February 16, 2022

Pentawards Packaging Design Competition 2022 with Adam Ryan | Ep 81

Pentawards, the most prestigious global packaging design competition is back in 2022! Adam Ryan and I discuss the changing landscape of packaging competitions and why diversity matters in building a global design community. T...

Packaging Design

February 14, 2022

How to Write a Packaging Design Proposal with Evelio Mattos | Ep 80

Have you ever tried to write a Package Design Proposal and didn't know where to start? We discuss the discovery phase of your packaging proposal in this episode, everything that is required and everything you need to consider...

February 07, 2022

Packaging Design & NFT Integration Evelio Mattos | Ep 79

I just bought an NFT solely for the packaging design. Insane? Probably. I bought the Chinese New Year release of Gelnfiddich's 21 year old single malt scotch that comes in a beautifully illustrated box by Chineses Artist Rlon...

Packaging Design

February 03, 2022

Biggest Packaging Design Mistakes Everyone Makes | Ep 78

Learn how to avoid the packaging design mistakes every brand makes. What are the biggest mistakes every start-up, unicorn, heritage brand makes? This quick chat breaks down 3 of the most impactful mistakes you can make to dev...

Packaging Design

January 20, 2022

Find Your Flow in Packaging Design with Gene Portnoy | Ep 77

Learn how finding your flow in the package design process allows you to deliver the value to your client. Gene Portnoy is a prolific packaging designer with years of experience, much of which never requiring a portfolio. In t...

Packaging Design Business Of Packaging

January 15, 2022

How to Design Game & Toy Packaging w/ Matt Nuccio | Ep 76

Ever wonder what it takes to design packaging for Monopoly, Barbie, GI Joe, and the world of games and toys? Matt Nuccio shares his experiences in the toy industry and his approach to packaging. Games and toys die on the shel...

Packaging Design Business Of Packaging

January 05, 2022

The Future of Packaging Design Education with Aaron Brashear | Ep 75

Whether you're just starting out using Adobe Dimensions or a seasoned packaging designer with Quark Express in your rearview, this episode dives into the future of packaging design education with Aaron Brashear. You're walkin...

Packaging Design

December 17, 2021

Recycling Myths - Keynote Presentation In Lithuania Evelio Mattos | Ep 74

There are so many myths out there in terms of what is recyclable, what's not recyclable, what kind of material you should use, what material you shouldn’t use, where you should use them, and how to use them. Today, we’re shar...

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December 09, 2021

'Best of' Sustainable Packaging 2021 Recap Episode | Ep 73

We are taking this opportunity to do something a little different today! This episode's focus is on sustainable packaging and we recap some of the amazing ideas and advice we have received since starting this podcast. We feat...

December 02, 2021

Sustainability Influencer: @ Go Green Save Green | Ep 72

Long-form and ‘doom and gloom’ content on sustainability arguably lack efficacy because readers either lose focus or end up feeling completely disempowered. Today’s guest is Ariel Maldonado and she is switching things up by u...

November 18, 2021

The Future of Molded Fiber Packaging Design with Richard Dancy | Ep 71

We have all experienced molded fiber, usually as a replacement for foam or plastic inserts (think egg boxes). However, this largely underrated material offers countless possibilities to those bold enough to use it, and it is ...

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November 11, 2021

Designing Packaging for Manufacturing with Brandi Parker of Pearlfisher | Ep 70

When you focus on manufacturing, you learn about the materials and processes behind a product, and this knowledge only makes you a better designer at the end of the day. Brandi Parker, Head of Sustainability at Pearlfisher, j...

October 27, 2021

The Value of Knowing Your Value | Ep 69

This is the story of how your host, Evelio Mattos, won a packaging design and product launch pitch against VaynerMedia and also lost $900,000 in the process. The lesson in today’s episode is about knowing your value and under...

Packaging Design Business Of Packaging

October 19, 2021

Zero-waste Packaging Design with Guillermo Dufranc | Ep 68

Today, we’re discussing the realities of waste management in Argentina and the lengths that people go to in order to be just a little bit more sustainable with Guillermo Dufranc, author, YouTuber, and consistent LinkedIn post...


October 11, 2021

Reusable Glass Bottles & Bottle Bills with Caren McNamara | Ep 67

Years ago, the return and reuse of glass bottles was common practice, but when convenience began to dominate the messaging around packaging, this went out the window. Now, 75% of glass bottles end up in landfills. Through her...

