TheDieline.com -Founded in 2007 by designer Andrew Gibbs, this is the web’s oldest and most visited blog dedicated to packaging design. Features exemplary packaging designs from both professional and student designers.
Design Daily – Swiss graphic designer Mirko Humbert’s shares his thoughts on design in general and features examples of high-quality, beautiful designs (including packaging designs.) This blog also features a great list of resources for designers, as well as tips for novice designers.
Design Muse – New York packaging designer Casey Coyle’s shares what inspires her to create beautiful packaging designs on her gallery-style blog.
Dzine Blog – This general design blog is a great source of inspiration not only for packaging designers, but designers in general. Topics covered include stunning packaging designs (gallery-style), website design, and typography. Also features a great list of resources for designers, including free downloads of font and icon sets.
Graphic Design Blog – British graphic designer Tara Roskell shares her views on design books, websites, graphic design programs, graphic design training, design employment, freelancing, ideas and all things graphic design.
Lovely Package – A source of inspiration for design schools, designers, design & advertising agencies, manufacturers and packaged goods companies. With half a million page views per month, Lovely Package is one of the web’s most popular gallery-style packaging design blogs.
Packaging Digest – This well-known magazine’s website actually features six packaging blogs, each focusing on a different area of packaging. All of the blogs are content-heavy, with minimal graphics. The content is top-notch, and covers topics such as sustainability, packaging design trends, emerging technologies in packaging, marketing and branding with packaging, and sales.
Packaging of the World – Gallery-style blog that showcases the world’s most interesting and creative packaging designs. The Singapore-based design known on the blog as “Subby” originally started out as a way for one of Subby’s design teams to organize all of their packaging design resources for a project they were working on in 2008. And organized it is! One can easily browse through the packaging design archives that are grouped under an extensive array of categories and industries.
Smashing Magazine – Check out the “Design” and “Inspiration” sections of this extensive design blog for packaging design inspiration galleries, as well as blog posts on graphic design, typography and usability. You’ll also find tips and tricks for Adobe Creative Suite, as as well as high quality fonts, usability guidelines and design studies here.
Vandelay Design – This is the blog of the Pennyslvania-based website designer firm of the same name. Although the blog is aimed at website designers, it features plenty examples of stunning packaging designs. Blog includes a list of Photoshop tutorials.
These are the blogs I turn to most often for packaging design inspiration. What are some of your favorites? Let me know!