Packaging design & our process

 Pelasgaea Deli / Σχεδιασμός συσκευασίων και καταστήματος

The image of a product must keep up with the quality of its content, it must communicate the brand values and history, and its shelf price must be honest.
This is in a nutshell our way of thinking when we are called to design packaging.
Our first questions are: Do you have a name for your product? What will the shelf price be?

First steps
The first thing to be done is to have a meeting with our clients, in person or through Skype. We have to get to know them, find out what their thoughts are and understand what they want to achieve. For example, does the product have a name? If yes, maybe it has already been used by someone else? Does it sound good in english? Is there an interesting story that we can exploit in order to extract elements that will help us with the design process, but also later when we get to the promotion phase? That’s how we define each particular task and get the “design brief” that we need.
The product name is what sticks and is very hard to change later, if ever. It’s how the customers (consumers) will find it at the super market or online. The name is what carries the feeling, the taste and the smell of the product.

01. The financial proposal.
After the first meeting (or meetings), and providing that we have defined in detail what needs to be done, we’ll sent our financial proposal which is in the form of a contract. That’s where all terms and steps of our partnership with each client are described in detail. In financial offers about packaging we set the cost of future adaptations from the beginning, as it is very probable that a packaging design will later be needed to come out in various sizes, different receptacles, or in different languages. By doing this our clients can know in advance, how much it will cost them to adapt a previously created design of a 250gr box into a 1kg box, for example.

Τhe Pistakios, Packaging Series

02.Research, design study, initial designs and the first presentation.
After we have chosen the name and the direction of the brand and have set a time schedule, we move to the next stage: Research and design study.
Research is mainly about examples of similar products and how they are promoted and distributed. As a rule we present our clients with two to three proposals, depending on whether or not we have previously designed the company identity and/or logo and if so, if we have established any elements that can also be used on the packaging.

Anthia Bulk | Pelasgaea SA | ©2014

After that, we’ll go forward with the first design presentation which we believe is the most critical moment for every product, as that’s when things become specific and decisions become difficult. The product now looks “real” and the first characterisations are heard: “Serious”, “childish”, “expensive”, “minimal”, etc.
This is of course a necessary process. It is how we’ll be able to eliminate unwanted elements from our designs and streamline them in order for the product to have the character that will make the consumer notice the packaging, become attracted to it, touch it for the first time, dare to choose it and purchase it.

Stamina - Ελαιόδιχτα Μεσινέζας με Φάσσα | C. Vellis S.A. | ©2016

03. Client feedback.
After the end of the first presentation, clients are given the necessary time to either choose one of our design proposals (as it is or with any improvements they request), or to reject them. This means that depending on their decision, we either have to take into account their reasons for rejecting our design proposals and go back to the drawing table for one or two new ones, or go forward with the final designs.
04. Final designs, adaptations for different sizes/languages.
When we have managed to end up with the best solution for the product, it is time to go forward and produce the final designs. We’ll choose the appropriate colours (if we’re working for a series of products) and place all the necessary information that must be visible on the packaging, such as nutrition charts, barcodes, ingredients, etc.

05. Selection of production collaborators (manufacturers).
On packaging project the most important decision to make, is how is "this going to be produced". The choices are extent and it's also the part that the most of the total budget will be spent. So it's important to know that fact. For our decision, we will also take note on the financial and eco-friendly character of the product. So fewer ink use, less or no plastic use. Of course the product quantity will also be a critical factor on the final outcome. When we discuss packaging production, we can start from 1.000 pieces to some millions products. With all that in mind, our creative proposals will be adjusted accordingly. 

Αnthi EVOO Series | Pelasgaea SA | ©2013

06. Completion.
If everything has gone according to plan, it is time to receive the first packaging prototypes from the manufacturers. For the first time the (almost) “final product” is in our hands. When it comes to packaging jobs the options for prototype production are limited, (especially when the quantities that we need are not large), which in most cases means we have to wait until we get to the production stage in order to to see how the product really looks. What comes next is the actual packaging of the products and the preparation for the promotion phase.

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