Top left: Plastic Multi-opener from AbleData.com; top right: bottle-shaped “Wine Bottle Accessory Kit” from Sirtified.com; 2nd row left: “Bull’s Head” can opener from the 1800s; on right: generic package opener (and, yes, it is ironic that it’s packaged in a difficult to open clamshell); 3rd row left: Tube-squeezers from Roadsidepictures’ Flickr Photostream; on right: Mighty-Grip Jar Opener pack from Pinetree4’s Flickr Photostream; bottom: Frog Can Crusher (another photo of this product on Amazon.com: here)
I’ve been meaning to say something about products, created to use in conjunction with packaging. The most obvious examples are openers. (can openers, bottle openers, etc.)
But there are also products that go beyond the opening of the package: products intended to help us get our money’s worth out of a packaged product (the tube squeezers above, for example); products that are intended to help us handle a packaged product in daily use (milk carton holders & milk pouch pitchers, for example); products that are intended to assist in the recycling of packages. Not to mention, all those package-related kitchen aids intended for the mobility and disability equipment market.
Intrigued by the self-referential idea of a packaged product that would not exist except for packaging, I’m thinking this post may be an introduction to a new recurring theme…
Beach Packaging Design