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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Weekend Heller: Lustig Cards, Travel Porn, Recovering Classics

New Directions, the publisher for who Alvin Lustig produced many covers, is coming out with new editions of IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN, THE PRINCESS OF CLEVES, or SEASON IN  HELL. In conjunction they are also offing a box of 50 postcards with covers of some of Lustig’s most interesting works. Order here. + +...

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Sweet Type: Candy Packaging

The sweetest typography has long been found on candy packaging (candy bars and boxes). Every trick in the box was used, including shadows, outlines, embossed, debossed, metallic, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Imperial style. Here (below) are a few I found recently. And here is a tasty candy wrapper archive.

Matchless Originals from Japan

These are original sketches for Japanese match box labels created in the 1930s by an anonymous graphic artist. Rendered in black and white, they were meant to print in a single color. Some are drawn and lettered on slick paper remnants, others were produced on the backs of photographs, like the snap shot below....

Copertine Bellissime

As a fond farewell to Italy, I’ll switch from pop culture and history to a contemporary talent. Silvana Amato is one of the most enticing book cover and jacket designers in Rome. Her work reveals a passion for craft and a sense of wit. Typographically they are very illustrative, and illustratively they are quite...

I Am, Therefore I Buy

Etsy has a Holiday Shop in New York’s Soho neighborhood. So, to all you gift buyers and givers and takers: Ho Ho Ho! Hustle on down to 131 Greene Street for an opportunity to sample and savor designer “bespoke” products and objects by a slew of guest curators. ‘Tis the season for this being and buying....

The Fab Four's Surreal Christmas

Want a surreal Xmas treat? The Beatles’ annual Christmas records were dada, punk, and hipster rolled into one crazily irreverent, hilariously spoken and musical concoction produced on flexi discs and mailed to members of the official mop top fan-clubs in the U.K. and U.S. They were issued each year in limited editions from 1963...

When Book Jackets Were Bad, Hawkins's Were Good

Arthur Hawkins, Jr. (1903-1985) was the longtime toastmaster of New York Art Directors Club galas (he was also the Club’s president from 1945 to 1946). I saw him in that role for the first time at an awards evening at the Waldorf Astoria in the early ’80s. He was an old man then and...

Design Is Everywhere

Hotel luggage labels are jewels in the graphic design crown. Mini posters, they rank up there among other miniatures for graphic and typographic virtuosity—razor blade wrappers, poster stamps, matchbook covers, etc. There’s no wonderful Latin-sounding word for collectors, but you can be sure they are serious nonetheless. And why not? These labels in the...

Big Problem, Small Page

Big problems can be solved on small pages. A little book produced in 1919 titled Solving Advertising Art Problems, produced by Advertising Artists, Inc., a commercial art service agency in New York, was published to show commercial artists successful work—particularly the work that their artists produced. There was one mantra in this book that...

What Number Brush Did You Use?

In the pre-computer days, comps were painted or drawn, or sometimes collaged, in rough form. Art school emphasized hand skills, lettering with brush and gouache. The following painted “sketches”—from a collection of over 50 found in LA by my colleague and friend Jim Heimann of Taschen Books—are either student work for a packaging exercise,...