In our last installment we talked about how there are six common rules of package and label design that will help ensure your product stands out over the competition.  We discussed how a clear and simple, honest and authentic label design works to draw consumers in.  Below we will discuss the last three common rules in package and label design that work together to create the masterpiece which will represent your brand and product.  A strong package and label design helps to ensure your product is chosen before one of the forty thousand competitors.

Shelf Impact

When creating a new package or label design a common problem exists in how the product will look on the shelf next to its competition.  In order to create something that has any shelf impact value you need to evaluate the packages and labels of the products next to yours on the shelf.  One thing that we need to be reminded of when designing a label is that never will your product be viewed alone or in great deal when seen by shoppers.

Your products label is arranged on a shelf in rows and columns along side of your competitors.  Until your products label design catches a consumer’s attention they are unlikely to take a closer look.

Go to the market today and stand in front of any shelf.  What do you see?  Which labels catch your attention?  What qualities do they possess that gives them the shelf impact you are looking for?  Is it a certain color, a special pattern or an image that catches your attention?  How can you emulate that within your own package and label design?


Consider the future of your brand; will the product package and label design that is created allow for an easy introduction of a new line extension?  Designs should always be created with your company’s future in mind.  Create something that offers a visually systematic design that allows for easy changes to both the visual and contextual content within your label.  This will allow for an easy transition as your brand and product lines expand.


Practicality in product packaging and label design deals with the actual shape, size and function of the container.  A perfect example of this is with ketchup.  Certain brands of ketchup were sold in glass bottles.  It would take forever for the ketchup to come out.  Once this was realized the company’s redesigned the package into a squeeze bottle.  This in turn increased the products usability.  Consider this when designing a container for your food product.

Using the six rules outlined in our recent articles you can create a product package and label design that maximizes results.

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