GCM Students Excel in AICC Student Packaging Design Competition

Lex Smith and Rylee Woods

Lex Smith and Rylee Woods holding their plaques

In a resounding achievement for the Graphic Communication Management program at Appalachian State University, two talented students, Lex Smith and Rylee Woods, placed third in the annual AICC Student Packaging Design Competition. This prestigious competition celebrates outstanding student designs in the field of corrugated packaging and offers a glimpse into the future of the industry.

The AICC Student Packaging Design Competition is renowned for honoring the best student designs in three distinct categories. It serves as a platform for students to showcase their creativity and talent to corrugated packaging and display professionals from around the globe. This year, the challenge was to create a ""Hardware Shipper Box"" destined for customers of a fictional hardware store. The box had to safely transport four traditional 60-watt light bulbs, one 16-oz traditional hammer, and a box of nails, with a particular emphasis on the structural integrity to withstand the rigors of courier delivery.

Lex and Rylee, representing Appalachian State University, rose to the occasion with their exemplary design named ""Ryllex Hardware."" Their innovative solution not only met the stringent requirements of the competition but also secured them a well-deserved third place. The duo demonstrated not only their creativity but also their understanding of the practical considerations necessary for packaging in the corrugated industry.

The ""Ryllex Hardware"" shipping box showcased the students' ingenuity in developing a solution that could protect the fragile contents during transit. This accomplishment reflects the high caliber of education and training provided by the Graphic Communication Management program at Appalachian State University.

As a testament to their success, Lex and Rylee were awarded commemorative plaques and a cash prize of $150. This recognition not only highlights the students' dedication and hard work but also emphasizes the commitment of the Graphic Communication Management program to nurturing and preparing its students for real-world challenges in the industry.

The achievement of Lex and Rylee in the AICC Student Packaging Design Competition is not only a moment of pride for them personally but also a source of inspiration for their peers and future students in the program. Their success contributes to the growing reputation of Appalachian State University in producing skilled and innovative professionals in the field of graphic communication and packaging.

Gabrielle Riddle