Unboxing the Design of How That Amazon Box Arrives at Your Door

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PRINTCast: The PRINT Podcast Studio is a curated collection of cutting-edge podcasts we love about design, creativity, branding, books, and further subjects afield. Soon, we’ll have a dedicated digital listening room. In the meantime, we present the latest episode of BrandBox, “a (playful and thoughtful) podcast on the strategies and effects of brands.”

As the pandemic holidays pushed our digital shopping habits to all-new heights, the consequences in the physical world began to manifest for BrandBox co-host Mark Kingsley, as he watched the package room in his apartment building fill to the max.

As he muses in this week’s episode, “These standardized Amazon boxes come in standardized Amazon delivery vans, which are unloaded from standardized shipping containers, which come off of standardized container ships coming from standardized factories …”

Moreover, the past few months have been marked by the loss of thousands of shipping containers at sea—making for timely and fertile ground for an episode exploring the design of the intermodal transport system, a history of the shipping container, Cartesian geometry, an infusion of philosophy, and more.

Give the episode, “Away,” a listen below—and then, stay tuned tonight (6 p.m. ET) to the new app Clubhouse for a deeper dive into the topic, in which the hosts, joined by Melinda Welch, will further explore the themes at play, and take your questions.

Show Notes

SVA Masters in Branding program // Music courtesy of Mikel Rouse // Dr. Tom Guarriello // Mark Kingsley