Holiday 2012 Packaging & Graphics to include Typography-Driven Design & Organic Illustrations According to Stylesight

We’re giving you a jumpstart on holiday planning in our latest trend report featuring 2012 holiday packaging trends according to leading fashion forecast and trend analysis company Stylesight.

In its Prints & Graphics: Packaging Highlights Holiday 2012 report, Stylesight pinpoints organic illustrative techniques, letterpress-inspired typographic treatments and more in upcoming holiday prints and packaging this year.

Packaging Design Trends: Holiday 2012

Holiday 2012 packaging graphic design trends according to Stylesight: typography and organic illustration

Holiday 2012 packaging graphic design trends according to Stylesight: typography and organic illustration. See below for image details.

Above: 1 Christmas Cream Ale packaging design by graphic designer Forrest Causby // 2 Typographic Christmas-themed playing cards by New Zealand-based firm Dashwood, photo courtesy of  // 3 Holiday cards for Bao Vo Creative, Inc. by FIDM Graphic Design Alumna and graphic designer Melissa Bergen // 4 “Christmas Spirit” packaging by design firm Stranger & Stranger, photo courtesy of

Stylesight points to the following design elements that are helping to define fine graphic design in holiday 2012 prints and packaging:

Illustrative Mix

  • Detailed black pen and pencil studies
  • Whimsical hand-sketched illustrations
  • Quirky visuals
  • Naïve styling
  • Hand-rendered type

Type Attack

  • Classic letterpress typefaces
  • Rustic, organic color palette
  • Single color prints
  • Mixed vintage
  • Typography
  • Printed on recycled and eco-friendly materials
  • Patchwork text layouts
  • Allover ornate
  • Text prints

With access to leading fashion trend reports at the FIDM Library, one of the largest specialized fashion libraries in the United States, students earning their graphic design and digital media degrees at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, stay current with upcoming trends for fashion, color, graphics design and more.

Check back every Tuesday for new graphic design trends in apparel, prints and packaging according to leading fashion forecast companies. Read more 2012 graphic design trend reports here.

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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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