RIT Students Take Top Honors at National Design Competition

Student competition simulates the demands for high-end product packaging

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Student design teams from Rochester Institute of Technology placed 1st and 3rd at the 2007 North American Student Design Competition, sponsored by The Paperbox Industry Foundation, in conjunction with the North American Packaging Association.

The competition challenged students to design a “unisex spa products promotion” package that would appeal to both men and women. During the six-week event, students were required to create products, form a brand identity and design and fabricate a professional quality box to house the spa products. Entries were judged on innovation, concept, structural and graphic development, as well as construction and craftsmanship.

“Set-up or rigid boxes covered in paper or fabric are primarily used for high-end products such as chocolates, cosmetics or fragrance,” says Lorrie Frear, assistant professor of graphic design. “This project simulates industry standards and demand for elegant packaging to complement luxury products.”

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