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Rocklets, a popular brand in the category of chocolate and confectionary in Argentina, wanted to give away headphones as a present with the purchase of Rocklets Easter Eggs. Morphine Motion Graphics created two fun and cool 3D illustrations for the packaging design of the giveaway.

 

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Users are aware of trends, demanding trendy products. Brands succumb to these demands to have a stronger say and a longer stay in the market. Studio Elephant Design has elaborated on this cycle explaining the need of packaging design.

Trends are a reflection of how people behave, how they live and vice versa.

 

One may believe tech-based products like smartphones & AI assistants are changing the way people live. But there is as much change happening in their lives through humble packaging design. In times of extreme actions and judgments, it is believed that design becomes prettier. This actually is happening.

 

There are certain things individuals look for before buying foods, beverages, personal & home care products nowadays:

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1. Tell me a Story?

Story of origin, granny’s recipe, kind of music played to cows… Is it a superfood rediscovered? Was it made the exact same way people made stuff when the world was perfect? They want to know more, not just about the ingredients or the company behind it, but also the hands that made it. They are hungrier for stories than the food they are buying.

2. Small for me Please

Because of longer commutes and increased working hours that blur into socializing, people are looking for things that will help them stretch their days outside of homes. Small portions of handbag-insertables are a rage in colour cosmetics, face masks, wipes, hand sanitizers, and other personal care products for on-the-go use. Spoilt for choice and highly aware of what they consume, people prefer single serves in snacks, meals & beverages.

3. Be Direct

Farm to Face. Grass to Glass. Park to Plate. Yes. That is how people like stuff to reach them. They want it fresh, preferably hand-made, with least processing. Demanding honesty of intent and transparency on the label about what goes in, they like small batches made with care. Lesser the machine intervention, the better it is.

4. Give me an Eye Candy

Packaging is not just for protecting the goods, it needs to give the product a flaunt value, making it Instagram-worthy. Packaging can be an object of desire itself. So the “look” of packaging is as important as what it carries inside.

5. Sustainability Counts

Over engineered packaging is a big no-no. The simple, the better. Is the plastic used easily to recycle? Reduced packaging layers, lesser staple pins, alternative chemical inks & glues, these are things that the sustainability-aware users look for

• Game Changers 

Technology-based enablers are bringing some change too. The biggest change is in the way packaging can enable customization of every consumption experience. Technology & insightful design makes it possible to have small batches, personalized messaging or even controlled release of ingredients. Eg Kolibri (Japan) beverage bottle allows consumers to control the amount of sugar they want in their drink.

Recent advancements in automated packaging lines are not only more efficient, but also adaptive & flexible. They enable personalized packaging with individual names like the Coke cans & bottles from “Share a Coke” campaign.

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Elephant helped develop a brand of Indian ethnic drinks that was based on nostalgia, aptly named “Paper boat”, taking one back to the good old days of childhood when life was simple and full of optimism.

 

Doy packs seemed a more sustainable choice against bottles, cans or cartons. The shape was designed to feel like squeezing a fruit and easy to open cap was inspired by paper boat itself. Graphics were simple and represented an uncomplicated, delightful world.

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The incredible part was that the brand refrained from using mass media for a couple of years. ON-the-shelf packaging did all the talking. And in less than five years, the brand made it to the top position in single-serve beverages, won many awards and also made it to the list of buzziest, most promising brands from India.

 

This is an interesting example because it aligned with all the five reasons for engaging with a brand and was created well in time to be able to ride the wave successfully.

 

For designers & consumers who don’t like to be cookie cutters, personalization and customization possibilities are like a boon. The only limitation would be ideas, which one is hopefully never short of.

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When celebrations are all around for the new year, everyone is curious about what this new year will bring. So, the rounds of looking back to the past year and trying to predict the new one starts. We started the same exploration through this issue by reaching various experts for their take on the trends for their respective fields. So, go ahead.

 

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People are not too fond of throwing things away, and in the recycle-reuse world of today, people find ways to use small little things for their own unique purposes. Whether it’s a tin tea leaves box converted into a pen stand or gift basket used as home decor, designer Anoop Chalil believes it’s all about thinking one step ahead. Below, he outlines key points to help create innovative packaging that helps the product and its consumers.

