43 Lunch Boxes for Graphic Design Inspiration

February 13, 2011

Remember the lunch box you toted as a kid? They fit exactly one sandwich, a snack and a Thermos, and inevitably, that sandwich was smashed by an apple or the beverage container by lunchtime. The inside always smelled, too, like musty ol’ peanut butter. But we cherished those things, as though our entire status in grade school depended on what style of lunch box we showed up with on the first day of school. Trend trackers must have loved the 1970s and ’80s, when I recall everyone in grade school carried a lunch box. The one you chose bore the logo of your favorite TV show or movie along with identifiable images, such as the Duke boys of Hazzard County leaping out of the General Lee’s suicide doors. I like the simple lines in the illustrations on these boxes as well as the bold bursts of color – any graphic designer could wax nostalgic from a vintage lunch box while also gaining inspiration. The following are just a sampling of the lunch boxes I recall my friends and I proudly carrying. What did you have? And what do you carry your lunch in these days? My co-workers and I were just discussing that it’d be fun to get a simple lunch box and decorate it ourselves with stickers. Or Sonia could just stick with her “Star Wars” lunch box.

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About Jennifer Moline

Jennifer Moline writes for the PsPrint Blog as well as maintains its Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Pinterest presences. She also guest-blogs for such notable graphic design blogs as Fuel Your Creativity and Inspiredology. She’s previously written about technology and small business for news websites, magazines and newspapers. In her off-hours, Jennifer can be found roughing it in the mountains or tucked away in a movie theater.

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

I used to have that Transformers lunchbox and thermos! Wow, memories.

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