Weekly Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Concept pill dispenser easier on joints, whiskey packaging inspired by sports car, tin box doubles as Christmas tree ornament

LOS ANGELES , December 19, 2013 () – Easy-open packaging for rheumatoid arthritis medication puts less strain on joints

A student-designed packaging concept for rheumatoid arthritis medication titled ‘Pull!’ is asking RA patients to do just that—an easier-on-the-joints method of accessing pills than twisting open a traditional pill bottle. Designed for Pfizer’s Feldene medication, the packaging comprises pills that are arranged on a rolled-up pull-tab strip housed within a plastic container. The concept offers an alternative to difficult-to-open caps and unwieldy designs that limit proper manual dispensing. The strip itself also features holes so that patients can easily pull the strip down to allow a single pill to drop into the user’s palm.

The primary source of this information is Behance Inc., New York, New York.

Whiskey packaging design inspired by aesthetic of sports cars

Aesthetics and functionality may not always go hand in hand, but such is not the case for the packaging of premium Scotch whiskey Chivas 18 by alcoholic beverage brand Chivas Regal. Developed by Italian car design firm Pininfarina—a name synonymous with Ferrari—the aerodynamic limited edition box set, “The Drop,” features an accompanying glass tumbler embedded within a solid wood inlay, allowing for consumers to partake in stylish, on-the-go consumption. Inspired by air and liquid, the box set is made of a deep blue, metallic-finish outer case with a wood veneer. Other alcoholic beverage packaging that has joined the trend of incorporating drinking glasses into box sets include The Famous Grouse whiskey and the Clic Clak box coffret, while Glenmorangie whiskey has similarly utilized luxury materials, including leather-strapped wood and a metal box, for its packaging.

The primary source of this information is Pininfarina S.p.A, Turin, Italy.

Tin box doubles as Christmas tree ornament

Long after the last piece of popcorn has been enjoyed, many consumers still keep their decorative holiday tins. Glud & Marstrand has come up with a tin box that gives the container’s second life a specific festive purpose—that of a Christmas tree ornament. According to the Danish metal packaging company’s website, the tin packaging would “make the perfect hostess gift” while its second use could be repurposed as “a special Christmas decoration with a secret surprise.”

The primary source of this information is Glud & Marstrand, Hjallerup, Denmark.

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