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Top 10 Free Inspirational Packaging Design Websites

Get your inspiration from these top 10 excellent packaging design website in the world and create your unique and one of kind packaging work

Tens of hundreds of websites talk about the packaging design and contribute to the industry. However, there are so many options that we are so confused about which one to go to. Therefore, our design team used around a week to review the sites and picked out the top 10 packaging design websites in the world today. You will get tons of inspiration and advice on these great sites. In the mean time, we display the Google Page Rank value of each site for your referrence.

01. The Dieline

Google Page Rank: 5

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The most innovative packaging design website in the world.

The Dielien is the most visited website in the world on the subject of package design, with readership spans millions across over 200 countries. Founded in 2007 by the packaging designer, Andrew Gibbs, now it has become a dedicated platform for the package design industry. The site covers package design inspiration, news, conferrence, events and awards. It is a place where designers, printers, manufacturers can review, critique and stay informated of the lastest treands in the industry.

02. Packaging of the World

Google Page Rank: 4

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This is my favorite site to seek packaging design inspirations. Packaging of the World aspires to inspire designers from all over the globe by posting some of the most engaging and creative projects. For over 6 years, it aims to build a packaging blog as simple and digestible as possible. Today, with thousands of projects in its archive, The regular readers include packaging designers, graphic designers, advertising agencies, students, manufacturers and suppliers, winning over a million impressions each month.

03. Lovely Package

Google Page Rank: 5

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Lovely Package curates the very best in packaging design from around the globe

The Lovely Package websitesis a very cool blog about packaging design, which has around 15,000 visitors each day from all over the world. The audience includes the print designers, package engineers, packaging manufacturers and packaged products companies, who visit the site as a source of inspiration. The categories of the packaging design includes Alcohol, Athletics, Automotive, Beverage, Books, Confectionery, Electronics, Entertainment, Fashion, Food, Health & Beauty, Home, Industrial, Miscellaneous, Office, Recreation, Sports, Student Work, Tobacco, Toys and Vintage.

04. Package Design

Google Page Rank: 4

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Package Design uplifts the value of design as a strategic business competence in the brand marketing mix from concept to realization to shelf. Without a doubt, this is definitely the most professional website about packaging design, which is sponsored by the celebrated St Medua Group International. It covers from the packaging design to the packaging material and print. The sites also features a multi-media thought leadership series called Package Design Matters.

05. Pinterest

Google Page Rank: 9

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Pinterest is an acclaimed image gallery to discover ideas for all your projects and interests, hand-picked by people like you. It doesn’t focus on the packaging design exclusively. However, with tens of thousands of pretty pictures to explore on the site, you’ll definitely get one that suits your need.  The site has a very easy-to-use search box on the top. Simply enter the ‘packaging design’ in the top search box and let the magic happen.

06. Packaging design archive

Google Page Rank: 4

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This is a completely free resource for packaging design study, teaching and project development. The packaging projects are catalogued and organized according to the criteria at the base of communication design. You can explore the archive through the convenient navigation tool to discover the most interesting cases.

07. Packaging Design Served

Google Page Rank: 5

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This is a Behance served site exclusively specialized in the packaging design. Here you can discover the most beautiful and breathtaking packaging design work around the globe. As a unique business unit within Adobe, it also distributes work to other online galleries, maximizing exposure for top packaging design work. You definitely can not miss this great site.

08. Ambalaj

Google Page Rank: 4
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Ambalaj is a blog posting world-wide food packaging stories, which was founded in 2008 and has grown into a solid packaging database and rich source of inspiration. Here you can get access to the  latest  packaging innovations, appealing brand stories and thoughtful designs and catch on to the dynamics of the global packaging design industry.

09. Behance

Google Page Rank: 7

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Update your work in one place to broadcast it widely and efficiently. Explore the work and access talent on a global scale.

Behance is the member of the renowned Adobe family, which aims to empower the creative world to make ideas happen. It is a leading online platform for designers to showcase and find creative work, dedicated to clear away the barriers between talent and opportunity. It attracts around 5 million visitors each month to discover top talent. Packaging design is one of its main subject. You can get tons of advice and inspiration on the site.

10. The Packaging Design Blog 

Google Page Rank: 1
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The Packaging Design Blog isn’t just another blog that intends to post gorgeous pictures of award winning work. It brings you more than that. The blog covers posts from industry professionals,  designers, design companies to printers and packaging manufacturers. It aspires to be the top one free source for all things packaging design related.

Shanghai DE Printed Box is a China medium-sized custom paper box manufacturer and packaging solution provider with facilities around 100,000 square meters in total. The company exclusively specializes in the supply and export of the custom paper boxes, including the paper printed boxcorrugated printed boxcosmetic paper boxrigid paper box, cardboard gift box and custom paper bag. If you have any questions about the custom paper box, or would like us to give you a price quote, please do not hesitate to contact us by giving us an email.

