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Insight
Oct 18, 2017
How the functional and strategic role of the packaging changes

THE PACKAGING IS THE MESSAGE

In the past, the most important purpose of the packaging was to protect the product during shipping and storage.

In a world where choice on the shelf was limited and the online distribution channels did not compromise the dominance of the offline channels, the functional role of the packaging was to be a strategic and differentiating tool, capable of clearly communicating product's properties, with a colour and design that made it appealing to consumers.

Today, not only has the strategic role become increasingly important but also its functional role has gained new significance.

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News
Sep 29, 2017
Creation and production of a Barcelona Welcome Kit from CBA

BARCELONA COOL GUIDE

With the opportunity of the annual celebration of CBA's International Meeting in Barcelona, CBA Spain has developed the design and production of a welcome kit to the city.

It is a kit made of three key pieces specifically developed for the occasion, including a new typography and an illustrative map of the city, all contained in a contemporaneous, unique look and feel.

This work is the product of a full team's effort, and results in the coolest Barcelona guide, with secrets and most authentic places to visit, eat and dance. You may consult
it online HERE. Enjoy!

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Awards
Sep 26, 2017
We have won a Red Dot Award for communication with the Piave Organic Olive Oil Project, which was selected out of over 8,000 entries from 50 countries.

MEASURING CREATIVITY

How do you evaluate the success of branding project? If its ultimate goal, in a nutshell, is to create value for a company, then there are many aspects that come into play when evaluating it: economic, commercial and marketing ...

Often, however, what differentiates a good branding project from a great one is the quality of the design, and how something beautiful has been created through that design. Because design, in all its aspects, is a solution to a problem that combines form and function.

If the numbers, sales performance and marketing objectives are measurable data, then the form and aesthetics may seem like concepts which are subjective to personal tastes and to the styles of each historical period, so more difficult to evaluate.

In the world of branding, and in design more generally, there are awards that seek to judge the value of the projects and to reward the best. Each award has its jury, its rules and its objectives. Participating in these competitions is a way to get specific professional feedback on the design themes that each project is expressing.

As well as gaining prestige for the agency and customer satisfaction, the prizes won are a source of gratification for the whole working team. Because these projects are all about passion, commitment, dedication and attention to detail. Winning a prize is undoubtedly a nice reward for the efforts made to achieve this.

GiacomoCreative Director

Discover the Olio di Piave project

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Insight
Sep 15, 2017
Why Millennial pink is not the answer

COLOR THEORY

Half a block away from our office in NY a new millennial mecca has opened. The place feels, tastes and visually screams millennial. It calls out to the hipster pilgrims and eternal youth seekers all across New York. The café opened this past June and the crowds started queueing almost instantly. The line hasn’t got any shorter since.



Being attractive to millennials is one of the main subjects that keeps our clients awake at night. And as youth spending power increases, marketers sharpen their thinking and find clever ways to attract them. Strategies vary from content production, product development, media presence, PR or the launch of a new brand.

In terms of graphic codes, Millennial Pink is in vogue. The motto “Millennial pink sells” has replaced the “sex sells” in a trendier way. This washed tone of pink has gained momentum and gone mainstream. You can find that shade of pink in almost every category of product: chocolate, sneakers, cosmetics, water, underwear, electronics…you name it.

Color, since the beginning of commercial branding in the late 1800s has always been a key design element. Color has helped identify brands with a story, a feeling, a sensation or with other products in the same category. Creatives have mixed and balanced color together with lettering, naming, iconography and the spirit of time to create irreplaceable icons of consumption.

Every brand wants to be recognized with a color and repetition is what glues a brand with a particular color. Red is synonymous with Coca-cola or Louboutin, robin’s egg blue screams Tiffany & Co., and a certain shade of bright green represents Heineken. Even legacy brands embrace this strategy today. From an indifferent chocolate color to a sharp combination of imperial saffron and a bright royal blue, 163 year old brand, Louis Vuitton’s new packaging declares its uniqueness in a contemporary interpretation of luxury.

Owning a color or set of colors helps a brand gain recognition and build an impression in consumer’s minds. Color can shape spending behavior, making a consumer feel proud of their purchase or visually cueing consumers to pick-up your product instead of the competitors in a supermarket aisle. In this way, color is not about taste or preference but about brand management.

Color goes hand in hand with symbols and tone of voice to communicate your brand purpose and bring your brand story to life. They are all part of a complex system of signs that translate the key message from the heart of the brand to the consumer. And if you want to infuse your brand with meaning and help your consumer navigate the world of options using color, it’s important to define and keep your color pallet consistent.

Choosing the right colors is a key decision that might seem abstract. You could be tempted to use the color in vogue to fit in and be relevant with a target audience, but sustainable brand building requires deeper thinking. It requires figuring out who you are as a brand.

Fashions come and go. Millennial pink might be a great solution for a tactical launch, but just remember that color itself washes away with time. Your brand deserves a long-lasting and colorful life, and a consistent and strategic use of color, along with your existing brand assets, is the best way to ensure emotional resonance and connection with your consumers.

Authored by CBA East Coast Business Director, Esme Gonzalez

Image via littlegoldpixel.com

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News
Aug 02, 2017
We care about our interns !

CBA People

Tanguy was one of our interns in Paris. After his internship, he offered us this really nice video about his great experience with us. We hope this will inspire (and attract) many more young motivated students!

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Insight
Jun 29, 2017
Without doubt, Jupiter and his son Bacchus are now united for life; isn't that what's called "the wine connection"?

The (R)evolution in wine codes: Bacchus takes on Jupiter

At the symbolic Judgement of Paris in 1976, two Californian wines came top in a high-profile blind taste test ahead of some of the finest Bordeaux grand crus. Since then, the world of wine has become truly internationalised and the wine codes previously established by the biggest French designations have undergone significant change.

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