Packaging Designs For Social Media – Is it Instagrammable?

Shiny is Out, Matte Finish is IN

Bark Thins Snack pouch with matte finish packaging

It would be difficult not to notice the trend in designing with a matte rather than a shiny finish. This is most evident on flexible plastic materials commonly used for stand-up pouch packaging.  Traditionally, the pouches were designed with a glossy surface because it enhances the graphics.

However, now in today’s social media world where more and more products are designed to be Instagramable, a matte finish is much easier to photograph as it eliminates the light reflection. Smart marketers have recognized this and are designing accordingly.

When you take a walk through the grocery store, notice the labels, bags, boxes, and bottles designed with a matte finish.  We can expect this trend to continue and grow as brand owners add new products or redesign their existing packages.

According to the 2018 Sprout Social Index, 51% of consumers used Instagram regularly, and more than half of those people (30%) like or follow a brand. Expect to see more big, bold and clear designs with bright colours, ideal for professional quality photos.

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