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Time Travel

How did design differ in the past compared to now?

What lessons can be learned from looking at past and present designs of some of our most iconic products and packages? For this exercise, you can select an object (it doesn’t have to be packaging!) and explore how design has changed in the last few decades it has been around. Are there any aspects with earlier design we can learn from today, for example in terms of simplicity? What are the design principles we probably don’t want to go back to?

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I invented a tethered bottle cap that remains connected to its container and ensures recycling.

I invented a tethered bottle cap that remains connected to its container and ensures recycling.

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A brief exploration of how products were packaged before plastics were available

A brief exploration of how products were packaged before plastics were available

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