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What lies in store in the world of packaging

Though originally it was created for the purpose of storage and preservation, packaging today is more than just a means to carry, conserve and transport your product. Packaging efforts were initially created to keep food preserved for longer when soldiers were shipped off to war. Since then we’ve made strong headway coming through the ages of cardboard cartons, aluminium foil, cellophane and many more (like plastic — the real MVP and game changer).

Packaging today is vastly commercialised. It is now focused on marrying the idea of functionality and design. With epic globalisation came the idea that the product packaging is your brand’s first interaction with the audience. Which is why the colours, the material used, the lettering and overall contemporary aesthetic take major precedence to help a brand create a statement, tell a story and make a lasting impact in the minds of people to boost sales.

Since you know we’re all about that visual representation, let’s go through a quick scroll of a few of our favourite contemporary packaging design styles.

Minimal Invasion:

Increasingly, more brands are moving towards a minimalist approach to highlight only the key elements of their product and to keep their messaging direct and to the point. Minimalist design and packaging are created to drive one single visual and very specific messaging for the audience to retain, be it via a transparent bottle or clear label to depict nothing but the honest product that they’re proudest of. Take Supha Bee Farm Co.’s Honey packaging for example — the packaging tries to weave a visual of the Honey jar like a bee within a honeycomb. The rich and pure honey is highlighted through the clear bottle and black bottle cap symbolises a bee head.

(Design by Supha Bee Farm Co. Ltd by Prompt Design) For the Indian context - check out RAW Pressery.

Bold Baby, Bold

If the first category doesn't find your fancy, perhaps bold designs are up your alley. Bright colours, solid patterns and prints can liven up the brand and display intricate detailing to suit your brand’s vibe. Heavy illustration and bright popping colours can bring out your brand’s personality of looking alive, young and uber cool.

In the packaging for Rio Ice Creams by Berik Yergaliyev, the fruit flavours and the vibe are both presented to the audience within the shape of the ice cream on the packaging that bring out the playful nature of the brand and the tropical vibe it tries to exude.

(The Brand Nursery’s design for Walker & Drake Cold Pressed Dog Food)

For the Indian Context, check out Dope Coffee.

Gucci but keep it gucci.

Everyone loves themselves pretty things from time to time and channeling their inner bougie-ness while still keeping it fresh and real. Luxe packaging is all about the ability to make the brand seem luxuriant and rich and provide people with a spectacle. Brands often adopt intricate detailing to their work with tailored accents, elegant use of holographics, fine texturing and more to exude a classy, expensive look. This form of packaging adopts heavy artwork that typically looks like it’s straight out MoMA or the Smithsonian.