Here we are again at Inspiration Tuesday! This week’s about the best packaging platforms over the Internet. (The week before, we talked about some of the best package design magazines you could find. Check it out).
Some time ago, we already talked a little bit about some of the best web resources for finding packaging inspiration, but we mainly covered blogs. This time, we’re going to talk about the three most prominent web platforms there are to find great packaging designs. Which are:
Pinterest was the only one we talked about. It’s dead simple, yet incredibly filled with some of the best packagings we’ve seen. In its core, it isn’t anything else than a system of image boards, (mood boards), covering different topics and interests. One of those topics is, of course, design; and, by extension, package design.
From our three resources, Pinterest is the one that looks and feels the most like a social network. There’s a “pinning” affordance to curate images, and a liking and commenting interaction between users. If you want to find people sharing good package designs, there’s no better place than Pinterest.
On the surface, Behance looks no different than Pinterest. But it is, and radically so: if the former was the place where people went to comment packaging, the latter is where it’s discussed and criticized. Behance is the contemporary designer’s portfolio; it’s where his designs can be peeled and analyzed by greatly skilled, more experienced professionals.
And that makes for an incredibly astounding quantity and quality of extraordinary package designs. The best packagings can always be found somewhere in Behance. Hands down. No discussion about it. If it’s great, it’s on it.
The third and last example is somewhat odd in that it’s a closed one — not only for the laymen, but for regular designers as well. Dribbble takes very seriously the quality of the work that’s featured inside its four digital walls: only good designers are accepted, and only after going through a review process by other designers of the platform.
Packagings are scarce on Dribble, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any great examples to be found. And, as it happens, there are none of the bad ones. Plus, the platform also encourages discussion and commentary, which lets us designers know what others think about our designs.
That’s all for this week! Next week will be the last, with a final Inspiration Tuesday about, *drumroll please*, webpages! Until then, please comment with your best sources of inspiration of packaging and package design!