I love packaging design because it is a genre of design that fuses both product and graphic media into to a perfect harmony. In this photo article I will collate some packaging design concepts that portray innovation, sexy aesthetic detailing and in some cases just the bizarre. When it comes to packaging design the bizarre is highly desired however as it makes a product stand out. Some concepts are purely graphical design but I thought they should be included as I believe many motifs in graphic design can be transferred into products through form manipulation.
Article by Martin Gibson – Twitter – 19.01.2010
A compilation DVD set of popular series ‘Six Fee Under’ featuring a grass roof with an embedded tombstone.
Clever collapsable packaging of a Doritos chip packet picking up on the triangular shape of the chips.
Naughty strawberry chocolate milk featuring an angry batman with the tabs of the package acting as the masked avengers ears.
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream is world famous and as a piece of packaging design it couldn’t get more standard. However the mouth-weatering cartoon-styled graphics make the ice-cream feel like a real fun treat. Utilising actual photos of chocolate, cartoon cows and round bubble text the label does a great job in appealing to the young market.
This Nelson beer brings with it a real unique label design with a mix of modernism with indigenous Indian design aesthetics.
This packaging design is extremely simple and standard, however it has made the list because it is lightbulb package! A product packaging which appears to have never had a graphic designer work on it since its inception. Most light bulb packaging features dreary engineering drawings and overly bulbous text, this is a real treasure.
This popular Japanese shaped can is so iconic in modern drinks whether it be ‘V’, ‘Mother’ or Red Bull’. The aesthetic design of this can is nothing special but I believe is a real stereotype of modern drink label design being cheerful, playful and cute.
Gigantic justified low contrast text saturates this primitive army-rationed styled can. A lot of adjectives for one little can, but although this can is most simple it has a great personality; it is stern and it is minimal.
Another example of minimalism. Minimalism has great beauty in modern culture because it is all about space real-estate. So often whether we are in magazines, websites or even on TV, everything is cluttered and filled with advertisements. It is refreshing to see designs like this, yet it is somewhat frustrating to know the designer was probably paid a lot of money to do it and it probably took them 5 minutes.
This recycled cardboard package is a modern interpretation of Japanese animation and art nouveau. Yet it also falls into an emerging graphical genre of alternative design featuring childish fonts and simple vectors.
Another recycled cardboard packaging design in a shape of TNT dynamite.
Why not print on a cork, a detail that wont go unnoticed.
A great example of early 20th century farmer-styled packaging applied to modern products. The design does signify to the audience a sense of freshness by having a crudely constructed wooden frame protecting the produce.
Tea packaging inside a bamboo branch overlaid by modern typeface.
This egg carton design is an interesting mix of aesthetic genres. The carton itself if cast from steel could be said to appear very space-age with a protruding construction skeleton and curved surfaces clashing with strong prisms. Yet the aesthetics of the type face reveal a very country western tone, but all in all are very supplementary to one another.
Triangular prism shaped chocolate packaging.
Very colourful fruit packaging featuring another typeface trend of making shapes and patterns out of the text itself.
This bold hardware packaging complements the products beautifully, however on its own this packaging could come as very 80’s styled with its outlined and extruded text.
This design follows on from many other recycled paper designs. The great aesthetic success of this label is its harmony in type and its colour combination. Although I think revealing what part of the animal the meat came from will please many users.
Mouth-watering and recycled.
Cute Persian-styled cartoons on an elongated package.
Cute Japanese matches.
It is rare that we ever see the design of the packaging so detailed and complementary to its enclosed product.
This durable heavily filleted show box stands out from the crowd and really exemplifies the shoe as being truly premium.
Cocoon shaped spice jar featuring stainless steel rim and black leather-textured inset.
Mambo meets perfume in this fragrance for teenagers.
Popcorn packaging that resembles children’s fortune telling game.
No one would think that this beautifully decorated label would house a sausage. It’s like a teenage girl tampon packaging designers attempt to design meat wrappers, but stunning results!
A very home-crafted styled soap packaging.
Why not use the iconic shape for hanging our clothes and re-use its purpose as a way to hang tea bags onto the side of a mug? Different!
A wild mix of typography on this label!