I often say that packaging is a brand’s most enduring and accessible consumer touch point. It’s certainly its most compelling, because it’s through packaging that consumers first come in contact with their favorite brands in a tangible manner. The experience a brand’s packaging creates for consumers must … Read More
Diversity and inclusivity have emerged as powerful catalysts for change and growth in the toy and entertainment industries, and across the licensed consumer product landscape as it relates to these brands. These defining themes are reshaping the marketplace and redefining the relationship between brands and consumers. As … Read More
Before we embark on the refresh of a toy or entertainment brand’s packaging, we always conduct The Package Design System Evaluation as part of our pre-design research process. This evaluation takes a close look at the 7 key aspects of the brand’s existing package design system to … Read More
Package design plays a crucial role in the success of any brand vying for consumers’ attention. However, I would argue that, for toy brands, it’s even more significant that package design be well-conceived and executed, given the visually-chaotic environment of today’s mass retail toy aisles. Of course, … Read More
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is especially true when it comes to package design for toy brands, which can play a crucial role in whether or not parents will even pick up and consider a particular … Read More
All marketers should be able to sum up their brands in a few, concise words. This is an important exercise. And, if it hasn't been undertaken before, it should be. When clarity precedes any marketing strategy, it's far easier to execute and produce better results with a … Read More
Just a couple of months ago, we were in the midst of the holiday season. The bells were jingling and store aisles were filled with holiday-themed products. With spending increasing during the holiday season, it’s no wonder many manufacturers try to capture their share of sales with … Read More
The year was 2009. And it marked the last time we developed an actual printed and die-cut licensing program style guide. This highly-immersive piece was created for Hasbro’s The Littlest Pet Shop lifestyle licensing program to announce the brand’s new “paw print” creative strategy, which we established … Read More
There’s a reoccurring mindset among some of our toy industry clients that’s somewhat baffling to our creative team. Whenever we’re in the midst of a package design refresh, and we determine that the brand would benefit from leveraging black as its dominant color, there’s considerable push-back. It’s … Read More
My experiences have likely been a marketer's dream. As a parent who has watched my kids and their friends grow up, I've made plenty of observations. It's true. Kids are more sophisticated today. They take to the latest technological marvels effortlessly. They're media savvy and exposed to … Read More
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