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Who’s Wearing Whose Trade Dress?

In 1915 the National Biscuit Company filed 13 copyright infringement suits to enjoin these businesses from either infringing upon NBC’s brand names (including their “Swastika” or red end seal) and/or violating the sanctity of their packaging motifs.

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07/28/2014: Trident gum packaging

Props to Hani Douaji for his clever packaging solution for Trident X-tra Care gum. While it might be easy to make the leap that the rows of hard-shelled gum look like teeth, the execution of the illustrations and logo placement …

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06/09/2014: Collector’s Edition book

This beautifully-bound, well-curated new book by Stuart Tolley takes a look at recent packaging triumphs in books, music and more. Projects are matched with interviews with some design’s most innovative thinkers, from Irma Boom to Stanley Donwood. Due out in …

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01/30/2014: Dog snack packaging

This entertaining packaging Whitebites rawhide sticks by Cecilia Uhr is definitely distinctive enough to stand out on the shelves. But the quirks also have function as, according to Uhr, the “teeth” in the packaging allows the customer to see the …

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Image of the Day, 11/26/13: Christmas boxes

The Print Celebrates Design Competition 2013 is the first ever Print competition focused on all things festive! Join the party and submit your 2013 designs today! Who wouldn’t want to receive the gift of Carluccio’s chocolates, especially given these immaculately …

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Andrew Gibbs Previews The Dieline Conference

The field of packaging design is on the rise, with young designers creating groundbreaking work for brands. Andrew Gibbs talks about how The Dieline Conference is evolving, too.

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The Human Stain

Chalk wipes off with water or disappears with time. The racist image, however, isn’t as easily erased. It’s a stain — a human stain. The artifacts of institutional racism in the United States are apparent in many vintage advertisements, comic books, cartoons, product packages, board games, novelty toys, picture postcards and every other kind of popular art or entertainment from representation of minstrel shows to radio’s Amos and Andy.

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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 and warnings, cigarette packs were well-designed by some masters, like Raymond Loewy’s iconic Lucky Strike bullseye.