How to best integrate your logo in your packaging design

How to best integrate your logo in your packaging design

The PACT series part 4:

How to best integrate your logo in your packaging design

Alexander Kleijngeld

By Alexander Kleijngeld, Senior Solution Consultant, MetrixLab

Welcome back to our PACT series: a collection of blog posts dedicated to the key principles and best practices of successful packaging design. In part 4, we’re talking about logos, the role they play in packaging design, and how to best integrate them in your packaging design. Let’s dive in.

Your logo is a distinctive brand asset

For a lot of brands, their logo is their most distinctive brand asset. Your logo is the apex of your brand identity and can not only trigger instant brand recognition but also unlock rich (sub)conscious associations and, in some cases, a sense of desirability. In the context of packaged goods, think about the iconic logos of Chanel, Starbucks, Nike’s bold swoosh, or the smiling Pepsi logo. Each of these logos is instantly recognized by most and plays an integral role in its brand’s identity.

When integrated into your packaging design, your logo has the potential to:

  • Drive speed of recognition
  • Increase shelf visibility
  • Facilitate shelf findability
  • Drive desirability and (premium) price perceptions

Our packaging design testing practice’s benchmark database reveals which on-pack logos contribute most to the ease and speed of brand recognition within a split-second (0.1 seconds). Here are a few examples:

logo examples

Notice the similarities? From a creative perspective, we can conclude that each of these logos features:

  • A round(ish) shape,
  • Contrasting colors (red, green, yellow, blue)
  • Short, recognizable brand names

Where and how to place your logo on your pack

As important as your logo’s design is its placement on your packaging design. Pack designs with strong brand recognition tend to have their logo:

printed mid-size logo icon

1. Printed in mid-sized format (taking 20% to 35% of vertical space)

Uncluttered logo icon

2. Uncluttered, so no other design elements are close to the logo

Hierarchy logo icon

3. Placed near the top of the pack (around 10% to 25% from the top). This helps ease the hierarchy (the order in which design elements are seen). Our meta-learnings reveal that designs that draw attention to the brand logo first (before any other design elements are seen) are more easily understood, which can lead to higher sales.

A few examples of designs with proper logo sizing and placement:

examples of design with proper logo sizing and placement

What is interesting is that even minor creative choices can have a significant impact on brand recognition. Brands with lower recognition often feature small-sized logos placed in an unfavorable position on the packaging (e.g. on the side or near the bottom), with little to no color contrasts, and an overall cluttered design.

When zooming out, the size or placement of your logo may seem insignificant to your packaging design’s effectiveness. But the truth is that logo placement can make or break your packaging design. When we compared 3 competing packaging designs of toilet bowl cleaning products, we found a significant difference in the speed of brand recognition scores:

brand recognition packaging

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Which one of the above do you think had the highest brand recognition score?

If you said Domestos, you’re starting to get the hang of things. Compared to the other 2 packs, Domestos’ packaging features a large logo in the sweet spot, against a contrasting background, and without any clutter. It ticks all the boxes.

In summary, the creative characteristics of your logo, as well as how and where it is integrated in your packaging design, can significantly influence the performance of your design – in particular its recognition, visibility, and ease of finding. It isn’t always easy to get right, but that’s where we can help. Reach out to us today to learn about how our PACT solution suite can elevate your packaging design.

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