The project started before we went on a trip to Berlin,Germany. In the first session, we were asked to choose a subject to research in Berlin. I picked up 'boxes for dry things' as my subject. Throughout the trip we were expected to research visually about our topic and document it in the trip sketchbook. Our research could be sketches, photography or any other evidence which was discovered in the trip.Once we were back from the trip, based on our research, we had to present our subject in a visual story. Our final output would be a narrative of our experience of the trip with the topic given to us.
Berlin is one of the most creative cities in the world. The city is filled with inspiration and it is truly a designer's paradise. The places I visited were very inspiring, especially the Bauhaus art school and Patrick Thomas's studio. Bauhaus art school can be described as the inspiration hub for all creative people because everything in the school is designed to perfection. Along the journey, my sketchbook was getting filled with sketches and photographs related to my subject.
There were few containers which I found in museums and others in restaurants or randomly on the streets. Also, every place I visited, I collected postcards as the design and shape of each postcard was unique and I wanted to keep them as souvenirs of this trip. I was very impressed by the buildings in Berlin. My observation was that the colour palette used for the buildings are so fresh and in trend. It looked like Pantone colour palette to me.
My subject, 'boxes for dry things' is inspired by the city itself and Bauhaus school. While I was in Berlin, I bought Kaweco pen, which is a pen made in Germany.The pen is beautifully designed but the packaging did not impress me. So, I decided to design the packaging for this pen. I decided to design the package by combining it with a postcard as it communicates a visual story of Berlin. The package can be torn into 2 postcards, which makes this a sustainable design as it can be re-used as another product.The pattern on the packaging is inspired by the buildings of Berlin and the colours are from the Bauhaus school.To experiment with the paper and texture, I printed them on cartridge paper which gives a feel of a postcard and is easy to tear. For the next step, I designed 5 different patterns inspired by buildings of Berlin. The colour is again inspired by Bauhaus school colours.