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
Given the fact that our roots are in the toy industry, appealing to kids has always been an area of expertise for our team. Over the past twenty years, we've conducted a considerable amount of research to understand how best to capture and maintain the attention of … Read More
When consumers make purchases in retail environments, they're usually making up their minds in as little 10 to 20 seconds – according to research conducted by consumer behavior experts. They also ignore up to 2/3 of competitive products in the process. These statistics show just how difficult … Read More
While marketing researchers have recently been discussing the power of visual cues in regard to social media, this isn't new. If anything, it corroborates what psychologist Jerome Bruner of New York University found in studies: people recall 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they read … Read More
It would be an understatement to say that not all licensed consumer products sell through at retail, regardless of how hot a property may be. More often than not, we can pin this on a poorly-conceived, visually disjointed or underachieving licensed product packaging program. Unlike traditional consumer … Read More
As the principal of my own design agency for almost 30 years, my belief that creativity is an absolute necessity for problem solving in our new business environment is deeply ingrained. Clearly, given the marketplace that has emerged since the downturn in our global economy, the same … Read More
How can we reach new generations of consumers? That's what many marketers of mature consumer product companies are asking themselves as younger customers in every age group are actively seeking brands that offer personalities and experiences with which they can align. Read: brands which are relevant to … Read More
As powerful as visual communication is in modern culture; as engaging as visual brand representations can be, consumers are hungry for something deeper. Marketers who are taking their brands to a whole new level are tapping into that "something deeper." Compelling design: imagery, fonts, icons, color and … Read More
It's obvious that toy marketers are taking more time to develop meaningful content around their brands to create deeper relationships with kids. And they're using many platforms with which to do it. They also get it: content delivered in many forms enables kids to interact at times … Read More
It's a marketer's dream. How cool it is to inspire consumers to form a cult or a tribe around a brand. To develop such compelling attributes that consumers can't wait to become a part of the brand. Can't wait to be identified by it and adopt it … Read More
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