Thinking out of the box about boxes
December 9, 2008 10:43 AM   Subscribe

Help me find exemplary packaging.

I'm looking for truly brilliant examples of contemporary packaging for consumer products -- either in terms of sheer beauty (a normal product in a truly gorgeous package) or ingenuity (a Pez dispenser bundled with a daily multivitamin, etc.). The goal is to inspire and amaze some of the art directors I work with.

Links to intelligent and interesting packaging blogs etc. are appreciated, but what I really need are links to packaging that goes above and beyond -- I'm fond of concepts like the TV box that becomes a TV stand for the TV it holds and the Knoend lite2go for their environmental value, but I'm also open to packaging that is just purely gorgeous.

No right or wrong answers, just ideas. Thanks!
posted by Shepherd to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Might seem obvious, but Apple's packaging has been praised for decades.

Also, if you are not aware of them: Pentawards. FAB Awards.
posted by at 10:56 AM on December 9, 2008

Best answer: This wine case that turns into a lamp is wonderful.

The rest of the The Dieline is great, too.
posted by rachaelfaith at 11:05 AM on December 9, 2008

Best answer: Also, check out the blog Lovely Package.
posted by mattbucher at 11:06 AM on December 9, 2008

The Dieline is great. It focuses mainly on Europe, but that's not necessarily a bad thing when you're talking design aesthetics.
posted by charmcityblues at 11:17 AM on December 9, 2008

This question has some answers with novel or interesting packaging.
posted by sulaine at 11:29 AM on December 9, 2008

Method products!
posted by cestmoi15 at 12:06 PM on December 9, 2008

Best answer: not sure if this is what you're looking for, but Target Pharmacy's ClearRx design is widely lauded.
posted by kidsleepy at 12:45 PM on December 9, 2008

Best answer: It's in the Pentawards list, but I've been thinking about these milk cartons all week. Simple design without adding much cost to a standard object, clear as a brand identity and the divisions within the product range, and just so goddamn gorgeous that it would be hard to choose another brand unless the cartons were filled with cow piss.
posted by carbide at 12:55 PM on December 9, 2008

Vessel Ideation
posted by Roach at 10:24 PM on December 9, 2008

Saw these today and thought of your question: D&AD ASDA Lunchboxes.
posted by kidsleepy at 1:23 PM on December 11, 2008

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