Packaging Books

Packaging is not my “full-time” job but I do get an occasional project. I don’t know what it is, but the packaging projects I get tend to be my favorites. But since packaging is a small part of my day-to-day duties, I don’t spend a lot on reference materials.

I have been eyeing this book for about a decade now, The Packaging Designer’s Book of Patterns ,

I never wanted to spend the money but I did just receive the book as a gift. It’s a great book, I should have spent the money a long time ago. The 10+ variations on a pillow pack is worth the price of admission. If you know these patterns like the back of your hand, it may not be the book for you. If you are a part-timer like myself, it is well worth it.

Also, I would like to recommend the Graphis Packaging series. They haven’t come out with a new one in a while and the old ones can be dated, but you can get used copies from Amazon for under $10. A cheap price for some great inspiration. Although #4 is very old, I would recommend it because it has many interesting structures. #s 5-9 are mostly graphics-oriented and have little inspiration for structure so I would pick and choose only a couple, you don’t need all five books.

That is a great book. Here are a couple of great ones in my collection,

“The Little book of big packaging idea”

“structural Ppackaging” by Josep M Garrofe

Even though I don’t get to do a lot of consumer packaging this book is great. I have the second edition and it’s seen enough use to warrant the purchase (it’s almost falling apart).

Does anyone have a recommendation for a book that has packaging materials, printing processes and or case studies that involve those things?