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It’s local!

It’s local!

… and it’s in your big supermarket! One of the most visible trends in today’s fast moving consumer goods markets is no doubt the arrival of small local producers in the big supermarket chains.

How refreshing! … to now have the choice between buying from and supporting a local business or getting ‘factory-made’ products which sometimes [...]

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Use all the space and overlap!

Use all the space and overlap!

No doubt we see today a lot of great designs in advertising, point-of-sale or packaging, designs that are simple, interesting and communicate well as for instance McDonald.
However, I also see more and more average, even mediocre designs that do not do the job for which they stand for, i.e. selling a product.
I have found that [...]

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How to put a brand ‘top-of-mind’ by changing it

How to put a brand ‘top-of-mind’ by changing it

Twenty years ago, in the UK (of course!), a brave brand manager at Kraft Foods (as it was called at that time) accepted a proposal from the Design Bridge Packaging Agency to temporarily change TOBLERONE to “TO.MY.LOVE” for St. Valentine’s day! The rest is history. The whole production was sold out in about a week!

Kraft [...]

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Yes, it’s possible!

Yes, it’s possible!

… but only with a clear briefing, conceptual thinking, stepwise designing, an open-minded client and last, but not least, the right hierarchy of information… It took only 3 months from briefing to printing!
No guidelines to follow, no corporate branding (which, by the way, I find wrong), no rigid hierarchy to obtain decisions during the progress [...]

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Be close to your target!

Be close to your target!

The other day, I fell on two goblets standing side by side in the rather new product category of chilled ready-to-drink coffee beverages. As I love to analyse communication, this is what I found:
One design speaks the language of the young consumer who drinks on the go, while the other design most likely follows the [...]

Jan 06
My favourite (right now)

Let us forget the Tropicana Disaster that should never have happened if PepsiCo had followed the 10 points below. The article is about the present European design, differing from the iconic American version. The European pack could in fact one day be redesigned to include the famous straw, as this is a great differentiator.
This being [...]

Dec 03

The HaHaHa Pentaward

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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 [...]

Dec 03

Is it a new trend?

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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 [...]

Oct 22

It can be better !

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It can be better !

Today’s packages are being improved constantly, be it on the logistic, technical, material or ecological side. We also see more unique designs and highly innovative solutions due to creative package design agencies.
However, if we look at the way packages communicate, i.e. which selling messages one can find or how convincing the back- and side panel [...]

Oct 22
The ultimate information panel

This panel should on purpose not be called the “back panel” as the word “back” immediately leads us to believe that something is less important. Another possible word could be “communication panel”, as the main purpose of this panel (be it side, top, bottom or back) is to achieve a dialogue with the consumer.
It is [...]

Sep 16
If it’s printed, it must be legible!

Why do so many consumers have a negative opinion about packages? There are mainly 5 reasons:

too difficult to open;
too small texts, practically unreadable;
overpacking – too much material or too big a pack in relation to the product/content;
incomprehensible changes to product, i.e. package design;
no handle for heavy packs and other ergonomical weaknesses as ‘slippery’ (unstable) plastic [...]

Jul 16

The living brand

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The living brand

In teaching Marketing, one often compares a brand to a living person. Why do we do this? Because a great brand must be ‘living’, either through new product developments or through constant change of its visual appearance. When I say “change of appearance”, it does not mean a change in any direction. A great strong [...]

Jul 16
Always ask yourself the obvious question “will the consumer target understand my design”

I think each designer and especially the pack designer should, after having finalised a job, take some distance to the work and analyse the communication.
During my years at Nestlé, I always showed my design to the cleaning lady who came each evening to put order in my cubicle and asked her “what does this pack [...]

Jul 09

Nespresso Vertuoline

Posted by admin in Pack Attack
Nespresso Vertuoline

Believe it or not, I’ve got two Nespresso designs to comment upon in Pack Attack.. Wow! What an honour, especially for me who was there when my colleague Rudi von der Emden designed the first Nespresso pack back in the 80ies (or was it already in the 70ies?) What makes this analysis so interesting is [...]

Jul 09

Talking packs

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Talking packs

Those who read www.packagingsense.com regularly know that the back and the side panels of a pack interest me as much a the front panel. The same applies to the communication at the point-of-sale and on the pack. So it is certainly not a surprise for you to understand my admiration for what the very creative [...]

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