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Creative Displays of Ingredients

Consumers love to see illustrated ingredients made from bold colors on packaging. These designs give the consumer a better idea of what to expect from the product. These simple illustrations help the product feel fresh and bright. In addition, you can use variations of colors to distinguish between types and flavors.

Along with creative ways to display ingredients, in 2023, consumers will want to see packaging that implements abstract concepts. For example, consider using color and shapes to hint at what is inside instead of placing a product image on the front of the packaging.

Creating Intrigue with Pattern and Texture

It is a fact that the more tactile you make your product packaging, the more memorable it will be for the consumer. With this knowledge, you can see that more designers are implementing creative printing techniques into their packaging. Some examples of creative printing techniques on packaging include:

  • Debossing
  • Embossing
  • Foil printing
  • Die cut labels

Wrap-around patterns are another trend that will lead the way in 2023. Instead of confining your design to either the front or the back of your package, increase the consumer’s appeal by wrapping that design across all sides of the packaging.

Tapping into Nostalgia

Consumers will always be drawn to products that bring them a sense of nostalgia. This is why styles tend to reemerge once what is trendy starts to feel outdated. The sticker book aesthetic is an example of a reemerging trend that will continue through 2023. This aesthetic includes cute small icons, doodles, and stamps placed randomly around the packaging to appear as stickers.

Bringing the Fun with Color and Charm

Mascots have always played a strong role in branding. However, this branding tactic is beginning to take a turn by allowing the mascot to evolve in their clothing, environment, or other subtle changes. Although there may be slight differences between mascots shown on product variations, they must remain cohesive and align well with the overall branding.

Bright colors are another element that will continue to have a stronghold in the packaging world in 2023. Bright colors engage consumers, and it is predicted that these colors will only grow bolder in 2023.

Keeping in Personal with a Hand-Drawn Aesthetic

Typography strongly affects packaging design with its own trends and adaptations. In 2023, the hand-drawn aesthetic will make its mark as it adds a personal touch, almost implying that someone wrote on each individual package. Adding any small personal touch to your packaging design is a great way to make your company feel personal and relatable.

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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.

He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.

An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.

One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.