I’ve been thinking about the different ways in which I can incorporate second life into my stationery collection. It wasn’t an easy thing to think about, and I only just started to properly think about it this week.
Second life; use after being gift wrap. What could I do?
I’ve heard people speaking about badges and pins and key-rings, all really cool ideas, but I want to do something else. And that something else involves paper-folding!
What I’ve been thinking is that on the inside of say a greeting card or a gift bag, even on the inside of wrapping paper, I could print templates which make little boxes. Like storage boxes or gift boxes which can be made after the bag or card has been used.
So I started looking at different ways of folding paper it boxes and complied a few images so I have a clear view of what I’m looking for. I’m also hoping to nab one of my samples maybe this week or next, and see how I can turn that into a little box, for purely practical reasons I promise!
Yesterday I took the long, long … long (!) trip up to London. Why i hear you ask? because Top Drawer is on!
Top Drawer is a trade event where designers and makers come together to showcase their products, and for a student like me, its practically heaven. Especially the stationer section *drool*.
Up and down the isles of stationery I went, tackling it supermarket style, to make sure that no stand was left unvisited. Once I got past the whole ‘I’m surrounded by stationery! my life is complete’ stage of my visit, I then started looking for inspiration. Not only for inspiration but also layout and packaging.
For our International Greetings brief, I’m almost completely sure that I have to also explore ways of packing and display, and if not, this has seriously helped my ideas when it comes to my degree show displaying.
We all know I love typography, and while yes, I did flee straight to designer which used lots of lovey fonts, I also looked at patterns, colour-ways and co-ordinating designs, and how the designers displayed these, and promoted them within their stands.
I think overall, besides getting to send the afternoon surrounded by paper goods, Top Drawer has really helped my with thinking about professional standards; how to package and present, and also on the merits of displaying and how to properly advertise (with brooches and information cards) interestingly.
While I was there, I came to the stall of Sort Design, where they had a old letterpress machine up and running (to say I wanted to make off with it my bag wouldn’t be a lie) where people where able to print an already set up design, using this letterpress, which also doubled as their business card. Now if that not a great idea, I don’t know what is. But it’s safe to say, these great ideas will be sticking with me and hopefully influencing some of my ideas.