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Experience comes with an Experience

It can be said that packaging design is more about the journey than the final creation from a designer’s point of view. It’s not just interacting with a product, but also with the people and culture behind it. These when combined enhance one as a packaging designer, giving you more insights and in depth knowledge of the skill.

Brochure Design for HIAXIS
Brochure Design for HIAXIS
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It’s not about Doing Different Things, it’s about Doing Things Differently

Every designer explores their own niche; their own style. And even though at first look, some designs by various designers might look similar, where it may look like a identical tools or techniques have been used, a closer look reveals the small differences that make a difference. For instance, it’s easy for many to simply use the align tool in design software to arrange and organize objects. However, a difference can be made by using a grid system and zooming into each object to manually arrange them. Such detailed working style goes on to make a huge impact on the final outcome.

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Brochure Design for Vistara
Brochure Design for Vistara

What You Keep in Mind should be Kept in your Design

The look and feel of packaging is predominantly dominated by the product. However, simple and minimal designs stand out in a cluttered shelf. Before creating innovative solutions, it is important to keep in mind some simple points to make the journey smooth and obstacle-free. Staying simple and honest is key and so is researching consumers, markets and competition before getting onto designing. Also, packaging designs significantly depend on the type of material being used and hence a good understanding in such areas is crucial as well. Apart from that, product extension and legible typography are some more aspects that must be included in every design.

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Packaging Design for Vistara
Packaging Design for Vistara

It’s not about Who’s in the Driver’s Seat, but What Car you’re Driving

In the design world, everyone would agree that the clients have the ultimate say. But that does not stop any designer or design from coming through. It’s not easy of course and is a skill that comes with experience and confidence. As a packaging designer, it’s just not enough to simply create packaging that looks good; one needs to always have concrete reasons as to why that is so. Tell the client’s why using well-researched reasons and they will agree with your concept.

 

For example, coming up with Tin packaging that could be used as keepsakes by consumers instead of using plastic bottles that the client initially demanded works a lot better to not only add to the designer’s portfolio but to work for the brand as well. Effectiveness is key and this way, designers can have the last word. But this by no means is disregarding opinions of clients. Designers must also be aware that companies spend two to three years researching a product before launching it in the market. Hence, it doesn’t hurt sometimes to try and understand where they’re coming from.

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Logo for I AM PURE
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Packaging Design for I AM PURE
Packaging Design for I AM PURE
Packaging Design for I AM PURE

Published in Issue 26

Packaging is the first vital step towards enchanting the audience. Who doesn’t like a cute box or a trendy bottle? With this issue, Creative Gaga lets the cat out of the box to reveal the world of packaging design. Featuring various local and international designers like Petar Pavlov from Macedonia and Brandziac from Russia, Elephant Design and Impprintz from Pune, the issue promises to be a keepsake for many.

 

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At times, we get stuck playing the tug of war between a client and designer so much so that we often forget about the product or brand in focus. Branding and packaging expert, Petar Pavlov from Macedonia makes the product the epicentre of his thoughts and designs to create ideal protection and cover for them-just like our skin.

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CG. You seem to have grasped the true essence of packaging, infusing a brand’s personality and flavour. What has changed in packaging design over the years? How do you make your designs look modern and cutting-edge?

Petar Pavlov. This is a hard one because the goal is not guided by finding modern and cutting-edge solutions, but rather employ what best fits the brand and product. There have been numerous times when I have tried to apply a certain trend and midway have had to return to exploring new solutions because the initial thought didn’t complement the product.

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CG. How has being a packaging designer in Macedonia influenced you as a designer? What local traits do your designs possess? What traits make your designs competitive for the international world?

Petar Pavlov. I have been working in Macedonia and Serbia too, but it’s important to note that location nowadays has nothing to do with the influence. The situation in Macedonia design-wise is not really up there. However, it’s good to see more and more designers pushing boundaries.

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CG. What is your design process? And how much does the initial idea resemble the end design that the client accept? Do you dictate your designs or is it dictated by the brand and/or client?

Petar Pavlov. I always start with research and the results of such are what dictate the final design. The journey from the first proposal to the end solution is a complicated one and varies from project to project.

