All posts in: Branding Through Graphics

Right Now: Five Packaging Trends Driving Brand Growth

Packaging design trends provide us with direct insight into what consumers feel, what problems they need to solve and what is coming next. Today, it’s all about connection, understanding and engagement. Designers are tasked with uncovering, realizing and articulating what is important to a consumer and to direct that experience. Through story, shape and structure, designers and brands can deliver the experience to make invaluable connections that last a lifetime. Brand Basic Gone are the days of generic or in house brands being a bad thing. House labels from brands like Amazon, Whole Foods, Target and Trader Joes – even luxury brands are emerging to focus on simplicity and clarity. A departure from the often headache inducing ‘world of choice’ that permeates store shelves, basic brands are the ‘unchoice’ making purchasing a straightforward affair. Heritage Nothing quite strikes a chord with consumers than a brand who has been around the block a time…

1 year, 4 months ago

A Plan To Innovate: How Companies Can Benefit From Visual Branding

Breaking into any given market is a bit like being blindfolded. You know you have a great product or service, but unless the positioning is right, the strategy has a fifty percent chance of failure. The right positioning consists of a series of elements including design, which arguably has the power to make or break the whole implementation. Design is much more than just a visual representation of a product, brand or service. Brand design or visual branding, when done right, approaches all aspects of a business – from its digital persona, user set, goals, packaging, and the list goes on. This is where the difference between ‘designing for a brand’ and just ‘designing’ comes into focus. Simply designing something creates a distance from the design to the brand, ‘designing for a brand’ engages the designer and involves collaboration with founders, marketing teams, and brand or project stakeholders. There are…

1 year, 6 months ago

ArtVersion Interactive, Chicago Based Creative Agency accepted into Forbes Agency Council

We are proud to announce that our creative agency has been accepted into the Forbes Agency Council, an invitation-only community for agencies and agency professionals from many public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies. ArtVersion Chicago, joins other Forbes Agency Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive resources, including the opportunity to publish and distribute articles and short tips on industry-related topics on Forbes.com website. We are extremely honored for this invitation to contribute with our own views, opinions, trends we are noticing and share the knowledge and experience with Forbes readers. We are looking forward for this network sharing opportunity and we already developed editorial calendar of interesting subjects and topics we’ll be sharing. The reach to over 50 million international readers and Forbes core audience will allow us to get the…

2 years, 1 month ago

Simplicity and Storytelling in Packaging Design

It’s no secret that storytelling has become an important marketing method to reach an audience in the most authentic way possible. Telling the brand story is critical to all aspects of a brand’s identity, including packaging design. Through contextual and visual storytelling in package design – a person can more easily make a connection with the product, building a higher level of trust and the possibility of becoming a long term brand advocate. Expressing a clear point of view and telling the product in a story in a simplistic manner are essential elements in building a brand that people can follow. Providing this consistent experience across platforms – from digital to print – in the most concise and user-friendly language has proven the best implementation for conversion. Because consumers have to make relatively quick decisions at the point of sale, taking a simplicity approach to packaging design allows the brand…

2 years, 5 months ago

Successfully Launching a New Product Into a Crowded Marketplace

It’s official, half of the year is behind us – and fourth quarter is around the corner. For many companies, this is the ‘bread and butter’ of their financial goals and can make or break a year. Having a great product is only half the battle, launching a product that will be profitable and even disrupt the market – requires a great deal of planning, strategy and hands-on effort. Once upon a time, a company could launch a product by simply attending an industry specific trade show or hiring a PR company – all in one shot. While those outlets remain critical elements in a launch strategy, a myriad of platforms now exist that reflect the shifting market and rise in technology. In order to implement a launch that will truly make an impact – several alternate methods must also be tapped. Create Anticipation Don’t wait until the product is…

2 years, 6 months ago

Designing Digital Experiences in Fashion

Marketing and brand strategy for fashion, lifestyle and luxury brands has now clearly shifted to a predominantly digital experience that goes far beyond an online purchase. To grow brand visibility and gain community engagement, the communication style requires a multi-dimensional, cross-channel approach with emotional content experiences at strategic touch points. Design companies are now fast becoming media companies – creating digital media experiences for fashion and lifestyle brands is, quite simply, necessary for survival. In designing the digital interfaces for fashion, the focus is on pushing the boundaries past the collection or product itself, to kinetic and visually rich media environments. The iteration of a fashion brand with a contextual virtual environment creates a storyline, nuance and complexity, moving the audience through a sensual and emotional experience. It’s the essential difference between linear advertising and creating content. Telling the brand story of a fashion label both visually and contextually requires well-defined, engaging and inspiring delivery from…

2 years, 7 months ago

White Papers: A Marketing Tool for Greater Visibility

Designed to educate the market about a product or service, the white paper is a document that complements the selling process with authorotative facts crafted to inform the user and heighten their knowledge about the brand or organization. Some may say that the white paper could be swapped for more  flashy platforms such as video but theres arguably no better way to gain the trust of an audience than the use of this tried and tested format. With quality content and great design – a white paper can succeed in lead generation, heightened brand awareness and expert status. Traditionally, white papers are often populated with informational content including data, facts and graphs (usually infographics) and is commonly available as a download to select customers/stakeholders or email promotion to a prospective client base. White papers positioned as premium, fact-based content often succeed in generating some of the most conversion prone leads due to the level…

2 years, 8 months ago

Designing for Healthcare: Improving Patient-Provider Communication

Perhaps the most critically important industry to adopt a user-centered approach to design is that of healthcare. Personalized engagement is of the utmost importance to an environment where the relationship with between patient and provider can at times seem rigid and cold. The human factor in healthcare marketing has become essential in optimizing communications and improving processes. Not only does usability come into play with regard to content strategies, but brand storytelling must resonate with the user, reflecting authenticity and transparency. The most challenging aspect is to deliver a consistent and intuitive experience with the constant stream of updates and complex information that comes with the healthcare territory. This steady influx of essential patient messaging in healthcare communications demands a keenly collaborative focus on an ongoing basis to continually optimize the experience and reach the best outcomes. Patient engagement is now an essential element of the pharma and healthcare marketing mix – information,…

2 years, 8 months ago

Event Marketing: Getting it Right Every Time

Whether its an annual trade show, sales meeting, summit or exhibition – having a brand presence at industry conferences and trade shows is a necessary element of any event marketing strategy. More often than not, the lead up to an event is chaotic, consisting of late night runs to the printer, last minute strategy meetings and early flights. Creating a timeline leading up to the event, aligning a team on messaging and determining what collateral needs to be implemented will pay off in spades to deliver a more polished and successful effort. View our Trade Show Checklist Choose Wisely Holding, or attending a trade event is no cheap endeavor, but face to face contact with customer is an invaluable tool for product launches and business development. Looking it as an investment to the company’s bottom line is critical. Ensuring that the event cost fits into financial projections and cash flow…

2 years, 9 months ago

A Website Redesign for Better Usability

User experience and web usability are significant aspects of a websites core functionality that every company must pay attention to for the current and long term health of their organization. Usability, while seemingly invisible, encompasses everything from SEO, conversion ratios, user experience and authority in the market. Embarking on a usability path and building a strategy can be a challenging task, however it is one that will pay off in spades if implemented well and maintained through testing and optimization. The benefits of adopting a website usability optimization strategy through redesign will affect all those who come in contact with the company – from prospective and current customers to internal stakeholders. Following best practices from design to development to offer the ideal user experience can deliver an increased level of positive association and better bottom line to the brand it supports. What are the benefits of a usability redesign? Faster Conversion…

2 years, 9 months ago