I've had an interest in package design since I took my first packaging design class in college. I love how creative and out-of-the-box (no pun intended) designers have pushed their designs to make a product stand out. I can't tell you how many times I've been shopping and have been tempted to buy something based only on the design of the package. If you're looking for some great examples of package design, check out lovelypackage.com and thedieline.com. If anyone else has a great package design site, I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
I've focused on wine and alcohol packaging in my picks above. #1 is actually a great set of printable tags that can be attached to any wine bottle. You can downloaded them for free, here. My favorite has to be the Princess Bride 'Inconceivable Cab'. Too funny. Not surprisingly, I was also able to sneak in a cat related design (2). Anyone else have a favorite?
By the way, this post was a reader request (Thanks, Nicole!). I welcome all feedback and suggestions from my readers. If you'd like to see something featured on my blog, I'd love to hear about it!