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Student Work – Kevin Angeloni

April 21, 2010 | 37 Comments

Designed by Kevin Angeloni | Country: Switzerland

“Another way of seeing the gray pencil that everyone knows and is an indispensable tool for all creatives. The pencil is contained in a thin glass cylinder topped with a cork. Everything is placed in a plexiglass holder.”


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37 Responses to “Student Work – Kevin Angeloni”

  1. tamara
    April 21st, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    looks cool, but seems like an incredibly wasteful packaging solution, and not a very “at your fingertips” solution.

  2. Kevin
    April 21st, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    Interesting concept, but way too much waste material for a pencil pack.

  3. Ángela
    April 21st, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    I agree with the others, way too much material wasted… though the idea is great, maybe it could work better as a present that as the usual product package

  4. Stan
    April 21st, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    Just fine!

  5. Lougger
    April 21st, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    I like how it’s material efficient.

  6. AMD
    April 21st, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    As designers we need to ask ourselves “why should we do this?” Yes, it looks great, but does it make the product any easier to use? No. Is it wasteful? Yes. I hate to call this lazy, but it’s certainly nothing new or even outside the box. Sorry.

  7. Richard
    April 21st, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    I’m just going to reiterate what has already been said. Sure it looks cool, but how can anyone consciously put this much effort into packaging a set of pencils? It’s a stick that makes a mark. I have absolutely no attachment to it whatsoever and it will be discarded shortly after it has been used. Anyone who attaches this much value to their pencils is spending far too much time admiring their tools instead of using them. Students of packaging aught to seriously consider the sustainability of their practice. It is almost insulting to see such a complete disregard for resources and the environment from a student aspiring to enter this field. Scary.

  8. The Labelmaker
    April 21st, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

    … my first thoughts were it was a strange sort of new pregnancy test:-)
    anyway – excellent job here!

  9. Zack
    April 21st, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    Cool, looks a test tube in the lab.

  10. ROB
    April 22nd, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Give the guy a break…

    If you cant do something totally inappropiate/ wasteful when youre a student when can you? Once a student leaves the confines of university and enters the real world they will have to learn to deal with the restrictions of a live project so let them explore/ investigate/ dicover/ make mistakes whilst they can.

    I for one like this project… maybe not practical as an everyday packaging for pencils but its a nice conceptual piece.

  11. Lewis
    April 22nd, 2010 @ 10:46 am

    Looks great, although having to pop off the corks every time you want to use a pencil might loose it novelty.

    As for the comments of material waste, it does have a re-usability component to it, you can put any pencils you want in there after. I can see it as a nice DIY project but definitely wasteful if mass-produced.

  12. Angeloni K.
    April 22nd, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    To answer some question, the theme given was that of designing a packaging 12 gray luxury pencils, or the use of such a support.
    I am in fact also agrees that if it was to be mass produced it is simply wasteful but in contrast my basic idea was to make a limited series which would be more appropriate I agree.
    But it is the only an exercise of style more or less.
    Thank you for your comments then I can better myself in my work…

  13. Simon B.
    April 26th, 2010 @ 1:05 am

    since we all know this is studentwork and it’s not going into production, that should be the standpoint we consider it from.
    If we made a million packages of these then yeah, it would be super-wasteful, but on a conceptual, non-production level this really great.

  14. AMD
    April 26th, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    but even considering that it is conceptual student work and will never be actually produced, the designer still needs to ask themselves if the packaging is making the product HARDER TO USE. Even if we had limited resources and production capabilities this packaging would still be totally frivolous and downright annoying to use.

  15. 1/4lb baconslab
    April 27th, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

    AMD – Who is really going to use this set of pencils if they purchase it? If it were ever put into production, all but limited, someone who buys this piece would put it on a coffee table or a mantle as artwork. Ease of use plays little factor in the analysis. I’d say this piece is very well made, with attention to meticulous detail, besides the fact that it cleanly compares a tool of communication with a reagent or catalyst, (some of the typical things held in a beaker).

  16. Kimiko
    April 28th, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    Great design! I like the look of it from the type treatment down to the craftmanship. I would love to buy one to have as a sculpture in my office if it was ever mass produce.

  17. *G
    April 28th, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    Very interesting concept. This is student work and obviously an EXPERIMENT. Very nice work. Keep it at it Kevin you have a lot of potential.

  18. Dr M.
    April 30th, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    Personally, im not a pompous/pretentious designer, so pardon me, and just point me to where i can buy this, because its f***ing awesome !

    Let me spend my money on useless, harder-to-use stuff.

    As a matter of fact, i still wear pants, even if i realise it would be easier to perform my morning-poo without one.

    Such a waster.

