Brand Guidelines vs Creativity

Some are very comprehensive and cover everything from logo usage to type style, website layout, and editorial tone. Brand guidelines – also known as brand standards, style guides, brand books, even brand bibles – are an essential tool to help design a successful brand. They specify how the different elements of a brand work together to form a brand identity. They help make sure everyone involved in the making of a brand is looking in the same direction.

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When Nostalgia Sells

Using past memories is a powerful marketing strategy. It brings us back to an idealized past where life was easier and simpler. On packaging, retro artwork not only serves to express the brand’s heritage, it also helps kick up its perception of authenticity and quality.

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Three Takeaways to Drug Branding

Imagine that your job is to maximize value and revenue for a brand whose name can’t be pronounced on the first try, whose packaging can’t reference a single product feature or benefits, and - above all -, a brand that can’t be promoted to its end users directly.

 

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Holiday Packaging Done Right

It is definitely that time of year again. From the streets and storefronts that shine bright, to the tunes that lull the radio waves, to the packaging of the foods we’re about to eat our fill of -- Christmas is around the corner, loud and clear. Year after year we wait for this time to be transported to another world – a world of wonder, magic and joy. And to fully get into the holiday spirit, we buy the marked-up limited edition Christmas M&Ms pack and find ourselves reaching for that more expensive grocery bag with the cute reindeer design on it.

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Effective Brand Communication – It Starts with the Color

What’s the name of the orange airline? How about the red cola? And the blue one? If you are asked to think about a purple chocolate bar, what brand comes to mind? Because our brains process it faster than any other visual information, color is an essential element of brand communication. Those of you contemplating corporate identities or packaging design, this post is for you.

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Coca-Cola ‘Life’ – Confusing?

Ten years after the launch of Coke ‘Zero’, the Coca-Cola Company is introducing Coca-Cola ‘Life’, a low calorie version from stevia extract. The name is short, memorable and easy to say in a majority of the world’s languages. However it might prove inconvenient and downright confusing.

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PACKAGING THAT STARES BACK

The findings of a recent study led by Cornell University suggest that cereal box spokes-characters who make eye contact with consumers have a higher incidence of improving brand trust and brand connection thus influencing choice. And sales.

Gender crossover – beer for women

Brands that have traditionally been directed at a male audience are now launching various alternatives intended for women. And vice versa. This is especially evident in the cosmetic industry, think of Axe.

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