• Pickles Café (Student Project)

    Designer: Brooke Gabrek
    Project Type: Student Project
    School: Ball State University
    Course: Visual Communication
    Tutor: Shantanu Suman
    Location: Muncie, United States
    Packaging Contents: Salad, Sandwiches, Soups, and Dessert (Pies)
    Packaging Substrate / Materials: Paper
    Printing Process: Digital Printing

    My research process started with the restaurant, Pickles Café, located on the outskirts of Fort Wayne, Indiana in a small town called Dunfee. Pickles Café is a mom and pop café, attached to an antique store, with a rustic and vintage atmosphere. I drew inspiration from the 1940s era and elements from their store, which led to my design solutions for the identity redesign. Once the new identity was established, I applied it to multiple applications including to-go containers and a menu design.

    Specifically for the to-go container packaging, I developed an original hand illustrated floral pattern, which was inspired by floral patterns featured on curtains and tablecloths in the café. Currently, Pickles Café uses styrofoam to-go containers that do not showcase their products. For my design solution, I am adding a window to showcase the foods. I created three packaging shapes that focus on each type of product that is served: salads and sandwiches, soups, and pies.

    What's Unique?
    The to-go container packaging for Pickles Café is unique because of the original hand illustrated floral pattern highlighting specific elements within the store.

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