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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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