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22 Creative Packaging Design Ideas Of 2020

From chocolate bars to shampoo bottles, package designs are important. They give consumers a sneak peek into what they can expect with your product. They grab attention and convince consumers to make a purchase.

A recent study by Fast Co. Design found that there were four types of emotionally compelling content that consumers search for in a product or brand: Funny, useful, beautiful and inspiring. So if you can incorporate these elements into your designs, you’re already well on your way to making an impact that will leave users wanting to take your product home with them.

This means that aesthetics really do matter, and they can make or break the purchasing power of your product. If your product isn’t wrapped in packaging that demands attention and exudes authority, then your products will continue to line shelves while others fly off of them.

If you’re wondering what goes into creating a package design that pops, look no further than the list below. Included are designs that’ll make you laugh, make you tilt your head, and make you ask questions that keep you engaged with the product.

A nice Selection of Ideas

Made Coffee utilizes modern and playful designs in its packaging.

1. Made Coffee

Stunning typography takes center stage in this Made Coffee package design. It’s elegant, sophisticated and fun — immediately pulling in the consumer and encouraging them to read more.

‘Made’ is written in all capital letters demanding authority, while the phrase “Nitro Brew” is written in a simple cursive font that adds a softness to the overall design and juxtaposes effortlessly.

There is also a playful balance of illustration to pair with this engaging typography. You get a sneak peek into the coffee making process itself with this design, and it’s soft and subtle color palette is extremely pleasing to any viewer.

And the quirky logo at the top center of the can — a strong ‘M’ with a falling droplet of coffee beneath it — really captures the essence of the brand itself.

With strong, powerful font, intricate illustrations, and playful flair, the Made Coffee package design quickly rises to the top of the pack.

Sophisticated and colorful, these Green Gate London package designs ooze fun.

2. Green Gate London

These colorful and sophisticated health and beauty products look like they belong on display on a fireplace mantel — not shoved into the back of a medicine cabinet.

Dark and sleek, Green Gate London’s packaging starts out as a cylindrical tube encased in a shiny black exterior. And it’s this background that really helps the exquisite gold logo pop. The gold foil and the funky font really add a majesty to this packaging as a whole.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Settled in the bottom half of this packaging is an intricate and colorful illustration of flowers, herbs and other greenery that emphasizes the all-natural and organic qualities of the product itself. The package designers knew what their target audience was looking for, and they gave it to them in this design.

More gold foil outlines these designs, and perfect symmetry brings all of the elements on this packaging together with simple sophistication.

And an added bonus? The founder individually places each of these labels on the products herself. Talk about caring about your brand!

This Woolf Sung Scotch package design is dark and mysterious.

3. Woolf Sung Scotch

This package design for Woolf Sung Scotch is definitely dark and mysterious — capturing the true essence of whiskey itself if you ask my opinion. The bottle itself is wrapped in a clever and carefully created label, with intricate and deep illustrations of man and wolf on the front, and a sophisticated map on the back.

The label around the neck of the bottle gives vital information about the making of the whiskey, providing just enough information to keep you informed while also leaving some to your imagination.

There’s a definite air of majesty and regalness to this packaging, and it continues with the box that holds the bottle itself. A matte black box with a simple metal plated etching of the brand name holds this whiskey in dark splendor.

This design really emphasizes secrecy, and it works. If you’re looking for a sophisticated bottle of scotch, you’ve come to the right place.

The package designs for Seed and Bean chocolates are soft and elegant.

4. Seed and Bean

Simple, soft and fun, these Seed and Bean chocolate bars really capture the organic and homemade qualities of the chocolate itself.

These vegan chocolates start out with a matte paper covering in a variety of colors based on the flavor. Their lavender dark chocolate is wrapped in a lavender-colored wrapping, their chili and lime is wrapped in a lime green and so on. It’s soft, elegant and all natural.

One of the first things to pop out at you is the logo itself — a curly and fun cursive font that spells out the brand name. And underneath this wordmark is a collection of multi-colored circles all taking on shades of complementary colors that work well with the background of the packaging.

For instance, the lavender dark chocolate utilizes circles in a range of different purples to make it stand out.

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Beneath the logo is a bit more information including the flavor, the amount of cocoa and the style of chocolate itself. These words and phrases are stacked on top of each other and alternate colors.

This chocolate bar package design is bold, balanced and fun.

This Public House Wine packaging is fun and playful.

5. Public House Wine

This modern and playful boxed wine package design really makes you want to pour yourself a glass of the good stuff.

Public House Wine was brought to life when three friends wanted to create a wine that was less intimidating to drink — and they nailed their goal with this fun and exciting package design.

The boxes themselves are easy to carry and come in colors that correspond to the wine itself — burgundy for red wine and blue for white wine. The colors are bold and bright — instantly grabbing your attention. The two other colors central to the design on both boxes is a dark blue and a bright white which tie the design together as a whole.

These creative designs are fun and full of life, providing fellow wine drinkers with an easy to carry box and cups to drink out of. The graphic designers really took their audience into consideration with this one.

The boxes themselves utilize fun shapes to highlight key features — the type of wine, the way it was sourced, and the brand name as well. It’s fun and eye-catching, to say the least.

The typography is bold and uses space and alignment well. This package design certainly fosters a sense of community and friendship, urging people to share a glass with friends.

All-natural and exquisite, this Sade Schnapps package design is one with nature.

6. Säde Schnapps

Exquisitely in touch with nature and the world around us — Säde Schnapps embodies the all-natural wonders of the world in its package design.

Much like the liquor itself which comes from all-natural ingredients to match the restaurant dishes it pairs with, these design concepts also understand the importance of being true to nature. You can see this in the sophisticated and elegant illustrations of greenery and natural formations that line the stark white labels.

The overall aesthetic is simple and minimalistic, only using the colors black, white and grey. The typography and layout also follow this simplicity, using Nordic elements as inspiration. The lowercase, sans-serif font highlights purity and simplicity, bringing drinkers in.

There’s a beautiful balance of modernity and minimalism in these designs — from its simple color scheme and typography to its intricate designs. You don’t want to pass these schnapps up.

Sleek, colorful and fun are three ways we’d describe this Absolut Vodka package design.

7. Absolut Vodka

Absolut Vodka is stepping up its package design game with its latest gift pack design which is sleek, colorful and fun.

Structured, playful and modern — these new boxes mix a bunch of design elements to create a design that engages, inspires and definitely gets you in the spirit to drink.

Each box has a bottle-shaped opening to give you a sneak peek at the vodka that sits within. And then the matte black box is covered with a range of multi-colored triangles, squares and splashes depending on the vodka flavor.

The typography is simple, bold and to the point. You see the signature Absolut Vodka logo in uppercase, sans-serif font. And that’s all that is necessary because it’s the bottle itself that takes center stage.

This package design really emphasizes the fun nature of the gift itself — the perfect box to get the party started.

Jose Cuervo is has plenty of fun with this package design.

8. Jose Cuervo 222

Jose Cuervo is having fun on its 222 birthday with a playful new package design.

These limited edition bottles use religious and historical figures as characters to add life to the designs. Each character has their own tale that is displayed beautifully and vividly on the front of each bottle. The color balance and symmetry of these designs does justice to the legacy of Jose Cuervo and its roots.

Using bright colors, and clever designs, these bottles make a clear and powerful statement — Jose Cuervo knows where it came from and is dedicated to preserving its history and the people, places, and stories that have helped shape it into the brand it is today.

One design is centered around a heart showing the birthplace of this tequila. Another design is centered around a devil creature which is in line with the overall brand identity. Another bottle highlights the importance of music with the depiction of a musician.

Each design was carefully created to feature an aspect of the brand, and it sells.

Thelma’s Treats Oven Box is a creative and crafty package design.

9. Thelma’s Treats

Eating cookies just got even more fun with the Thelma’s Treats Oven Box.

Embodying it’s humble and homey roots, Thelma’s Treats brings cookies and ice cream sandwiches to consumers across the country. And when you order the oven box, you’re in for a playful surprise.

This package design quite literally replicates an oven. Using a clever cardboard design, the package designers at Thelma’s Treats created a miniature oven to house these warm and delicious cookies. To access the cookies, you have to pull them out like you’re pulling out a sheet of freshly baked treats.

The colors used here aren’t your typical oven colors, of course. Instead, they draw inspiration from the brand itself, using deep browns and bright blues. The colors carefully balance each other while also added delightful contrast to the overall design.

This is a truly creative and innovative design that makes you feel at home when you get your hands on it.

Glossier products are wrapped in minimal and youthful package designs.

10. Glossier

Simple, minimalistic and sophisticated — those are three words I’d use to describe Glossier package designs as a whole.

This makeup line is targeted at a younger, millennial audience. That means they have to embody current trends like minimalism and simplicity to grab attention. And Glossier goes all in, trying to exude as much simplicity and ease-of-use as possible across all of its product — most of which include a simple shape, minimal copy and little color.

This package design is unique because it is very text-light and utilizes a lot of empty space. It’s not messy or full. It’s not chaotic or busy. The text gives all the necessary information and the colors create a light and brightness that gives off a very sophisticated and youthful vibe.

