Four Breakout Packaging Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Steven Sokol on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

2015 promises to be another exciting year for packaging design, and already we're seeing several new trends on the rise. The following is a list and visuals of our personal favorites.

1) Authentic

In order to attract a loyal customer base, brands need to connect with consumers on a personal level. Sometimes this means shedding a corporate image for a more welcoming style. While vintage elements offer a sense of authenticity and even nostalgia, the use of handwriting and hand-drawn labels can make a brand more approachable. We're seeing an increasing amount of illustrations more common to the fine arts than to the traditional marketplace, a bold stratagem that puts a brand's individuality front and center.

Authentic Packaging
 Image Credits: Hesten Agency  |   Morrisons Supermarket  |   Liz Bryson 

2) High Quality, Low Impact

Gaudy, overly designed packaging with all the bells and whistles does not impress today’s eco-conscious consumers. As with their products, they want their packaging to produce a smaller footprint. That said, they still appreciate high quality design and materials. There are many brands that are providing elegant, upscale packaging while doing everything in their power to reduce waste. Recyclable materials such as kraft paper are being used creatively to achieve a handcrafted feel that stays true to the environment without skimping on style.
High quality, low impact packaging sustainable handcrafted feel from Pesign Design, Fuse Project and Pact, Project Packaging and Are You Peckish  Image Credits: Pesign Design  |  Fuse Project Pact  |  Project Packaging Are You Peckish


Our underwear packaging we produced in India for Pact is great example of this trend.

Sokol Packaging

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3) Minimalist

Also popular with brands this year is the minimalist approach. This stripped-down style involves the use of geometric shapes and patterns, color blocking, and easy-to-read fonts. It's a contemporary aesthetic, both bold and appealing to the eye. It favors straight lines and stark black and white. Open space is celebrated, with product names left to stand alone amid uncluttered backgrounds. The minimalist approach gives often overlooked items a way to stand apart from competing products with more traditional packaging. 

Minimalist Packaging 
Image Credits: Yuka Takahashi  |  Silje Fordes  |  Character SF

We were very proud to produce some amazing small leather goods packaging for Coach that reflected this trend. The wallet packages featured a fun bold graphic with a paper that has a beautiful refined leather look and feel.

Click here to view the collection.

4) Multifunctional 

It turns out packaging can do a lot more than briefly house a product while it sits on a shelf. Many brands are rethinking their packaging designs in order to give their products added value. This means looking at packaging in a whole new light, with an eye on form and function, and then creating a design concept based on the performance of a product-related task. Besides getting more “bang for your buck,” consumers respect ingenuity, which translates into customer loyalty. Multifunctional packaging comes in many forms. It can be resealable, recyclable, and even ergonomic. 

Multifunctional packaging from Trafiq and Aquilequa Wine Packaging
Image Credits: Trafiq  |   Aquilequa Wine Packaging

First impressions are everything. This is especially true for your packaging. In this day and age, it is very challenging to capture a shopper’s attention, communicate features and benefits, and at the same time reinforce your brand image. Due to this, we realize the importance and key role that packaging plays in product presentation and brand image.

We have created this eBook as a design resource and reference. We hope it’s helpful.



What design trends have you seen in the market?

Topics: Packaging Design Trends, Apparel Packaging Trends, Hand Drawn Packaging Trends, sustainable packaging, Luxury Packaging Trends, Multipurpose Packaging Trends, Impactful Packaging

Walmart Convenes Key Partners and Manufacturers at First-ever Sustainable Product Expo

Posted by Steven Sokol on Tue, May 20, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

...and Sokol Packaging Group was there.

It seems that sustainability is no longer an optional add-on — it’s an essential part of future business planning for those in the packaging industry. With increased awareness of global environmental issues, consumers are changing their buying habits. They want to know the whole story of how a product comes to be in order to gauge its effect on the environment. They ask questions:

Where does it come from?

How was it made?

What are its recycling credentials?

And in order to connect with them, packaging must reflect a commitment to sustainability in an engaging way.

Sustainable packaging has been a focus for Walmart for the past seven years, which culminated in the first-ever Sustainable Product Expo at the end of April, 2014. Being a sustainable product manufacturer ourselves, Sokol Packaging was proud to be invited to the Expo, where we had a chance to exhibit alongside some of the largest consumer product companies in the world. We made lots of connections and networked with numerous like-minded manufacturers.

Sokol Sustainable Packaging

Sokol Sustainable Packaging

Among the highlights of the Expo, was the collaboration of many attending companies, along with Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, on the Closed Loop Fund. This concerted effort to support areas without a recycling infrastructure will initially lend up to $100 million dollars to municipalities across the United States.

If you would like to find out more about the Sustainability Product Expo, here are some direct links: 

We'd love to hear about any sustainable packaging manufacturing successes that you've had.

Topics: manufacturer, sustainable packaging