Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Arm Wrestling Mock-Ups?

Here's a recent batch of mock-ups we created for Giffords Ice Cream.

Don't let the simplicity of these cartons fool you. These babies were some of the toughest mock-ups we've ever had to create. These were so tough to cut/wrap/glue that Dawn, our primary mock-upper, was diagnosed with Type 3 Arthritis. Sure that's gonna end Dawn's dreams of competing professionally in arm wrestling competitions, but we here at Red 7 Packaging know the importance of squashing our personal dreams and ambitions for the client.


Thursday, October 5, 2006

Delighted Customer

We aim to exceed expectations so we're pleased to announce another delighted customer. Guernsey Dairy was extremely happy with our illustrated characters and ice cream photography for their two newest flavors.

We have to admit this was a fun project since it incorporated everything we enjoy about ice cream carton design (food styling, photography, design and illustration.)


Sunday, October 1, 2006

Seed Packaging

When we wanted to give one of our clients a wedding gift of seed packets for her garden, we designed a fabric package. It worked!


Friday, September 1, 2006

Chocolate Illustrations

Everyone loves chocolate - so we create our own! More illustrations were created for our ever-expanding Illustration Library to go along with our Ice Cream Image and And Character Library.


Sunday, July 30, 2006

Red 7 Packaging Wins Major Award!!!

Yep, straight from Italy!

Would you look at that? Holy Smokes! Do... Do you know what this is? It's a MAJOR AWARD!!!

That's right Red 7 Packaging is the proud recipient of a MAJOR Davey Award! On awards night, Cory with as much dignity as he could muster, gathered up that Major Award and wove a tapestry of gratitudes, that as far as we know, is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan. Now I can never be sure, but I thought that I heard the sound of "We Are the Champions" being played. Gently. During his acceptance speech.


Thursday, July 6, 2006

Kickin' it With Dry Ice!

As you know, we photograph food products. Sometimes these food products are packed in dry ice... we're not ones to miss an opportunity to have some fun, so we grabbed a trash can and filled it with water. Then Cory broke out his soccer (football) skills and proceeded to bicycle kick the dry ice pieces into the drink. Results: A lot of rolling fog and a lot of fun!

Of course don't try this at home (although trying this at work is encouraged)... but not without gloves and your bosses supervision.

This is Cory after eating some spicy Schezwan Chicken.


Monday, April 17, 2006

Stick 'em Up

Here is a recent mock-up project we completed. We made the deadline despite having to wait the mandatory 7 days for our glue gun permit.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Apron Illustration

One of our favorite clients recently commented on the extensive plans she has for her pumpkin patch. So we created a logo and had a specially made apron sent to her. Needless to say, she loved it. (Happiness all around)


Monday, February 27, 2006

The Golden Crusty Award

This is an award we created from a manilla envelope, discarded lunch crust and some packing tape.

The Golden Crusty Award is bestowed on the person who, in the name of improved workflow & job performance, complicates the simplest of procedures.

For the last week, each of us in the office have found ourselves inexplicably complicating our jobs. (30 minute projects turn into 3 hour nightmares). Since we can't seem to shake this pandemic we thought we should at least embrace it.


Monday, January 2, 2006

Learn to Manage Your 36 Hour Day

Here's another article Dawn, our intrepid Project Manager, has written on learning to mange your time better. I emphasize "YOUR TIME" because, frankly I manage my time perfectly, thank you very much. For instance, it took me just short of an hour to track down this photo of a baby burger, upload it to our photo hosting site and post it in this blog... no one can accuse me of wasting company time.

Read on people, you might learn something. As for me I'm off to find photos of shaved cats before I go to lunch.


We live in a fast-paced society. We have fast food restaurants, quick cook meals, express lanes at the grocery store, quick sew patterns and computers
which are valued for their speed. Now we fax it and communicate by email. Cell phones and pagers go off, linking us constantly to home and work. We are called
upon to be more and do more than ever before. Our choices are many and varied. The words stress and burnout, rarely heard in our grandparents' day, are
applied easily to us as we dash out the door to attend one more meeting.

We are all hurried at one time or another. We eat a quick meal so we can rush out the door with our spouses and children, trying desperately to keep up with our commitments. Our project at work was due yesterday, there are phone calls to return and we are behind in our paperwork. Our home is cluttered and full of work left undone. We find that a 'once-in-a-while' hurried day becomes a habit. The habitual hurried state then becomes a part of our character and we become what we neverintended to be, a hurried, frazzled human being.

When we find ourselves picking up speed and the stress begins to build, that's a perfect time to take a long look at what is happening in our lives. One excellent way to discover how we use our time is by keeping a time log. We each have 24 hours per day so we want to use each moment wisely.

You say there is no time to keep a time log? That's precisely the point! When we deny ourselves the time it takes to make our lives better, then our priorities need to be rearranged. A time log can be of great benefit.

Do something just for yourself this week. Purchase a small notebook you can carry with you. For seven days, write down how you spend your time for each of the 24 hours. Make two columns. In the left-hand column, write the time. In the right-hand column, write down the activity in which you were engaged during that time period. Remember, you are doing this for yourself, so do it as completely and
accurately as possible.

At the end of seven days, take some quiet time by yourself to look over your notebook entries. Begin to analyze what you see. The following are some questions you could ask yourself as you survey your log:
* Am I trying to fit 36 hours worth of work into 24 hours per day?
* Do I have time to take care of home responsibilities or am I too busy in other areas?
* How many hours did I spend at work this week? Make sure to include the time you spent with work you took home at night and on weekends.
* Is unnecessary time on the Internet or the telephone chewing up precious minutes?
* Are there spaces in my day which allow me time to think ahead and to plan for the next day, the next week?
* Do I allow any time for myself each day to relax and unwind?
* Do I have one day per week I can use to rest, relax
and be rejuvenated?
* Am I allowing myself enough time to get a full night's sleep so I awake refreshed?

A time log can reveal a great deal about ourselves. How we use our time reflects what we actually value. After looking at your log, you may notice some areas which you want to keep as your top priorities, Sometimes our families, which we want as a top priority, may be only getting your leftover time and energy.

***I tried unsuccessfully to find the the name of the photographer who took the burger baby photo.***