These skincare and makeup products are certainly items you want to keep in your arsenal — even if it’s just to look at.

Bold and simple, these Clutch Bodyshop package designs demand attention.

11. Clutch Bodyshop

These health and fitness supplements really do make a statement with their simplicity and minimalism.

Clutch Bodyshop specializes in health and wellness programs to inspire people to live their best and healthiest lives. And they emphasize simplicity and elegance through their designs as you can see here. Simple, sans-serif font makes up most of the typography on the packaging. And the use of big, bold lettering immediately grabs your eye.

This, plus the integration of big numbers— sometimes in silver foil, really brings your focus to what matters, which is how these products can make your life better. And the monochromatic color scheme emphasizes the importance of keeping your routine clean, healthy and pure.

The orientation of the design is also interesting. The words and number are printed sideways causing consumers to tilt their head and get a closer look. This is a distinct style choice that makes an impact.

These products by Clutch Bodyshop are sleek and memorable. And considering the number of health product on the market today, it’s a good thing that these stand out in a positive way.

Brooklyn Candle Studio incorporates minimalism in their candle packaging.

12. Brooklyn Candle Studio

These Brooklyn Candle Studio candles are sophisticated and elegant — the perfect little tin to show off on an end table, decorative shelf or mantel.

These pocket-sized tins are a matte gold, with a white label wrapped around it giving it a clean and simple look. The brushed gold tin is the perfect backdrop for the simple and minimal copy adorning the label.

In lowercase font, you see the name of the candle, as well as its ingredients. But the copy is extremely minimal which makes for a soft and subtle look.

But it’s the design on the lid of these tins that really steals the show. Depending on the scents in the candle, an intricate black and white illustration embodies it. From flowers to fruits and greenery — these delicate illustrations make these candles pop.

Modern, elegant and minimalistic — these candle package designs are truly works of art.

With a clean package design, Mr. Smith products ooze dependability.

13. Mr. Smith Shampoo and Conditioner

Everyone loves a good shampoo and conditioner — and when their packaging looks this good, how can you resist?

Taking advantage of the minimalistic design trends that have been taking the world by storm, these simple bottles are both pretty and effective.

When you first look at these products, you see a strong, powerful and angular bottle design. The sharp squareness of these bottles gives off very authoritative vibes, and the cleanness of the overall design adds to that.

The bottles themselves are a bright, clean white with minimal copy in a dark black coloring. At the center, you have the Mr. Smith brand name in a sans-serif font followed underneath by the product. At the top by the lid, you have a small illustration of the logo — an S inside a circle. Along the bottom, you have the phrase, “A Product By Mr. Smith” in a similar, miniature font.

This design exudes excellence in its clean simplicity. And the box that this bottle is encased in follows a similar design — only instead of a black font, you have a bright gold font.

If you’re looking for a shampoo that’ll make you feel like a million bucks, this is the shampoo for you.

Lip Repair Balm is made from all-natural ingredients and their packaging emulates that.

14. Meow Meow Tweet Lip Repair Balm

This lip repair balm packaging by Package Free embodies the all-natural aspects of the product itself. Encased in a cylindrical, 100 percent compostable paper tube, this eco-friendly package design oozes strong ethics and a good moral compass.

The design itself uses minimal copy and subtle colors to grab attention and make a statement. There is the name of the product in a straightforward, sans-serif font. And other than that, there is very little typography to grab attention.

What does grab attention is the way that this design uses different colored, fluid shapes to highlight the drawings on the tube.

This design has fun with little animal illustrations like whales and dogs. The colors correlate with the animals are splashed onto the packaging as opposed to on the illustrations themselves.

This design is ahead of its time with its forward-thinking nature and nature-conscious objective.

This cider packaging is fun and quirky.

15. Ciderie Milton

Craft beer is in this season, and so is craft cider — which is where Ciderie Milton comes in. This Canadian brewery takes cider seriously, and it takes its packaging seriously too.

These designs are soft, simple and stylish — making the whole drinking experience fun from the time you pop the cap off, until the last sip.

The neck of each Cid cider is wrapped in a bright orange label with the ‘Milton’ wordmark in bold, white font.

On the base, a matte-colored label wraps around the bottle. Depending on the type of cider, you’ll get a new color — silver, pink, green and black. This soft and simple label is immediately inviting and engaging.

A delicate and intricate design takes center stage on this label, etched in a soft white and grey. The word “Cid” fades into the background in a curly, white font. And beneath the illustration is the type of cider in a powerful, serif font.

This design walks the fine line between playful, fun and simple. It tells you exactly what you need to know, and does it with passion and flair.

Playful and on point, this package design for Corte Vetusto Mezcal embodies the mezcal spirit.

16. Corte Vetusto Mezcal

Mezcal is fun and this package design for Corte Vetusto Mezcal proves it.

This artisan mezcal uses design in a fun and playful way to capture the Oaxacan spirit, which is part of the brand’s history and culture.

The bottles themselves are black which is very classic and sleek. The neck of the bottle is covered in a blue and white design, showcasing a drawing of a puma and intricate etchings that fall in line with the brand and its heritage.

The label surrounding the body of the bottle comes in colors that depend on the flavor of the mezcal itself — white, beige or dark brown. The brand logo is the first thing you see, in an eye-shaped design with the wordmark in a bright and shiny gold typography.

The text on this label varies in size and font, but none are too obnoxious and overbearing for the consumer. This design uses shape and space to its advantage, playing with lines and lettering to provide balance and harmony.

Clear, clever and effective — this package design is one for the books.

Beau Cacao chocolate packaging is elegant and tasteful.

17. Beau Cacao

The package designs for Beau Cacao chocolates are sleek, elegant and tasteful (pun intended).

Bright paper package coloring plus inlaid geometric maze designs equal a design that you can’t look away from — and you don’t want to! One look at these bars and you’re probably already salivating.

The colors of the paper packaging are engaging and bright, with a shine that comes from the golden maze etched throughout. This offers a subtle glow that pulls people in like a rare diamond on display in a museum.

The colors of this chocolate food packaging fall in line with the flavor of the chocolate itself — some packages are coral, others are yellow and so on. But the golden typography remains the same, as does the embossed font on the back that depicts the nutritional facts.

Overall, this is a clean and tantalizing design that shows the majesty and elegance of the chocolate itself.

And it’s not just what’s on the outside that counts! Underneath the top layer of paper covering is a golden wrapping that exudes sophistication. Who needs a Willy Wonka golden ticket when you’ve got this?

Owl & Dog Playbooks goes above and beyond with its product packaging.

18. Owl & Dog Playbooks

When it comes to the Owl & Dog Playbooks, you really can judge a book by its cover.

These children’s books are fun from the first glance. Each package comes with three removable books that open up into the faces of the animals that they represent. In this instance, when you pop out the bear, panda and koala you also get a fun and playful surprise — your own little bear to play with!

Each design uses soft and pleasing hues to represent the animals they embody — orange for the bear, white for the panda and grey for the koala. And each design is decorated with tiny lines to give texture and depth to the image.

But it’s not just these three removable triangles that offer a playful edge to this design. Once you take out these little bears, underneath you are welcomed with exciting and colorful watercolor illustrations of the animals and their habitats.

This is a very immersive and interactive package design — one you won’t be able to look away from.

Stillhouse Whiskey takes itself seriously, and the package design reflects that.

19. Stillhouse Whiskey

If you’re looking for a whiskey that’s going to put hair on your chest, look no further than Stillhouse Whiskey — seriously, this packaging design exudes toughness, authority and strength.

Sitting in a can like motor oil, this design is bright, bold and in your face. It looks like a can of petrol or gasoline that should be nowhere near the kitchen. But it works considering the strength of the whiskey itself.

These cans are angular and powerful, and the bright red background sets off alarms in your head.

The logo design sits at the center of the can, angled up and to the right. It’s both regal and sophisticated but isn’t taking itself too seriously either. Beneath the logo, there’s a banner in a variety of different colors depending on the whiskey flavor. Here you get a more comprehensive overview of the whiskey itself, which is exactly what serious whiskey drinkers are looking for.

This design is serious, but fun and gives consumers all the information they could possibly need to make their decision.

Nutmeg and Hive uses shape and space effectively in this package design.

20. Nutmeg and Hive

It’s hard to make yogurt seem exciting, but Nutmeg and Hive achieved the impossible with this modern and stylish design.

The cups themselves have fun and playful patterns that circle the entire container — from zig zags to floral designs. It adds a silliness to the design that instantly makes you smile.

The bottom half of the container is taken up by an image of the yogurt itself — the honey flavor has a honey image, the raspberry flavor has a raspberry image. This gives you a sneak peak into the yogurt itself — and it certainly makes you hungry!

The lid of this design is a matte grey with the name of the yogurt, its ingredients and a simple nutmeg outline. This bold, simple sans-serif copy leaves little to the imagination, but it does add an integrity that makes you feel good about diving in.

Overall, this design is silly, simple and fun — making your next yogurt experience one to look forward to.

Made With Local puts the emphasis on health and fun in its package design.

