Dummies for package design

Edward Rothstein/The New York Times

Edward Rothstein/The New York Times

There was a piece in the New York Times over the weekend about two small museums that are repositories of nostalgic collections, one for ventriloquist dummies, and one for retail signs. It reminded me of the amazing resource the web has become for esoterica.

For those interested in package design there are some very interesting places to go. Here are just a few places I have uncovered that go beyond the popular beauty sites like dieline.com and lovelypackage.com.

The American Package Museum is curated by Ian House and has some interesting historical images of well-known brands.

For sites that focus on fruit crate art go to Paperstuff.com, oodlesalootle.com, and thelabelman.com.

To see how packaging is used in vintage advertising go to adclassix.com,

How about perfume bottles, try passionforperfume.com, or the Barcelona perfume museum.

There are sites for specific types of packaging like, collectiblesodacans.com, the soda can library, antiquebottles.com, historic glass bottles, rustycans.com, the beer can museum, capemaycountybottles.com, or milkbottlecollectors.com.

Enjoy old toys, try the classic toy museum, or tick tock toys,

For an incredible look at historic jazz album covers go to a Swedish site, birkajazz.com.

Some museums have interesting online collections from the well-known like the Cooper-Hewitt, to the well-hiden like the Hagley Museum’s on-line Raymond Loewy exhibit.

As I said this is just the beginning of what is available. Have fun!


About Richard Shear

designer, husband, teacher, blogger, father, athlete, author, historian Richard has over 25 years of brand identity and package design experience, with a wide range of clients such as Ahold, Coca-Cola, Hasbro, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pernod Ricard and Procter & Gamble. He began his career working with the legendary advertising art director, and AIGA Medalist, George Lois and the British design manager Clive Chajet. In his next design management position at Lippincott & Margulies, he worked with Walter Margulies learning the complex skills of global corporate identity. He then became Creative Director and Partner at Peterson & Blyth, one of the premier brand identity and package design firms of the time. He is a founding faculty member of the Masters in Branding Program at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He publishes the blog The Package Unseen, and has been a guest lecturer at colleges including FIT, Trinity College and Tyler School of Art. He is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Richard is a Board member of the AIGA MetroNorth Chapter, past President of AIGA‘s Brand Design Association, President of the Package Design Council and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a member of USA Cycling and US Rowing, a nationally ranked masters bicycle racer, and a member of The Saugatuck Rowing Club, the 2010 Masters Club National Champion.
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