Sustainability Business Of Packaging

September 23, 2021

How to Apply Packaging Design Across 1,000s of SKUs with Todd Maute of CBX | 65

Todd Maute explains how CBX’s FORGE process helps redesign multi-SKU packaging for CPG and retail brands faster and sometimes cheaper. CBX is known for its brand experience development for pet, food, and even pet food brands!...

Packaging Design Business Of Packaging

September 17, 2021

Packaging Design & Recycling: CITEO Aims To Hit 100% Recycling Rates by 2025 | Ep 64

In this episode Evelio (@eveliomattos) speaks to Vincent Colard of Citeo.com a company working hand in hand with packaging designers, manufacturers, and recycling systems to get France to 100% recycling rates by 2025. Learn w...


September 08, 2021

The Future of Antimicrobial Packaging with Danielle McWaters of DesignSake | Ep 63

Ever wondered what the future of packaging looks like? You’re not alone. In fact, it’s a question that has been on the minds of many designers and brand-owners alike. We all know how important sustainability is to our world t...

September 02, 2021

Black-owned Packaging Design Agency, Mind The Font | Ep 62

Kirk Visola, Founder and Creative Director of Mind the Fun, Co-host of Clubhouse's Kirk and Kurtts (Andy Kurtts), and Monday's with Marilyn (Kirk's mom) joins PDU to have a discussion about race and design. Kirk shares the ex...

Packaging Design

August 25, 2021

Engineering Packaging Logistics & Supply Chains | Ep 61

Supply chains are breaking down, freight rates are blowing up, and today there are even brands that are paying off dock workers to move their products to the front of the line. Don't stoop low enough to break the law, just listen to this episode where Thaxton Lipscomb explains how to engineer your logistics to move your goods faster and cheaper. He lays out everything from materials to incoterms and how to save money by shifting responsibilities to sellers making them want to move the goods faster in order to get paid upon delivery. Here's what you get in this episode: 1) What the hell is ECT? If you’re ordering packaging and it’s shipping in corrugated boxes, you need to know what ECT is. You’ll also get a few standards that you can use when quoting packaging. Yes, the quality of the cartons impact your overall costs. 2) This was new to me, they’re called INCOterms. Thaxton will explain how to leverage incoterms to create a sense of urgency in delivery but also how you can shift the responsibility to the seller. Not only that it can allow you to shift costs back to the seller and determine who is responsible for payment and when. So save money and get things faster. 3) One of the biggest trends coming for 2022. Reverse logistics! Forget the color of the year, brands don’t really care about superficial trends right now. It is all about consumer experience and saving money. Really it’s about saving money. Reverse logistics does both. 4) I know I usually give you three things, but this one is so good I gotta tease it. Thaxton explains how they saved money and redesign time by changing the truck type instead of redesigning the packaging to correct transit damage. You have to listen to this because you won’t believe it.

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August 20, 2021

Plastic: Good or Evil? A Clubhouse Debate | Ep 60

Is plastic packaging evil? Is it killing sea-life, reducing sperm counts of men globally, decimating bird populations, or is it a misunderstood miracle material? In the Package Design Unboxd Q&A Clubhouse room, Chris DeArmitt...

August 18, 2021

How to Launch a Packaging Design Agency and Get Clients | Ep 59

Today's guest is Andy Kurtts, the founder of Buttermilk Creative, a food & beverage packaging agency based in North Carolina. After leaving his full-time position over 5 years ago he launched Buttermilk Creative. Andy set out...

Packaging Design Business Of Packaging

August 10, 2021

What's It Take To Design Cannabis Packaging | Ep 58

Rick Fitzgerald is a cannabis packaging designer, founder of cannabis travel site Inndica.com, and print production wizard. He's worked on hundreds of cannabis brands from around the globe and shares everything he's learned so far. So, if you want to start designing packaging for cannabis, you’re going to love this episode. If you’re already designing packaging for Cannabis, you might learn something too! You’re going to learn 3 super major things. 1) State regulations, why you need to work with an experienced cannabis packaging designer 2) How designing Child Resistant cannabis packaging can open up a new career path 3) The requirements for designing graphics on cannbis packaging. Also gain insight into the cannabis industries future, not to mention Rick drop his prediction for countrywide legalization! Do me a favor: Rate, review, and subscribe.

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August 05, 2021

What the Hell is Sustainable Packaging Anyway? |Ep 57

What the hell is sustainable packaging anyway? Evelio continues the conversation over drinks to help you identify ways to make your packaging more sustainable and building your brand. It's another late night and Evelio's drin...