21. Made With Local

Healthy eating is in, making granola a great choice for an afternoon snack, or a health-conscious breakfast. And this granola packaging puts an emphasis on purity, health and happiness.

This packaging starts off with a brown parchment pouch, emphasizing organic eating and all-natural ingredients. Across the center of the package is a line of illustrations based on the ingredients in the granola bar. From little blueberries with smiling faces to coconut chunks, these clever and crafty illustrations add a level and fun and cuteness to the overall design.

At the center, you have a square shape with the logo on full display. The font is fun and creative, playing with the youthful and fun theme of the design.

The typography on this package design varies in shape, size and color but it’s all flirty and cool. Similarly, little designs decorate the front of the packaging — little bees, fruits and oats with smiling happy faces.

The packaging designers behind these granola bars really wanted to make eating granola fun and exciting. These are definitely packages that will make anyone — young or old — want to take a bite.

These Dr. Feelgood frozen pops give you a sneak peek of the product with its package design.

22. Dr. Feelgood Frozen Pops

These frozen pops don’t just taste the part, they look the part too.

Taking on a very vintage and rustic vibe, these ice pop package designs embody the comfort and ease of years passed. The playful typography and classic design elements remind you of your childhood.

Wrapped in brown parchment, these pops have a very circus-y vibe. Pair that with the banner logo, curly font and theatrical curls — and you’ve got a design that makes you feel good. (Just like Dr. Feelgood pops want you to feel — talk about great branding!)

Beneath the logo design you have the type of frozen pop, its flavor and its ingredients. The font varies in type and size, but the emphasis is entirely on fun.

In gold foil at the center of the packaging is the creamery name which adds a brightness and glow that is hard to ignore. And the coolest part? The copy and illustrations are all sitting in an ice pop shape — reminding you that this is an ice pop, after all.

This fun and flirty ice pop packaging give you everything you want and more.

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prada’s boutique store in tokyo has backlit ‘sponge’ walls designed by OMA

prada has again collaborated with OMA, the architecture firm founded by rem koolhaas, in the design of its boutique store in tokyo. forming part of the miyashita park shopping mall in the city’s shibuya district, the 300 square meter single-storey outlet offers a selection of clothing, bags, accessories, and footwear for men and women in unisex and thematic versions.

all images courtesy of prada

opening onto the street, the external façade includes a large window that presents passersby with a view into the dreamlike, yet minimal interior. a black and white chequered floor extends throughout the space, while the walls are clad with backlit green sponge — a material designed by OMA in 2002 for the prada epicenter in los angeles. referred to as ‘prada sponge’, its development started with an architectural model made using a regular cleaning sponge.

‘as the visual effect of this backlit texture was very intriguing, an extensive search was initiated to recreate this material in 1:1 scale,’ OMA said at the time. ‘many hundred tests and prototypes were handmade in order to test hole sizes, percentages of openness, translucencies, depths, colors, etc.. simultaneously, mass production and 3D computer modeling techniques were investigated that could help translate the properties of the handcrafted prototypes and all technical requirements into the final product.’

elsewhere in the store, the luminous ceiling and video wall of the backdrop allow the displayed products to command full attention. found at the center of the space, aluminum display elements enhance the minimal aesthetic and contemporary feel of the interior.

available products include bags, backpacks, accessories, and shoes made of brand new re-nylon, a selection of visual books from prada, as well as exclusive cotton poplin T-shirts featuring original prints dedicated to the store’s opening. one such garment features the prada oval logo, which has been reinterpreted by OMA to include the prada miyashita park store name, and a travel tag print with TYO (tokyo) symbols. see the T-shirt designs below.

project info:

name: prada miyashita park
location: tokyo, japan
design: OMA
status: open

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takayuki suzuki architecture atelier drapes sheer fabric across the ceiling of japanese house

located on a mountain slope in gamagori, japan, this house by takayuki suzuki architecture atelier is built for a couple and their three children. the project is topped with a single slanted roof that unifies its multiple levels while blocking out the view from the neighborhood and the western sun. inside, the japanese architecture studio has draped sheer, lightweight fabric across the ceiling, creating a serene living space.all images ©︎ ToLoLo studio

takayuki suzuki architecture atelier has designed the two-story wooden house as an open, lightweight construction that connects to its surroundings while maintaining enough privacy for its residents. the large, slanted roof that tops the entire residence brings in the trees of the garden while allowing for views of the park and the seascape in the distance. this way, ‘the residents can feel the presence of the city at every stage of their lives,’ as the studio explains.

the roof extends to the edge of the road, and by adjusting the height of the eaves it is possible to control the amount of visibility from the side of the road. the interior of the house oozes out beyond the boundary line of the road with the intention of connecting with the city. its wooden ceiling is draped with sheer fabric, which adds a lightweight, serene character to the building. 

project info:

name: house in gamagori

architect: takayuki suzuki architecture atelier

location: gamagori, aichi, japan

site area: 251.19 sqm

total floor area: 118.70 sqm

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The 30 Most Stunning Movie Posters of 2019

2019: We were happy and we didn’t know it

2019 was a complex year, even without a massive pandemic, so when we was able to go anywhere without fear of get sick, art reflects their time, so lets enjoy this pieces of commercial art, thanks to Indiewire, made in the time before the pandemic when we all were happy, we just didn’t know it.

What makes a great movie poster? A stunning composition is certainly a factor, but more importantly is how effective the image is in generating anticipation for its respective movie title. The best film posters provide a first feeling of what it will be like to experience the films themselves on the big screen. It doesn’t always work out. In some cases, the poster can tease an experience better than the film it’s representing (see “Lucy in the Sky” this year). Other times, a great film and a great poster synch up perfectly (see “Ad Astra” this year). One thing is for sure: Movie posters are their own art form, and in 2019 that art form was in damn fine shape.

Below are the 30 movie posters that made the strongest impressions in 2019.

Photo:Neon

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Neon sent out this gorgeous “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” poster to press in the midst of the movie’s awards campaign. Those fiery orange and red brush strokes serve as a passionate reflection of the movie’s entangled desires.

Photo:Fox/Disney

“Ad Astra”

James Gray’s science-fiction stunner “Ad Astra” issued one poster with Brad Pitt’s big, beautiful face front and center, but it turns out this poster that hid its leading man was far more effective in selling the mind-bending drama of the film’s plot.

Photo:Neon

“The Beach Bum”

Neon’s poster for Harmony Korine’s “The Beach Bum” perfectly embodies the infectious, neon-soaked energy at the film’s heart. If you’re going to go the conventional poster route by featuring all the characters, then you might as well make it as eye-popping as this one.

Photo:Fox

“Dark Phoenix” (China Release)

The final 20th Century Fox “X-Men” movie “Dark Phoenix” was one of the biggest box office bombs of the year (Disney CEO Bob Iger even blamed it for hurting the studio’s quarterly earnings) but it at least gave moviegoers this gorgeous one-sheet courtesy of the film’s theatrical for its China release.

Photo:Universal

“Glass”

“Glass” was supposed to be a celebratory career peak for M. Night Shyamalan as the sequel to “Unbreakable” and “Split,” but instead it ended up being the biggest disappointment of the director’s career. Final product aside, the film’s illustrated one-sheet remains one of the year’s best, perfectly capturing the comic-book heart of Shyamalan’s vision.

Photo:A24

“Uncut Gems”

Adam Sandler is such a recognizable face in Hollywood that simply presenting a battered and bruised version of him surrounded by ominous darkness is enough to make the “Uncut Gems” poster a knockout.

Photo:Gunpowder & Sky

“Her Smell”

If you’re promoting a movie where Elisabeth Moss plays a destructive punk rocker, then you might as well put the actress and her sass front and center on the official poster.

Photo:A24

“Midsommar”

Bow down to Florence Pugh, the scream queen of 2019. The actress’ terrified close-up is a warning that Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” is bound to screw with your head and shatter your emotions to pieces.

Photo:Neon

“Parasite”

Would it be a “best of 2019” list for movies without mentioning “Parasite”? One of the first steps in turning Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or winner into a box office sensation was creating a poster that could sell the dangerously entertaining energy of Bong’s vision. Mission accomplished.

Photo:Sony

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

The first posters for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” were so aggressively photoshopped that it’s hard to believe Sony was serious in putting them out to the public. Fortunately, the film’s marketing got back on track with a serious of fictional movie posters for titles within “Hollywood” starring protagonist Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Photo:IFC Films

“The Nightingale”

Aisling Franciosi’s performance in Jennifer Kent’s bruising revenge drama “The Nightingale” is one of the year’s most gut-punching, and it’s no small feat that IFC Films was able to capture Franciosi’s wounded anger in one still image.

Photo:Amazon

“One Child Nation”

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s extraordinary documentary “One Child Nation” takes an unflinching look at China’s controversial one-child policy. The film’s poster visually represents that policy in chilling fashion. Any fan of HBO’s “The Leftovers” will surely appreciate this one.

Photo:Kino Lorber

“The Mountain”

Rick Alverson’s “The Mountain” stars Tye Sheridan as a young man who loses his mother and goes to a doctor who specializes in lobotomies and therapies (Jeff Goldblum). The movie’s poster evokes a sense of fading memories and indentities that is key to the film’s storyline.