The Global Top Packaging Design Companies

Sometimes, we create the free packaging die-line template and print design artwork for our clients. But we are a company primarily focusing on the manufacturing side and providing the best quality paper, corrugated printed packaging products. If you would like us to produce the paper boxes and bags for you, below are a list of some top packaging design companies in the world recommended by our clients before with the simple introduction and the contact phones and emails. If you are interested in a company, you can also click the company names in the title to visit their official website.

1. ClayTowne

ClayTowne was founded by Clay Butler, who is a very talented and well-know designer with 25 years’ experience in the industry. The services the company provide include the corporate branding and identity, logo, book cover, label, poster and the product packaging design, particularly the CD, DVD, Video packaging design.

Cell: 831-566-3046
Skype: clay.butler

2. Packaging in Italy

This is an Italian design company exclusively specialized in the packaging design service, quite different from many workshops that offer generic design services. If you want to increase yours sales through a scientifically analyzed package so that it can differentiate itself from competitors, Packaging in Italy is surely a wise choice.

Registered Office: via Sartori 6/A – 43122 Parma
Main Office: via Venezia 75 – 43122 Parma
P. +39 0521 272689
F. +39 0521 706745

3. Pentagram

With its headquarters in London, Pentagram is one of the world’s greatest design companies nowadays, a dreamland of all graphic designers in the world. Also it is the world’s largest independant design consultancy. The firm is currently owned and run equally by 19 partners, a group of talented graphic designers who are all leaders in their individual creative fields. Their star-studded list of past and present partners includes names like Alan Fletcher, Bob Gill, Paula Scher and Michael Beirut. And the offices are openned in London, Newyork, San Francisco, and Austin.


4. Percept

Percept Brand Design is an award winning agency based in Sydney, Australia since 1997. As a full-service design agency, Percept has been twice honoured in the Annual Creativity International Awards. It has taken on over 6000 projects, successfully helping more than 700 organisations improve their branding and visual communications.

As one of Sydney’s leading packaging design companies, Percept’s packaging artwork has been featured in Packaging News Magazine, Packaging Of The World and The Dieline.

Maree Tippett
02 9544 3200

To be continued…

If you are a professional design company which offers the packaging design service, we will be very glad to list your company here once our editors finish the review of the company site and profile. .

A Complete Guide for Paper Bag Purchasing

This post is a complete guide for business owners, packaging buyers and marketing directors who need purchase the RIGHT paper bags.

Know your target

When it comes to ordering a paper bag, you need set your target first. This is essential for you to choose the right materials, print design and finish afterwards. Surely you won’t pick the plain kraft paper materials while you want to promote your brand if you own a fancy fashion clothing boutique.

To know your target, just ask yourself this simple question. What funtions would you like the paper bags perform for you?

The paper bag usually has two primary funtions, carrying and marketing. Paper bag help customers carry items easily and conveniently. Also it is a great marketing tool for business owners to increase their brand recognition, which opens new window to oppurtunities.

So which one is your priority?

If you just want to make your customers carry the products easily, it is the strength and durablity that you need focus. It would really be a shame if the wine bottle falls out of the bag and breaks just because the bag is not strong enough. Usually a plain kraft bag would be ok.

However, things will be quite different if you need a high impact paper bag to promote your brand and leave consumers a deep impression. You need take all factors into consideration, including handicraft details, paper materials, rope handles, print design as well the finishes. A little mistake can have a disastrous effect.

Create the Dieline and Print Design Artwork

Let the printer provide an accurate and applicable template

Before you have a print designer create the print design for you, you would better ask your printer if they can create a dieline for you, then you can let the graphic designer put the print design on the template.

In China, most manufacturers are reluctant to provide the free dieline because they scare that you give the order to some other printers after you finish the dieline. They usually will let you put a deposit of 100-200USD and promise to give you 3-5 pieces color printed sample bags after the design is finished. In DE Printed Box, we provide our customers the accurate and applicable template without any charges ahead, because we believe that the good long-term business should be built on the mutual trust.

When you let a printer create the template for you, be sure to specify the length, width and height of the paper bag correctly. A mistake in the size specification can lead to frustration and a terrible waste of time for both. In China, the size is usually specified in the order Length x Width x Height, which is illustrated by the image below.

how to measure the length width height of a paper bag

Find a Print designer create the print design

With respect to the print design of the paper bag, knowing the difference between the general graphic design and print design is quite important. Particularly for the long run printing, it may save you tens of thousands of dollars.

The web design adopts the RGB mode while it is CMYK color mode for the printing. A pretty image design created with the RGB mode can have a fantastic display on the computer. However, it may look quite ordinary when printed on the press. It is because the RGB mode has the wider color range than the CMYK color mode. Refer to the post below to learn more about the color space for RGB and CMYK color mode.

Color Space for Human Eyes, CMYK and RGB

In one word, the professional designer knows how to choose the safe colors within the CMYK color space to create the appealing design and how to reduce the costs by using solid colors instead of the process colors. A print designer makes the whole printing process go more smoothly.

When the artwork is finished off, the PDF format is preferred, which represents the most universal adopted standard today.

In addition to the format, be sure to outline all the texts in the artwork in case there is any special fonts involved to create the design. If the printer’s computer lacks this font, the texts will be displayed quite weirdly, which makes the printer’s life quite hard.

