Negative space takes center stage in current packaging design trends, according to leading fashion forecast and trend analysis company Stylesight in its Prints & Graphics: Packaging Highlights March 2013 report. This “Minimal Mind” graphic design trend favors immaculate white space and minimal graphics over decorative graphic design elements.
“Pristine packaging alludes an über contemporary feel,” states Stylesight.
Additional design elements that define this trend include:
- Immaculate white is used as a basis for all materials and packaging
- Minimal graphics and type
- Pure and simple branding
- New organic approach
- Small and subtle pops of color appear through paint drips, tiny circles, type and simple illustrations
See examples below:
Above: 1 “Concept 3” body spray packaging concept designed by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Prat Chandran // 2 Alishan Tea Packaging by Victor Design (Taiwan). Image via The Dieline.com // 3 Eighthirty Coffee Roasters’ packaging designed by Butcher & Butcher ltd (New Zealand) // 4 Biržų Duona bakery packaging designed by Lithuanian-based graphic designer Edvardas Kavarskas // 5 “Drip” shaving products packaging for Autstralia-based boutique hotel, The Cullen, designed by graphic designer Kristian Mjøset
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