Photo:Warner Bros.

“Joker”

The more attention-grabbing “Joker” posters couldn’t compete with the effect of the movie’s one-sheet teaser. By showing just a sneak peek of Joaquin Phoenix’s full Joker face makeup, the poster effortlessly draws the viewer’s curiosity.

Photo:Music Box

“Transit”

The poster for Christian Petzold’s remarkable “Transit” tells you everything you need to know about how a mysterious woman (Paula Beer) will bury herself into the soul of the film’s main character (Franz Rogowski).

Photo:Universal

“Us”

Jordan Peele’s “Us” had one of the best posters of 2018 thanks to its inkblot teaser, and the film’s marketing strengths continued into this year with a striking official one-sheet featuring Lupita Nyong’o. The “Us” poster communicates the film’s plot more intriguingly than any trailer could.
 

Photo:Warner Bros.

“Wonder Woman 1984”

“Wonder Woman 1984” was supposed to debut in November 2019 before Warner Bros. delayed it until summer 2020, but at least Diana (Gal Gadot) got to make her mark this year with this eye-popping teaser poster. Perfectly capturing the energy of its time period while teasing major plot developments (that’s the Gold Armor!), this is how you tease a superhero tentpole.

Photo:Fox Searchlight

“A Hidden Life”

Terrence Malick returned in 2019 with “A Hidden Life,” easily his best achievement since “The Tree of Life.” The film is an intimate character study about the resilience of the human spirit, a theme Fox Searchlight’s official poster manages to evoke.

Photo:Netflix

“Velvet Buzzsaw”

Just before Netflix debuted Dan Gilroy’s “Velvet Buzzsaw” at the Sundance Film Festival, the streaming giant dropped a poster that proved how a simple approach can often be the most powerful. Does putting a title of a movie inside a frame qualify as art? The “Buzzsaw” poster asks the kind of questions the film is hellbent on exploring.

Photo:The Cinema Guild

“Grass”

The Cinema Guild distributed Hong Sang-soo’s “Grass” this year and issued a poster that wonderfully captured its unique beauty. The film stars Hong’s recent muse Kim Min-hee as a cafe worker who draws inspiration for her writing from customers she observes. The poster is a visual representation of the film’s plot and Hong’s witty, observational style.

Photo:Universal

“Queen and Slim”

Universal’s official poster for Melina Matsoukas’ “Queen and Slim” presents the eponymous characters played by Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya and breakout actress Jodie Turner-Smith in all their coolness and prominence. The film’s script from Lena Waithe turns Queen and Slim into icons, and that’s what this poster feels like it’s doing, too.

Photo:A24

“The Souvenir”

A24’s poster for “The Souvenir” takes the notion of writer-director Joanna Hogg reflecting on her coming-of-age experience quite literally. Capturing the reflections of stars Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke, the poster speaks volumes to the relationship that plays out at the heart of the story.

Photo:IFC

“Greener Grass”

Many critics were quick to compare Sundance comedy “Greener Grass” to the works of David Lynch and John Waters, so it’s only appropriate IFC embraced these influences on the official poster. That white picket fence recalls Lynch’s “Blue Velvet,” but it’s clear from this image that “Greener Grass” has a wacky originality all its own.

Photo:Fox Searchlight

“Wendy”

Benh Zeitlin will finally return next year with “Wendy,” which is debuting eight years after “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” The movie is debuting at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight’s teaser poster for “Wendy” feels like a burnt photograph that has captured the forward momentum of youth in one still image.

Photo:A24

“The Death of Dick Long”

A24 had major hits like “Midsommar” and “The Farewell” in 2019, but one of the distributor’s more overlooked titles was “The Death of Dick Long.” The poster for the movie is at once elegant and immature, a tonal mixture that is true to the spirit of filmmaker Daniel Scheinert (one half of the filmmaking team behind “Swiss Army Man”).

Photo:Amazon

“Honey Boy”

Even for those viewers unaware “Honey Boy” is an autobiographical drama about Shia LaBeouf, this clever poster with its old vaudeville aesthetic is a nifty tease about the dangers-of-showbiz storyline. Turning Lucas Hedges into a marionette doll is an easy metaphor, but it’s perfect in making clear what “Honey Boy” is selling.

Photo:Lionsgate

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”

Three movies in and Lionsgate knows how to sell the “John Wick” franchise to fans with an action-packed punch. If this ingenious one-sheet for “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” doesn’t get your blood pumping then nothing will.

Photo:Fox Searchlight

“Lucy in the Sky”

Noah Hawley’s feature directorial debut “Lucy in the Sky” received some of the worst reviews of 2019, and its horrendous box office was nothing to brag about either. If only the movie lived up to its impressive first trailer and poster.

Photo:Oscilloscope

“Ms. Purple”

Oscilloscope’s poster for Justin Chon’s wonderful indie “Ms. Purple” does justice to the film’s story of a young woman who must pick up the pieces of her life and reconnect with her estranged brother during the final days of their father’s life.

Photo:A24

“The Last Black Man in San Fransisco”

The fifth A24 movie poster to make our list of the year’s best one-sheets is this illustrated beauty for Joe Talbot’s Sundance sensation “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.”

Photo:Fox/Disney

BONUS: “Ad Astra” (Dolby Cinema)

In case you needed more proof the “Ad Astra” marketing campaign was one of the year’s best.

Via Indiewire

Apple fires back in Fortnite App Store battle

Some Fortnite Cool Banner, unrelated to the topic but looks cool here…

Right now, for those who use to do software back in the shareware days, this battle seems odd and unfair – Apple seems a giant that push against smaller players to keep its dominance in the market, but they give us, developers, a way to make money in the software arena without dying trying because the piracy that kill many of our projects – but the true is that is really a fight of someone who is trying to make the most money of their devices to make happy their shareholders, and someone who is trying hard to make more money to make happy their shareholders, a fight of someone who managed to create a profitable market for developers, and someone who get later into the boat, now challenging the captain for a better place in its boat. Call me fool but i really believe the company that make many of us, a few dollars in our pockets thanks to the app store deserve to keep their business, but hey, i am just a humble developer that was able to make a few apps profitable in a market that before didnt exist.

Some Fortnite Cool Banner

I hope Epic understand that or, better, make their own device – they can, but i hardly believe anyone will buy it. Now, from the mighty BBC we have this amazing article:

Apple has fired back against claims by the maker of the Fortnite game that its control of the App Store gives it a monopoly.

In a response to the August lawsuit filed by Epic Games, Apple called those arguments “self-righteous” and “self-interested”.

It denied that its 30% commission was anti-competitive and said the fight was “a basic disagreement over money”.

Apple also said Epic Games had violated its contract and asked for damages.

The filing is the latest in a legal battle that started last month, after Fortnite offered a discount on its virtual currency for purchases made outside of the app, from which Apple receives a 30% cut.

In response, Apple blocked Epic’s ability to distribute updates or new apps through the App Store, and Epic sued, alleging that Apple’s App Store practices violate antitrust laws.

The court allowed Apple’s ban on updates to continue as the case plays out, but the existing version of Fortnite still works, as does Epic’s payment system.

Antitrust concerns

Apple had said it would allow Fortnite back into the store if Epic removed the direct payment feature to comply with its developer agreement.

But Epic has refused, saying complying with Apple’s request would be “to collude with Apple to maintain their monopoly over in-app payments on iOS.”

In its filing, Apple said Epic has benefited from Apple’s promotion and developer tools, earning more than $600m (£462m) through the App Store.

Apple accused the firm, which it noted is backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent, of seeking a special deal before ultimately breaching its contract with the update.

“Although Epic portrays itself as a modern corporate Robin Hood, in reality it is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that simply wants to pay nothing for the tremendous value it derives from the App Store,” it said in the filing.

The legal battle between the two companies comes as Apple faces increased scrutiny of its practices running the App Store.

At a hearing in Washington over the summer, politicians also raised concerns that Apple’s control of the app store hurt competition.

The European Union is also investigating whether Apple’s App Store practices violate competition rules.

Apple has denied those claims, arguing that its App Store has made it easier and cheaper for developers to distribute products.

Via BBC.com

The US Department of Justice opposes TikTok request stall download ban, calls ByteDance CEO ‘mouthpiece’ for CCP

Seems a bad day to be CCP spy overseas, when the most powerful tool against the american dominance in the app market is banned in the most profitable market -BTW the US-, now the most powerful tool for the China’s world dominance – i mean, making people do videos dancing and sharing things that are really useless seems to be the way to dominate the world -really? i believe Keep Up with the Kardassians was the way to achieve that goal – but, in the end, seems that China want to keep its most successful app alive in the US market and somehow, they will not suceed this time – well, they are still making all the iPhones, but who cares about that, if there is a bunch of backdoors on those devices, we are really screw -.

Apple Insider, one of my favorites Mac related media sites, publish this amazing article about that…

The Department of Justice in a court filing on Friday opposed TikTok’s requested injunction against an impending ban authorized by the Trump administration, saying a decision in TikTok’s favor would weaken the president’s power during a claimed national security emergency. 

