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Pad printing (tampography) in packaging design

Pad printing is for round or irregular surfaces. There is million of way to use from keyboard to golf ball here I collected some examples of nice pad print  used on packaging.

When it is advisable to use pad printing?

 – When you need high quality printing

– When the surface is irregular

– When  the graphic is detailed with fine lines

– When you want to use multicolor

– For larger volume projects


 – Vary usage, flexibly technic

– Fast

– Print on nearly every material

– Save money on labeling ( ie. cost of label material, printing, application and the cost of transport if they are not located in one place)


 – This method is wear but there are different inks which are highly resistant

– Using only ink no enamel or paint

 Inks types:

 The ink systems currently available to the industry fall into seven different catergories:

  • solvent evaporating
  • oxidation curing
  • reactive (i.e., catalyst curing, two component)
  • baking
  • UV curable
  • sublimation
  • ceramic and glass

More detailed information about inks and methods here


christmas present ideas

I love to give gifts and most of the time I help my friend and family with ideas when they out of inspiration. I thought this might be helpful for you too:)

Board games:  I love to play and luckily I have friends who are sharing the same passion, these games are my personal recommendations.

Citadelles  Card game, min 2 person up to 8. Ideally is for 4. Roll-play, as you get know the personalities you became a master.

Mr Jack and Mr. Jack Pocket. For two person. Often when we are having our coffee on a sunny terrace we play Mr Jack pocket version. Entertaining and it is tactical like chess.

7 Wonders – civilization board game, similar to age of empire but surprisingly easy to understand and one turn takes only 30 mins.

Jamaica – so far I haven’t meet anybody who didn’t like this game. Cool graphic design with pirate theme, entertaining. Including treasure, fight and gold in order to feel as a real pirate captain.

Jungle speed –  addictive! As many you are as good became! Have a cup of mulled wine and play! Prepare for physical injures!

Books:  I am a bookworm, here are some of my favorite authors, these are classics literature. Great time to read on the train or in the bed before sleeping.

Gerald DurrellMy family and other animals – I admire his work as zoologist and writer and became fun of animals thanks to him. I was a child when I got know his books, it made me laugh a lot. Since then there is no holiday without a Durrell book.

Edgar Ellen Poe – The Murders in the Rue Morgue – Do you want thrill? Read Poe:) Best of the gothic romanic detective or/and scary stories.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – I love all his book. If you already red some of them I recommend his biography because he describes his life and you will realize that his books are only half fictions and the part you thought that is happening only in love and drama novels  are actually the truth ones.

György FaludyMy happy days in hell – Fascinating real story about a long journey and prison of Faludy, internationally well know hungarian poet, writer. I recommend also his selected poems.

Umberto EcoThe name of the rose – Yes, the film is great too:) But read the book:)

Movies: Oh, difficult task to give just a couple of good title. When I am not reading I am watching movies:)

The help – If you want some personal drama, about how to stand up for each other. Hearth warming.

Captain Corelli’s Mandoline – calssic love – war movie. romance, II ww, Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz.

Chocolet – Juliette Binoche, Carrie-Anne Moss, Judi Dench and Johny Depp. Has great story and atmosphere too.

Spirited away –  Great story, real family movie. My favorite director is Hayao Miyazaki. Totoro is a perfect gift for little kids it is so nice  without any violence.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – I love Jim Carrey. He is a great actor and this film is a proof. Adventure, family movie.

Kon-tiki – Pure adventure, true story.

For designers: If you have the luck to have designer among your friend and/or family, here is a little list that can help you out. the best if you ask for a list. if your designer needs some really expansive (usually something  digital) share the price within family or group of friends.

books of Scott Belsky self and time management tools for designers

books for inspiration in his/her interested subject – for instance fashion, graffiti, paper craft, lettering, certain illustration style etc.

fonts –  ask for what is missing from the collection:)

markers and pens – Copic and Primacolor, Pentel, Faber Castel are good 

new software or updates

digital – tablet, camera or part of them like flash, objective etc. 

paper – sheet. block. pocket size. huge oversize. transparent. colored. cheap. expansive. rise paper. thick paper. japanese paper. chinese paper…

any other tool he/she might use

I hope this article was helpful. Enjoy the preparation for Christmas!


flat design in packaging and illustration

As the flat design is trending in the website world I would like to see how it will go on other subjects such as illustration or packaging. I really like flat design because I like minimalist and clean structure, I always did and always will. Scandinavian purity is back. In the case of a website is good to have a simple, user-friendly surface and system. The attributes are the following:

01.Srong typography /02.No shadows and gradients in the graphic elements /03.Focus on colors, and there are certain trending colors / 04.Focus on words/content and simple (UI) elements

Ok, but what about packaging and illustration? Is there any flat design trending? There are illustrators who has his/her style flat and vectorial like Lotta Nieminen (and the Maeven identity project which is good example of flat identity design) Other nice example is Patric Hruby ‘s  and Neil Stevens‘s work. Also, HeystudioDesign Surgery and Vincent Mahé (his style reminds me Hergé) have many similar project. We can say that flat design is already has its own place in the world of illustration (not to mention patterns) Easy to capture flat design in icon elements for websites and that is clearly trend not personal style.

