Beginning in my packaging class we were tasked with designing a brand and seed packaging that was a creative, emotive solution and something that stands out in the existing market of seed packaging.
Pulling inspiration from my grandma's green thumb and my experience growing indoor plants, I researched how herbs can easily be planted indoors and in a sustainable way. Hydroponics, growing plants with water, are often done on a large scale and I wanted to make a product that would be easy for anyone to use on a smaller scale.
Everything from the name, logo, and design of the container were made in just a few short weeks. My solution became a small container where the top part initially contains the seeds and then becomes a container for the dirt where the seeds to grow. It is a reusable wick hydroponic system where the water travels up from the bottom clear part that is filled with nutrient rich water. The herb roots grow into the dirt in the top silver container and the plant continues to grow up from there.
I'll be laser engraving and water sealing the balsa wood to hold the top container above the water. The vinyl cutter will be used to create the bright green logos on the plastic containers. Assembling the instructions to match with the different herbs for each container and drilling holes in the bottom of the stainless steel containers to feed the cotton rope through to be used as a wick will also be a part of the process.
I gave the first four prototypes to four different people that had some experience with growing to test the Hydro Herb containers and recorded and followed up with their experience. I was able to get help with finding a more fibrous wick instead of the wax-coated string I originally had in place as well as suggestions on how to utilize the wick to wet the soil by drilling a hole in the bottom of the container instead of running the string down the side.
This project has made me think bigger than a simple package design. With the support of my peers, colleagues, professor, family, and friends, I was encouraged to see where this project could go. Your sideline cheering and contributed support is not taken for granted and so greatly appreciated!
Risks and challenges
I will be utilizing some of the amazing resources we have on my college campus to make this project successful. I'll be making these in my spare time between my final senior undergraduate graphic design class and asking the lab supervisors for insight and colleagues for support throughout the production process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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