It's no secret that kids crave action, and lots of it. The truth is, so do adults. Generations have grown up with comic books and movies that have created pop cult heroes with established back stories that resonate. These are the good guys who take on all … Read More
The development of a packaging program for a licensed brand, when done correctly, is approached from a modular point of view, with its design assets seamlessly accommodating any potential structural configuration across a broad range of consumer product categories throughout the retail environment. Getting this right is … Read More
Experiential marketing is a tactic used by brands to appeal to consumers' senses to engage them more meaningfully. Experiential branding goes much deeper. It's a powerful differentiator, generating excitement and pleasure for consumers that lead to stronger brand preferences, purchases and loyalty.
Entertainment brands are experiential by their … Read More
Every brand that chooses to enter the world of licensing needs to have its own packaging program. And I'm not talking about a simple rectangle with the property logo and a background pattern placed inside of it that some licensed brand owners call a packaging program. I'm … Read More
As one of the leading design consultancies to the consumer product and entertainment industries, we are continuously addressing the questions that arise as we interact with our licensing industry clients, many of whom are among our most avid BOLT! readers. After many in-depth conversations during the course … Read More
In a retail landscape filled with traditional consumer product brands turned licensed brands, it's virtually impossible for consumers to tell the difference between core products and licensed products bearing the same brand name. Quite often, licensed products appear to be extensions of a brand's core product line. … 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
Nixon is a premium accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market that, until very recently, wasn't on my radar at all. The brand was founded in 1998 in Encinitas, California, with a small line of watches that were sold exclusively through specialty boardsport and fashion retailers. They're … Read More
The marketers of strong brands inevitably turn their attention to licensing. It's a natural progression of things. Usually, their focus is on building even more brand awareness, sales and profits. It might sound counterintuitive, but that shouldn't be their primary goal. Their thought processes should be on … Read More
There's nothing more satisfying to me than to see two successful brands come together to form a partnership that benefits both equally. These perfect fits always result in innovative co-branded products that resonate with consumers and inspire purchase. Sometimes, however, they result in something so visually breakthrough … Read More
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