For this project I was tasked with taking an existing piece of packaging and redesigning it to work better for it's intended audience. Initially, I wanted to just package Japanese detail carving tools, but through my research and ideation phases I quickly realized that it would be more useful to package a carving set for block printing.
Having done block printing myself, I was well aware of how much of a pain it is to get started without resorting to using cheap plastic kits. In the current market if you want to get quality tools you have to make multiple individual stops at different suppliers to get good tools; my packaging project aims to remedy that issue.
archives.design is a self driven project that was started in response to my own frustrations doing design studies over the past year. Since the libraries and physical archives in my area were closed due to COVID restrictions, my research was constrained to what I could access digitally. Throughout my studies I found the Internet Archive to be an invaluable resource. However, due to the nature of the Internet Archive — it's non-profit status as well as the sheer scale of their collection — their end-user experience wasn’t the greatest.
I often had difficulties finding what I was looking for because of the lack of curation in their giant collection. Add on top of this a combination of confusing boolean operators and an absolute hodgepodge of different metadata tags and category names, and finding exactly what you're looking for can often be a tedious and painful task.