 

At times, clients can make critical decisions that result in a final outcome nowhere resembling the initial concept at all. And at times, there are instances where clients agree with your notions and understanding. But ultimately, in this business, it’s the brand that controls everyone, be it the client or the designer.

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CG. If you could pick any one brand/product in the world to design some packaging for, what would it be? How do you use your designs to enhance the product experience for the consumer?

Petar Pavlov. I love chocolate, so I guess I would pick Lindt. And to answer the second part of your question, I usually try to find small details that would surprise the consumer and allows them to connect more intimately with the product.

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Published in Issue 26

Packaging is the first vital step towards enchanting the audience. Who doesn’t like a cute box or a trendy bottle? With this issue, Creative Gaga lets the cat out of the box to reveal the world of packaging design. Featuring various local and international designers like Petar Pavlov from Macedonia and Brandziac from Russia, Elephant Design and Impprintz from Pune, the issue promises to be a keepsake for many.

 

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Showcasing new packaging design trends making their mark this fresh year. Check out all that’s new and all that’s found its way from the past into the present. There’s so much to discover!

Design, design everywhere! There is so much design in this world, today, considering the wide range of applications that it has. No doubt, it has become so much more relevant now than in the past. If you take a good look at it, you realise how design has changed across various mediums in time and taken new shape and perspective.

 

With that in mind, here we highlight some of the new trends that have found their way into the existing design scenario and those that have carried on through generations to come forth even in current times. Take a good look; you never know what it might strike!

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Flat Design

Flat is in. Something that has been in vogue for a long time now, it continues to remain the ideal way of display, presentation and functionality as well. The classic flat can be seen in various shapes and patterns up to this day. Be it squares or rectangles, the flat is here to stay.

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Minimal Design

Minimal is the new thing to do. Gone are the days of congested, over-informative and heavily loaded design with overwhelming patterns, colours and shapes. Instead, design has grown to become not only smart but so also ‘essential’. That just makes it easier to focus attention on what really matters, doesn’t it? Clear, simple minimal.

Packaging

Designed by
– Łobzowska Studio and Marysia Markowska

Inspiring Packaging

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The Colors

Bold Colors

“Colour, colour, which colour do you want?” Remember the game? Well, when it comes to current design, the answer is pretty clear and simple – Bold colours. They strike the eye well and stand out in a space filled with so many different shades without much effort. Bold is the new gold, indeed. It does the job and in a striking fashion, that’s hard to miss.

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Packaging

Designed by Marco Serena

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Pastel Colors

Pastel colours are quite contrary to the widespread trend of bold tones and shades. That is one of the reasons they go so well with subtle messages that need to find their way through the clutter of loud designing. It is one way to be heard and seen without creating an unnecessary fuss in a space that is filled with noisy and flashy features.

Packaging

Designed by Creatsy Official

Packaging

Designed by ChocoToy cute


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Bold Typography

Bold is big and bold is beautiful. It speaks loud and clear, without room for doubt, thus putting across the message in a way that leaves no scope for any kind of distortion or dilution. It has, for this very reason, become so much of a trend to find big and bold typo in bold shades and backgrounds. Look around, it’s everywhere.

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Patterns & Shapes

Geometric

Geometry is present in everything. Right from a needle to the very solar system, everything is geometric in nature – something worth considering when it comes to design too. After all, geometry is perfection and can never feel wrong if all is in sync. So also with the design elements, the right geometry never fails.

Packaging

Designed by oraviva! designers

Packaging

Designed by IWANT design

Custom Shapes and Elements

Made to fulfill the need of the hour based on the relevant context of communication, custom shapes and elements such as hand-drawn illustrations give an unmimicable touch to branding. They need not necessarily be symmetric or “perfect” in size and proportion but more a trademark style. What better than an un-mimicable touch, isn’t it!
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Packaging

Designed by Lucas Wakamatsu

Vintage

The term “Vintage” speaks for itself and needs no real explanation. It is synonymous of a strong level of integrity and effect that has lasted the test of time without compromising on its originality. “Vintage” will never be old; it is here to stay for a long time to come if not forever.

