Project Showcase: Football All-American books

September 9, 2021

Book project at the football complex

While most projects out of the Sonoco Institute’s prototyping lab typically use corrugated, paperboard and various films to bring packaging concepts to life, this summer a small team worked on a unique project incorporating printed acrylic, specialty leather paper and corrugated. Haley Appleby, packaging lecturer and manager of the Sonoco Institute’s prototyping lab, and her packaging student intern, Eliza Basel, were approached by Clemson Football to design and produce a set of book props to showcase their Academic All-Americans.

“Projects like these provide wonderful opportunities for our students to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills,” commented Appleby. “They are also great opportunities for our students to create something really unique and special. These All-American books required Eliza to think outside of the box and use her design skills to produce something different.”

The leather paper and acrylic were both printed on the Fujifilm Acuity Select 26. All components were routed or cut using the Kongsberg C Edge. Each book was hand-assembled with care. In total, 13 books were created.

“Everything went smoothly, from creating the die-lines to assembly,” commented Basel.

The books were delivered to Clemson Football late this summer to display in the Allen N. Reeves Football Complex.

“We love our partnership with Clemson Football and look forward to more projects just like this,” continued Appleby. “The experience our students gain is so valuable.”

View the full roster of Clemson’s All-Time Academic All-Americans by visiting

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