I developed my nets using InDesign which I then laser cut into 3mm plywood. The reason for this material choice is that it is light, easily transportable but yet still durable.
It took a two attempts until I got the measurements perfect, this left me with a huge number of spare pieces. Once the sizing was right I continued to make 4 separate box nets which I could then piece together using a strong adhesive suitable for wood.
I was very happy with how well they turned out, I really like the burnt edges that were created by that laser cutting machines, I feel that it adds character and a more hand made feel.
Deciding what to put in the boxes was a hard task but I decided to work on some hand rendered type. I felt that this was suitable for feel that I was going for. It feels much more friendly and personal. Something that I believe would work well in the situation it is intended to be used for.
Before I could work on the type itself I needed to decided what to write and therefore took a look at inspirational quotes, quotes relating to travel and also quotes on happiness. Doing this helped me a great deal to decided what I wanted to include in my final packaging.
- The world isn’t perfect, but it’s there for us doing the best it can, and that’s why it’s so damn beautiful
- Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen
The two points above are the pieces of text that I was intending to include. They are calm, refer to the world and are up beat. Hopefully the user would agree.
I then took to working on how I wanted them to look. Below is what I ended up with.
This last one was something that I came across later. I didn’t feel that it was suitable for the purpose as there would be no control over who received the happy box.
Now I had an idea of how I wanted it to look I used both Photoshop and Illustrator to align the lettering and create a much more professional aesthetic. This was a vital part of my development as I wanted everything to look as perfect as it could.
Here are the results that I will use for my final design.
I am very happy with the look I was able to produce. Both are readable and relaxed, two things that were extremely important for me to achieve.