tea packaging design

tea packaging design



Graphics & 3D visuals


The challenge was to reinterpret the tea box and give it a new identity – like a furniture object.

The duality between the history of Indian Tea together with the modern approach of young, chic YC store was the basis for this tea packaging design project.

It combines the spirit of the young generation that loves to enjoy the flavor of aromatic tea with the Indian heritage, telling the story of the first boats that were crossing the ocean bringing this amazing new product to Europe.

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Food packaging design story

Food packaging is packaging for food products. A package provides protection, tampering resistance, and special physical, chemical, or biological needs. It may bear a nutrition facts label and other information about food being offered for sale. Food packaging evolves with the progress of knowledge. Material discoveries, manufacturing developments, and new understandings of science shape the history of food packaging.

The first kind of food packaging came around in the form of wrappers. Wrappers for candies, bread, meat, etc. became extremely popular since their invention in 18th century in Europe. The earliest types of food packaging that existed in the United States were paper, cloth, wooden crates, and glass.

The first metal can was invented in 1809 after General Napoleon Bonaparte made an offer of 12,000 francs for anyone who could invent a method to preserve food for his army. Nicholas Appert, a Frenchman, invented the method of sealing food in tin, airtight cans and sterilizing them through a boiling process. Manufacturers later used tinplate, which is typically steel with a tin coating, to create cans.

From the early 1900’s to the 1960’s, glass dominated the liquids market until metal and plastic became commercially available.

Today, "plastic packaging (both flexible and rigid) continues to lead growth" in the food packaging industry. Reduced packaging and sustainable packaging are becoming more frequent as the world is becoming aware of the environmental issues.

The food packaging market is evolving to become interactive, aware, and intelligent. The industry calls this evolution “smart packaging”. Smart packaging is a conversation between people, brands, and objects and that smart packaging enhances consumers’ experience with products.

Tea packaging design history

When making a design, especially tea packaging design, the designer may need to know about the tea and tea culture first.

The tea bag, invented in 1908, is a key element in the tea’s history and one of the reasons for the success of this beverage.

Tea’s packaging, as other products, has also gone experiencing innovative shapes, opening mechanisms and graphics. From the old metallic cans or wooden tea boxes, we embraced the simple cardboard boxes, and now we are moving towards new packaging experiences, all based on design and creative graphics.

Sources: GreenSeal Blog; Wikipedia; Forbes; Slideshare; Tea Packaging Design; Tea packaging

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