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Xbox box has 'game'

The graphics design for the much anticipated mid-November debut of Microsoft’s Xbox game console strikes a balance for hard-core gamers and mainstream consumers.
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After soliciting concepts from several firms Redmond WA-based Microsoft awarded the design work for the box to SBI and Company (Salt Lake City UT).

“SBI’s designs most accurately capture the performance and power of the Xbox video game system” notes Don Coyner Microsoft’s director of brand marketing.

The E-flute corrugated container’s outer 12-pt SBS liner is offset-printed in six colors plus two coats of UV varnish. That’s done by printers in the United States and Europe.

The green orb or “jewel” the package’s single most dramatic feature was borrowed from a feature on the console itself. The jewel has a 3-D appearance due to a spot varnish applied over the printed orb that helps to highlight it. It is largest on the box’s 15’’-wide front panel—a dimension that enables the boxes to be displayed three-across on a standard 48’’-wide retail shelf.

Microsoft’s Justin Kirby the lead marketing manager for Xbox tells Packaging World that the “‘Jewel on Black’ creates an unmistakable look at retail with a dominating shelf presence. The unified flood of green and black at retail has overpowered our competitors’ packaging.”

Inside the components include the bagged literature controller and console protected by expanded polystyrene end caps. “We felt the box and cushioning gave us the best combination of graphics presentation and strength at an affordable cost” sums Kirby. Xbox debuted November 15 at more than 15 retail locations nationwide where it sells for $299. For more details see Packworld.com/go/xbox. (RL)

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