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The HaHaHa Pentaward

The HaHaHa Pentaward

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 [...]

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Is it a new trend?

Is it a new trend?

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 [...]

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Sell your city, country or region

Sell your city, country or region

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”.

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Typography, a communication tool

Typography, a communication tool

Once I heard that typography was a “beautiful group of letters and not a group of beautiful letters”.

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Don’t change your logotype, update your identity!

Don’t change your logotype, update your identity!

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!

Jun 28

Packaging is great!

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Packaging is great!

How can it be that although packaging and everything related to it is one of the biggest industries in the world…

Jun 14

Design adds value

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Design adds value

Many food and drink products are today very similar which is due to the use of the same raw material, the same technical equipment in factories, from mixers to packaging line.

May 15
Why are back panels so boring…?

… because nobody seems to care – which is a pity, as this panel is an ideal means to strengthen the bond with the consumer! If well done it can become as interesting as the front. This is what Frito Lay have done with their Chinese potato chips design.

Apr 23

Ferrero Rondnoir update

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Ferrero Rondnoir update

I have always been an admirer of Ferrero packaging and point-of-sale material and I was even more impressed when I saw how they updated the Rondnoir carton.

Apr 17
What is typical for meat packaging

Recently, I had the opportunity to give a speech for the Russian meat industry which, in package design, is many years behind compared to Western Europe.

Apr 10
The Ararat Experience

Mr Musheg Mkhitaryan, native from the Ararat region in Armenia, is a very special man. He not only built a water factory in the Ararat Valley, but after three unsuccessful design studies, he saw me on Russian television and decided on the spot that I was his man to help out with his project.

Apr 04

Why More?

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Why More?

Here it is…the pack which, by saying next to nothin, says a lot.

Mar 12

DESIGN that sells

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DESIGN that sells

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.

Feb 01
Why not a Letter or a Number?

… or maybe both! The attentive package designer has certainly noticed the great number of brands which are short and memorable, using only a letter, a number, or both.

Jan 09

Special Editions

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Special Editions

… how to create something so unique that word-of-mouth becomes an efficient marketing tool.

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