14.

Although somewhat hypnotic (and perhaps not to everyone’s taste) the stripes have been featured on shirts, saddles, ski’s and many other objects that sadly don’t begin with the letter “s”.


If you’re looking to create bespoke packaging to rival the likes of these iconic styles, get in touch – we love discussing new ideas and concepts!

11 June 2014

Custom Packaging for Park Village Ltd: Gold Lacquered Stock Tins

These stock tins where manufactured for a London based production company who wanted to produce a low run of tins, but at a cost effective price.

Park Village Ltd originally wanted the tins to be embossed or printed, but as we had a short amount of time to deliver the tins we came up with a solution for the tins to have a 1 colour clear sticker to be applied to the lid, which works very well as an alternative solution.

Our minimum order for stock tins is 50 x units. The stock tins can be embossed and / or printed to the lid area only. If you would like the tins printed on a larger area (i.e. body of tin) we can look into a bespoke tin which has a minimum of 3000+  units, and a 12 - 14 week lead time.

If you’re looking to realise a similar project or require a custom packaging solution, why not get in touch with us today to discuss your ideas.


29 April 2014

CAD Samples

Here at Project Packaging HQ we like to make sure that we are 100% certain that we understand our customers requirements before we go into production, this is why we produce CAD samples / prototypes for every project, this can range from rigid boxes to wooden products.

Although the CAD samples that we produce are not printed, you can check that the size and materials that will be used for the main production run are exactly what you require them to be. These samples are in place as a quality control check to make sure everything is finalised and signed off before production can begin.

The CAD samples are essential for a project to make sure the customer knows exactly what the finished product will look like. It is of the utmost importance to us that you are happy with the finished product.

23 April 2014

Shu uemura Wooden Box

This great looking wooden box was created for Shu uemura to hold various cosmetics.

The box was created with a hinged lid and was engraved to the inside and outside of the lid. To make sure the lid stayed closed we added a magnet to the lid and base. The box required a fitment to hold the products inside, and is removable so the box can be used as storage also. The box was created from cedar wood which gives a great rustic feel to the box

11 April 2014

flash ON nails box

We were asked by flash ON nails to come up with an idea for a box to hold 10 nail designs that would be displayed in Topshop, Oxford Street for a pop up shop.

The boxes were printed using 4 colour process with a high gloss U/V varnish to give the boxes a vibrant feel. We suggested the best way to display, and show off the great nail designs was to have an acetate window on the front of the box, which also helped protect the nails inside. The boxes were finished off with a euro hook built into the design of the box which are a good cost effective solution for retail display 

11 March 2014
southbank centre membership pack bespoke packaging

Southbank Centre Membership Pack

The Southbank Centre asked us to produce a rigid box to house their membership card and associated documents. In this instance the client had a good idea of what they wanted product wise, it was just up to us to fulfil that idea and deliver it on time… which we did.