TikTok is facing a rapidly approaching deadline as Trump’s executive order calling for a ban of the popular social media app takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. The company attempted to stop the measure by filing an emergency injunction with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia this week, and now the DOJ has responded. 

The Justice Department argues that blocking the ban will “infringe on the President’s authority to block business-to-business economic transactions with a foreign entity in the midst of a declared national-security emergency,” reports The Verge. Today’s late-night filing was heavily redacted, but snippets show an aggressive defense of Trump’s order. 

Referring to the supposed security threat that TikTok poses, the agency called Zhang Yiming, CEO of TikTok parent company ByteDance, a “mouthpiece” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He is allegedly “committed to promoting the CCP’s agenda and messaging,” according to the DOJ. 

The argument for banning TikTok in large part deals with user data, specifically where said information is stored. While a section detailing where the agency believes TikTok is holding U.S. data is redacted, a legible portion notes “US user data being stored outside of the United States presents significant risks in this case.”

TikTok is looking to avoid an all-out U.S. ban and is in the middle of hammering out a deal with Oracle. A tentative version of the agreement was approved “in concept” by Trump last week.

Terms of the arrangement call for Oracle and its partners to receive a 20% stake in a U.S. TikTok entity, with the remaining 80% held by ByteDance. Oracle will also be granted access to TikTok’s source code to ensure the software does not include backdoors. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week said the new business would be “controlled by Americans,” with ByteDance acting as a “passive shareholder.”

Following news of the deal, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delayed enactment of Trump’s executive order by one week to Sept. 27.

Via AppleInsider

Cool Contemporary Style Home In A Boatshed

Lavender Bay Boatshed is cool contemporary style home designed by Stephen Collier Architects located in Lavender Bay, a harbourside suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

This awesome house is nice example how imagination can turn almost every object into cool home. Living right next to the water is a must for some people and this is the chance where creativity kicks in. Architects designed interiors to fit every need of its residents. Wooden roof structure gives another level of charm to this home.


Existing floor plan offered interesting shape where curves challenged architects which created this space into creative modern stairs. There’s also priceless Sydney Bay Bridge view.

Via World of Architecture

All photos © Peter Bennetts

Developers can now build and run Swift code on Windows

Apple’s Swift programming language officially landed on Windows this week, with Swift toolchain images now available for download from the open source project.

Announced in a blog post on Tuesday, the release of Swift tools enables developers to build, run and debug code directly on Windows 10.

Some Unity Code (which actually is Java, not Swift but is a good example of code that looks nice in this article)

The toolchain includes the compiler, standard library, and core libraries, all key ingredients for creating functional apps.

“With these core libraries and the flexible interoperability of Swift with C, it is possible to develop applications on Windows purely in Swift while taking advantage of the existing corpus of libraries on the Windows platforms,” writes Saleem Abdulrasool, Swift Core Team member and software engineer at Google Brain.

A basic calculator app was created with Swift and Visual Studio 2019 to demonstrate the toolkit’s capabilities. The app was built with CMake, but Abdulrasool notes Swift Package Manager support on Windows is in the works.

Some major developers are already experimenting with Swift on Windows. Readdle, a longtime developer of iOS and Mac software, has been tinkering with a cross-platform version of its Spark email platform since 2019 and is seeing good results.

Developers interested in contributing to the project are welcomed to download the toolchain and report issues to the Swift Bug Tracker.

Via Appleinsider

New iPad Air 4 (2020) release date, price, and everything you need to know

Apple has confirmed its latest tablet

The New Apple Ipad Air seems to be the direct answer of the company to the evolving changes in tablet use that is making a big shift in the market, the Apple Pencil integration is very focused on this area – an item that not so long ago was only meant for the iPad Pro – making this device something more oriented to pro users – without actually leaving the casual users behind – so, if your idea of this device is using it only as a child distracting device, a netflix screen or a pacifier, apart from being an amazing productivity tool, this device is for you.

The new iPad Air 4 (2020) marks a big change for Apple’s ‘light-as-air’ line of tablets – no longer is it an ungainly version of the ‘standard’ iPads, but it’s now more like a specced-down iPad Pro.


This 2020 model in the line, the iPad Air 4, got shown off at Apple’s September event alongside the entry-level iPad (2020), the Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE. It was certainly the most premium product shown off at the event, and maybe the most intriguing too.

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Pixelmator Pro introduces AppleScript support for powerful automation

The latest update to Pixelmator Pro introduces support for AppleScript, opening up a range of automation tasks for the application.

AppleScript is an Apple-developed scripting language for macOS that lets users control apps through simple, English-like scripts. With support in Pixelmator Pro, users will be able to take advantage of powerful automations in the image editing program.

The newest update brings 60 Pixelmator Pro-specific commands alongside the standard AppleScript terms, including “detect face,” or “replace text.” It also provides support for scripting machine learning actions through CoreML.

Credit: Pixelmator

Pixelmator Pro said it developed the AppleScript support in partnership with Sal Soghoian, the former Product Manager of Automation Technologies for Apple. Soghoian developed core technologies such as the macOS Terminal, Apple Configurator, and AppleScript.

“AppleScript support in Pixelmator Pro is a game-changer, making this amazing app an essential component of everyone’s workflows,” Soghoian said.

Users will be able to write their own Pixelmator Pro scripts using the baked-in Mac Script Editor, or they could download and use scripts created by other users.

Pixelmator has also provided documentation and tutorials for getting started with AppleScript automation.

The update with AppleScript support should now be available as a free download for existing Pixelmator Pro users.

Via Appleinsider and Pixelmator

50 insanely creative and stunning packaging designs

Create a design in Canva

Think about your most recent purchase. Why did you purchase that specific brand? Was it an impulse buy, or something you genuinely needed?

Now that you’re thinking about it, odds are, you bought it because the packaging design interested you. Yes, you may have needed shampoo, but did you need that specific brand? The one with the sleek, expensive-looking bottle? No, but you bought it because you thought it would make you feel fancy, even if it’s the same product as what’s in the discount bin.

This is the purpose of packaging. Packaging, when done correctly and creatively, is ultimately what sells your product. It’s more than just putting your logo on a package. It draws attention, sends a message, and makes consumers feel a certain way.

Packaging is a form of branding and knowing how to make your product stand out amongst all the others on the shelves can be hard, so take a look at these 50 creative and unique packaging examples and tips to draw inspiration and learn how to make your packaging appeal to the masses.

01. Use patterns

Bricos packaging by Anagrama Studio. Image via Behance.

Use patterns to step up a simple take on packaging. This tool packaging is simple in structure, yet gets taken up a notch with the interesting striping on the background. The color scheme give it a quality, all-American feel, and the tools speak for themselves.

Get the look with the White with Floral Pattern Beauty Product Label template.

02. Consider all available space

Behance/Anagrama

When creating a package, utilize every inch that you can. This box uses a pretty floral pattern on the interior. Instead of leaving the inside untouched, the pattern makes the box feel more upscale, which, in turn, makes the product inside seem more upscale.

03. Don’t be afraid of simplicity

Behance/Anagrama

Sometimes simplicity is key, and that holds true in this packaging. The earth toned, recycled material gives off an earthy feel, which is solidified with the feather illustration. The bright pops of color on the labels lend to the design nicely, bringing a bit more of a modern twist to the package.

Cutting back on the elements you add to a design can lead to a simple yet elegant look. Try the Green Illustrated Herbs Kitchen Label template.

04. Think about the experience

Behance/Anagrama

Consider the actions a person will go through while interacting with your product. In this case, the product is luxury slippers. Since they’re a luxury item, they come inside a nice dust ruffle, which is then placed inside the box. The purchaser would open the box, see another package nestled inside, and then discover the slippers. The simple act of layering the package adds the luxury aspect, and makes it easier for purchasers to rationalize spending the few extra dollars for the experience.

05. Complement the product

Behance/Marie Zieger/moodley brand identity

Make sure your design complements the product that’s inside. This packaging looks simple and natural, just like what’s inside. You can see all the parts and pieces that you’re getting before you purchase it, so it gives off the impression of transparency and being proud of what you’re selling.

06. Be playful

Behance/Tried&True Design

If you have the opportunity to be playful with your packaging, take it. This packaging is incredibly playful, yet still simple. The illustration interacts with the product but still lets it shine through. The colors relate to the berries, and the act of the character eating the berries indicates their quality.

Get playful by using bright, cheery colors, just like here in the Lilac & White Cute Colourful Fruits Background Storage Label template.

07. Be bold

Behance/Futura —

Using multiple colors and shapes in an interesting pattern is a great way to stand out. This tequila packaging utilizes these things, and has a very unique look. It looks fun and playful, and promises a good time if you choose it.

08. Break the mold

Behance/Maude Paquette-Boulva

If you have a product that a lot of other people produce as well, try to be innovative in how you display it. This honey package took a step in the opposite direction of the typical glass or plastic jar, and is a container made of beeswax. What’s even better, once you’ve used up all the product, you can flip the container over and reveal a wick on the bottom. You then burn down the package, making it completely waste free.

