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Student Work – Chris Ferrante

December 23, 2011 | 19 Comments

Designed by Chris Ferrante | Country: United States

“This project was for my packaging design course in which we were tasked with creating a conceptual series of consistent packages for intangible things. I decided to package light, reflection, and shadow. After brainstorming how to visually suggest that these “unpackagable” things were in fact packagable, I came to the concept of creating the effect of them as though they were trapped inside a box.”

Since light, reflection, and shadow are the basic elements that give form to the three-dimensional world in which we live, I decided to keep the form of my packages extremely simple and minimalistic by using simple cube boxes made of natural sand-colored paper with printed black ink. I developed an identity system or symbol set of the first letter of each word (L, R, and S) to be used as diecuts on the front panel of each box.

Each letter is divided in different directions, but their geometric forms make them consistent. Under each diecut is the full word in small and generously tracked Futura Extra-Bold. The Light box has a piece of vellum and a touch light inside so it acts as a luminary, the Reflection box has a piece of mirror inside behind the diecut, and the Shadow box is printed with black ink on the inside of the box with an open diecut so all that is seen is darkness. These boxes are not intended to be opened, but instead are conceptual pieces.

This project was for my packaging design course in which we were tasked with creating a fictional gift shop product for a Philadelphia museum. We were required to design both the product and a carrying component. I chose The Franklin Institute as my museum, and decided to create a product that would appeal to all ages from kids to adults.

Using Benjamin Franklin’s famous electricity kite experiment as my inspiration, I developed the concept for a make your own kite activity kit, calling it Make A Kite. The design is monochromatic, using only a single color (brown) printed on organic cream and kraft papers which were picked to create an eco-friendly, organic, and recyclable look.

I used a cardboard mailing tube with metal end plugs as the container for the pieces of the kit, and customized it by stenciling a star pattern around the top and bottom, and with a paper label that wraps around explaining a breif history of Benjamin Franklin and a list of kit parts. I designed an instruction booklet as well to be placed in the tube with the kite pieces. The bag is made of brown kraft paper with printed artwork (Franklin’s signature and portrait), matching brown ribbon handles, and white tissue paper that I diecut with the same star pattern used on the tube.


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19 Responses to “Student Work – Chris Ferrante”

  1. Justin Spinozzi
    December 23rd, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    Nice job Chris

  2. Steven DeCusatis
    December 23rd, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Nice work, Chris. Congrats!

  3. Chris Ferrante
    December 23rd, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Thanks, Justin and Steve. I appreciate it.

  4. Faith
    December 23rd, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    This is amazing work Chris, I’m going to show this to my mom- I know she’ll be so impressed.The B. Franklin box is beautiful, I love how you placed the font.

  5. Gretchen Whitman
    December 23rd, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    I would purchase these products if offered in a museum gift shop. Beautiful. Nice work , Chris.

  6. jorgecarrero
    December 24th, 2011 @ 3:30 am

    Cool! Very cool, Chris!

  7. Lynn Wolcott
    December 24th, 2011 @ 4:16 am

    Fantastic Chris!

  8. harriett sosson
    December 24th, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    Brilliant & Beautiful! Well done Chris.

  9. Chris Ferrante
    December 24th, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    Thank you all. Really glad you enjoy it.

  10. Helen
    December 27th, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    I want to see more! Chris, do you have a website?

  11. Chris Ferrante
    December 28th, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    Thank you so much, Helen! I appreciate your interest. I wish I had a website, but as of now I haven’t been able to figure out how to put one together, so when that time comes I’ll certainly post it here.

  12. Selektor
    December 29th, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    Really good concept of packaging for Light, Shadow and Reflection. This is a perfect example of how good packaging makes anything sellable :)

  13. Brano
    January 10th, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    I really love to see talented young people. I would love to cooperate with you on some projects Chris. Send me your email please

  14. Chris Ferrante
    January 11th, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Thank you so much for the compliment! I really appreciate it.
    Are you a graphic designer? I’m not sure how to get in touch with you…

  15. Milli Gravel
    January 15th, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    Oh how I would love to buy Make-a-Kites for my private army of grandsons and great-grandsons!

  16. Jenn
    February 7th, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    Hello Chris, I love your designs. Are you available for freelance design projects? Tried to find you online to contact you but no info available–please advise how I may get ahold of you to discuss. Thanks, Jenn

  17. Chris Ferrante
    February 21st, 2012 @ 1:41 am

    Hello, Jenn! Thank you so much for your compliment, and I really appreciate your interest in my work. As of now I am working on getting my website up and running, but in the meantime I can be contacted at Hope to hear from you!

  18. Almog Shemesh
    August 26th, 2012 @ 4:20 am

    wow! I love it!
    thanks for sharing.

  19. Chris Ferrante
    October 7th, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    Thank you all for your interest in my work. My website is

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