What about packaging?

Well, that is other point of view. Websites are for online presence, you can see on the screen and it doesn’t have any visual competitor at the same time when you are visiting it. In the case of packaging, design is depending on the way of selling. If the product is sold in the brand’s shop there is more possibility to use clean and delicate design. If the product is in a chain store or a pharmacy where other competitive designs are together in the same shelf, well, you have to be strong and remarkable. Like the flowers on the field they “fight” for the bug’s attention, packaging has the same intention. Also very important fact that, flat style is not for everybody. I can imagine for products and brands targeting youngsters and babies or for beverages, perhaps for sweets or certain pharmaceutical products.

For conclusion: to use flat design for packaging can be challenging due to marketing and corporative reasons, and that’s  why we find this style more in the editorial and online presence than on the shelves.

bottle design trends

As I was reading different websites and blogs about packaging, a new trend has appeared to me, among mainly food packaging design. It is clearly a new way of visual strategy. Or fashion. We know very well that the beer or vine goes this or that shaped bottle, Coca Cola is recognizable of its silhouette, we learned to verify a drink because it has this or that form. The new concept is simple: use bottles that normally used for other products. Hot sauce goes to water bottle, sangria to the cava (spanish champaign or bubble vine)  bottle, vodka goes something like a shampoo or a cereal in a jam jar. Is it bad or not? I think is depends on the circumstances and the products. One hand, for instance in a big supermarket a whisky bottle shaped milk will shout out among other b

rick milks certainly but probably nobody would buy it for his kid. Even is clearly communicated that the milk does not contain any alcohol would not convince the prospect.  On the other hand, a colorful and playful bottle for a vodka or cokctail mix is working, because is promising  fun and a delightful consuming.

The most appealing trend is among the olive oil packaging, I found several example to use bottle that often (originally) filled with alcohol.  All these packagings are very nice and I like the smart graphic design. Still I am wondering which circumstances are appropriate to sell these products. Maybe on-line shopping? Tesco? Small delicate grocery?  Check out these photos, and play the game: to guess what is it,  for the first sight without reading the name.


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when a designer goes on vacation…

From tomorrow I am officially ON VACATION! Hurray! 🙂 Good bye computer, good bye clients. Welcome beach, welcome smooth breeze in the wood! Of course I can’t stand  without drawing, observing and collecting ideas or looking for inspiration. So I decided to show what will I bring to do all this,  apart from a simple camera, games, clothes and camping stuff.

I am planning to continue my book illustration project that I had to abandon for a while, also I am continuously thinking about the very new side-project (which is a secret yet:) And of course I will take tones of photos, observing fishes, flowers and tourists:) Would be nice to ride horse, visit hidden bays, read good books, eat well and have fun with friends, also practice my weak french.

I am wondering what things other designers are packing for vacation….

vacation preparation

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charity and design

Maybe charity is not the exact word i am looking for, better to say good cause, but anyway the point is that recently i have found a couple of  very sympathetic website of design serving something important.




First is Maddie the coonhound. I love the photos, I love the concept and I love the fact that is not simple  self promotion but leading to other pet rescue website like Why we rescue.  I think this site is a great example that every pet refuge around the world should follow at least nationally, to follow up the story of the adopted animals in order to motivate people to choose new family members from the abandoned ones.  Beautiful photos and recorded voice-interviewes of pet owners are introducing  the new life of 50 pets across USA.  They are quite unusual stories, one my favorite is Katie’s however i couldn’t prescind from movies ( like Kon-Tiki ) about long boat trips on the open ocean where a pet is accompany the main character and finished like shark food. But hopefully this is not the case:)

I think this is a great example that is easy to apply in any current situation. You need to find the stories and a keen photographer (or several keen photographer:)


The other good idea i have found is the Picnic by design  organised by Diffa (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) It is a fascinating concept to gather found for a good cause.  I just love the task, to design a picnic basket with food and organize an open-air movie night.  Here you can check the photos of 2012, seems to be fun:) If you are in NY definitely should organize a date within this event:) I think, would be nice to organize similar event in every city around the world, in order to support different good cause depends on the actual circumstances.

