Today we are going to show you the evolution of Spectrum’s box as well as ask your opinion on a couple of important design choices.
New to the project?
Welcome! We summarized Project: Spectrum’s critical milestones; hope it helps to quickly onboard you with our crowd-development journey. You can also find our introduction to cardboard box assembly process. We’ll be using some of the processes’ names right away in today’s topic.
Spectrum’s box, fully customized
Let’s get right to the development samples!
This environmentally friendly Spectrum box comprises 80% recyclable cardboard and only utilizes expanded polyethylene (EPE) protective foam when necessary. When developing this packaging, we took into consideration three main criteria: safety, user experience, and your request for a sustainable solution. Spectrum greets you immediately after opening the box, and the accessories you need to turn it on are waiting for you in the box’s top compartment. Pull Spectrum out right away, take the power brick out from its box on the top left, and pull the other cable out from the side hole on the top right. No box parts get damaged during the process, so if you would like to store your Spectrum and cables back in its original packaging, the box will get the job done just as it did before it was opened.
The current side hole design will be enlarged to open up the possibility for cable customization on the assembly lines (something that we are exploring). We were initially looking into having the two accessory boxes opening in the same direction so you can pull out the power brick and cable from the top; this, however, turns out to be a non-feasible solution due to structural rigidity limits. Our next step is to make the wooden tooling to implement the changes we wanted and perform drop tests to ensure that the current structure is rigid enough to protect Spectrum. We will also evaluate the cost of the box painting and kick off the process soon. Our cardboard construction allows for quick implementation and tests after changes. The packaging gets developed as the project progresses; we will make sure Spectrum stays safe on its way to your home and offer you a pleasant unboxing experience.
Stand’s box, buffed up
“Wait, haven’t you just showed us that good-looking EPE box two weeks ago?”
It’s even better now after two iterations.
The completely revamped cardboard design retains the same volume and strong protection as the EPE one while being more sustainable. We built the box out of 100% cardboard and simplified the reinforcing structure to give it a clean and minimalistic look. Required drop tests will be conducted once the latest stand development samples have been produced. It is essential to note that at the current stage we focus on structural design; after locking down the structure, we will look into applying paint and further optimizing the design to offer enough protection without the plastic wraps shown in the sample’s picture.
Our question to you on reusability
Last week some of you expressed the need to keep your monitor boxes and re-use them for transporting your devices. As mentioned earlier, taking your Spectrum in and out of the box leaves the packaging intact so, of course, you’re more than welcome to reuse it! As we intended to design our package as sustainable as possible under its current structure, we went with a die-cut shape design on the top of the box that you can press down to create a hole and use it to carry your monitor around. Although this choice will utilize no other materials than cardboard, it is generally less comfortable moving long distances and not resilient enough for repetitive usage.
We are thinking about replacing the die-cut with a handle design with small tabs inside the box to guarantee security and last forever with reuses. The issue we face is that the handle has to be made of plastic due to manufacturing limits. The addition of such a plastic part is less sustainable; however, if enough of you will use it multiple times, this change actually makes the box more sustainable through increased reusability. That’s why we need your input on this:
Do you consider using your monitor’s box more than once?
- Yes, I will definitely use it more than once.
- Yes, I will probably use it more than once.
- Maybe, I will possibly use it more than once.
- Probably not; I will unlikely use it more than once.
- No, I will not use it more than once.
Which of the two handling designs we introduced do you prefer?
- I prefer the die-cut shape (hole).
- I prefer the plastic handle.
How do you plan to use your Spectrum’s box?
Hit us up in the comments! We love to hear your opinion and get an idea of your use-case for the box.