Implementation and Execution: They’re Two Separate Things

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    If you follow our insights, you know that this article follows similarly themed content on research, personas and marketing strategy. Assuming you have done your research and adopted a collaborative strategy, you are ready to move into creative. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you get to check off deliverables just yet. There’s a critical step you’ll need to consider first, and it’s called implementation. Implementation…

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    Top 5 Best Practices for Home Improvement Product Packaging

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    At the most basic level, packaging serves two purposes. First, it must protect a product, both in transit to the retailer and the consumer. Assuming it does this first task well, packaging must also communicate what a product is and does. These two priorities may seem straightforward, but packaging is more complex. At its best, packaging works like a system,…

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    The Relationship Between Packaging & Positioning and How to Make the Most of It

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    First impressions matter, and first impressions last. It’s true in an interview, on a date, in a restaurant and on the shelf. We are referring, of course, to product packaging. In most cases, a shopper’s first interaction with a product or brand is through packaging. And in the crowded, noisy, hyper-stimulating retail environment, that encounter is over in about seven…

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    Improve Your Online Experience and Win with Retailers

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    In today’s omnichannel retail landscape, the influence of ecommerce is rising, and the home improvement industry is no exception. As consumers take to the internet to do more of their shopping, browsing, comparing and purchasing, there’s a growing disparity between products that show up well and those that don’t. We’re talking, of course, about retailer product pages. While they may…

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    How Often Do Rebrands Happen in the Home Improvement Industry?

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    From time to time, we all need a change. The same is true for brands. If you’re plugged into the world of branding, it may seem like there’s more rebranding happening on any given day than there is branding. Thankfully, that’s not the case. While it’s true that certain industries refresh their brands more often than others, it’s not routine…

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    Make it Pop: Tips for Effective Packaging Design

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    Today’s shelves are stocked chock-full of products. And get this: It takes only four seconds for someone to decide if they’re going to take your product home. That’s why your product’s got to pop (off the shelf and into the shopping cart). Check out these tips for effective packaging, straight from our design team: Keep it Simple. Simple design is…

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    Hierarchy of Information: Why it’s Important for Packaging Design.

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    I’m sure we’ve all been there. We’re following the instructions on a cleaning product package, and everything is going smoothly. Apply thoroughly in a circular motion? Check. Let stand for five minutes? Check. Make sure to check small inconspicuous area before widespread use? AARRGGHHHH. Sure enough, the entire area you were cleaning is now dull and discolored. Sigh. You would…

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    The Problem with Designing “Whatever you Want”

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    A few years back, we had an opportunity to hear Chip Kidd speak at the Portfolio Center here in Atlanta. One of the notes that we took away was his frustration with clients who told him to do whatever he wanted. For Kidd and for most designers we know, direction is part of the inspiration. What he called “blue sky”…

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    Perfecting the Packaging Versus the Product

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    Everyone has experienced what Larry David went through just trying to open a product. Packaging can be its own worst enemy. Take potato chips, for example. Why do potato chips come in a bag? Is a bag really going to protect a fragile potato chip? It’s always surprising to open a bag of chips and find anything other than crumbles….

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    Thinking About the Box – 3 Keys of Packaging Design

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    As designers, we are always trying to create the most appealing designs that we can. Our first thoughts are typically shape, color, typography and possibly the desire to use the latest printing techniques that would really make the packaging stand out. But when it comes to packaging, we need to think a lot deeper than aesthetics. With today’s instant access…

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