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Twice now, I have been invited to speak with students in the Packaging Design curriculum in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and the Environment. These are non-graphic design students who focus mainly on materials, and I was asked to give them an overview of design basics and some of the tools. I also included some general notes on creativity, observation, and resources, AND some in-class exercises to stimulate creativity adapted from Edward de Bono. I often include images of the Great Pacific Trash Gyres in my presentations in order to place the need for good design —from concept to execution in all phases of a product's life— foremost in student minds.