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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2012
As a design student, this book provided me with a lot of inspiration and an understanding of how such interesting and practical packages can be made with just a piece of card. The range spans classic designs such as the TetraPak 'Sun Lolly' carton to multi-folded origami-like creations!

There is a decent section on mailers and cards, so this book would also be of use to people who are into papercraft.

The files on the CD are in PostScript (EPS) format but there is no listing that cross-references the files on the disc to the designs in the book, so I assume that it was an after-thought. You can locate the necessary files by the Folder 1-7 (which are the chapters in the book) and the file which is x_yyy (x = chapter yyy = page number)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2013
This book looks great at the outset, but there is simply no differentiation between mountain (convex) and valley (concave) folds - as in origami - which are essential when making some of the more elaborate constructions. The lack of these makes the layouts seem rushed, and the reviewers who criticised the CD ROM for the way it's been put together each make valid points. I'd rather enlarge the layouts on a photocopier to reproduce them which in itself isn't ideal. The lack of indication whether specific folds should be mountain or valley and the depiction of merely a dotted line regardless of the type of fold is a major flaw and one that should have been simple enough to have been incorporated.

UPDATE: I've now had this book for a year and a half and I've never used it. A much better buy is Structural Package Design by Haresh Pathak (Pepin Press, 1998). It doesn't have the apparent bells and whistles of this book, but it covers every package design you will need and I use it all the time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2009
I am very pleased with this book. It has been useful for ideas and inspiration for my students. Easy to follow with templates that can be adapted for individual designs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It was everything I expected to be. Lots of templates, ready to use, from the most simple ones to the craziest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2009
This book is so useful and full of great ideas.
I am a design student so it has come in very useful for packaging ideas.
Better than most others as it actually shows the templates.
Recommended buy!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2010
Such good value for money. As an art director and designer I'm going to find it really useful even if it's just mucking about in my spare time. It's also excellent for inspiration. GREAT for people not experienced in creating cutter guides. BRILLIANT BUY!
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on 10 October 2012
My Art teacher recommend this to me, and I have to say it great... Loads of templates and great for ideas
the DVD with the templates is compatible with both Mac/PC and load straight into Adobe Photoshop ect..

Great tool for any keen Designer or anyone how want some ideas for packaging and crafts

....Happy to answer any questions....
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on 10 November 2013
An excellent resource for any Graphics teacher. One down-side is that the templates are published in a bizarre format that I could not use. I had to pay for a conversion package to convert them into tiffs and jpgs. There was plenty of room on the disk to supply other standard formats so no excuse and therefore four stars instead of five.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2011
A lovely book great for inspiration. But how do you get info off CD? No instructions in book nor on disc. It will not run and I can not find an opperating system for it. Not very useful. I believe it will cost me £100 to run this disc. No wonder I was not informed of this before I bought it.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2009
Every single so called template I have printed out and tested is wrong. Most templates have been drawn poorly. For example using a white box to mask off a circle to make it a semi circle instead of editing the line. I have had to amend them to make them work...don't waste your money.
This should have been called amateur templates.
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