The concept of "kidulting" – a trend that speaks to the inner child in adults, inviting them to indulge in the nostalgia of their youth while embracing the responsibilities of adulthood – has taken the world by storm in recent years. This phenomenon has had a profound … Read More
If you’re a loyal reader of my posts, you know that I’m always looking for what I refer to as “perfect fit” brand licensing collaborations – when two successful brands with complementary or common attributes come together to create a unique licensed product that’s certain to connect … Read More
The most vital tool in the brand licensing arsenal is arguably the consumer product licensing program style guide. It serves not only as an asset and guidelines delivery system to ensure that all licensed products stay true to the essence and visual aesthetic of the licensed brand, … Read More
In the world of toy and entertainment brand licensing, the consumer product licensing program style guide plays a pivotal role in delivering core and trend-based design assets to licensee partners on an annual or seasonal basis. They can range from behemoth programs for mature brands with a … Read More
As we continue to refine our philosophies and approach to the design of packaging programs for licensed brands, we take into consideration the questions asked by licensed brand owners and licensee partners alike. Their questions reveal the challenges they’re facing as their needs and the retail environment … Read More
Some licensed product packaging programs are underachievers. They consist of very little in terms of package design assets and they offer very little direction with regard to standardization. The licensed brand owner doesn’t give packaging much thought or concern because they’re extremely product-focused. And they don’t realize … Read More
As the purpose and functionality of a licensing program style guide evolve to better serve both licensed brand owners and licensee partners, we see a shift in the questions we’re asked most often by our clients. Their questions shed light on the challenges they’re facing as the … Read More
Angry Birds are finally flying high in the real world thanks to the brand licensing partnership between Rovio and Capsule Skateboards. The collection includes seven different gnarly skate deck designs across five explorer boards and two cruiser boards, which are all inspired by the Angry Birds mobile … Read More
Licensed products always get into trouble if they're not performing well. Even more so now, as retailers have become more discerning with regard to the brands they'll purchase for their store shelves.
This got me thinking about more than the design development work we do for our toy … Read More
Although there are anniversary celebrations for licensed brands every year, there seems to be an exorbitant number of brands hitting major milestones of late. And many seem to be happening next year – enough to prompt Licensing International to refer to 2023 as the “Year of the … Read More
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