Your design and packaging ideas required

by Lee Hopkins on May 25, 2006 · 4 comments

in miscellaneous

GThe young Hopkins straining for ideas - can you help?day.

I need your help, because today I seem to be suffering from ‘brain fade’, as if it’s worn out.

I’m putting together a staff information pack for a client who is moving from one part of the city to another. I’m looking to include information such as where the coffee shops and lunch bars are, where the restaurants are, how much things cost, where the parking stations are, where the nearest public transport stops are, and so on.

I’d love to present the employees with this information pack (which includes information on how to work the new phone system, how to work the new multi-purpose printer/copier/fax machines, how to work the dishwashers, and so on). Clearly there is a need for some level of durability and re-use for this material, so giving them a handful of plastic comb bound A4 sheets with information on them is not going to be ‘impressive’ or ‘noteworthy’ enough.

I’m looking to the community for ideas of what you’ve received in the past, great packaging that startled and delightfully surprised, great ways of presenting information that is both durable and easy to use. I’d love to know what you found ‘worked’ and what didn’t (and maybe ‘why’).

I need to come up with a few ideas I can present (even as just as an idea) to the client next week, so any info you can give me would be very gratefully appreciated. Either leave comments on this post, or else email me: Lee at LeeHopkins dot com.

Cheers!

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  • http://tidbitsandmore.blogspot.com/ Donna Tocci

    Wow. I’ve worked in companies that moved and didn’t get this type of information. Bravo to the company!

    Yes, we all have enough paper on our desks that something like this would get lost in the shuffle of moving and unpacking your office or cubicle. How about adding something fun? I don’t know the budget, but here are some ideas.

    - a coffee mug for everyone with a coupon for the closest coffee place inside delivered with the informaiton packet. You can also put in the mug a colored slice of paper that says ‘welcome to the neighborhood – all necessary information included in the packet below’ (because I’m thinking that the mug would sit on the packet of info.

    - tie a balloon around the packet of info (it would serve as the weight to keep the balloon from floating in the air). The balloon could say ‘welcome’ on it.

    The above mentioned could all be left in the work spaces the night before they arrived to the new office (and all the boxes!)

    Or, you might want to have a breakfast waiting for the employees when they arrive to the unpacking adventures – bagels and fruit, tea, coffee, cocoa etc. Maybe the local eateries would donate and have coupons there. The packets could be at the breakfast and given out as people left with their bagels.

    Just a few ideas that are pretty simple to accomplish and fairly inexpensive.

    Have fun!

  • http://tidbitsandmore.blogspot.com Donna Tocci

    Wow. I’ve worked in companies that moved and didn’t get this type of information. Bravo to the company!

    Yes, we all have enough paper on our desks that something like this would get lost in the shuffle of moving and unpacking your office or cubicle. How about adding something fun? I don’t know the budget, but here are some ideas.

    - a coffee mug for everyone with a coupon for the closest coffee place inside delivered with the informaiton packet. You can also put in the mug a colored slice of paper that says ‘welcome to the neighborhood – all necessary information included in the packet below’ (because I’m thinking that the mug would sit on the packet of info.

    - tie a balloon around the packet of info (it would serve as the weight to keep the balloon from floating in the air). The balloon could say ‘welcome’ on it.

    The above mentioned could all be left in the work spaces the night before they arrived to the new office (and all the boxes!)

    Or, you might want to have a breakfast waiting for the employees when they arrive to the unpacking adventures – bagels and fruit, tea, coffee, cocoa etc. Maybe the local eateries would donate and have coupons there. The packets could be at the breakfast and given out as people left with their bagels.

    Just a few ideas that are pretty simple to accomplish and fairly inexpensive.

    Have fun!

  • http://leehopkins.net/ Lee

    Thanks Donna — great ideas!!

  • http://leehopkins.net Lee

    Thanks Donna — great ideas!!

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