  19. Quentin VIEN
    April 30th, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    As a customer I think this is a beautiful product and I would buy it right away.

    I myself have luxury pencils, and i would love to display them like this. They are sitting in a drawer at home at the moment.

    Because lets face it expensive pencil are nothing less then useless.

    I guess as designers we shouldn’t buy this, as it’s useless… Just like painting or music.

    So thank god there are much less designers than there are customers in the world.

  20. Brigitta Ryan {duo}
    May 19th, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

    I’m not buying the ‘it’s just a student project’ excuse for the excessive waste here. Students are in a unique position to experiment and play and encouraging unsustainable-just-cause-it-looks-good projects is stupidly narrow minded. Students have a huge chance to be designing experiments that work and help, not waste.

  21. Michael
    May 19th, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    God, some of these comments make me want to go flush the toilet 50x and throw away a few unused reams of paper… (don’t panic… i’m being sarcastic)… But seriously, if you can’t (simply) be amused by the beauty of this fantastically executed design IDEA, perhaps you need to pull the test tube covered pencil from your – – – !!! Great work, Kevin! Don’t worry about not creating the most efficient and functional writing utensil holder… I think I own ten different versions of that sort of thing already… Off to wash my clothes in the river!

  22. Paul
    May 21st, 2010 @ 6:01 am

    Absolutely gorgeous way to package a set of pencils. Forget the purists, over worrying functionality blah blah. It looks the shit!

  23. Alice
    June 14th, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    I really like it! Admittedly it’s wasteful as packaging, but I’d love to have it on my desk as a pencil case. Maybe then I’d be able to keep track of all my half 3B’s and nearing-the-end H’s…

  24. BCOME
    July 11th, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    Ok – it’s no ‘green design’ ’cause it uses a lot of material … but come on, packaging – especially when it shall be cool, beautiful aso. – is not about being eco-friendly, it’s about the look … and this idea looks cool!!
    Love it!

  25. Hank Wang
    January 7th, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    it’s awesome. where can buy it?

  26. Katie
    January 19th, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    I’d buy this.

  27. Stephie
    February 17th, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    I completely agree with ROB. This is a conceptual student piece. Now is the time to explore and learn, push the limits and prepare yourself for a design career. He was instructed to create a luxury pencil set and I think he did just that. This is elegant, pristine, something I would definitely hold on to and re use. Everything about it is just so perfectly charming and delicate. Lovely.

  28. Village Ads
    March 24th, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    I agree with Rob and Stephanie. It’s a great example of conceptual artwork and when people are in school, I expect them to be creative.

    The concept artist, Kevin Angeloni, did a superb job and shows that he has the creativity to accomplish a difficult task (dressing up pencils) using simple materials and make something truly noteworthy.

    If I was in the market to hire somebody with his skills, I would definitely want to hire him. Those who are dissing his idea, don’t get creativity and would have no place in a startup or creative business.

  29. VOKE
    October 11th, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    While, I don’t tend to produce a lot of this kind of design myself (regretfully), for all you morons out there thinking this is some kind of commercial packaging proposal, you are way off. This is a perrrrsonal response to materials. Its just a beautifully crafted piece of inspiration for the individual and those of us who applaud attention to detail.

  30. Olesya Kurulyuk
    April 18th, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    For those who wants to see practical use maybe create a cork as a pencil sharpener?

    I really like the concept. Many things we are using nowadays came from somebody’s idea.

  31. Noelle
    May 29th, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    I actually really like this packaging.
    If you’re looking for something realistic, go to an office supply store and buy it in bulk. If you’re going for aesthetic appeal, go for this. Plain & simple.

    I think this packaging would be a little bit more worth the while if the cork was an oversized eraser, so that you can take the pencil out & put it back into the glass. It would make it easier to travel with pencils without having it break or mark all over the other items. :]

    I would love to see map colours this way.

  32. Jo
    July 19th, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    What a waste. This is so stupid, what need is served to over package PENCILS?????

  33. Kevin
    August 28th, 2012 @ 6:57 am
  34. Maura
    October 24th, 2012 @ 4:53 am

    I disagree with a lot of the people here. Why is is wasteful? If you are a creative person I would think you immediately think of all the other things you can do with the glass tubes in the stand. I don;t think the purpose of this project was to be practical. It is however very beautiful AND reusable, which in my book, does not make it wasteful.

  35. E.Curtis
    August 23rd, 2014 @ 4:23 am

    What a gorgeous idea. So fascinatingly simple, such a beautiful concept.

  36. claire payne
    August 5th, 2015 @ 5:21 pm


    Where can I buy a tube this size, thanks

  37. Elizabeth
    November 28th, 2015 @ 10:16 am

    I love this! I would buy it in a heart beat.

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