When my friend saw this package she instantly knew I would like the name …she was right. “no ‘zit’ sherlock” is a fantastically clever name that instantly relays what the product is about. The only thing I found odd about it is the green color. In the packaging bliss maintained the standard all lowercase text and fonts as their branding, but bliss spa usually brands itself with shades of blue, not green. Regardless, I think the Blissworld company did a great job with naming this product.
Roaming the aisles of Target over the last few months you may have noticed a “new” brand on the shelves. Target Corp is adding “up & up” to their list of exclusive brands, which already include Archer Farms, Market Pantry, Choxie, Sutton & Dodge, and Wine Cube. According to a May report by Nicole Maestri of Reuters this rebranding will affect the Target brand line used for sunscreen, tissues, diapers, and other household products.
Reuters also reports:
“According to a study commissioned by the Private Label Manufacturers Association, three out of 10 consumers said they are “buying more store brand products” compared with a year ago.”
The redesign has taken the old bulls-eye logo, normally seen in white or red, and morphed the entire brand to feature bright colors, a soft-edge arrow, and the new name, “Up & Up.” The newly repackaged products started hitting shelves in March. By the time the rebranding is complete, some time this autumn, it will include roughly 730 items across 40 product categories.
I think the rebrand will help Target Corp get market share. The old bulls-eye logo was a little anti-climactic for current packaging trends. This new branding vision adds a fresh look to the packaging and a more upbeat look to the brand. Let’s hope that the name is just reminiscent of the phrase “on the up and up” and not a foreshadowing for the pricing structure.
Cats love cardboard; people love cats doing cute and funny things. Combine these two principles and you have a creation like the Cat Playhouse Tank, Plane, and Fire Engine from SuckUK.
That’s right, you can order cardboard military vehicles and a fire apparatus for your favorite feline. It ships flat, so there is some assembly required – think of it as a bonding experience between the two of you.
Having three cats, we understand the mesmerizing and nearly magnetic draw that cardboard has on cats. Also having three cats we know how long cardboard lasts in an excited barrage of claws, teeth, and playfulness…usually not long.
The idea for these structures is great, and the designs are fun and entertaining. Best of all they used non-toxic ink, so your cat won’t look like he has a milk mustache of printed metal – and of course they are recyclable.
On July 11, or 7/11, 7-Eleven stores nationwide will be celebrating the chains 82nd birthday by giving away 5 million free 7.11 ounce Slurpee® drinks. As an added bonus “The retailer has added something new to its annual tradition of giving away cups of its iconic frozen drink – live music. As an extra birthday bonus, this year’s colorful “Happy Birthday!” cups feature a Slurpee Nation rewards code worth 2 rewards points, enough to enter the 7-Eleven Day instant win game online at www.slurpee.com. Upon entering, all players will receive a code to buy reduced-price Live Nation concert tickets for some of the hottest acts on tour this summer.”
7 Eleven, Inc. is largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses approximately 7,800 7-Eleven® stores in North America sales of more than $53.7 billion. So it’s nice they give back once in a while.
Have you noticed your favorite premium brands looking more and more like generic brands? We started noticing around January that there were changes here and there, but now it’s everywhere. Is this in response to the economy – are premium companies thinking you’ll remain loyal to them if they look cheaper? Some redesigns are tastefully done. Like the examples shown on IDY Creative’s blog from January 27th. The same blog touts a what-were-they-thinking moment for Tropicana, with a link to a New York Times article detailing the rise and fall of the PepsiCo subsidiary’s package rebranding. I didn’t know it was possible for package design to jump the shark, but since the time of IDY’s January 27th post Ritz has, and sister snack Oreo was not far behind. A redeeming package design aesthetic for parent company Kraft Foods, Inc. is the latest version of the Lunchables package…now if they were only more earth friendly.