Monthly Archives: March 2010

A stack of (mostly) white boxes

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners in the Japanese firm Sanaa have just won the 2010 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest award, in part for a simple stack of white boxes. Of course when talking about art or commerce things are … Continue reading

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Jim Marshall, Godfather of Rock & Roll Photography

When you think about some of the classic moments of early rock and roll, Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop, Bob Dylan kicking a tire down a Lower East Side street, Richie Havens on stage at Woodstock, Janis … Continue reading

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IRI’s Top Ten New Product Launches of 2009

People don’t shop at websites like dieline.com or lovelypackage.com. If we did the world would be a very different, and lovelier, place. The reality is we shop at Walmart. Where things are, for better or worse, a bit more complex. I’m … Continue reading

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ShareGreen, a new platform for profit

ShareGreen, led by Walmart Canada, is a retailer initiative I can get excited about. In the last decade or so retailers have begun to drive a significant portion of the day-to-day new product and line extension activity. For better or worse, … Continue reading

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Design optimized for the home not just the store

Last week I attended the Package Design and Development Summit, sponsored by Packaging Strategies, and there was change in the air. I have a sense that we are entering a significant new period in the design of mass-market CPG brands. It could … Continue reading

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Toying around with Augmented Reality

Leave it to the toy business. People like James Cameron, Mattel, and Lego, experience artists by definition, are quickly picking up on, and beginning to lead, the efforts to actually implement, rather than just talk about, augmented reality at retail. … Continue reading

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