Packaging design is obviously very important when marketing your product. It's the first thing people see when walking into a store so you have to make sure that it stands out from the rest of the products on the shelf. Package design can make you desire something as benign as soap. Designers are especially more sensitive to package design. In the past I've bought something solely for the reason that I loved the packaging.

Tips

The people over at Go Media have written up a nice blog entry on basic packaging design tips with some nice examples. If you are interested in packaging design then you should check it out.

Inspiration

TheDieline.com is probably one of the best blogs strictly focusing on packaging design. It's a great place to get inspiration. Here are some examples from their site

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Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.