I have always liked tin cans especially these one gallon tins because of the unique proportions they have. For some reason the proportions of these cans and other euro storage boxes are really attractive to me. Something about the metric system creates aesthetically pleasing volumes.
The simplicity of old screen printed packaging is inspiring because of the limitations and the amount of creativity it takes to make an exciting graphic. The restraint on number of colors and intricacy of shapes really made a stronger impact on my graphic sense more than any packaging I see today. The idea of fuel boxes was initially to use old tin cans with vintage graphics and turn them into tool boxes but after buying my first can, I realized that it may not always turn out strong enough due to rust.
I plan on making many more of these and hopefully none of them will be the same. I've been thinking about this project for a while but finally got the time to actually make it, and decided to make it a gift for someone. It took me a week to finish it but if I were to only focus on this, it would probably take me a couple days. It was a fun project to design and think of an interesting back story on how it would come into existence.
Its a pretty straight forward concept with a lot of freedom for how it could be used. It could a tool box, lunch box, pencil supply container, whatever you need it to be. Take a look at some visuals, hope to make more soon.