Packaging is more than a protective layer to insulate products from harm: it’s an opportunity for brands to distinguish themselves from their competitors and stand out on the shelves. John Sweeney, creative director of Design Agency Colt, talks to us about the potential of packaging and some of the projects he’s worked on.
Share chapter 1
Photo: Kerin Forstmanis/ALAMY
Sean Rafferty is a Sydney-based artist whose zesty collection of fruit cartons was recently added to the National Library of Australia. Monocle’s Adrian Craddock met with the artist to discuss his unusual pastime.
Share chapter 2
Katie Treggiden is a design journalist and the editor of ‘Fiera’ magazine, a biannual publication dedicated to documenting new talent and trends in an industry that often forgets about fairs as soon as they pass. She joined us in studio for a round-up of what we may have missed so far this year.
Share chapter 3
Quaint and robust in equal measure, tin-box packaging has an enduring appeal. It may only be July but the rush to get them made in time for Christmas is already well underway. Monocle’s Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers visited the factory and showroom of Jef, a Hong Kong-based company that makes packaging for the likes of Harrods, Lindt and Faber-Castell.
Share chapter 4
Want more radio episodes like these in your inbox?
Sign up to Monocle's email newsletters to stay on top of news and opinion, plus the latest from the magazine, radio, film and shop.
Monocle on Design - latest episodes
Linda Morey-Burrows, principal director of architecture and design firm MoreySmith, on how lockdown has changed the world of work. Plus: Canadian designer Jamie Wolfond on staying lively in a lockdown and Brisbane-based…
When New York City’s Poster House museum had to close its doors in early March, director Julia Knight wondered how the institution could support the city. Today her inspiring solution can be seen across all five boroughs…
Josh Fehnert is joined by Monocle’s creative director, Richard Spencer Powell, to discuss a UN brief for designers to respond to coronavirus and review the current crop of public-health posters.
Industrial designer Rachelle LeBlanc tells us about the freestanding wood and plexiglass barriers that she has produced and donated to corner shops and neighbourhood grocers in Toronto.
Clive Russell and Charlie Waterhouse are graphic designers at This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll, whose clients include Médicins San Frontières and Extinction Rebellion. They tell Josh Fehnert why ‘branding’ doesn’t help when descri…
Dr Joseph Allen is assistant professor of exposure at Harvard’s department of environmental health and head of its Healthy Buildings programme. Here he explains how architecture can affect our health, happiness and produ…
We examine the link between buildings and wellbeing, find out how tuberculosis shaped modern architecture and speak to designer Ilse Crawford about the importance of materials. Plus: Josh Fehnert is joined by Nic Monisse…
Monocle’s Hong Kong bureau chief meets the product designers and engineers using technology to stay safe - and how social distancing is creating a market for certain firms.
How are designers in the city responding to Covid-19? We learn what interior designer Joyce Wang has been up to under lockdown. We meet graphic designer and advertising veteran Stanley Wong to learn about the campaigns that…
Two Pages Project collaborators Konstantinos Trichas and Dionysis Livanis explain how they keep a global network of designers and creatives connected during lockdown
Monocle’s Jamie Waters on how fashion turned its hand to creating medical products. Plus, Josh Fehnert talks to Katie Treggiden about the design headlines and a return to craft and we visit a Spanish design firm that has…
Jamie Waters explains how the fashion industry emerged as a vital contributor in the fight against the pandemic. Many brands, big and small, have pivoted to make masks and other protective equipment.
With many of us adjusting to life under lockdown we ask ‘Disegno’ magazine editor Oli Stratford about how the design industry has been affected. Plus, Nolan Giles on Monocle’s home manifesto and Josh Fehnert on why bumps…
Listen up as Monocle's Nolan Giles reflects on the ubiquity of Apple's AirPods headphones and the social etiquette surrounding them.
We look back at a few of our favourite typography tales and hear about a Hague-based foundry making Arabic fonts, a calligrapher's adventures in ink, an east London sign painter and a typeface analyst. Write on.