Inspiration for package design can come from many places. Some might find it in the shower, others while taking a walk in the park. But what about when you're sitting in front of your computer, musing over what your next package design should be? There's a website for just that moment—several, actually. Beyond our own blog, Packaging from Every Angle, the following five sites are smart places to go when you're online and in need of a creative spark, whether you're just casually browsing for inspiration or need ideas for your next packaging design ASAP.
Started in 2007 by Andrew Gibbs, the DieLine is a near exhaustive source of packaging design inspiration. If there's a new, creative packaging design out there, the DieLine will likely have covered it. Expect big brand name news, such as the release of new Game of Thrones-themed Oreo packaging, to design-forward packing from smaller companies you might otherwise miss, such as these texture-rich boxes for an organic body and garment cleaning product line, Tangent GC. Search designs by keyword, by category (from food to pets to wine), by substrate (everything from paper, paperboard, and cardboard, to sustainable designs), and even by color. Designs are often accompanied by interviews with the designers, and in-depth editorial takes on the designs elevate the strong visuals. The site holds yearly Dieline Awards and an annual package design event, Dieline Conference.
Packaging of the World
Since 2008, this site has been highlighting creative packaging designs the world over. The picture-heavy site is a treasure trove of ideas. Indeed you can sort designs by country, as well as project type (including concepts, student projects, and produced projects), packaging materials (everything from cardboard, carton, and hardboard to glass or wood), and categories (including fashion, health care, books, and snacks). There's also a monthly roundup of packaging you shouldn't miss that highlights the best of the site's features and a decent amount of fun, cheeky design, the likes of these hair curlers on ancient statues. Given that Packing of the World features concepts and not just produced work, it's also a good place to head for ideas that have yet to hit the marketplace.
Owned by Adobe, Behance is a collection of online designer portfolios. It's not exclusively about packaging—expect commercial art of all types—but you can search or sort by packaging. Often portfolios feature a company's entire branding concept, which can be helpful if you want to see how packaging might fit into overall branding. Being a site for artists and designers, Behance is full of beautiful shots of products and packaging, like these boxes for CBD cosmetics and these super-cute dessert gift boxes.
Jump into the multitude of designs available to browse on this online community. The site sources from around the world, which means you might find this inviting box rebrand for a UK-based plant-based food company, Just WholeFoods, or these monochromatic truffle boxes from Entelvais patisserie in Greece. Browse though range of product designs on everything from food to cosmetics to drinks. Sort by country, by type of package design (everything from concept packaging to student packaging), and by material (including carton, paper, wood and more) to find exactly the inspiration you need.
This one's been around for quite some time—since 1963—and on its packaging-focused blog, you'll find more than just design inspiration. Look for a focus on news, trends, best practices and new technologies in the packaging industry alongside photos of creative designs. Its topics skew to analysis of bigger more traditional brands, such as Nike, and roundups of trends such as one on the design trends in the snack industry.
How Distinct Packaging Can Help
Whether you've got your design worked out to the nth degree or you're still playing with your logo, font, and background image, Distinct Packaging can help. The flexible custom packaging site allows you to choose exactly the box you need (including size, materials, and finish) from a range of corrugated, paperboard, and beverage boxes.
Using Distinct Packaging, you can design the packaging yourself online in a custom tool or design it offline in your favorite design program. You can also work with one of Distinct Packaging's experienced package designers via Design Assistant to get a professionally designed box without the hassle of doing it yourself. Whichever you choose, expect your order to ship within 10 business days of being placed—and there's no minimum order. Get exactly the amount you need at a competitive price, with responsive customer service. U.S.-based agents are available by phone, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST at (877) 464-1959, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.