Stella Isn’t A Normal Beer, Normal Beers Come In A Pint Glass

Order a Stella Artois on tap and it comes in a special glass. The fact that it does is a huge win, and point of difference, for the brand. Now, Stella is extending the idea of the special glass, or “chalice” to their new aluminum can. The consistent packaging may be a step short of […]

Caribou Wants To Be Your Local Roaster

Caribou Coffee launched an extensive brand redesign last year that continues to roll out this year. Here’s the brand’s new package design, care of Colle+McVoy: The burlap and labels help give the packaging more of a handcrafted and artisan feel. I also like the new caribou rendering in the logo. The animal is dancing.

Diet Pepsi Refreshes Its Can

With energy drinks, and so-called performance drinks cutting into soda pop’s market share, Diet Pepsi has decided to launch a “skinny” can in order to better compete. According to Ad Age, PepsiCo is building a major marketing program around their new Skinny Can, slated to run throughout 2011. “The challenge is making sure that packaging […]

Before You Head To The Airport, Check In With UPS

Here’s a testament to the power of packaging. UPS is now offering customers specially designed boxes that resemble suitcases as a way to convince travelers to ship their boxes, and avoid airlines’ luggage fees. UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg said that airlines can usually deliver luggage faster than UPS but said luggage shipped by UPS can […]

Want To Win At The Shelf? Hire Bad Ass Designers.

According to Ad Age, in-store marketing is growing in importance, and design is at the center of the battle for consumer attention. A study last year by Nielsen Co.’s Bases unit found in-store marketing clearly beats TV as the leading medium creating awareness of new package goods in the U.S. and five other key developed […]

Kind Beer, Perfect Package

I recently encountered two beers from Lyons, CO brewery Oskar Blues at Portland’s annual Holiday Ale festival. I liked the Pilsner but was totally impressed by OB’s Gordon Ale, which they describe as their “Velvet M-80.” A few days after the festival, I noticed on Twitter that our local store was carrying Oskar Blues in […]

These Colors Better Run

I used to work on the Coors account and one place we absolutely could not go, creatively speaking, is to college campuses. The lawyers in Golden would have struck it down like lightning from on high. Apparently, the lawyers in St. Louis were convinced otherwise by their peers on the Bud Light team who are […]

News Print Is Out, But Custom Printing Is In

Digital delivery has changed the music business, but true fans want collectibles. Now more than ever. Hence, the need to produce a special “package” and offer it in tandem with whatever digital downloads are made available. Fans want both the instant gratification of a download and the follow up physical object. Arcade Fire Miroir Noir […]