The web is a wonderful thing, brimming with resources and inspiration for people interested in packaging design. But, sometimes, too much choice can be confusing, so we've picked out the top packaging design resources to help you really get to grips with it.
All sorts of creative goodness comes together at Designspiration. Created by Shelby White, Designspiration is a hub for collecting and sharing ideas, including a whole host of interesting and innovative packaging designs.
02. Packaging World
Packaging World Magazine’s website is a great resource for professionals in packaging and manufacturing automation. Updated daily with articles about packaging inspiration, equipment and materials, it's a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest news about packaging.
This brilliant blog captures the best of package design, news and articles from around the globe. It's not updated that regularly, but everything that's posted here is definitely worth a look.
04. Lovely Package
If, like us, you can't resist a lovely package, then you should definitely check out this cool blog. Lovely Package showcases some leading design work in the packaging world, covering everything from wine and beer bottles to toothpaste and kitchenware. The site features work from professionals and students alike, and with over 300 pages of projects to browse through, you're sure to find some inspiration here.
Formerly Package Design, Brand Experience – or BXP for short – is a fantastic resource for all things packaging design. The site features work from designers all around globe, the latest industry news, upcoming talent in the field, a resources section and much more. What more could you need?
Packaging design resource Retail design blog has a huge archive of packaging design projects to inspire you. Here you'll find everything from sophisticated alcohol branding to luxury chocolate packaging.
If you're looking for package design inspiration, head over to Packaging design archive. Containing every kind of design you could possibly think of, this extensive catalogue of packaging is a brilliant resource. Projects are organised into categories, with the site featuring a handy side bar that allows a search by the type of design you're after, including identity by typography, shape and much more.
With hundreds of thousands of inspirational images in its archives, we couldn't not include Pinterest on this list. Simply type in 'package design' into the keyword search and watch the work appear. A popular subject on the social networking site, you'll find yourself scrolling down on what seems like a never ending page of packaging design projects.
09. The Dieline
If it's information and inspiration on packaging design that you're after then The Dieline is a fantastic place to start. Founded in 2007, the site aims to define and promote the world's best packaging design. The Dieline is incredibly easy to navigate. It also features a packaging directory, which is an inspiring library of different company designs.
10. Brand New
A division of design firm Under Consideration, Brand New focuses solely on corporate and brand identity work, and features a vast library of inspirational packaging designs. But this is not just a showcase site; as well as all the beautiful imagery featured, much of the designs here are reviewed in detail, with experts giving their opinion on if, how and why each concept works.
Ambalaj is actually the personal site of packaging designer Kristina de Verdier. But if you want to see some inspirational examples of packaging design, then you should definitely check out her blog section. In it, De Verdier has carefully selected new works from all over the world, describing them on her site as, "Material innovation, sustainable information, structural packaging, graphic design as well as beautiful brand stories".
Packaging of the World is a creative design gallery, showcasing the most interesting and creative work worldwide. This site is really well organised; you can choose to search for projects by category, country, student work, most popular, and so on, so it caters for everyone. A brilliant resource in the area of packaging design.
13. Packaging UQAM
Looking for packaging inspiration from slightly further afield? Then be sure to check out Packaging UQAM, a French site that collects together amazing packaging that might have flown under your radar.
Here you'll find creative solutions for storing trowels, golf tees, wishbones and plenty more unusual products. It's the place to go if you're looking to shake up your research and discover original ideas.
BP&O is a blog run by British freelance designer and an editor of The Dieline, Richard Baird, who specialises in the development of branding and packaging. Baird picks recently developed designs, provides a short background and shares his thoughts and opinions on each. A great site for finding new work from around the globe.
Online portfolio site Behance features top work in all manner of packaging designs. Here, you'll find numerous packaging design projects, created by artists of all skill levels, in everything from shoe and pharmaceutical design to alcohol and electrical product designs.
Contributions: Creative Bloq staff