About the font issue, some designers may have a different opinion, insisting that  a PDF format is enough. And the Adobe Acrobat can display the text quite well even if the text is missing. However, who knows the printing better than the printer? You would better listen to the advice of your printer. Sometimes, an outlined artwork is completely imperative when the artwork is terribly created mixing the print design with the dieline together. It may become the printer’s nightmare when the designer has nothing to provide but a JPEG image with very low resolution.

Choose the Proper Paper Material

Gorgeous paper bag begins with the right paper material that will deliver performance, quality and dependability for the product it holds and carries. Whether it be an exquisite shopping bag with the prominent spot UV varnished logo or a plain brown Kraft food bag, choosing the proper materials is critical to the marketing  and visual effect.
How do we choose the proper paper materials?

Paper Types for the Paper Bag

Three types of paperboards are mostly used in the paper bag printing, SBS C1S ( Solid Bleached Sulfate, coated on one side), CUK ( coated unbleached kraft paperboard) and specialty paper.

SBS C1S  ( Solid Bleached Sulfate, Coated on One Side)

SBS paper is a coated paper and contains at least 80% natural bleached virgin wood. It has the incredible physical properties, like brightness, whiteness and smoothness to make it very suitable for the high graphics printing of the paper bag. Study suggests that nearly 90% paper shopping bags are made of the SBS C1S paper thanks to its splendid printing quality on the litho offset press.  Major industries that use SBS:

  • Cosmetic and beauty products packaging bag
  • Gift and jewelry bag
  • Clothing packaging bag

In Australia, Hong Kong and China mainland, the C1S SBS is often referred to as the ivory board or art paper. And the art paper is slightly different from the ivory board. In the United States and Canada, people prefer to use the term C1S SBS.  We will use the term art paper in the description below.

CUK (Coated Unbleached Kraft paperboard)

Also known as the white Kraft paper, it is made of the solid unbleached board coated with a thin layer of kaolin clay, which contains at least 80% natural bleached virgin wood. It is extremely durable and is very suitable to make the heavy duty packaging and carrying bags.  Besides, it is very eco-friendly because it is 100% recyclable. The main usages include:

  • Frozen food packaging bag
  • Heavy duty packaging and carrying
  • Beverage carrying bag

Specialty Paper

One typical specialty paper is the black specialty paper with the matte black color. With either silver hot foil stamping or the spot UV varnishing, the paper bag made of this paper looks really gorgeous with a luxurious quality feel. Once before, we helped ProspektSupply in Canada produce a very unique luxury paper bag. We printed the logo (ProspektSupply) in black color and applied the spot UV varnishing on it, which turned out great. Also we use the black specialty paper to produce the paper bag for a well-known bank in China with the silver hot foil stamping for the texts, which looks terrific too.

Besides the black specialty paper, there are actually a lot of types to choose with various patterns and texture.

Paper Grammage and Thickness

Usually the more prestigious the packaging bag, the thicker the paper. Also the grammage and thickness of the paper material have a huge impact on the bag’s endurance.

Usually 157gsm (6-8pt), 210gsm (10-11pt) paper is recommended for the paper bag. And 300gsm (15-17pt) or above art pape can be used when a heavy duty packaging and carrying bag is in need.

The units to represent the paper grammage and thickness are quite confusing. People in China, Australia would like to use the grammage to measure the paper thickness, while the unit pt is used in North America. We have published a post in our blog before to illustrate the conversion between the pt and grams. You can learn more there.

Paper Grammage (gsm) and Thickness (pt) Conversion Table

Select Appropriate Paper Bag Handles

The handle plays an important role in the bag’s performance, aesthetically and functionally. With a good handle, the paper bag can be used for months to a year sometimes thanks to its amazing endurance. There are usually two types of handles are used, the grosgrain ribbon handles and the rope handles.

For rope handles, 3 types of materials are mostly used, the nylon, cotton and the paper. Among these materials, the nylon has the best durability and endurance; the cotton rope handle is the most popular handles used for the paper bag, which has the most wonderful touch in hand; and the paper rope handle can make the paper bag like a piece of great artwork with the help of the top packaging designers.

With respect to the price , the nylon usually costs more than the paper. The cotton handle is the cheapest at around one cents. Generally, the cotton rope are mostly used which has the best hand feel.

Besides, when the paper bag is particularly big, we need use the rivets to fasten the handles to the paper bag.

Apply the Proper Finish

The printing finish adds a luxurious quality feel, turning the ordinary paper bag into an extrodinary artwork.

The laminating makes the paper bag water-proof and more durable. With the glossy laminating, the paper bag will look very shiny, clear and eye-catching. The matte laminating gives the paper bag a very smooth and soft texture, looking more elegant and luxurious.

In the mean time, the spot UV, hot foil stamping, embossing and debossing can also be used to produce an upscale paper bag.

Every finish can have a splendid effect on the paper bag if they are used in the right context. Therefore, each finish is just different but no less at all.

DE Printed Box is a professional paper packaging products manufacturer, which can provide you the best packaging solution with the upscale and luxury feel. Email at to learn more.