“I decided to enter because it is a great opportunity to try new things in packaging, and a mentor told me his only regret in college was to do more competitions,” said David, of Johnson Creek.
“The UW-Stout packaging program always encourages students to participate in national student design competitions to connect with industry professionals. These experiences are valuable for students to learn, practice and grow so that they will impact the future of packaging,” Liu said.
“We appreciate that UW-Stout has strong programs for collaboration and supports cross-disciplinary work, like between packaging and video production, strengthening our students' design and helping them to win the competition and success in their future careers. We are very proud of our talented students like Ethan, Lukas and Zach. They are awesome,” she added.
The team had many ideas for its e-commerce shipper, but a few goals led to the award-winning design.
“We wanted a box that used modularity and not deformity. We wanted a professional look and not a bubble wrap replacement,” Myers said. “Keeping our box to one solid piece was also a big goal. We didn’t want to have to deal with multiple parts to assemble. We wanted it all included in one blank.”
David liked the endless opportunities over the 48 hours, brainstorming and the design process. “The team worked great together, and everyone was involved in the process, which was awesome,” he said.
“The concept of staying up until 3:30 a.m. to make the design, just to get up at 6 a.m. and keep working was nothing new to me,” Myers said. “The biggest shift was how little time was provided for brainstorming. Usually, I get to sleep on project ideas for a while, but not this time.”
Stepping into the labs
For the 48HR Repack competition, Liu opened the Packaging Lab for the students on the weekend. She also arranged for the Graphic Communications Lab to be set up ahead of time in case they needed to print a product.