Here are the next 5 packaging designs. Design trends that are making a difference.
Geometric configurations spice its packaging
Besides salt, pepper and some well-known and popular spices, we are, in general, ignorant of the subtleties spices can distinguish in dishes. But it is not only the lack of knowledge but also the identification of the packaging. In short, we forget about the contents of all bags and pouches that lay around somewhere in a kitchen drawer and are therefore not used.
Geneviève Côté, graphic design student at the UQAM – University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada has tried to solve this problem. Since spices may not be exposed to light, she developed triangular prisms made of folding carton. The result is striking and the modular boxes can display very interesting geometrical shapes and organize the mess in the drawer with condiments.
Packaging for fresh condiments and herbs
Dried condiments and herbs nicely packaged and recognizable is one thing, but nothing meets the taste of freshly cut herbs. So here is the next idea, actually very simple. Herbs ready to grow packaged in a flexible pouch. The consumer just cuts the top of the flexible pouch, drops some water in and waits. Within some days the herb will appear above the pouch, fresh to be cut and used.
The designer, Jamie Oliver, well-known for his simple kitchen and his efforts to make school children acquainted with healthy food, intends to encourage consumers to grow their own food. On his website Jamie promotes organic herb seeds in these grow-pouch packs. With fresh organic herbs so difficult to come by, it seems like a sensible idea.
Cleopatra Bubble Bath
With 180 participants, the 2009 edition of the Korsnäs Packaging Impact Design Awards at the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart, Germany set a new record. A longing for luxury has been with us through the ages, but nowadays we prefer our luxury with a dose of responsibility for coming generations. Designers have to be able to express these values in packaging to attract consumers in the long run.
This edition’s challenge was to design both a pack and a display for an imaginary personal care brand. Christian Heizmann and Michael Fischer were awarded the first prize with a pyramidal tabletop display with upside-down pyramid packs. The packs are easy to open and are held together with a single fastener.
Motor Oil in Bag-in-Box
One of the interesting aspects of packaging technology is the cross-referencing and cross-influencing from one specific application field to another completely different. This is the case with the well-known bag-in-box for wine, which now appears for motor-oil.
Bag-in-box packaging as a replacement for a round plastic drum seems like a good idea from the sustainability point of view. Kuwait Petroleum International is using such a package for its 20-L (5.28-gal) Q8 OilQube in the UK. The company says the new package format produces 84% less waste than a more conventional plastic drum. A 20-L bag-in-box package for motor oil has a number of logistical advantages over the generally used round drums. The corrugated outer container, from DS Smith Packaging, is water-resistant and recyclable.
Puria, the perfect shape
From Bulgaria came the most pure packaging. The designer Stefan Vasilev from Sofia, Bulgaria, in an effort to create a simple, elegant and classy packaging, designed Puria. Designers measure their talent and technique by drawing a perfect circle by hand.
Mesmerized by the simple yet powerful appeal of the circle, Stefan created Puria – the perfect water in the most perfect shape known to us. The bottle features two caps, one for enclosing its content and a second cap ensuring that the overall shape of the package is not ruined for the sake of practicality. The package uses recycled glass for the bottle itself and plastic for the two caps.
The overall image is more that of a perfume bottle than a mineral water bottle.
Ok, one more:
Geometrical panelled beverage can
Beverage cans have come a long way since 24 January 1935, when Krueger introduced its Special Beer and Cream Ale in steel cans. The first aluminium beer cans debuted in the USA in 1958. These cans were made of just two pieces: the base and the body were made from one piece, and the end, or lid, was seamed on later. Since then beer cans haven’t made an interesting development in design, in technology sure, but not in shape.
Belarusian designer Dzmitry Samal, currently based in Paris, created a beverage can with geometrical panels, other than the standard circular design.
The 33cl alu-can for Coca-Cola (why do designers always target Coca-Cola for their ‘wild’ ideas?) is to be made by impact extrusion.
I have some more very interesting and trendsetting design and I will post them shortly.