10 Creatively Inspiring Tea Packaging Designs

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Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” And in recent times, the creativity and innovation that companies, as well as design students, have put into the graphics and form of tea packaging shed new light on those sentiments. Tea is one of the world’s most popular beverages, serving as a hallmark of culture, leisure and nutrition – at once a luxury item and an everyday indulgence. In order to bridge those consumer gaps, graphic designers the world over have reached into their imaginations to offer the world fine tea products that are both tasty and aesthetic. And with the comforting, age-old hot beverage that is tea acting as such a creative muse for designers, we bring you ten inspiring examples of tea packaging.

10. Hanger Tea

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One way to separate yourself from successful mainstream tea brands is to throw in some humor. Soon Mo Kang’s cheeky Hanger Tea packaging has been lauded on design blogs all over the world. The product appears easy to use: simply dangle the tea bag by its “hanger” over the inside of your mug or cup. One food blogger suggested that this might be “the best design for a teabag” but for the hook holding the bag too close to the top of the receptacle. Still, Hanger Tea fans prize the cuteness factor and inspired aesthetics of the design, in spite of those utilitarian details.

9. Tea Forté

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Conceived and marketed as a high-end product, Tea Forté’s aesthetically pleasing teabags come close to being a work of art. The Silken Tea Infusers are each handmade, with the company boasting that such infusers are the superior method by which to enjoy tea. The sophisticated outer package design with simple leaf embellishments complements the clean look of the inner packaging. Meanwhile, the pyramid shape is timeless but also functional: unlike traditional tea bags, it accommodates first-rate whole leaf teas. Tea Forté is sold in high-end stores, tourism hot spots and spas throughout the world.

8. Dovely Tea

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What could be more tranquil and peaceful than origami and tea? Dovely Handmade Goods blends both relaxing elements in the packaging of its products. Dovely Teas’ artistic and crafty design involves textured black material with a hand-cut “window,” offering a peek into what you are about to enjoy. The designers at YIU Studio fashioned the handcrafted packaging employing silkscreen, letterpress and stamping methods. What’s more, the dove – hand-assembled into a tea bag through origami – is a popular symbol of peace in various religious cultures around the world, perhaps opening the door for the use of Dovely Teas in various celebratory events. In any case, available for purchase through Etsy, the product and its packaging are sure to calm and center one’s afternoon cup of tea experience.

7. Lotus Seed and Red Date Wedding Tea

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The Gryphon Tea Company affirms that its founder, Tian Wee, “expresses his creativity by creating exciting and innovative tea blends.” This mission aligns perfectly with graphic designer Suzannaa’s endeavor to present a distinct packaging design in a special series: the Lotus Seed and Red Date Tea for the traditional Chinese wedding tea ceremony. The tea bags themselves are wrapped within the folds of the two entwined Chinese characters for “happiness,” producing a pattern signifying “double happiness.” These bags are aimed at the growing sector of young, sophisticated and worldly engaged and newly married couples. Suzannaa explains that her design “consists of a fusion of modern and traditional paper cuttings, motif designs as well as the colour red, which is symbolic in Chinese traditions.”

6. Lost at Sea Tea

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Nostalgia is an element within all graphic designers’ toolboxes that needs to be carefully wielded lest it appear sappy or kitschy. It takes a clear vision and a steady focus to pull it off, and in the Lost at Sea tea packaging design, Chris Eshnaur does so with apparent ease. He discloses on his site that he created this product and company “in order to bring a more interactive approach to tea packaging.” The emblematic look of Eshnaur’s nautical motif draws the consumer directly into the experience. A handmade wooden box with wood-branded logo opens to reveal a pop-up ship with the tea bags tied as anchors. Remember when you used to sit with your father or grandfather, helping him put together his models? Well, even if that picture is more fancy than memory, with its creativity and craftsmanship, this unique concept is sure to enchant.

5. Halcyon Tea Company

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With clever paint can-style packaging like this, it’s no wonder Halcyon Tea Company was honored with a Color in Design Award in 2012. In these tea package designs, a warm autumn color palette highlights a polished and chic black paint pail. What’s more, a carefully selected sans serif typeface hints at the exotic while suggesting elegance. Every aspect of the design intimates a story: the person gifting you with this tea just jetted back from a foreign adventure, a safari or a glamorous rendezvous and thought of you along the way.

4. Tea Party

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Donkey Products in Germany produces these adorably iconic tea bags under the name Tea Party and sells them in the United States through Amazon. However, fear not, this Tea Party reaches with open arms across party and national lines, representing figures like President Barack Obama and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on their bags. The designers pay homage to pop culture, too, celebrating movie icons such as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, John Wayne and Charlie Chaplin in their Cup of Fame bags. Donkey Products boasts an astounding inventory of famous tea bag character representations – from Olympic athletes to “RoyalTea,” which features members of the British royal family – and they’re all depicted arms spread, finding their niche in a teacup. Now you can finally say you had tea with the Queen. Fun design clearly knows no bounds.