09. Consider the process

If your product is something you believe to be gift-worthy, display it that way. This limoncello was created to be a gift, and appropriately packaged. The white paper protects the glass bottle inside the tall cylinder. When you open the cylinder, you’re able to tear the paper away from the bottle, which is reminiscent of opening regular wrapped gifts.

10. Use stylization

Behance/Robinsson Cravents

Don’t feel obligated to make your illustrations or graphics completely realistic. If you can stylize your imagery and use it as a textural element, go for it. This package uses a simple illustration of a head and hair. The hair moves throughout the box, creating a pattern in the background. At first glance, you don’t know what the pattern is making, but as you explore the package, you realize it’s been hair all along.

Get the look with the Purple Floral Wine Label template.

11. Don’t limit yourself

Behance/The6th studio

If your product is best coming in a certain type of package, don’t limit yourself to the basic idea. This soap is best coming in a box, but instead of just a regular box you open at one end, it folds open. The folding action makes it just that much more special and interesting, and makes it something worth saving and using for decorative storage.

12. Be modern

Behance/Saana Hellsten

Modern, sleek, and simple designs stand out. Use clean lines, simple colors, and sans serif fonts to achieve a modern look. This packaging took a very modern approach, and made it even more modern by making it gender neutral. It doesn’t lean one way or the other, and draws instant attention from viewers who are curious about who the product is for.

Modern designs stand out with their clean lines and colors. Get the look with the Orange and White Simple Product Label template.

13. Use texture

Behance/Yiannis Ghikas

Instead of only using texture visually, use it physically. People will be physically interacting with your package, so appeal to their sense of touch, not just their sense of sight. This packaging for insect repellent uses texture at the bottom of their bottles. Not only does it help you keep a firm grip, but it adds an interesting sensation to your hands, and visually relates to the dotted imagery on the top area of the bottle.

14. Be bright

Behance/Mitina Anastasia

If your product is brightly colored, draw inspiration from it. Use accents of the bright colors in your packaging, like this candy packaging. Each candy is a different color, and each bag uses the color of the candy on its sides and in the graphics. The line as a whole feels connected, but they’re just different enough that you can get the gist when a product is different than the next (without having to look at the candy).

Pick a color that stands out and makes your product label memorable. Try the Yellow Dog Illustration Product Label template.

15. Tell a story

Behance/Jonathan Yurek

If you can tell a story with your packaging, you’re doing yourself a huge favor. People love stories, and they love uncovering the information they may not otherwise. This packaging for socks tells a unique story. When you pull out the socks, a tuft of cotton is stuck to the top, replicating the smokestacks that often were found on sock mills in previous years.

Related article: 50 design terms explained simply for non-designers

16. Stick to your roots

The Dieline/Judit Besze

Analyze what your product stands for, and show that in your packaging. This beauty line stands for simple, all natural, and pure ingredients. They display that in their packaging. It is simple, clean, and looks natural. The earth toned box adds a nice flare to the natural aspect as well.

17. Be creative

The Dieline/Ahhaproject

You can make your packaging cool, but if you can make your actual product cool, you’ve got a real winner. Take this milk soap, for example. It’s just soap made with milk, and could easily have been just another rectangular bar. But instead of doing what was expected, the soap was turned into an ice cream treat, related directly to the milk contained inside.

18. Consider the interior

The Dieline/Tait Design Co.

The outside of your package should be interesting, but what about the inside, where the product is actually encased? If you have multiple parts and pieces to your product, display them separately. This yoyo packaging has small cut outs for each piece of the yoyo, and they all fit neatly inside. The colors of the product relate to the colors on the box, and it pulls it together nicely.

19. Serve another purpose

The Dieline/KOREFE

Being eco-friendly is a great way to get people to love your brand. One way to be eco friendly is to give your product’s packaging another purpose. These bottles seem like normal enough cleaning products at first glance, but when you interact with them you realize they’re not made of flimsy plastic. They’re porcelain bottles, and are intended to be used as vases once the product inside is gone.

20. Play with the senses

The Dieline/Depot WPF

Try to appeal to every sense a human has in your packaging, if you can. The sense of touch is played up again in this sheet packaging. Small pieces were inserted inside the package before it was vacuum sealed, and it created a 3d, raised effect. It’s interesting not only to the eye, but to the hands as well.

Related article: 20 actionable tips to build a winning visual brand identity

21. Let the product speak

The Dieline/Watts Design

If you have a quality product, let it speak for itself. Don’t feel the need to surround it with shiny, obnoxious wrappings if it doesn’t need it. These tights are great quality and look great as well. Instead of hiding them away in a box, they’re front and center, allowing you to see how great they really are.

22. Limit resources used

The Dieline/Mapache

Packaging costs you money, plain and simple. If you don’t need an excess of packaging, don’t use it. These music cords are packaged very simply, yet still effectively. The paper wrap is designed beautifully, with bright pops of gold on black, and the colors correlate with the colors of the products.

23. Give a sneak peak

The Dieline/Arithmetic

Where food products are concerned, being able to see what it is you’re getting is incredibly important. Who knows what’s lurking in bags and boxes when you can’t see inside? These dog treats have a cut out window so you can see exactly what you’ll be feeding Fido. There won’t be any surprises once you get the product home, and you can tell that it’s quality just by looking at it.

24. Be luxurious

The Dieline/Aaron-Harper Lee

If there’s one item people shell out tons of their hard-earned cash on, it’s liquor. With so many brands out there, don’t you want to make sure yours stands out on the shelf? This liquor pulled out all the stops. It’s enclosed in a unique box, comes with shot glasses, and is an incredibly vibrant yellow and pink. It screams ‘good time’, and could be kept to display to commemorate a weekend well spent.

25. Use restricted colors

Creative Bloq/Big Fish

Limit your color palette to create a cohesive look. These rice cakes drew their color palette from the flavor, sea salt and balsamic, so it took on a nautical theme. The shades of blue work great together, and the complement of orange adds a nice pop.

Having a limited color palette doesn’t mean limiting your options. Take a look at the Blue Vintage Illustrated Beer Label template.

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26. Utilize the product

Creative Bloq/Gürtlerbachmann GmbH

If you can use your product as part of the actual package, do it. These shoes have awesome bird boxes, and instead of leaving the shoes just lay inside the box, the laces are strung through holes, giving the illusion of a worm in the bird’s mouth.

Relates article: How to use design to build your personal brand

27. Be trendy

Creative Bloq/Sasha Kischenko

Piggy back off of current trends to make your packaging more current. This beer uses the incredibly popular font not only as it’s branding, but as its namesake. It’s simple, clean, and modern, and looks slightly ‘hipster’.Take inspriation from what’s the trend today, and place your own twist to it. Check out the Pink Red Circle Shapes Japan Modern Beer Label template.

28. Think outside the box

Water in a box designed by Designate.

Or in some cases, in it. Break the conventions of what your product is ‘supposed’ to come in. Water typically comes in a plastic bottle. But this water comes in a cardboard box. it’s still just water, but it’s different than anything else on the market, and it’s sure to grab your attention.

29. Use interesting imagery

Spine Vodka’s packaging design concept by Johannes Schulz.

Use imagery that is a little out there, something that isn’t expected. Luckily, the name of this vodka is a little out there, and the imagery could be pulled from that. The spine appears to be 3D the way it’s printed on the glass, and it gives an awesome effect.

30. Be literal

Saturday Mfg (now part of the Maclyn Group) created this unique packaging for Thelma’s Treats.

If your product is manufactured a certain way, try implementing it into your packaging. These cookies, for example, are baked in an oven. So why not package them in an oven? It’s a playful and approachable take on a standard bakery box, and it feels like a real treat.

31. Make it relatable

Design for Stranger & Stranger’s limited edition moonshine.

Is there a common idea when it comes to your type of product? Try using it in your packaging to get universal understanding. This liquor bottle doesn’t only have an incredibly detailed label, but it has a funny brown paper over wrap. Everyone knows what it means, and everyone can get a bit of a chuckle out of it.

32. Include a tactile aspect

Smirnoff Vodka: “Peel The Bottle” Design & Branding by J. Walter Thompson.

If your package is interactive, people will love it. This Smirnoff alcohol features a wrapper on the outside that you have to physically peel off. It also resembles the fruit in which the alcohol is flavored, and makes it feel more natural.

33. Be weird

Juice Skin by Naoto Fukusawa. Image via artist’s website.

Make people uncomfortable if that’s your style. These juice boxes are very, very strange to look at. The resemblance of the actual fruit is uncanny, and seeing it in juice box shape makes you do a double-take. It gives the impression that you’re drinking straight out of the fruit and makes it seem healthier.

34. Use humor

Creative Bloq/Poilu

Being a little tongue in cheek with your packaging is fun. If you can make someone smile when they see your product, why wouldn’t you? These paint brushes act as facial hair for the illustrated faces on the sleeves. It’s fun to look at, and definitely stands out against other paint brush brands.

Good, clean humor never fails to make people laugh and pay attention. Check out the Yellow Bold Beer Label template.

35. Don’t be afraid to exaggerate

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boredpanda/Lacy Kuhn

Exaggerate your shapes, colors, and illustrations when you can. This cereal brand uses a bear as its character (since it’s honey flavored). Instead of just having a picture of a cute bear, the bear has his mouth wide open, stuffing it full of the delicious cereal inside.

