Learn the basic concepts, materials, and design practices that make up the foundation of the packaging industry.
Build a knowledge base that will follow you throughout your career in Packaging
Content and Overview
What most people don't realize is that packaging is the third largest industry in the world. Everyone interacts with packaging but many do not even notice it. This course, suitable for beginners or packaging veterans, will take you through of 8 to 10 hours of content where you’ll learn all of the packaging fundamentals and establish a strong understanding of the concepts applied to each material. Each chapter closes with a quiz, putting your new learned skills to the test.
Starting with the history of packaging, this course will take you through the design elements for seven different materials and practices. You will learn what each material is best used for as well as how to design those materials for sustainability. Each lecture includes an element about the industry and how these materials are used in real world practices.
Students who have completed the course will have mastered the basics of what makes up the packaging industry.
This lecture takes you through the basic processes of wood manufacturing
There are may types of wood packaging. This lecture takes you through the different uses for wood.
Sustainability is important in all packaging types. This lecture specifies sustainability as it applies to wood.
Wood packaging gives the product a more natural or elegant feel. This lecture takes you through the various design elements of wood.
Overview of Wood Quiz
This lecture takes you through the basic manufacturing process of paperboard.
Sustainability is important in all packaging types. This lecture specifies sustainability as it applies to paperboard.
This lecture takes you through the basic manufacturing process of corrugated board.
Customizing your corrugated board is simple, once you know what to ask for.
Corrugated board is a versatile material. It can be used for packaging all types of different materials. This lecture takes you through its many applications.
This lecture takes you through the basic manufacturing process of glass.
Glass has many uses. This lecture outlines a few of the types of packaging available to those in the glass industry.
Glass is an expensive product and its uses in packaging reflects that. Designing for glass is outlined in this lecture.
Sustainability is important in all packaging types. This lecture specifies sustainability as it applies to glass.
The most easily recognized type of metal packaging is the can. This lecture outlines the best uses for metal packaging.
This lecture is an overview of all the elements of plastic polymer packaging. From manufacturing, to design, to sustainability, this lecture will teach you the fundamentals of polymers.
This lecture is an overview of inks and their properties as it applies to printing for packaging.
Sustainability is important in all packaging types. This lecture specifies sustainability as it applies to printing.
By the end of this lecture, you should have a good idea of what types of legal agencies the packaging industry deals with.
Dunnage and cushioning are critical packaging applications to consider when distributing a product. This lecture overviews these processes.
Dr. R. Andrew Hurley is an Assistant Professor of Packaging Science at Clemson University, where he directs the design, prototyping and consumer experience test labs. Dr. Hurley’s biometric-based consumer experience lab, CUshopTM, has assisted hundreds of global consumer product groups and small businesses in developing data-driven designs that show increased consumer engagement and sales. The success of his eye tracking program catalyzed the formation of Package InSight, a full service packaging design and consumer experience company located in Greenville, SC.
Since 2008, Hurley has led the development and continuous improvement of the packaging design curriculum at Clemson University. Andrew directed a significant project that included academic and industry professionals who collectively developed a premiere packaging curriculum, which was licensed by Clemson to The Packaging School. The Packaging School offers the Certificate of Packaging Science, a state-of-the-art online curriculum that teaches the necessary business acumen and professional vocabulary to work successfully within the packaging industry.