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My not-that-secret love: anthropology

Back on track! To continue blogging after such a time gap is never easy, I intend to write regulary again.

Anthropology. I use to study in my university I was so lucky to have such a great professor- couple, Ágnes and Gábor Kapitány who introduce this interesting subject  and infect us for a lifetime:) I am still thinking about to go back to school and study cultural or rather, design anthropology. I would like to integrate the knowledge of human science into my workflow somehow, still not sure how can I achieve that. First step, I started to download free resources (university notes, studies) and looking for interesting books and links. So let’s say it will be my new hobby for a while.

Why am I so enthusiastic with anthropology? What is that at all? Wiki says: “The term anthropology is from the Greek anthrōpos (ἄνθρωπος), “man”, understood to mean humankind or humanity, and -logia (-λογos), “word” or “study.” There is a lot of kind of anthropology and I think it will diverse more. For instance cultural anthropology, or sociocultural, biological, linguistic, visual, political etc. So many aspects so many point of view to observe human kind.

Today when we are so many on  Earth and we have less and less space, we are obligated to understand ourself and others better in order to live in peace and abudance. We have to develop our communication skills, to find out solutions for very basic needs and all human science are here to help us out.

As a designer I think is very important to understand and study the need of the people generally and specified because the solution differ according to geography, cultural and other aspects. Design anthropology for me is the missing link between design and human science because I didn’t know how can I find the intersection of design and cultural diversity. Now I know that this is what I was looking for, this is the way I can combine my skills  in order to make better design that improves people’s life.

I’m looking for keys to find the motivation, the answer for “Why”. Behind habits, superstitions, believes and symbols there is always the hidden motivation, the unconscious answer. I want to understand the world and its people in order to create meaningful design. To make good design is elementary to study the final user: humans.  Ok, what makes a design to be good design?

Good design is:

1 Is innovative.

2 Makes a product useful.

3 Is aesthetic.

4 Helps a product to be understood.

5 Is unobtrusive.

6 Is honest

7 Is durable

8 Is consistent to the last detail.

9 Is concerned with the environment.

10 Is as little design as possible.

We can doodle on this 10 point each in an another post, now the objective is to show why anthropology is useful and how is working in reality? We can find answers if we watch one the video of Jan Chipchase:

I recommend all of his speech, engaging and understandable. This video explain very clearly how anthropology can influence design. I can not prescind from psychology because how we make decision consciously and sub-consciously is an intersection between cultural and personal manner. I think it is a very interesting subject to discover new needs and find the solution. For this we have to go out, get know the culture/economy/human context, understand the problem, propose  several solution, test them and finally teach/integrate/sell them. I will try to bring some good example next time:)


origin of everyday objects

ImageEgg box: There was always need to protect eggs during transport and storage. They use to wrap the eggs in paper but the egg box what is still in use nowadays is designed by Joseph L. Coyle from in 1911. Important fact is the space is not exactly the shape of the eggs in order to absorb some impact energy.  Using pressed carton was very innovative idea in this time.


Paperclip: Such a tiny but important object. In 1867 Samuel B. Fay presented one of the first patent in the USA. A little after  in 1899 Johan Vaaler from Norway, registered his patent was square or/ and triangle shaped. Around 1890-1907 english Gem Manufacturing Co. started to produce that paperclip which is in still in use.


Trainer shoes: The first pair of hand crafted trainer shoes was designed for the olimpyc game in 1924 (Paris) for sprinters by Joseph William Foster.

Blog says: In 1928 Adi Dassler supplied Lina Radke with a handmade pair of spikes that she wore during the Olympic Games in Amsterdam.  (Rudolf later established Puma, which was the early rival of Adidas- by Wiki)

Book says that: The very first industrial pair of trainer were made by Adidas (Adolf and Rudolf Dassler) In 1936 (Berlin) Jesse Owen won the golden medal in Adidas shoes. That was the first shoes that was perfectly designed for running.


Wheel chair: Wikipedia says wheelchair was used in China 3th or the 6th century B.C.E. Philip II of Spain (21 May 1527 – 13 September 1598) used wheelchair. The first patent was submitted in 1896 in the USA.  In 1933 Harry Jennings and Herbert Everest designed a light chair for Everest (who broke his column in a mine accident) and they started the mass production. Ever since wheelchair design is always developing and more and more very delicate now.


photo by Naman

Masking tape or Scoth tape: It was developed in 1925 by Richard Drew engineer in 3M (minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co) with cellulose and in 1930 they developed another, cellophane based version. About the name: “Use of the term “Scotch” in the name has a pejorative origin. A customer complained that 3M was manufacturing its masking tape too cheaply, and told company engineer Richard Drew to, “take this tape back to your stingy Scotch bosses and tell them to put more adhesive on it.”


