I had the good fortune of getting to not only photograph these, but play with them. People love take aways. The balsa wood airplane kit is a really thoughtful touch to this project. The customizable stickers not only engage the participant, but also do a good job of promoting the client.
The goal of this mailer was to promote the Annual Travel + Leisure 2011 Design Awards issue. Typically for this project I like to create something that is fun and not the traditional “sell sheet” to grab attention and to make the experience more interactive. I aim to have the piece double as a keepsake that clients will hold on to and maybe even keep on their desk.
The production on this required a bit of planning, so I contacted my vendor while it was still being designed in order to get the balsa wood in time (i know timing can be an issue with special materials). Luckily I have a great vendor who always helps to make my ideas become a reality in time and on budget.
The main challenge was the screen printing. Originally the type was meant to be smaller - but I needed to make it larger + thicker because of the way it took to the wood and the variations in the texture from piece to piece. Also the vendor expressed there was some difficulty in the die cutting of the wood, but in the end they got it right after a few tries.
Also, one last thing I kept in mind (after some problems on past projects) was the condition of the piece after it had gone through the mail. I mailed myself several samples of the balsa in envelopes (some padded, some not) to make sure the piece would not crack or bend in the mail. Luckily the padded envelope did the trick and I added a do not bend line on the mailing label.
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Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
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Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
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