Having the chance to work on ‘both sides of the fence’, i.e. as a designer in the design world with agencies and as a marketeer in the business world with both retailers and small and big FMCG companies I am, as many readers might have understood, often frustrated. But also thrilled, as there is so much still undone, as Ingvar Kamprad at IKEA so rightly said a few years ago.
One day, I was sitting with my old friends Brigitte and Jean Jacques Evrard, chatting about humour, one of our favourite topics. I mentioned that humour seems to have no place in today’s business world. Digitalisation has made us so efficient that there is no time to lay back, think and smile. So Jean Jacques [...]
There are two brands I’ve followed closely during the last 2-3 years, as both seem to have understood how to connect with a younger generation. They are Michel et Augustin in France, and soon all over Europe and Emmi in Switzerland, starting to export as well.
Yes, their packages and POS material are busy and do [...]
The origin of raw materials such as cacao or coffee is one way of promoting a country or region. This is done quite often, be it with or without quality seals as “Café de Colombia” or “Rainforest Alliance Certified”.
Once I heard that typography was a “beautiful group of letters and not a group of beautiful letters”.
I am aware that I’m going to annoy some of my fellow designers with this idea, but, as someone said, if you have no enemies, you have no character!
… or the search for perfection. A couple of years ago I discovered that Magnum had developed an icon in the shape of an “M” very different to McDonald’s or Migros’. It had an identity of its own with the chocolaty letter and circles around, but it had no other meaning than the taste of chocolate. It was rather subdued in order not to fight the Unilever corporate heart above the Magnum logotype.
My book is for anyone who wants to learn tried and true ways of making packages that sell. And it’s not only the very first book on packaging communication; I hope to make it the first in a series. No doubt there’s enough to say about this misunderstood and overlooked topic to fill many books. [...]
You will find below some thoughts I gave to a journal and which unfortunately have not been published. It’s about where the designer should be and how good we are in order to reach a great result. How we, the client and the designer together, proceed and maximize the joint effort. This is my very personal view-point so if you have any comments, please give them and I’ll answer, but only by snail-mail!
During a recent travel through the South of Sweden, I visited a few ‘Systembolag’, that is to say the special shops where you buy hard liquor, wine and beer. I was very impressed to see the creativity in the category of wines in bag-in-box and was not surprised to learn that 50% of all wines sold in Sweden are now distributed in this type of pack. This is no doubt a proof of what great package design can do! The creativity lies in graphic design, as well as in shape design and material.