Inspiring Packaging
Packaging

Designed by
– Auge Design and Giovanni Stillittano

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Doodles/ Illustrative

Doodle-doodle on the wall, haven’t we all?  Well, this is a trend that had lasted generations and seems to never get old—’cause doodles are always fun, spontaneous and hence unique, never exactly the same as another. That is why they’ve found their way well in the design culture too and are highly impactful especially with the youth.

Packaging

Designed by Backbone Branding

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Unusual Materials & Shapes

The unusual never fails to be noticed and make an impression. So also it is when it comes to design – everything from weird shapes to all kinds of materials, the sky is the limit. With the kind of tools available today, it is not difficult to execute that which is not so common. No shape is odd and no material is wrong.

Packaging

Designed by Backbone Branding


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Holographic Effects

The holographic effect used to be ‘the’ thing to do at one point in time due to its shiny, glittery nature. It is here to stay, though, as it finds it s way into the current design scene. The lure of the vintage never fails to shine even in new times. Holographs would catch our eye on any given day, including today apparently.

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Designed by Anagrama Studio


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Gradients in Packaging

Now, here’s something new and definitely worthwhile. One shade just doesn’t seem enough sometimes, so there’s a whole range of it. Just a tone lighter or a shade darker can create and put together a whole series of gradient design. Isn’t that amazing, the entire rainbow is available to put on display!

Inspiring Packaging
Packaging

Designed by Marco Serena

Packaging

Designed by Backbone Branding

The 2018 A’ Design Award & Competition mainly ‘aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products worldwide in all creative disciplines and industries.’

A’ Design Award and Competition is dedicated to recognising and appreciating some of the best designs and best-designed products across the world, be it in the forms of concept stage, prototype or finished products. The winners of the competition are thereby showcased at the A’ Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition which is held in Italy.

There is a wide scope of the design award & competitions, featuring 100 varied categories such as

  • Furniture Design,
  • Packaging Design,
  • Lightning Design,
  • Toy Design,
  • Digital Devices Design and so on.

The event and initiative is something that is recognised all over the world and coveted by a lot of varied agencies, designers, innovators and the likes – a global platform with a global audience.

Registrations   are currently open.

 

The deadline for entries is the 28th of February, 2018, (23.59 GMT +1)


The Winners of 2017 A’ Design Award

Category: Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

1. A chairs by Yi-An Hung, Yestudio

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Multi-functional chairs that could be modified according to environmental setting and be transformed into a table, chair, bench, box or tube with a simple push and pull methods to change the formation and function of the chairs. The fundamental research thus was put in was mainly in the direction of trying to design a prototype of simple furniture that could act and be used for multiple purposes by just manipulating within its design.

2. Sagano Bamboo Furniture Chair and lamps by Alice Minkina

The project was essentially about finding new possibilities and aesthetic features connected to the use of bamboo and finding some interesting ways of applying it in the form of furniture. Sagano bamboo furniture is thus an innovative eco-friendly furniture set – bamboo is so fast-growing that its life cycle is way shorter than using other trees, therefore making the use of this wood more efficiently.

3. HexBOX File Cabinet by Kemal Yıldırım

The design of the HexBOX was inspired by honey bees and their solidarity, and can be formed by increasing or decreasing the number of boxes and in alternative designs, such as single, triple and sextuple in different width and height dimensions. At the same time, aesthetically, visual differences can be obtained by using different colors and materials in the drawers, which operate with telescopic tracks.


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1.‘Pasta Nikita’ packaging by Nikita Konkin

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

Using the shapes of pasta strands to create an interesting series of packaging that captures attention on the shelves, Pasta Nikita’s packaging was designed. Trying to connect the food to its lovers by showing the interconnection between the two, the packaging attempts to entice latter.

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

Assuming the basic laws of good design i.e. utility, economy and idea, the idea proved key to a rather simple solution – using the international designation of countries which the coffee came from as leitmotif of packaging this series. The main aim was to display the value of the brand and focus on the message and information, keeping it readable, understandable and outstanding.


Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category

1. Punjab Kesari Headquarters Office by Amit Gupta: Britta Knobel Gupta

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

The inspiration was to translate a traditional Indian facade pattern by using digital simulations to create a responsive built form. Designed as a “Fusion” of traditional Indian architecture and contemporary office space, the main objective is to reduce heat gain and optimize facade opening ratio, ensuring no artificial lighting is required on a typical day.

