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Successful pilot of new S2 packaging project. | by Jordanhill School D&T Dept
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Successful pilot of new S2 packaging project.

The S2 Packaging project has been long due an overhaul.

The four leaf clover package is looking a bit tired so we’ve binned it and brought in a new approach to the visualisation of the package.

The pupils are still taught about graphic composition techniques and apart from the planning stages the whole project is realised using digital skills.

As a department we believe that teaching pupils skills in the graphic industry standard software applications is the correct approach. These skills are entirely transferable and the graphic interface will be familiar to them if they choose to progress in the subject through to tertiary level and beyond. Given the results that S2 pupils can now achieve in S2 it is exciting to imagine what they progress to in S5/6.

The concept here is to design the packaging for a new snack product. Basic layout skills are taught and then pupils progress towards realising their ideas in Adobe Illustrator. Vector skills such as typography, basic Bezier path tools, scaling and colour manipulation are taught at this point. At all times pupils must work from their pre-planned thumbnail planning sketches. Upon completion of the front and back panel of the package in Illustrator the artwork is then rotated, cropped, and saved as two jpegs in Photoshop. Two materials are created in Cinema 4D and the bitmap artwork is now added to the texture channel. The materials are then mapped onto a crisp packet mesh that I created in a pre rigged studio environment and rendered as a high resolution file.

As you can see from the pupil photos everyone was pleased with their results! Jay was heard to say, “That was a pretty good lesson.” I think so too.


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Taken on March 25, 2011