One day when I was teaching in my native Sweden, Johan Kruse, a local marketing expert, heard me and proposed that package design communication, as well as in store communication, not to speak of advertising, could be far better if my simple message “simplify in order to amplify” were spread to a wider audience. Said [...]
Those of you who have read my book or listened to my speeches certainly know the triangle I use to explain “what and how to communicate” in each media, from outdoor advertising to package design.
As more and more products will be sold online in the future, although food and drinks will constitute a rather small [...]
In any profession, there are misconceptions, false ideas and misunderstandings. I meet them quite often in my daily work with marketing/brand managers or package designers. Here are my opinions on ten issues chosen at random:
Red is warm, blue is cold
I hear often that certain colours cannot be used for certain products/packages. It must be green, [...]
Brands are in a sense virtual, helping to make products real. Products will always be more important than brands as they fill the latter with real substance. However, what we buy is more often a brand than a product as the brand has a superior emotional content. We buy Nescafé rather than freezedried soluble coffee and Red Bull rather than an energy drink.
After breakfast cereal packaging it is no doubt the pizza category of products that offer most creativity (colour, layout, concept) in a supermarket. If the big selling pizza brands for obvious reasons amplify the appetite appeal there are still quite a number of secondary brands which offer highly interesting design solutions.