Monthly Archives: September 2009

Inquisitiveness by Design, Beautiful questions not just beautiful answers

“If you look at 4 year olds, they are constantly asking questions and wondering how things work. But by the time they are 6 ½ years old they stop asking questions because they quickly learn that teachers value the right … Continue reading

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The Netflix $1 Million prize and package design research

Is it possible that computer scientists might help the consumer products industry with fundamental package design research? Could the same kind of software that helps Netflix customers choose their favorite movies, or iTunes customers their favorite music, also be used … Continue reading

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Retail Narcissism

There is an awful lot of screaming going on. Kanye screams at the MTV awards, Serena screams at the US Open, Joe screams at Obama. And there have been a bunch of recent comments on the civility, or lack of … Continue reading

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Galapagos brands

Much like Darwin’s finches, a new generation of sophisticated cell phones have evolved in isolation on the Island of Japan. A recent NY Times article about Japanese phones mentioned that even the average phone in Japan has technology that is … Continue reading

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Aluminum wine bottle advantages

Noticed a piece about an aluminum wine bottle being used by the French winery named Volute, and thought it was an interesting follow up on my blog entry last week about aluminum beverage container recycling rates. Although we may question … Continue reading

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State Sponsored Package Design and Skyscrapers

Package designers, like architects, get great pleasure in solving the needs of their clients. And as part of that process we also understand how to accommodate the requirements of Uncle Sam. In our case this includes things like legal descriptors, … Continue reading

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Recycling rates are going down.

Just read a piece on the Packaging World eClip newsletter that mentions aluminum cans are the most recycled of all beverage containers. Sounds good so far, right. Well, maybe not. It goes on to say that 54.8% of all aluminum … Continue reading

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