Graphic Design Trends 2014-2015: Black & Minimalist Health & Beauty Packaging

Organic beauty products are taking on an edgier, more elegant tone housed in black, minimal packaging according to leading trend forecast and analysis company, WGSN/Stylesight.

The company cites “Black Emphasis” as a theme in its Prints & Graphics/ Branding & Packaging: Monumental Packaging trend forecast report describing an emphasis on the “refinement of a Japanese aesthetic” by brands like Morihata “whose products are bringing the attraction ofblack back into the bathroom as it introduces the unique properties of Binchotan charcoal into our beauty routines.”

Graphic design principles and elements that define this trend include:

  • Materials fluctuating from matte to a gloss
  • Emphasis on the dullness of black rubber, the elegant simplicity of white cardboard and crispness of plain plastic
  • Typeface choices moving with the times of Helvetica and Futura with variation on scale, sometimes opting for big, bold and blocky dimensions
  • Minmalist packaging designs focused on basic shapes

See examples below:

Graphic Design Trends: Black & Minimalist Beauty Packaging

Graphic Design Trends 2014-15: Black & Minimalist Health and Beauty Packaging

Graphic Design Trends 2014-15: Black & Minimalist Health and Beauty Packaging

Above: 1 Mama Shelter bathroom product designed by UK-based GBH via Lovely Package // 2 Kuro powder packaging by Sort of Coal // 3 Laundry detergent packaging by The Deli Garage: L’eaundry designed by Germany-based KOREFE via Lovely Package // 4 Nail polish packaging concept for “Kruel” designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student Korey Leach // 5 Eye makeup remover by botanical beauty brand Grown Alchemist // 6 Manfuel’s performance powder packaging designed by US-based design firm fifty3 // 7 Arboris organic skincare cosmetics packaging designed by Moscow-based design firm Ohmybrand via Lovely Package // 8 Dave’s Shower Shave bar designed by Webb deVlam via The Dieline // 9 Packaging for imagined men’s bath product brand “Huxley” designed by FIDM Graphic Design Marcella DaSilva

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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  • Shumi

    Black and white the two basic color in art world make the whole package look good. All graphics designer should be updated enough with the latest trend as it reflects their capabilities in adapting new theme.

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