Packaging Design

Packaging design is the visual skin that covers our world, and Print brings you the latest, most innovative projects. Print features not just beautiful, eye-catching work but sustainable, creative packaging design that reduces waste by limiting materials. We cover everything from large-scale branding initiatives to new ideas in food-label design, by the top packaging design firms everywhere.

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Smoke Signals

The former Soviet Union and Peoples' Republic of China have used cigarette packages to commemorate heroes and national virtues. Explore several designs from both nations that blend political symbolism and cigarettes.

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Hangin’ With the Hang Tags

Hang tags aren't some neo-punk rock group or a new form of graffiti. I love hang tags, so here are a few more to show from France in my irregular series of labels "with strings attached."

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Those Confounding Maps

Visual Editions has been exploring the rocky terrain of current and future books - design, delivery and platform. Their most recent release, Where You Are is a book of maps and website that collects writing (non-fiction and fiction) and visuals (drawings, photographs, paintings) and tests the common notions of what a map is.

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Smoking’s Poster Boy 1900

What's fun about looking at old cigarette advertising is how guileless they were. Take this advertisement for Omar Cigarettes. The portrait of the gent on the links who's played a "bully round" looks, well, like the epitome of an anti-tobacco message. The linkage between the headline "When a Cigarette Tastes Sweetest" and the wizened...

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What Designers Won’t Do (Today)

Or would they? In the 1930s, graphic or industrial designers wouldn't think twice about designing cigarette packages. Now, it is the number one no-no. Anyone with a social conscience would cut off their right (or left depending on their orientation) hand before contributing to the danger of others. But back then, before health facts...

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Revolution Foods Takes on Lunchables with Tasty Packaging Design

A positive news story about graphic design? Was I dreaming? From the 1976 NBC ‘N’ fiasco to the recent brouhaha over the redesigned Yahoo logo, I’m used to seeing stories in the press that divulge how much companies pay for brand updates that are seen as nonfunctional, dumb, and/or despised by the public. On...

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Book Bag

Look closely at these wonderful book jackets. Now, look again. Can you tell a book by its cover? More to the point, can you tell a woman's bag by its book cover. What?!! These are not books but handbags with redrawn and painted covers based on original book cover designs and found in the...

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Non-hit Psych Pop Redux

For all the decades I've known the great Gary Panter as cartoonist, comics artist, painter, shadow puppeteer, scenic designer, light designer, author, graphic novelist and all around great talent, I had no idea he had a band. His psych pop band's new 2 LP vinyl gate-fold package album art from Feeding Tube Records in...

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The Art of Everyday

“One person’s garbage is the next person’s art.” “Art is in the eye of the beholder.” “The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.” (Marcel...

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Weekend Heller: Japanese Food Tins, Poster Journals, Newspaper Puns

Fresh Fish Labels from Japan We take fish tin labels for granted. And why not? They are not the most appetizing designs as a rule. In Japan, where fish is the staple, and fresh fish should be abundant, its kind of fishy that they have so many canned products. But appropriate that these tins...