Labeling Programs (alphabetical list)
Designers and planners can benefit from looking at the work of others. Here is a selection of labels and labeling programs. The first section consists of labels from actual labeling programs. The second section consists of proposed label designs that have not been implemented in a labeling program. This includes the Environmental Life-Cycle Rating Label (ELCRL) developed by Larson and Farkas.
By far the most complete list of appliance-focused energy labels is compiled by CLASP.
Operational labels and labeling programs
Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Consumption. Austrailia's energy consumption label prior to 2000.
Also see Carbon-label.com.
Revised automobile label from the US EPA includes more measures than the previous design.
In contrast to the Nutrition Facts label, this nutrition label prominently displays a limited number of nutrition measures.
Does not provide data or a rating for individual food products.
Will measure Lumens rather than Watts.
Read more, HP introduces new 'green' label for products
A very complex design with usability issues
A sophisticated design with multiple measures
Similar to many hospitality star rating systems
W. Neuman, "For your health, Froot Loops," NYTimes.com. Originally published: September 4, 2009.
Wellsphere: Health Knowledge Made Personal, "Smart Choices grocery program discontinued"
S. Rosenbloom, "At Wal-Mart, labeling to reflect green intent," NYTimes.com. Originally published: July 15, 2009.
Proposed label designs and design ideas
Here is a sophisticated design for an eco-label created by Jeremy Faludi, a freelance product designer and engineer specializing in eco-design. (J. Faludi, "Toward an eco-label," Package Design Magazine, 2007.)
Gizmodo proposes a standardized life-cycle rating system for small digital devices.
They considered four possible designs for terror threat messaging. Very interesting design ideas.
In contrast to the Nutrition Facts label, this design provides a numerical value only for calories and evaluates food products with a star-based rating system.
Here is a highly flexible design for communicating complex life-cycle environmental impacts to consumers.
The University of California-Berkeley and the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena) conducted a competition for a new food label design. The competition generated a wide range of designs with commentary by a panel of judges.
Read more from the NY Times.
In this Op-Ed contribution to the New York Times, July 4, 2011, Steven Woloshin and Lisa M. Schwartz propose a package label for prescription drugs and other medications.