2. Gallery in Kiyosato Villa with Exhibition Space by Satoshi Okada architects

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

The architecture needed to mould itself onto fluctuating social demands, such as the present demographic trends and the decrease of population Japan as elsewhere in the world. The aim thus was to pursue flexibility through innovative structural systems. The first imagery came from the landscape of Kiyosato.

Pune-based design agency, Elephant Design, recently displayed the power of the British Bulldog, Witlinger beer’s powerful mascot, in a re-branding initiative and process for the beverage company. Here is how they did it, as we run through the process behind the whole act.

When Pune-based design agency, Elephant, was approached to bring the powerful brand mascot to life, it did so by means of an upfront, affirmative and assertive new visual representation on the bottle to communicate Witlinger’s truly British personality.

#BlodyBritish - British Bulldog

Witlinger’s Wheat Ale is India’s first wheat beer, unique because of its distinctive sweet orange and coriander flavours, much like Witlinger’s Lager that has a distinctive lemon grass finish and is brewed with British Hops. The British origins of these beverages, and so also the associated touch of the region that can be found in them, is something that cannot be ignored or concealed. It is this very quality that was chiefly used as the foundation or basis of Witlinger’s re-branding initiative, proudly declaring and proclaiming the same to the world without any sense of guilt or restraint through the ‘British Bulldog’, Witlinger’s symbol and mascot.

#BlodyBritish - British Bulldog

The renewed and refined design with ‘British Bulldog’ as a mascot symbolises Witlinger’s true British origins in a fun and honest way, while mainly conveying a message of being bold. In light of this transformation, referring to the brand’s renewed design, Mr. Anuj Kushwah, Managing Director and Founder said, “This is an exciting time for Witlinger as we are showcasing our true identity and characteristics of being very British and honest with what we do i.e. making sincere and honest craft beer. This definitely adds fun in drinking good craft beer with the great bold design.

While many craft beers try to keep their origins vague or unclear, Witlinger decided to be a brand that rather wanted to convey its British roots unapologetically and openly. “We decided to leave the cliched British iconography, and found a true hero in British bulldog! The idea is to bring various facets of the persona to life on align with each of the crafted brews.” said Ashwini Deshpande, Co-founder, Director of Elephant.

#BlodyBritish - British Bulldog

Operating since as long ago as 1989, Elephant is a leading strategic design agency with presence in India and Singapore, engaging clients such as Britannia, MTR, Paper Boat, and the likes. The agency recognized the emblematic power behind this concept, and decided to stick with it through the means and processes of illustration and symbolism, knowing that it would bring about the desired impact and effect on the audience.

Packaging has universal standards and appeal. No matter where you are, the structure, concept and technology remain the same. Brandiziac, a branding agency owned by Artem Shutov in Russia, believes that being different can make all the difference. Here, they unfold some mysteries to help us better understand branding and packaging design and its relevance in today’s world.

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Frontal sides of Mask Spirit Wines Collection
Brandiziac - Packaging
Frontal sides of 4 SKU of milk cocktails named “Three cows, two cats” brand

Design packaging using your head over your heart.

Creativity can be of various forms, but in packaging design, and other forms as well, it needs to be channelised and questioned. While designing, there are a few boxes that need to be ticked in order to make a successful artwork. First is individuality, where memorability and uniqueness need to be strived for. Purity and clarity is another key factor. This is where communication needs to be clear and concise so that the consumer understands from the first sight what the product is and what it stands for. Stand out factor is crucial also.

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Front side of 3 SKU of the series of fruit & berry punches concept
Brandiziac - Packaging
Cover of the gift package, greeting card
Brandiziac - Packaging
Frontal side of Real Chocolate Package

One of the key roles of packaging is to grab attention. During the course of a project, designers often go to a store and test their designs on the shelves. Lastly, adaptability and practicality need to be incorporated as well. There should always be a sense of continuity for future products for the brand and a user-centric focus.

Brandiziac - Packaging
Light Flight. Marshmallow and Cookies
Brandiziac - Packaging
Light Flight. Marshmallow and Cookies

From sketch to finish.

