Monthly Archives: July 2009

Pangea founder Joshua Onysko to webcast on sustainability

There are those rare occasions when you listen to someone speak about their life’s work, not just what they do everyday from 9-5, with a real sense of authenticity and passion. And even rarer when you come away with a … Continue reading

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Package Design, a leading or trailing indicator, 1940-1950

The decade of the 1940s was a period of radical transformation for the North American consumer product industry, and can be thought of as three distinct time periods; a brief post-depression era of streamlined optimism about the future, the grim … Continue reading

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Randy to the Rescue

Last Friday Randy Ludacer, of boxvox.net, and I had a similar reaction to a piece in the New York Times on the kitchen debates of 1959. I wondered at the time about the origin of the S.O.S box prominently shown … Continue reading

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Lehanneur’s, Age of the World containers

Every now and then you see a wonderfully simple synthesis of technology, design and serendipity. Saw just such a thing today. This image shows a fascinating group of new containers created by the French designer, Mathieu Lehanneur. These containers take the … Continue reading

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S.O.S saves the Western World

Fifty years ago today World War II had been over for almost 15 years, and the baby boomers had been born. At home, we were running around our kitchens hiding from our Moms. At school, we were huddled under our … Continue reading

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Nussbaum on China’s Design Crisis

Bruce Nussbaum’s reporting, on his Business Week design blog today, seems to indicate an interesting issue with Chinese designers. He claims that, “I’ve been talking to European and US innovation and design consultancies working in Shanghai and the rest of China and … Continue reading

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The package in the age of radical transparency

Information is everywhere, and access to it is getting easier to find. One of the really key questions facing product marketers, is how to use the retail package in the age of what some are calling “radical transparency”. The package had … Continue reading

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Does package design have a Walter Cronkite

I just heard that Walter Cronkite died this evening, and it got me thinking about growing up with the evening news, a simpler time, and whether our industry has such an icon. The New York Times obit descibes him online … Continue reading

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Bentonville, too big to fail the environment

At a meeting today at 9:00AM CDT, Walmart is hosting what is called a Sustainability Milestone Meeting. The CEO Michael T. Duke, is apparently announcing a major new initiative, the creation of a universal rating system that scores products based … Continue reading

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a fine line

hartmut esslinger, one of the founders of frog design, inc, has just published a new book titled, “a fine line, how design strategies are shaping the future of business“. (The spell checker is killing me with all of these non-capitalized … Continue reading

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