Unlike other packaging titles, which simply provide templates to copy, this book enables designers of all packaging types to create 3-D packaging forms that are specific to their needs rather than based on an existing design.
It teaches a simple ‘net’ construction system – a one-piece 2-D configuration of card seen when a 3-D package is opened out and flattened – which enables the designer to create a huge number of very strong 3-D packaging forms that are both practical and imaginative. Each chapter concludes with photographs and net drawings of 6–10 creative examples of packaging designs made using the principles outlined in the preceding chapter.
Structural Packaging gives the reader an understanding of the underlying principles of packaging construction and the technical knowledge and confidence to develop a greater number of their own unusual and innovative designs than any comparable book.
"Your job as a designer is not to find all the options (life is too short) but to find the ones that work for you; to limit your options … put simply: to design."
Introduction to the book by the author
Over the past two decades or so, a steady flow of packaging source books has published many hundreds of ready-to-use templates (called 'nets') for a broad range of cartons, boxes and trays. These excellent books can be extremely useful to a reader seeking an off-the-peg solution to a design problem, but they don't describe how bespoke packaging can be created, implying that innovation is something best left to the specialist packaging engineer.
In the 1980s I developed a simple system - a formula, even - for creating the strongest possible one-piece net that will enclose any volumetric form which has flat faces and straight sides. In its most practical application, it is a system for creating structural packaging.
This system of package design has been taught on dozens of occasions in colleges of design throughout the UK and overseas I have routinely seen inexperienced students create a thrilling array of designs that are innovative, beautiful and practical, some of which have gone on to win prizes in international packaging competitions. It has also been taught on many occasions to groups of design professionals, who have used it to develop new packaging forms.
This book presents that system.
However, it is more than just a system for creating innovative packaging. I have used it frequently in my own design work in projects as diverse as point-of-purchase podia, exhibition display systems, mail-shot teasers, teaching aids for school mathematics classes, large 3-D geometric sculptures, 3-D greetings cards ... and much more. It is primarily a system for creating structural packaging, but as you will see, when properly understood, it
can be applied to many other areas of 3-D design.
In that sense, this is a book not only for people with an interest in structural packaging, but also for anyone with an interest in structure and form, including product designers, architects, engineers and geometricians. Paul Jackson
About the Author:
Paul Jackson has been a professional paper folder and paper artist since 1982 and is the author of 30 books on paper arts and crafts. He has taught the techniques of folding on more than 150 university-level design courses in the UK, Germany, Belgium, the US, Canada and Israel. These include courses in Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Jewellery, Product Design, Packaging, Ceramics, Industrial Design, Fine Art, Basic Design and Interior Design. He has also taught many workshops in museums, arts centres and festivals and has worked as 'folding consultant' for companies such as Nike and Siemens.
Contents of this book include:
Before You Start
How to Use the Book, How to Cut and Fold, Using Software, Choosing Card, Glossary.
How To Design The Perfect Net
Introduction, Steps 1 through 11, Troubleshooting.
Introduction, Which Net?, The Basic Cube Box, Square Cuboid Boxes, Rectangular Cuboid Boxes.
Deforming A Cube
Shaving a Face, Shaving an Edge, Shaving a Corner, Stretching Edge-to-edge, Stretching Corner-to-corner, Twisting Opposite Faces, Twisting: Faceted Version, Compressing Face-to-face, Double Curves, Single Curves.
Introduction, Glue Tab, Click Lock, Tongue Lock, Crash Lock.
Creating With The System
Introduction, Theme and Variation, Single Deformations, Multiple Deformations, Combinational Deformations, Creative Examples.
How Do I Produce My Box
1st edition, 2012, 1st reprint. paperback, 128pp, fully illustrated throughout, 22.4 x 22cm