Every project is new and fresh and like a child needs special and personalised attention. From 20/20, brainstorming and other such creative methodologies, a lot of attention is given to the analysis of works of competitors and peers. Some things are standard though, like a briefing, followed by sketching and then revision of projects etc. Once the client waves the green flag, other resources like photographers, illustrators and artists might be involved.

Cheese in the faces
Brandiziac - Packaging
New Year gift set - Thermo mug, French cocoa and a recipe book
Brandiziac - Packaging
Slavyana Cookware

People go for the colours.

Packaging isn’t solely based on colour- everything is important, like fonts, graphics techniques, and composition. Colour is part of the team, but it’s perhaps one of the characters that people love to look at. It can be noted that it often helps create differentiation and allows for people to choose one product over another.

Redesign of meat products' labels
Redesign of meat products' labels

Used once. Used twice.

Packaging no longer is simply a square box. The shapes have changed and so have the ideologies, post-printing processes, and technologies behind it. New and unusual types of paper and cardboard have emerged bringing about the concept of reuse and recycle. Environmentally friendly packaging is important in today’s world and designers must design around the possibility of reuse.

DOBR BOBR. REDESIGN OF A FAMILY TOY
DOBR BOBR. REDESIGN OF A FAMILY TOY

Published in Issue 26

Packaging is the first vital step towards enchanting the audience. Who doesn’t like a cute box or a trendy bottle? With this issue, Creative Gaga lets the cat out of the box to reveal the world of packaging design. Featuring various local and international designers like Petar Pavlov from Macedonia and Brandziac from Russia, Elephant Design and Impprintz from Pune, the issue promises to be a keepsake for many.

 

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Packaging has been for long an ignored discipline of design. But the trend has changed nowadays, and it is becoming an exciting space for designers to showcase their artistic and innovative skills. Graphic design studio, Impprintz, derives inspiration from the products to add to the experience of the buyer and user. Here, Simran Sahi and Rahul Sureka talk to Creative Gaga about how they successful packaging!

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Massage Oil Boxes.

CG: Your designs seem to follow a geometric formula and are pretty systematically arranged. Is that your design style, or does packaging follow a standard formula that clients ask you to apply?

IMP: The idea is to keep things simple yet delightful. With packaging, it’s not an anomaly to face a series of variants within the same product range. Therefore, the challenge lies in creating something different while maintaining a strong cohesive visual family. Another vital element for packaging designers to be mindful of is information architecture which helps buyers navigate systematically through the communication.

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Incense Gift Packs.
successful packaging
Incense Gift Packs.

CG: According to you, what makes a successful packaging design? You use a varied sense of bright and attractive motifs. Is that what you feel makes a product stand out on a shelf with other competitive brands?

IMP: The inspiration for packaging is more or less derived from the product and its unique attributes. Packaging design can be successful on various levels and often requires a combination of attributes like its ability to attract, engage and inform. Simultaneously, it must also deliver a tactile experience with the apt choice of material and optimum fabrication, a well-thought-out functionality, and the difference and joy in it. Of course, the well-designed and attractive packaging on the shelf is going to grab your attention.

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Pondicherry Collection Incense.
successful packaging
Pondicherry Collection Incense.

CG: How is packaging different in today’s times? Apart from just a pack that people throw away, how do you get your designs to serve a greater purpose? Or is the purpose only to lure people and then packaging design loses its purpose as soon as the product is purchased?

IMP: The primary purpose of any successful packaging is to protect the product. By using vibrant and positive colour schemes, artistic illustrations and imagery and durable materials, packaging can prove to be an informative, enriching and an educative experience even in the process of selling/buying the product.

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Indigenous organic boxer shorts.

CG: How is packaging for an incense stick different from say, a bottle? Do you believe it’s the same thought process and concepts that need to be exercised or does packaging design vary from project to project?

IMP: In terms of process, all packaging design projects begin with a similar set of questions and critical analysis, but then they begin to take shape within their own parameters. Each project has its unique requirements, vision, communication, market segment, timelines and fabrication possibilities. What never changes is the spirit to deliver the best; more than what the client asks for.

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Special Incense Packs.

CG: And finally, what advice would you give people who want to take up packaging design and make a difference?

