Niklas Hessman

JULMUST

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Like you have been reading before, I designed this capital K concept for Krönleins Brewery. Last easter they used the yellow one, now it’s time for christmas and their julmust.

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WHAT I DO RIGHT NOW

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As you already know, if you read my blog, I’m a Structural Designer at Pronord in Halmstad. This means I spend alot of time engineering on solutions for packagings, often special made.
Trying to explain that in words can be hard so I posted a picture on a packaging I made recently for a moving company. This box is made of both plywood, corrugated board and foam. Not to forget some glue and staples. It aimes to ship chrystal chandeliers.

If you understand swedish you can go visit Pronord’s own website and blog over at www.pronord.se

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OUT IN STORES AGAIN

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I have forgot to blog about this. Krönleins, a brewery company here i Halmstad, decided to update their displays. To do this they turned directly to the manufacturer of the displays, Smurfit Kappa, that also have a graphic design department. At that time I was an intern at that department and got to be the Art Director for this project.
I designed a koncept regarding a capital K, symbolising Krönleins. I also came up with some ideas on design elements that can be changed in colors. This regarding if it’s Christmas time, Easter or Summer. Just change the color (printing flexo klichés) to red when it’s Christmas for example.

The picture in this post was taken in stores on a display around Easter.

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NEW JOB

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Since the middle of April 2012 I’m employed as a Structural Designer and Seller at Pronord AB in Halmstad, Sweden.

The company Pronord AB designs and sells custom packagings of wooden and corrugated board, also pallets, to manufacturing industries. I’m becoming the pro and head of the corrugated board department.

This will be a very rewarding time in my career as a packaging designer.

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MORE STRUCTURAL

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Talking much about structural design lately in this blog, but thats what I do. Going to miss all those machines for cutting and creasing together with software Artios CAD, hope to get a job to work with this after my graduation this friday.
Many of my stuff in my portfolio are also designed from the beginning with both structural design and graphics. Can you name any of those concepts I designed to the right? If not go check out my portfolio.

Like I said, my graduation coming up this Friday! Can’t believe how fast those three years gone by up here i Sunne. Looking forward to those last days with my classmates and the big party on Friday night. On Sunday I’m heading over to Stockholm for a quick stop, then back home to Halmstad on Monday.

Please let me know if you want to recruit a packaging professional!

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STOLEN IN COLOGNE

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If you read my last blog post you seen a bunch of structural designs I did at Smurfit Kappa. One of them were a 6-pack golfball package. For that I also designed some graphics and created a high quality mockup with black and white ink printed right on corrugated board. This mockup was exhibited at the fair Anuga in Cologne 2011 but got stolen. These things just happen when you least expect it, but i thought the whole thing was very funny. Maybe we’ll see the package on the chinese market in a near future, it’s funny, you’ll never know.

The whole idea I came up to then was to create a concept of balls being given away for free back to the sponsor after being played by a professional at a big golf tournament. Then the golfballs are being sold wrapped up by a signed organic packaging. All benefits are then going back and being invested in junior golfers all around the globe.

This whole idea never ended up in my portfolio, cause of being stolen. But maybe for example Titleist might see this blog post and then start up the idea. Then I did my part as a volunteer of a good cause, just for free. Karma is always good.

Click read more to see the structural design and graphics down below.

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MY LAST WEEK

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This is the last week of my internship at design bureau This Way Up in Stockholm. After that I’m on my way to Sunne and Värmland again.
There are five more remaining weeks before I graduate after three years studying to become a Packaging Designer. So now I’m also looking for a job. Please let me know if you want to hire me or are up to any cooperation.

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VIKUNJA PROMOTION

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As a new member and admin of Vikunja Street Team it is my duty to promote the band. Why not do this via my website and blog. Vikunja are also close friends of mine so I’ll do this with pleasure. They are now in the middle of a launch and promotion after recorded an E.P with producer/songwriter Mats Valentin! Valentin who’s wide range, working with artists from Kelly Clarkson & Westlife to the danish elektropop/rock band Carpark North.
Later on this winter I’ll design a concept design of a cover to this E.P, I’d retouched and edited some photo’s taken by photographer Jesper Petersson. The picture on the right is a sneak peek of that. This is turning out great so look forward to see this in my portfolio later on.

Vikunja also toured with Roxette late last year and played both in Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm and in Malmö Arena. In other words an upcoming band with great ambitions.

Check out Vikunja’s Facebook and push the “like”-button now.

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OUT IN STORES

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20120106-172941.jpgNow are the new Ahlgrens Bilar box out in stores, that I layouted the graphics for at my previous workplacement at Smurfit Kappa Sweden. Nothing extra ordinary but I’m glad to se it out in almost every grocery store in this country!

One more thing!
At the beginning of this new year, Krönleins Bryggeri are also coming out with some new display boxes and shelf to held their sodas, beer and bottled water. Here I designed an Upper Case letter K, to promote Krönleins in a new interresting way. I almost act as an Art Director at a design agency, kind of, unusual as an intern at a corrugated board manufacturer. But a salesmen at Smurfit Kappa managed to pitch the idea for Krönleins and they liked it!
I’ll try to get a photo of this to post when I see those displays in store.

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THIS WAY UP

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In november I’m moving to Stockholm to do my work placement for the third time, this is also the last one before my graduation in March 2012. This time I’m going to spend 4 months at THIS WAY UP, a design bureau in Stockholm. I really like the type of clients they work for.

I made a visit last week and I so liked the place and atmosphere there. This will be a very interesting and exciting time in my career and life.

www.thiswayup.se

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