If you offer more than expected, the consumer will always come back. This extra, this cherry on the cake, this bonus, call it what you want, is about adding value to the product/package. Obviously, this extra lies mainly in the product, i.e. it tastes better than expected, it is aesthetically more pleasing or it is more convenient.
I have repeated over and over again that the best designs are (almost) always the most simple ones. My own philosophy is that, in order to become the number one in a product category,one has to constantly simplify the design. This means that it stands out on the shelf and that the brand is remembered. Three good examples are the Mars chocolate bar in Europe, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in the UK and the Maggi Cube in Africa.
When art and the practice of typography joined forces with the invention of movable type and the printing press in the 15th centry, who could then foresee such a fantastic development, which was going to be amplified with the arrival of the digitalisation? Calligraphy, also used in pack design, is of course even older and if we go further back in time, we find the Chinese proverb “a picture is worth a thousand words”. And this is exactly what this article is about! Can typography ‘paint’ a picture on the front of the pack to tell a great story? Yes, in the manner of the “LOVE” art by Robert Indiana, first as a Christmas card in 1964 and then as a sculpture in 1970.
The answer to this question is both yes and no. Yes, as you do not play around with a logotype, a colour scheme or an icon! No, as you can easily adapt to local conditions if you understand a visual identity and how, within a given framework, you can be creative without the consumer noticing deviations.