IMP: Packaging design is a field in itself. It is a container of creative storytelling where two-dimensional design meets the third dimension. It is important to promote people, products, and concepts that you believe in. Keep trying new methods and ideas; there is always more to learn.

successful packaging
Mason & Co chocolate bars.
successful packaging
Mason & Co chocolate bars.

Published in Issue 26

Packaging is the first vital step towards enchanting the audience. Who doesn’t like a cute box or a trendy bottle? With this issue, Creative Gaga lets the cat out of the box to reveal the world of packaging design. Featuring various local and international designers like Petar Pavlov from Macedonia and Brandziac from Russia, Elephant Design and Impprintz from Pune, the issue promises to be a keepsake for many.

 

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Graphic designer, Itu Chaudhuri, lets out his experience and insight in the field of branding. He expresses what goes into creating effective brands, and the various aspects or elements that play a role in the process.

Branding
The Wild Stone Code Range.

CG. What is the relationship between the product and the branding? How does the former shape or inspire the latter?

IC. For some brands, the product’s properties are the heart of the brand. For example, we know Mercedes by their cars, which are a model of stability and Germanic engineered perfection; not by their advertising or showrooms or their F1 Cars (which they do very well). For those brands, branding needs to reflect what’s special about the product, but rarely reflects the product itself. The ‘what’s special’ part, in turn, depends on the category. For more functional products, it’s about a clear benefit from using it (e.g. relieving pain).

Branding
The Real Tea Range.

For less functional brands, the benefit may be more in the mind i.e. how it makes people feel, or its ‘values’ (what it encourages its customers to believe in). This is also true for brands, which we know by their advertising more than by the special qualities of the product (e.g. a mobile service like Vodafone or Airtel). But, rarely does the branding show the product itself. If the product is a packaged product that’s never unpacked (think deodorants, or insect repellents, or a fizzy drink), then the branding and the product are practically fused (even when large advertising budgets support the brands).

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Eicher Live.

CG. According to you, How and to what extent, does branding impact an audience?

IC. Every customer knows that they are being manipulated. So, branding works best when it slips under the radar of the customers or escapes their ‘crap detector’. Yet, if the brand seems to admit this while managing to charm the customers, it works. The audience is then willingly helpless to resist. This means that the branding is, in some sense, invisible when it appears to belong or be inevitable as if there was no other way it could have appeared. This requires honesty on the owner’s part and linking the brand to what is true. Despite this, it’s carefully orchestrated. Simply appearing artless won’t do it. Done right, it can succeed in disarming the customer.

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The Almirah.
Branding
The Almirah.

CG. What do you do to ensure that the brand character comes across fully in the final design?

IC. Personality is the key, and thus cannot be overlooked or sidelined at any stage. It’s a mental model of the brand that describes the brand’s character and attitude, more like a representative, and thus implies its appearance.

Brand applications for ‘Hired’.

CG. What do you feel should be proportion, or how much is the need for balance, between minimalism and complexities in a design?

IC. The point isn’t a balance: it’s more a purposeful imbalance. Different brands need different treatments, so that one may do best in a minimal style, and another with a busy, or even chaotic style. This is a necessary facet that one needs to recognise and remember throughout the process.

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Annual Report Design for IDFC.
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CG. What do you feel is an essential part of branding?

IC. Deep understanding of the client’s truth is fundamental and most essential, but making sure that it’s attractive to their customers is of value, at the same time. If you succeed on the first count and fail on the second, you touch no one. The other way around, and the attraction will be skin deep. It very clearly is a case of both or nothing.

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Publication design for Breakthrough.

Published in Issue 38

This issue, we try to explore different views from many well-known studio owners and senior designers. While Anthony Lopez of Lopez Design shared tips on what a studio looks for in a designer, Mohar Ray from Codesign highlights the key aspects that play a significant role and make the difference in whether you are hired or not as a promising designer. Also, this issue has an insightful article on ‘Branding with reason and love’ from Itu Chaudhuri, founder ICD (Itu Chaudhuri Design) along with Siddhi Ranade, explaining his tools of story telling through his unique style of illustrations. This issue is a must read for a talented graduate to a branding expert. Order you copy and enjoy reading it!

 

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