36. Turn it into something else

boredpanda/Soon Mo Kang

Just because your product is one thing doesn’t mean it can’t look like something else, get creative with how your product can look. Instead of being a plain old tea bag, this tea brand turned the bags into ‘tea shirts’, complete with hanger. The hanger keeps the bag upright on the rim of your mug, making it functional and not just for aesthetics.

37. Make it what it is

boredpanda/Igor Mitin

Show what your product is made of in the packaging. This perfume (called Zen) is made with bamboo. Instead of using a bamboo print or illustration, the bottle is turned into bamboo. It becomes a real statement piece, and something someone would like to display.

38. Incorporate beauty

boredpanda/Natalia Ponomareva

People love beautiful things. Using and buying them make people feel good. Another interesting tea bag, though taken in a different direction, is this bird tea bag. It floats beautifully in your cup, as though it’s flying, and gives off an aura of serenity.

Add elements like flowers or vintage icons to add interesting and pretty dimensions. Check out the Dark Blue and Beige Malt Vector Beer Label template.

39. Get ridiculous

Creative Guerrilla Marketing/Scholz & Friends

Be extreme, ludicrous even. These Nike Air shoes aren’t packaged in a box, they’re packaged in – that’s right – a bag of air. It is so literal yet so creative. You have to get your hands on them, and it is incredibly effective.

40. Create something with the product

Noté Earbuds by Corinne Pant. Image via Behance.

Use the product to create your imagery, but make sure it relates to what you’re selling. These headphones are used to create music notes. Since the notes aren’t printed on the paper, they’re 3d, and really add something extra to the flat piece of cardstock.

41. Be risque

Creative Guerrilla Marketing/Dennis Evers

Being a little suggestive with your packaging can attract a different audience than you could have otherwise. This product is just regular bread, but the packaging portrays it as something else. The packaging is actually to promote breast cancer awareness, and it does a great job of attracting attention.

42. Be morbid

Creative Guerrilla Marketing/Reynolds and Reyner

Shock your consumers. This cigarette packaging is very shocking. It’s rooted in truth because smokers know the risks they take when they choose to light up. While it may not be the best marketing ploy, it certainly draws attention.

43. Push it

Creative Guerrilla Marketing/Raewyn Brandon

Be unorthodox with your packaging. As long as consumers can draw the connection between your product and what it’s packaged in, you haven’t gone too far. This vodka gel is packaged in a tube that resembles caulking. It’s an interesting way to get the product out, and it’s a fun play on industrial gels.

44. Address the situation

3M’s Solar Earplugs. Designed by Scholz & Friends GmbH, Berlin, Germany.

Try to make a play on why someone would need your product. These earplugs do just that. The cap resembles the volume knob on a stereo, and the motion of taking the cap off ‘turns down’ the volume. The cap really isn’t blocking out the noise, the earplugs are, but it’s a fun twist.

45. Relate it to the cause

Nobilin by Daniel Schweinzer.

Relate the imagery to your cause. This packaging is for a plant-based digestive aid. It takes a stab at meats, and when the pills are popped out, it looks as though they’ve been shot in a shooting range. It goes with the slogan ‘target heavy food’ and gives the impression that it’s powerful.

Get the look with the Gold and Cream Illustrated Beer Label template.

46. Make it something it’s not

Packaging of the World/remark studio

Make your product look like something else – just don’t get too drastic. Canned beer is cheap, but a lot of the time, the packaging isn’t too great. This beer is canned, but appears as though it’s in a special beer glass. The contrast between the lid and the rest of the ‘can’ creates an interesting effect, and makes the beer unique.

47. Use the product to your advantage

Butchers by Kei Meguro

Use the texture, color, or shape of the product to your advantage. This meat packaging uses the actual meat as a design element. The negative space in the animals reveals the actual product underneath, creating a contrast between how it began and how it is now.

48. Be compact

Yanko Design/Kurt Rampton/BOLTgroup

If you can make something work just as well smaller, try it. The more compact something is, the easier it is to store and transport. These flashdrives are connected together by cardboard. The entire thing is only the size of a credit card, and easily fits into a wallet. If you need to give someone a file, you simply tear off a notch, load it, and hand it off. It’s convenient and reminiscent of those popular pull tab flyers.

49. Go over the top

Packaging of the World/Hani Douaji

Push your design as far as you can, you never know what interesting solutions you could come up with. Trident used the shape of their product to create teeth. Rather than just having the simple red lips, they added in funny mustaches and facial hair. It takes a unique idea and pushes it further.

50. Abstract it

Juice Juice by Preston Grubbs. Image via Behance.

Take your product and abstract it in your packaging. Rather than having just a regular small box of orange juice, the boxes are abstracted into ‘segments’ of an orange. They’re then wrapped up in a similar material that fresh bags of oranges come in and appear to construct an entire orange.

Shapes can bring fun and interesting textures to your design. Try the Peach and Blue Abstract Beer Label template.

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After seeing the limitless possibilities there are for making awesomely creative packaging, there should be no hesitation to push your product’s package to the max. It can be functional, purposeful, entertaining, or just outright bizarre, but one thing’s for sure: The more creative and inspiring your packaging is, the more likely the product is to sell.

Good Hair Day Pasta

Designed by Nikita Konkin | Country: Italy

“When I was making this packaging I was in love and perhaps this influenced me, though it could be just a coincidence.

I use the strands and shapes of pasta to create an interesting series of packaging that capture attention on the shelves. It emphasizes the high-quality &amp; naturalness of pasta.
An of course It should bring good mood for people with good taste.”

Nikita Konkin achieves the famous Golden A’ Design Award.

A’ Award and Competitions are happy to inform that the work Good Hair Day Pasta by Nikita Konkin has been honored with the prestigious Golden A’ Design Award in Packaging Design Category marked as one of the winners by the esteemed jurors of the A’ Design Awards & Competitions within numerous nominations.

The Golden A’ Design Award

The Golden A’ Design Award is a prestigious award given to top 3% percentile designs that has carried out an exemplary level of quality in design. The designs are judged by a panel of three different jury which is composed of Academic, Professional and Focus Group Members. The designs are evaluated with score normalization to remove any biases and are voted on aspects such as functionality, ergonomics, engineering, presentation, innovation, usability, fun details, technology, and any other specific points that could be considered, each of these points are further weighted for different jury groups.

About A’ Design Award and Competitions

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A’Design Award and Competitions, aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products. A’ Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in multiple categories to reach a wide, design-oriented audience. To learn more visit whatisadesignaward.com. For further information about the competition please visit competition.adesignaward.com.

Everything new in iOS 14.2 beta 1 — updates to Control Center, Watch icon & more

Apple is about to release the new iOS 14 and some of the amazing feats available in this amazing OS are ready to rock most users – apart from the fact that if you don’t have Youtube Premium you won’t be able to use the PIP feature, but who cares if there is a lot of other places that might allow u to use that feature for free.

Apple seeded iOS 14.2 beta 1 — the first iOS 14 point release — to registered developers on Thursday. Here’s everything that’s new.

It isn’t clear why Apple has jumped to the iOS 14.2 build. The company may release iOS 14.1 separately as a bug-fixing update, or it could simply skip that point release entirely.

Most of the beta’s changes appear to be focused on the iOS Control Center. For example, there’s a new music recognition Shazam icon that users can add to Control Center.

The Magnifier in Control Center also has a new “people detection” option that lets users measure the distance between themselves and another person.

Additionally, there are some aesthetic and design changes to the Control Center’s media player, including larger artwork and a refined interface.

Lastly, the Apple Watch app icon has been given a minor revision with slightly different colors and a new band watch icon similar to the Solo Loop.

Via Apple & AppleInsider

This is the first beta version of the upcoming iOS 14.2 update, and Apple will likely release a public testing variant soon. Apple officially released iOS 14 to the general public on Wednesday.

8 UI design trends for 2020

The rapid growth of technology influences design trends every year. As designers we need be aware of the existing and upcoming design trends, constantly learning, improving and expanding our design toolkit in order to be up to date on the current market. Based on my research, experience and observations I’ve selected very carefully 8 UI/UX design trends that you should watch in 2020. Let’s get started then! 🙂


#1 Animated Illustrations

Illustrations have been in digital product design for a long time. Their evolution in the last years is very impressive. Illustrations as very popular design elements add natural feel and “human touch” to overall UX of our products. Illustrations are also very strong attention grabbers: at the top of that by applying motion to these illustrations we might bring our products to the life and make them stand out— adding extra details and personality.

Another benefit of applying motion is capturing users attention and making users engage with your product. Animations are also one of the most effective ways to tell the story about your brand, product or services.

Onboarding animations — Virgil Pana

#2 Microinteractions

Microinteractions exist pretty much in every single app or website. You see them every time when you’re opening your favourite app —for instance Facebook has tons of different microinteractions and I assume that the “Like” feature is just the perfect example. Sometimes we are not even aware of existence, because they are so so obvious, natural and “blended” into user interfaces. Although, If you remove them from your product you will notice very quickly that something really important is missing.

