Monthly Archives: June 2009

The UPC is 35 today

On the morning of June 26, 1974 a UPC symbol, on the back of a 10-pack of Juicy Fruit gum, was scanned at a Marsh’s supermarket in Troy, Ohio. Thus ushering in a technology that would change the face of … Continue reading

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The package, as social media

In the old days a package was expected to do little more than sit nicely on the shelf and smile. We didn’t require much more than that. Even today there are rarely expectations of a package being anything other than … Continue reading

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Dummies for package design

There was a piece in the New York Times over the weekend about two small museums that are repositories of nostalgic collections, one for ventriloquist dummies, and one for retail signs. It reminded me of the amazing resource the web … Continue reading

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Thinking outside the boxed wine

Boxed wine has historically had a bad rap. But better product and better packaging may be changing that perception. Packaging Digest has a recent post written by David Belim that discusses new products that will certainly lift the perception of … Continue reading

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Crowdsourced Creativity, continued

I posted some thoughts about crowd sourced creativity on April 10th, and mentioned all of the reasons why I thought it was a bad, no a really bad, trend for both designers and clients. But it keeps cropping up in the … Continue reading

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Pixar’s tens of thousands of ideas

Just finished an amazing piece, in the Harvard Business Review written by Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar, on managing collective creativity. It is one of the most intelligent, rigorous, yet straightforward summations of how great ideas come out of large … Continue reading

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Peter Max, paleoartists, and package design

I got an acetylene torch for my high school graduation present, and went off to art school intending to become the next David Smith or Richard Serra. Then I met Peter Max.  I had always enjoyed the 3 dimensional quality … Continue reading

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