On Friday 30th September FC Cartons hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning, raising £500 for cancer support! A real team effort was made to get baking and all of the tasty treats looked fantastic displayed on FC’s kraft stands, trays and boxes. It turns out that ‘Chunk’ makes a smashing salted caramel brownie! We were overwhelmed to see so many friendly faces at the coffee morning, and the generous donations made by all. The raffle, where we had some great prizes up for grabs, was exceptionally popular with staff. Gareth Northover from Despatch won a meal for two, kindly donated by The Castle Inn in Castle Donington. With plenty of cakes to go round, we made sure all the guests and staff left with a box of goodies to take home. On behalf of FC Cartons I would like to thank everyone for baking, attending and donating in support of Macmillan.
Highly conscious of this, and insistent on obtaining a degree from Loughborough (ranked 2nd in the UK for Art & Design), I threw myself whole heartedly into every brief and learning opportunity to understand techniques many of my fellow students had grasped from preparatory foundation courses and so on – a welcomed challenge.
The industrial placement constitutes my third year of the BA Hons degree in Visual Communication and Illustration. The course offers highly stimulating project briefs, designed to equip a young designer with fundamental knowledge, skills and theories to perform within the industry. My first two years have been spent exploring typography, web design, photography, illustration and art theories just to name a few topics. An independent learning style allows masses of capacity where high quality and diverse outcomes are derived from the same brief – it is rather fascinating to observe individual peers develop their work so drastically differently from one another yet originate from the same starting point.
During my second year I found myself engrossed within the realm of packaging design. I was thrilled to secure a placement with FC Cartons as it is a brilliant opportunity to gain a highly valuable learning experience within a packaging environment. My role as a ‘packaging innovation’ intern will comprise largely of in-depth research into commercial business, ergonomic, technological and inventive concepts which could enhance the performance of a package, eventually deliverable by FC Cartons. Our Kongsberg CAD Table will enable me to produce bespoke pieces and test their suitability as an innovative product through meticulous examination, observation and on-going development.
Since starting at FC Cartons in July, I have begun a variety of projects which have provoked thoughts of additional pathways my career could take upon graduation, such as branding, marketing and business operations. FC Cartons largely supply clients in the food and beverage sector which has inspired my research into new packaging concepts and food identity in correspondence to ever changing consumer desires and requirements.
As the year progresses I am looking forward to venturing onto new projects, furthering my research and committing to FC Cartons with my creative input. Undoubtedly, my knowledge will benefit profoundly from working with industry experts within a family run business which I hope to utilise in the final year of my degree.
As it was the end of the week and everyone had been working so hard, we thought we’d treat the team to lunch. Normally we’d have an Indian theme, but for a change decided to go for traditional Friday Fish ‘n’ Chips.
Daniel from ‘Mobile Fish & Chips’ arrived in our car park at 11.00am sharp, got his fryer fired up and promptly started serving up piping hot fish ‘n’ chips at 11.45am!
The lunchtime treat was very well received and we got some lovely comments from the team: “A smashing treat”; “I’ve never worked anywhere where I’ve got fish and chips for lunch”; “Good fish ‘n’ chips piping hot!”; “Can we do it every Friday”? To top it all, Daniel was even using cardboard trays, (I feared they might be polystyrene) but we were more than happy to see nested trays being used! Next time? An Italian theme perhaps, anybody for pizza?