Shopping cart: Obviously trolley were needed within massive shopping action when the simple shopping basked wasn’t efficient enough.

Wkii says: “One of the first shopping carts was introduced on June 4, 1937, the invention of Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain in Oklahoma City (another shopping-cart innovator was Orla Watson). One night, in 1936, Goldman sat in his office wondering how customers might move more groceries. He found a wooden folding chair and put a basket on the seat and wheels on the legs. Goldman and one of his employees, Fred Young, a mechanic, began tinkering. Their first shopping cart was a metal frame that held two wire baskets. Since they were inspired by the folding chair, Goldman called his carts “folding basket carriers”. Another mechanic, Arthur Kosted, developed a method to mass produce the carts by inventing an assembly line capable of forming and welding the wire.  They advertised the invention as part of a new “No Basket Carrying Plan.”

The invention did not catch on immediately. Men found them effeminate; women found them suggestive of a baby carriage. “I’ve pushed my last baby buggy,” an offended woman informed Goldman. After hiring several male and female models to push his new invention around his store and demonstrate their utility, as well as greeters to explain their use, shopping carts became extremely popular and Goldman became a multimillionaire. Goldman continued to make modifications to his original design, and the basket size of the shopping cart increased as stores realized that their customers purchased more as its size increased.


Hex key – Allen key: Wiki says “The Allen name is a registered trademark, originated by the Allen Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut circa 1910, and currently owned by Apex Tool Group, LLC. Its genericized use is discouraged by this company. The standard generic name used in catalogs and published books and journals is “hex key”.

book says that the first hexagon shape tool was patented in 1936 by the the german Bauer and Schaurte Karcher but it wasn’t valid in USA. 1943 Allen Manufacturing Co. gived their name and started to expand internationally. (poor germans) The key of the success of this key is that so simple and efficient.


Ballpoint pen: I will make an article about hungarian famous inventions and about hungarian designers because its worth an article (actually a book also)

But first of all, the history of the ballpoint pen and the history that every hungarian knows but not the rest of the world.

There was a lot of patent and research to make the perfect pen with smooth and continuous ink flow with long lasting and comfortable writing. Galileo Galilei was designing pens in the XVIIth century.

The hit came with three important fact: the nest (of the ball) had fluent ink support, capillary system and ink pad. The first pen designed and presented by Goy Andor engineer in 1938. Based on his idea Kovács Sándor engineer, (owner of Elveco Co. in Paris) made a second version. The third version was made by Bíró László József journalist with his brother György and with his friend Gellért Imre. They patented their first pen in 1938 in Hungary. With further version and patents the Goy and Kovalszky Co. started to produce pens and after the WWII they called it GOPEN. In 1949 for political issue reason the factory have been closed. Goy Andor went to work for the predecessor of ICO where he was responsible for pen manufacturing. International rights owners have always recognized in the Bíró László -Goy Andor agreement (made in 1938) the rights of Goy Andor.

Bíró left Hungary first to Paris to work with Elveco and after he went Argentina with Meyne János György where in 1943 they made a new patent and they founded Bíró Pens of Argentina Co. and had given different names like “Eterpen” “Stratopen” and later “Birome” Licenses have been bought and stolen both by many manufacturers and today is one of the most common object we have worldwide is the ballpoint pen.

I hope you liked this article. I tried to use different resources hence the “facts” are not always the same. I don’t know the truth but I tried to find more origin to supply the history of each object. Stories are based on this book and wikipedia.

PS: I have no idea why there is a space before the first picture. Any solution is welcome.

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still middle-east

So far we got know about calligraphy artist, fashion designers from the Middle-East. This post is dedicated for graphic design, illustration and product design.I was looking for good designs not for famous names, and I hope you will like this selection.

Nur Ercan’s seats makes me want to jump on these puffs, and bring home immediately. The lights are so dominating. I can imagine them in art gallery or a big hangar where artists are meeting regulary. 

Murat Palta’s illustration are so funny. I love movies and is nice to watch relevant  illustrations. The persian miniature isnpired theme with movie scenes are precious. Click here to watch them. However is not matching to the middle east subject but to sum-up-movie-illustration I have to mention my favorite: Scott Campbell.

Back to east, I continue my list with Iris Zohar becouse I like the way she thinking about table wear. I would like to try out the Kangaroo Cup.

Sahar Bastry is also designing some ceramic table wear but also little objects to make our life more comfortable.

To close the list here is Selim Ekmen’s pattern collection.  Clean, elegant and beautiful work.


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