The Real Stories Behind Iconic Packaging Colors

From Barbie Pink to Tiffany Blue, the colors of these iconic packages aren’t an accident.

Kate Bertrand Connolly, Freelance Writer

August 7, 2023

6 Slides

Color is a formidable component in the packaging design tool kit, drawing the eye and evoking emotion. Packaging colors are also brand builders: Consumers associate familiar packaging colors with certain brands, and often shop by looking for the specific color.

Legacy brands in categories such as food and beverage, toys, and jewelry know the power of color in packaging and have leveraged it for decades. They’re protective of their colors, as well. Some have gone so far as to file a lawsuit to protect their rights to a packaging color.

Click below to read the stories behind the iconic colors of Barbie, Cadbury, Tiffany, Reese’s, Heineken, and Campbell Soup packaging.

About the Author(s)

Kate Bertrand Connolly

Freelance Writer

Kate Bertrand Connolly has been covering innovations, trends, and technologies in packaging, branding, and business since 1981.

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