March 2017

Outstanding and unique packaging design

Having vast experience in the graphic design industry means that we have knowledge of a variety of special print finishes that can add an extra special touch to your product packaging design 

There are an infinite number of different combinations of materials, print finishes and techniques that can be used in the creation of unique packaging design. These are options and suggestions that would not necessarily be presented to you by all graphic design agencies. We take our interest in packaging design seriously and keep up-to-date on the latest trends so that we have access to a library of unique packaging design production options. In doing so we can work to produce creative and original packaging designs. At anyone time we will have a stock of samples that we can show to our clients and that we use as a source of inspiration. The following are the top 10 materials and print finishes that we are looking forward to using in some future packaging projects. (Please note images below are to show material and print finishes only and are not showing design work from AKGraphics.) You can view some of our previous packaging projects here.

1. Cork Label Material

We love this very thin layer of natural cork that can be used in unusual packaging design. Due to the nature of the raw material, there will be slight variations in tone and appearance which are ideal to effectively promote a natural product. This would make for very unique label for organic wine or perhaps a small batch gin or rum, or a homemade jam or chutney label design.

Unusual cool bottle label design

2. Disappearing ink

When you rub this ink is vanishes. We’re not really sure what we would use this for but if an unusual packaging design project comes along that has this requirement we will have the option available to us!

Disappearing ink for Packaging

3. Matt Foil Blocking

Foiling is one of the most popular finishing techniques. Pearlescent foiling is the most common option and creates a smooth and highly reflective surface. Gold, copper and silver foils look particularly striking in luxury packaging design. For a more unusual effect a matt foils could be used and we feel this would work extremely well in bold geometric modern packaging design.

packaging design with Matte foil block

4. 3D Embossing

Embossing and debossing is an effect where the surface is either raised or pressed down to create a design. The traditional process brings an added appeal to packaging design. The effect we are looking forward to working with is a 3D Embossing where the effect is much more striking and dramatic. The finished effect is very high end and so we would love to see this finish used in a very luxurious product packaging design. A limited edition or special collectors version of a product would be the ideal opportunity to use this finish.

3D Embossing Packaging design Ireland

5. Motion Cutting

Die cutting is a process by which a bespoke shape is cut away from material using a cutting template called a die or forme. This technique is commonly used on folders, business cards and other stationary. There are certain limitations in this in that the shape cannot be too intricate. A newer technique where a laser cuts away a design can be used to create extremely detailed and effective packaging designs. This finish would be very effective in cutting away a portion of the packaging to reveal a glimpse of the product within.

Cut out Packaging Design

6. Letterpress Textures and Patterns

Dating back to 1439, letterpress is the oldest form of printing. Traditionally used for decorative and vintage effects, the process usually involves a block template of raised letters that is inked and pressed onto the paper. A more modern take on this would be to use letterpress without ink to create a pattern or texture on the packaging design. This effect would create a wonderfully tactile finish for a unique packaging look.

Letterpress texture design

7. Glitter

Certainly not suitable for every design project but in the right scenario this print finish would create a standout design with a striking appearance. Glitter varnish would add a decorative and eye-catching coating that would give sparkle to your packaging. Definitely a finish we would love to use on a funky project.

Glitter on Packaging Design Ireland

8. 3D Spot UV

3D UV is a high gloss raised varnish. The fundamental difference between 3D UV and Spot UV is the height. Spot UV sits flat and 3D UV has the height between 1-3mm. This finish gives a modern feel and can be used to highlight certain aspects in the packaging design.

Raised Spot UV - Water effect printing

9. Soft Touch Coating

This print finish will create an effect so smooth and so subtle that the packaging will feel like silky velvet. The soft touch coating application creates a soft, velvety texture. We think this luxury package design finish would work very well with packaging for high-end luxurious gift products.

Soft touch finish effect for packaging

10. Edge Painting

If the edges of the material used to create the packaging design are visible an extra splash of colour can be added with painted edges. This finishing process involves covering the sides of a piece of print with a layer of ink or paint. We could see this effect working really well in a box created from thick card with a minimal black and white design so that the painted edges become the highlight of the striking packaging design.

Edge painting for packaging design

If you have a product that requires packaging you can contact us to arrange a meeting to have a chat about the different options. We can then put together a proposal and work with you to create striking packaging design that does your product justice.

Contact Anne on 086-2643716 or email anne@akgraphics.ie and we’ll take it from there.

You can also view some of previous packaging projects here.

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