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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 [...]

Jul 09

Nespresso Vertuoline

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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 [...]

Jul 09

What Lindt has learnt

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What Lindt has learnt

I constantly repeat: “if you are not seen, you cannot be bought”. Lindt discovered, probably a bit later than Ferrero, that surprising, highly visible POS material, i.e. shelf-ready corrugated displays, sell more. So they now use their Easter Bunny in a prominent way to promote this product. Here the product and the pack are basically [...]

Jul 09

Story is King!

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Story is King!

Why do consumers buy a product in the supermarket? Because they found it, they liked it and it has become part of their life. That’s ok and quite logical. However, if you wish to sell more of your product, there are mainly two ways to do it, either
-          you find new consumers, or
-          your present [...]

Jul 09
Where to put your product brand

Good question! First of all, as often as possible and wherever possible. It’s called marketing! But seriously, let us start with the brand on the pack. Never on the back! On the front, it can be on top, in the middle or below. Unfortunately, most marketeers believe it has to be on top. For me, [...]

Jul 09

My favourite European pack

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My favourite European pack

Last week I gave a speech in Prague for designers, as well as brand managers. Before that, I did my usual store checking to be reminded of the pack I just love, the Kolonada round flat crispy spa wafers from 1856. The now Mondelez company has fortunately not changed this design, although there are rumours [...]

Jun 16
Design & Copy = Copy Designer

In an advertising agency, we have project leaders, creative directors, account executives… and copy-writers.
At the beginning of my career, I was mostly trying to solve problems visually, i.e. with pictures, photos, etc. while during my last 20-25 years, I have become more interested in the verbal side of the communication. And here I should like [...]

Jun 11

Everything is possible

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Everything is possible

Marketing communication follows a few basic rules such as
-          make it simple
-          be bold
-          awake interest
-          don’t just inform… communicate!

but the best of them all is no doubt “be different”.
I remember that once the then CEO of Nestlé, Mr P. Brabeck, told us that packaging is the most economical advertising medium, enormously underutilised, with virtually [...]

Jun 11

Why not do the opposite?

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Why not do the opposite?

Most of the articles on www.packagingsense.com promote simplicity, as the best and most powerful messages on a pack, POS or advertisement should not be disturbed by other design elements .
Steve Jobs even stated: “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to [...]

Jun 11
10 Unwritten Rules or Beliefs – good or bad

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, [...]

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