Ex long-term freelancer, ex unfinished PhD student, and almost ex design strategist. A true believer that being a designer is a lifestyle rather than a job. It’s a way to realise the world. Artists want their works to be found in museums while designers want theirs to be seen in stores.
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Milton Glaser, the author of I ♥️ NY logo and Brooklyn Brewery identity, passed away at the age of 91. His thoughts on the design discipline are timeless and will stay with us forever. Art is work, proclaimed the inscription on his office door in Manhattan, and I can’t agree more.
As an artist in my soul, I admire that the term "looking good" is up for debate, while the anti-beauty movement is here to stay. I remember my studies and the concept of unreasonable beauty, brought to my mind by the most talented philosophy and art mentors. That's precisely what it is. Finally.
Who told that cosmetics innovations and containers made from ocean plastic are possible somewhere else, but not in Lithuania? Brand new Kilig product has been included among the top innovations in the annual beauty industry report by Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna! For the second year in a row. And the packaging is made from 50% of ocean waste plastic! The product created by BIOK Laboratorija and designed by étiquette.
This year, we observe the continuity of global brand refreshments. Some ABC lessons are worth taking into account. Last year we saw Kellogg’s and Carlsberg, this year, Cadbury and Heinz have similarities in their quest to masterbrand their portfolio. Lessons:
A - the main focus is on the refinement of max 1-2 key visual assets.
B - in modern trade and e-commerce colors are becoming the most critical trap for buyers with falling attention. Brands are betting on the monumentality and shelf impact of large areas of color.
C - brand heritage / positioning is reflected through secondary rather than competing design details.
D - SKU peculiarities / tastes are revealed through moderately playful graphics or photos. Every detail helps to spread the positioning.
E - visual claiming diet enabled. The benefits of the brand or SKU are told in a more exciting way and shape.
Conclusion: the introduction of new products / lines is a critical driver of innovation in the short-term, but leads to the fragmentation of the masterbrand image. So after a long-term, comes the time for strategic reversal and refinement. I bet that we should expect the following actions from the Baltic FMCG leaders soon.
At our agency, we are constantly trying to be at the forefront of the packaging and design-related industry. And the best way to sum up, what we find and what we care about is to write a newsletter, once in a month.