Whether it's Frangelico's tales of hermit monks or Jack Daniels' stories of illegal moonshining, every spirit has a defining origin myth. And, there's no better way for the brand owners to express these stories than through the tactile, interactive medium of packaging. Tasked with conceptualising and delivering standout products in this field, design agencies have to be able to master two disciplines, each with their own challenges: creating new designs and updating existing ones. I spoke with Billy Bridgeworth, Creative Director at Here Design, about the recipe for success.
When all the market research of recent years is projecting market growth of between 10 and 15 percent CAGR over the coming years, with corresponding advances in market share, it may sound unnecessarily provocative to suggest that digital print in packaging has failed to fulfill expectations. The value proposition of digital print is familiar enough: the ability to go from PDF to POS in a matter of hours doesn’t just make short runs and cool customisation campaigns economical, but enables supply chain efficiencies and leaner stock management. Digitally printing a package thus caters to a swathe of key market trends and demands: from agile marketing campaigns and proliferation of SKUs to streamlining processes for faster time to market. However, in off-the-record conversations over the last couple of years, both brand owners and digital print specialists have confided a mild disappointment that some of the more idealistic predictions of digital conquest have not yet come to pass. Tim Sykes explores the barriers that may be holding back the digital tide.