Strategic Insights

Brand colors in real life: the Milka case

The publication of the groundbreaking color study did generate some attention. Especially my plea for a more realistic, less fanatic approach to color tolerances in real life seemed provocative to some. I e.g. got a mail from somebody who is quite familiar with Milka, stating they would never tolerate a…

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Real-life factors influencing color appearance in marketing

Right after I had published the article about real-life factors influencing color appearance in packaging, I opened my mailbox and found another very nice example. This one with a number of factors influencing color appearance in marketing. It is so nice that I have to share it with you.  CONTENTS:…


Sleep quality matters: time to wake up (with Dreem)

At first sight, it might look off topic for a business-oriented blog: testing a sleep analysis and sleep improvement device. But consider this: one out of three or four has sleeping problems. Which results in fatigue, concentration problems, errors. And that’s bad for business. And that’s the reason why every…


Opening an envelope feels like opening a present

Checking your (physical) mailbox and collecting, opening the mail pieces is packed with emotions, positive emotions. A recent study in France proves this, with the help of new technologies. And this emotion-packed experience is something brands and marketers should be aware of: it can benefit your marketing. CONTENTS: The setup…


Blockchain and Printing, Publishing, Packaging

Blockchain, it’s probably going to be the most used buzzword in boardrooms this year. According to Gartner’s Hype Cycle, it has just passed the ‘peak of inflated expectations’. And that’s what we see: everyone is talking about it, many are saying it’s going to dramatically change the way we do…



This will be the year of (fill in the buzzword)

A new year has begun. And every new year brings predictions like: “This year, we’ll definitely see the breakthrough of (fill in the buzzword)”, or “This will be the year of (fill in another hype)”. And although it’s interesting to look at future developments: don’t be blinded by them. Miracles…


Neurological research: print vs. digital

With the rise of digital information, digital communication, our way of reading, our way of consuming information has changed. And screens are not a 100% exact substitute for paper: our brain sees them differently. Let’s take a look at some scientific, neurological studies from the past few years on both…


Packaging: how e-commerce influences the packaging JTBD, the design

What is the function, ‘the job to be done’ of packaging? Just think about that for a moment and you will see that packaging has multiple functions. And these functions, these jobs can vary, even for the same product… And that might be an overlooked aspect when selling products online….



Inkjet isn’t about jetting small drops of ink anymore

When looking at the latest developments in inkjet, it becomes clear that inkjet isn’t about jetting ink anymore. And it isn’t about small drops anymore. Inkjet is being used more and more to jet – or maybe better: deposit – all kinds of materials. And drop sizes are growing, significantly….


Direct Container Printing: a world that isn’t flat

Printing on a flat sheet of paper is easy. Printing on a different kind of flat substrate might already require more attention, e.g. special inks might be necessary. But when you are moving into direct container printing, you are in a completely different world. A world that isn’t flat: it…


The 2017 Nobel Prize for Economy: why you should care

In case you never bothered about prizes awarded to scientists, this time it is different. The Nobel Prize for Economy 2017 was awarded to one of the founding fathers of ‘behavioral economics’, the father of ‘nudging’. And this is something you should care about. Nudging is something really useful when…


Disruptive innovation: (when) does it pay off?

It’s a common theme in about every boardroom: the need to innovate. And not just a bit of sustaining innovation, no: the need for really disruptive innovation. Because that’s where the future is. Or at least that’s what we’ve been told when looking back and seeing disruptions from the past….