Generally speaking, in UI/UX design sometimes even really small and subtle change might make huge impact. Microinteractions are the perfect proof that details and attention to them might greatly improve the overall user experience of your digital products and place them on the next/higher level. Every year, every new device brings new oppurtinitues for creating brand new and innovative microinteractions. 2020 wouldn’t be exception for sure.

Menu toggle close animation — Aaron Iker
Tab bar active animation — Aaron Iker

#3 3D Graphics in web and mobile interfaces

3D graphic exist pretty much everywhere — in movies, video games, adverts on the streets. 3D graphic has been introduced few decades ago and since then has improved and evolved dramatically. Mobile and web technology is also growing rapidly fast. New web browser capabilities have opened the door for 3D graphic allowing us as designers to create and implement amazing 3D graphics into modern web and mobile interfaces.

Creating and then integration of 3D graphic into web and mobile interfaces requires some specific skills and tons of work, but very often the results are very rewarding.

3D graphic renders allows to present the product or services in the a lot more interactive and engaging way: for instance 3D graphic renders could be viewed in 360 degree presentation improving the overall UX of the product.

In 2020 even more brands will use 3D render models to present the product or services in order to emulate the real world (in-store) shopping experience.

Car health report UI by Gleb Kuznetsov
3D flip menu by Minh Pham

Apple AirPods Pro landing page

#4 Virtual Reality

2019 has been a big year for VR. In the last years we have seen a lot of progress and excitement in VR headsets — mostly in gaming industry. We need to keep in mind that gaming industry very often brings innovation and new technologies into digital product design. Research proves that VR is no exception as after Oculus Quest in 2019 launch many opportunities have opened for other industries. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already tested exciting hand interaction feature and officially announced hand-tracking update for Quest, coming early 2020!

Sony and Microsoft will release their new generation consoles in 2020 holiday season. These would bring a lot opportunities and room to growth for VR technology.

Oculus Quest — hand interaction feature

#5 Augmented Reality

In the last years we have seen a lot of progress, excitement and improvement of AR. The world’s leading tech companies are investing millions into AR development , so we should expect to expand and grow this technology in 2020. Even Apple has introduced their own AR toolkit called ARKIT 3 to help designers and developers build AR based products.

There are endlessopportunities to innovate and create brand new and exciting experiences in AR space. UI design for AR will be one of the major trends in 2020, so as designers we should be prepared and eager to learn new tools, principles when creating AR experiences.

Apple ARKit 3 by Apple

#6 Neumorphism


Generally speaking Skeuomorphic design refers to the design elements that are created in a realistic style/way to match the real life objects. The growth of VR/AR technology and latest design trends shown on the most popular design platforms (Dribbble, Behance etc.) might make skeuomorphic design comeback in 2020 — but this time with a lot modern fashion and slightly modified name: “New skeuomorphism” (also called Neumorphism).

As you’ve probably noticed:Neumorphism represents very detailed and precise design style. Highlight, shadows, glows — attention to details is very impressive and definitely on spot. Neumorphism has already inspired a lot of designers from all over the world and there is big chance that Neumorphism will be the biggest UI design trend in 2020.

Skeuomorph Mobile Banking | Dark Mode by Alexander Plyuto

Simple Music Player by Filip Legierski

Sleep Cycle App — Neumorphism Redesign by Devanta Ebison

#7 Asymmetrical Layouts

In the last years we have noticed huge grown of asymmetrical layouts in digital product design. Traditional / “template” based layouts are definitely going away. 2020 will not be any different as this trend will continue. Proper usage of asymmetrical layouts add a lot of character, dynamic and personality to our designs, so they do not template based anymore.

There is a lot of room for creativity as the number of options and opportunities when creating asymmetrical layouts are endless. Although, creating successful asymmetrical layouts requires some practice and time — placing elements randomly on the grid wouldn’t work 🙂 also they should be used and implemented with care — always keeping in mind users needs : we do not want to get them lost when using our digital products — do we? 🙂

Limnia Fine Jewelry Grid — Zhenya Rynzhuk
Carine fashion store — selection screen concept — Dawid Tomczyk

#8 Storytelling

Stories play an very important role in overall UX in the digital product design. You might see them very often on the landing pages as introduction to the brand, product or new service. Storytelling is all about transferring data to the users in the best possible informative and creative way. This could be achieved by copyrighting mixed with strong and balanced visual hierarchy (typography, illustrations, high-quality photos, bold colours, animations and interactive elements).

Storytelling really helps to create positive emotions and relationships between your brand and users. Storytelling might also make your brand a lot more memorable and making users feel like they are part of our products or services, so they would like to associate with them. Having said that, storytelling is also great and efficient marketing tool that might greatly increase the sales of your products/services. Storytelling as the very successful tool will continue and expand in 2020.

A+WQ / Young Lab Page Story of The Week Animation by Zhenya Rynzhuk
Free Sketch Template :: Mimini by Tran Mau Tri Tam

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rivate car showroom by bureau fraai in amsterdam frames views of iconic jaguar models

Its quietly amazing how the european design always mesmerize the senses by proposing amazing features out of things that seems to come from clients ego, and even if the feat seems just to justify the needs of a random individual, the result can be pretty amazing if lands in the hands of a compelling architect.


all images courtesy of bureau fraai

a couple of owners of two jaguar models have asked architecture firm bureau fraai to design a garage where they can store their cars safely, and also showcase them in an elegant way. 

the architects have come up with a private showroom concept to be located within the backyard of the clients’ main house in amsterdan. formed as a distinct black volume with an automatic car lift, the garage is completely visible from the residence. 


all images courtesy of bureau fraai


all images courtesy of bureau fraai

the showroom by bureau fraai stores the two jaguars, stacked on top of each other, with the use of an automatic car lift. the structure features a large steel plate window, framing the client’s favourite model as if it were a painting to be enjoyed from within their own living room. the characteristic design of the garage is enhanced by integrating a custom-designed grill with the jaguar logo, referring to classical models from the car brand’s history.


all images courtesy of bureau fraai

besides the showroom, bureau fraai has also designed a matching black roof extension for the main residence. the roofing connects to the two different roof heights of the neighbouring buildings. here, two big steel plate framed windows enclose the interior of the top floor living and working area, creating an edward hopper like appearance when observed from the exterior.


all images courtesy of bureau fraai

both window frames also serve a second purpose; the front one extends into the interior as a desk while framing the view to the neighbourhood. meanwhile, the rear one facing the roof terrace and garden evolves into a bench where one can relax and enjoy the sky. in contrast with the black exterior shell, the interior has a warm and light character. both the ceiling and the connected built-in wall cabinet are made from wood, with clear matching partitioning and refined detailing.


all images courtesy of bureau fraai

project info:

name: black gems
architects: bureau fraai
location: amsterdam, the netherlands

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bamboo club + cafe by VTN architects takes center stage in the heart of vietnam

The place were the bamboo becames a part of the city scenary…

vinh, in central vietnam, has been a battleground for multiple wars resulting in a massive amount of destruction to the city and the surrounding region. renovation for vietnam’s biggest city in the central region of the country has steered toward european design with colonial style façades, providing VTN architects with its latest challenge.

from street level, the bamboo material is visible on both levels: the rooftop dome and cafe under
all images by trieu chien

 

 

the project, titled ‘nocenco cafe,’ focused on morphing a middle-rise concrete building located in the city center of vinh. this scheme sees a renovated a cafe on the last floor and rooftop of a 7th floor turned into a neighborhood and city icon, with an emphasis on using a unique local material to create a new structure.

nocenco cafe‘ provides a completely unique interior but follows the bamboo theme

after a study period, VTN architects decided to use bamboo; an easily accessible material in the tropical climate reducing construction time and budget, but one that is also light and structurally sound.

the club has a cave like feel but sports open views of the surrounding city

 

 

the end product was a large dome structure on the roof with a club/lounge recognizable from any part of the city and a redesigned cafe on the floor below with an interior built using bamboo. this project equips a city that was once ravaged by war with a gathering place that has ‘a great view over the surrounding low-rise houses, towards the river, magnificent forest scape and various aged buildings.

 

the rooftop’s structure is built from bamboo and take the shape of an ‘L’

 

 

the vietnam-based architecture firm used ten bamboo columns to hide the existing structure and four additional columns to elegantly divide the space into different private areas, thus creating a cave-like space but juxtaposed with an open view of the surrounding city.

 

center of the dome is an open area

the club dome supported by bamboo columns opens up the surrounding views of the city

the dome is left open at the top

the bamboo structure provides a local and organic aspect to the neighborhood

clear views of the city from the rooftop club

the cafe under the rooftop club also sports views of the surrounding neighborhood

the incorporation of bamboo creates a unique environment complimented by shrubbery

the bamboo cafe also allows for natural light to enter

project info:

name: nocenco cafe

principal architects: vo trong nghia, nguyen tat dat

design team: to quang cam, le hoang tuyet ngoc, takahito yamada

office credit: VTN architects (vo trong nghia architects)

status: built in may 2018

program: café, club

location: vinh city, nghe an, vietnam

footprint: 438 sqm

GFA: 687 sqm

bamboo contractor: VTN architects

photography: trieu chien

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