3. Simply T Tea

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Uncomplicated and modest, Simply T packaging has captured the attention of design connoisseurs across the web. Created by Canadian design firm Paprika Works’ student designer Maria Milagros Rodriguez Bouroncle, the product appears to be almost a blank canvas when closed: black and sharp with a single “T” embossed on the side. In opening the packaging, the consumer is reminded not to judge a book by its cover. The proverbial caterpillar becomes a butterfly, and the open container seems to gloat in its colorful glory. The tea pods are arranged by shade and form an impressive rainbow of the autumn color palette. Each is folded like a little flower pod – an appealing variation on the usual triangular or square bag. This clever design would make an immediate conversation piece at any dinner table.

2. Teapee Amerindian Herbal Teas

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Tea is one of those commodities that is cross-cultural, and the making of teas itself holds a hallowed place in Native American traditions. Way before colonists staged the Boston Tea Party, these indigenous people brewed medicinal teas vital to their customs. Canadian design student Sophie Pépin pays tribute to this intriguing practice in her Teapee tea bag and package design. The name immediately conjures up Native American imagery – and combining it with teepee-shaped packaging is marvelous. Here, no detail is left to chance, as even the leaves seem to have been chosen to honor the native medicinal ways, while the teepee “pole” itself is utilized to steep the infusion.

1. Teastar

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Teastar is a colorful little gift offering for your hot water available in five different organic loose leaf concoctions. Its manufacturer likens its design to that of a “yap yap toy.” These items remind us of the notes we used to fold and craft in class, in the days before texts and emails. The external packaging conjures up the warmth of ornaments, and the transparent silk tea bags inside allow consumers to see their contents. The typewriter-style font is also a crowd-pleaser – a typeface likely to resonate with almost all consumers. While much tea packaging seeks to create a sense of calm, Teastar, through its mission statement, aligns itself with “stars” of a more vibrant variety – think: rock stars, film stars and starfish.

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10 Funny Re-Imaginings of Corporate Logos

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A company logo is the face of corporations around the world, giving consumers an easily identifiable symbol to connect to wherever they go. From fast food logos looming over the interstate to the friendly package delivery driver at the front door, a logo represents who a company is and what a company stands for. The logo represents the image the company wants to project to the public.

The real perception of the public, though, is not always the same impression that the company wants to make. Some parodies of famous logos of some of the biggest companies in the world present a humorous look at an image that is more aligned with the public’s true opinion. From McDonald’s to the Olympics, these humorous parodies depict the controversies and opinions surrounding these companies to make even more of an impact than the original logo.

10. UPS

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UPS, the United Postal Service, is one of the most profitable companies in the United States, and it has increasingly become the number one choice for mailing everything from holiday packages for family and friends to important workplace documents. It also has made headlines and topped viral video lists with employees carelessly handling fragile packages and has gained a reputation for losing important pieces. For many customers of UPS, the delivered package might end up as broken pieces in a box or a misplaced envelope of important paperwork, never to be seen again. This “Oops” parody of the recognizable UPS logo plays up on that reputation, clearly connecting UPS with “Consider it gone.”

9. Nintendo

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Video games have been controversial for years, cited as propagators of everything from violence, idleness, anti-social behavior, and lower test scores for young children. Nintendo game systems have been on the market for a long time, and the company continues to grow in popularity with recent releases of the WiiU game system and the Nintendo 3DS handheld game systems. With all of the studies and research done on whether or not video games are a waste of time, the parody of Nintendo’s famous logo replaces the company name with the words “Nothing to do,” making for an appropriate connection to general public opinion about what a waste of time video games can be. The parody logo can also double as a reference to the anti-social behaviors of some video game fanatics.

8. YouTube

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Of all of the digital and social media that has become a part of modern cultures in the past decade, the power of YouTube is perhaps the most pervasive and altering for individual people in their pursuit for fame and fortune. For people looking to get famous, YouTube provides the power of viral videos, and anyone can share practically anything by posting a video to the site. Whether it is a death-defying action feat or performing a song, YouTube can make people famous. One of the most watched types of videos on the site continues to be cat videos, and the phenomenon has magnified and increased the popularity of cat videos around the world. In this parody of a famous logo, replacing the words “YouTube” with “Cat Videos” in the brand’s logo, then, just makes sense.

