Creating interesting and fun packaging doesn’t need to be an expensive feat! If you’re stumped on how to package your buttons in an unique and thrifty way, you may want to take inspiration from Juan Gomez.
Gomez is a multimedia artist and illustrator who’s fun and colorful style has allowed him to work with clients like Nickelodeon, Lego, Big Idea, and Cartoon Network over the last 20 years. This Berwyn resident had been holding onto these tiny, coffin-shaped tin containers just brainstorming the perfect piece of button artwork that could be packaged inside. One day it struck him— of course, zombies! And thus his series Zombies of Berwyn was created.
With the coffin tins in mind, he created six zombie characters, each with a Berwyn inspired name. Gomez recalls, “The first sketch I drew was Gerwyn. I immediately thought back to when I was a kid and how much I loved the intro to 1982’s Creepshow movie. I would draw that blue, skeletal ghoul all the time. So Gerwyn is a bit of homage to that.” The influence is clear— part of Gomez’s aesthetic is to show rotting teeth, saliva and gooey ooze.
To complete the spooky packaging Gomez designed custom stickers to apply to the outsides of the tin coffins. He then used clear window weather plastic sheets and a hairdryer to shrink wrap and secure the canisters to give the button packaging a finished look.