7. HP

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Today’s society continues to rely on technology for everything. From network servers to computers to printers and all of the accessories, HP (Hewlett-Packard) has taken a large corner of the computer technology market. Its company logo features a blue circle with a lower case “h” and “p” in the center. HP is a brand that many people turn to for high quality products, believing in the reputation HP has built. What many customers find out or come to believe, though, is that with technology comes the all too likely possibility of an error message or operation issue. This parody of the famous HP logo stretches out the circle to a square, inserting the letters “e” and “l” in between the “h” and the “p.” The new logo represents the likelihood of a customer’s time spend talking to HP’s help center.

6. Camel

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The possibility of getting cancer from smoking cigarettes cannot be ignored, and the reputation that tobacco companies have for intensive marketing campaigns continues to come under fire. One of the biggest controversies surrounding these campaigns has been the acknowledgement of the targeting of children in order to increase brand recognition and increase the chances that those products will be purchased in the future. Many companies have used cartoon characters and iconic American figures to promote their brands. Camel, one of the top cigarette brands in the United States, for example, has a cartoon, “Joe the Camel,” in its advertising. This parody shows a camel, too, but this one is suffering and clearly not well. The word “Cancer” replaces the “Camel” of a company ad in the logo, but perhaps represents the ultimate price of a pack of cigarettes more clearly.

5. The Olympics

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Around the world, professional athletes are looked up to by children and adults, and athletes become role models. Perhaps no other athlete is as revered as the Olympic athlete, who represents his or her respective nation in an epic competition of nation’s around the world working together to earn gold. The Olympic Games logo, a symbol of five multi-colored rings, holds a lot of weight in advertising and promotions, and it is perhaps one of the most well known symbols of all organizations across the world. The popularity of the games, the athletes, and the logo itself magnify the issue when an athlete is found to be using drugs or steroids. The parody logo for the Olympics features the iconic multi-colored rings, but also includes the words EPO, steroids, cocaine, amphetamines, and hormones to represent the increasing number of positive drug tests by Olympic athletes in recent years.

4. BP

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BP, British Petroleum, was one of the leading gas and oil companies in the world, headquartered in London, but the company has suffered from several recent environmental controversies. This included a massive oil spill in Alaska in 2006 and the recent explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The company’s logo features a green, yellow, and white star. The parody of the logo keeps the basic shape of the star logo, but adds an “Angry Bird” face. The bird is sitting in a puddle of oil with oil dripping from its feathers and dotted around its face. The logo is clearly representing the environmental damage that the company has been a part of in previous years, particularly the immense spill and the damage done to the wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

3. Pepsi

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At some point, it seems that people in Western cultures inevitably begin to be concerned with their weight. More recently, the health effects of being overweight have made headlines. Increasing controversy has occurred because of the involvement of the government in discussions on how to decrease the rates of obesity, particularly in children, and particularly in the United States. In some states, cities, and communities, legislation has been proposed and in some cases passed in order to require restaurants and other food service establishments to offer healthier options, including using oils that are free from trans-fats. Another recent trend in the fight against obesity is the role that sugary soft drinks play in weight gain, diabetes, and other health complications. One of the biggest soft drink and beverage companies in the world, Pepsi, branded itself with a blue, red, and white circle. The white in the circle represents a smile, separating the blue and red halves. In a parody, a head, arms, legs, and belly button turn the round circle into a Pepsi drinker.

2. Fox News

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With the freedom of speech, the public perception that newspapers and news television shows would present an unbiased and objective picture of current events and public figures developed. In a parody of the Fox News logo, which features the station’s name with spotlights, the brand is changed to “Faux News” with a plea for audiences to “Agree for Fox Sake.” For many people, the controversy of Fox News and other news programs comes from the slanted and biased presentation of the material and information. Commentators and reporters share opinions, and in the news media forum, this is perceived as fact by some of the audience rather than as opinion. “Agree for Fox Sake” is a representation of the view of Fox’s interest in profit share rather than disseminating accurate and fair verifiable facts and reports.

1. McDonald’s

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Out of all of the logos that are recognized around the world, the multi-national McDonald’s logo is perhaps the most iconic. With so many McDonald’s giant “M’s” looming over the horizon across the United States and in country’s around the world, it is often one of the first symbols that a child recognizes. McDonald’s becomes the perfect representation of all fast food restaurants, then, as it has been one of the most profitable and successful since it was started. McDonald’s is one of the most beloved institutions in the United States, but it has also been the center of controversy. From documentaries that cite McDonald’s role in childhood and adult obesity to the way in which food is prepared, many consumers have increasingly vowed to boycott McDonald’s restaurants in particular. Flipping the iconic “M” to its side and then upside down to create the “Ewww” fits this growing reputation for what fast food can do to someone’s health.

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