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Come and join us in Amsterdam: Get inspired by the winning designs of this year's epda AWARD FUTURE PACKAGING and discuss with us what's important in the design business today! Learn more and register HERE.
Get “The Happy Film”!
After a successful tour featuring sold-out screenings all through North America and the UK and theatrical releases in select cities - in some theaters for 4 months - the Happy Film by Stefan Sagmeister and Ben Nabors is finally available online. This film truly is an enrichment for everybody - and a source of inspiration for all designers. Learn more about the film here and get it!
epda Award Future Packaging: Deadline 30 June
Latecomers wake up! You can still take part in the epda Award Future Packaging until June, 30. "Packaging is a dark art, the only graphic discipline where success is measured purely by sales. To get the attention of consumers we need to constantly evolve so I’m looking forward to being inspired by the next generation of dark artists." says epda Jury Member Kevin Shaw, Stranger & Stranger London
Need for a change? Yes, definitely.
On May, 19 about 60 professionals from the packaging design and production industry met to discuss the changes we are confronted with. They shared experiences and discussed their approaches to benefit from the changing environment. And - brand owners, packaging design experts and representatives of the packaging production industry touched base with the next generation of designers: 60 students of the design school NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, participated in the event, which took place on NABA campus. Learn about the change and exchange - an inspiring networking opportunity! Here are some pictures.
epda Award Future Packaging: Jury Member Cate Trotter
Hey Designers, don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to get prepared for future challenges. We are proud to announce that Cate Trotter, Head of Insider Trends, will support the Jury Team again. Learn more about this challenging design competition here and register right away.
epda Workshop on Smart Packaging
April, 6: Hands-on programme for brand owners, designers and packaging production industrials, who came together to learn how to use new technologies that make packaging smart. Uwe Melichar, epda board member, moderated the workshop at Packaging Innovations Berlin, in which participants developed a concept for smart packaging by using the NFC technology. The winning idea: A picnic box providing lots of useful information about its content: from ingredients lists to nutritional values.
epda experts on …
March 12th: epda members share experience! We have put together an article highlighting 7 projects of epda members, who have been working for clients in the spirits market. Enjoy reading!
WHO sells WHAT to WHOM
This is the title of Lars Wallentin's 3rd book, which is now available via www.packagingsense.com! "Great brands are work in progress": So, benefit from more marketing insights to create better packaging design. There is a preferential rate for those agenices that would want to purchase extra copies for their team or clients. Please get in touch with Lars.
How to create better packaging!
Malgosia Pawlik-Leniarska, epda President, will be chairing a workshop at the 13th annual Packaging Design & Innovation Summit. Attendees will bring packaging examples for a joint brainstorming on new possibilities for a redesign using latest technologies and trends. Amongst others, AMAZON, DECATHLON, CARLSBERG, L'OREAL, MARKS & SPENCER and COCA-COLA will offer key-note speeches on strategies and ideas about how to balance packaging cost, design and sustainability during this event. Please note: epda members are entitled to a 20% discount and save almost €400 on registration by using the epda20code! View programm here and register.
Breakfast Talk in Germany
Jan 20th, a group of about 25 experts of the design business gathered to listen to Renne Angelvuo, epda President and Designer from Finland, to get inspired by Finnish packaging design. Uwe Melichar, epda board member from Hamburg, revealed latest news on epda's upcoming activities this year before everybody enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by Christian Wrenkh and his team from Hamburger Kochsalon. Again, a great bunch of people who came together to get to know each other and share experience.
New member from the US
We are very happy to announce that the Bailey Consulting Group from the US has joined the association! Chris Bailey has been in touch with the epda for a couple of years now. Recently, he contributed to epda's event in Taipei with a presentation. Looking forward to a more intense exchange between European and US designers ... A warm welcome to Chris and his team.
epda design exhibition travelling ..
From Dec 5 to Dec 28 part of the epda exhibition shown at Taoyuan Arts Center can be seen at the Chung Yuan Christian University in Taouyan, Taiwan. We are very pleased that the Chung Yuan Christian University organised a follow-up of the epda exhibition by giving students the possibility to study around 60 pieces of work by European and Asian design agencies. This will certainly inspire them while working on the epda design project initiated at the conference in Taoyuan on October, 28. Learn more.
New member from Thailand!
A very warm welcome to Somchana Kangwarnjit and his team, a Thai design agency that has just become a member of epda. PROMPT DESIGN was founded in 2002 by a group of creative talents to serve the design and development market in Thailand and around the world. Learn more here!
epda meets Indonesia
Nov 24, CUBE Design Museum, Kerkrade: Rob Vermeulen and Claudia Josephs, epda board, introduced epda, its vision and activities to trade delegates of the Republic of Indonesia. Rob opened the following discussion with a presentation on the development of food packaging in Germany and more general in Europe. - We are very pleased to multiply our contacts to the Asian world and appreciate a lot being connected to Indonesia now!
epda Members: How different are we?
European congress participants took lots of impressions back home from the epda Congress in Taipei a fortnight ago. We learned a lot about Asian culture and packaging design in Asian countries. But are we all the same here in Europe? Certainly not! epda Members come from the most different countries. This little presentation gives proof of a variety of cultural and design aspects throughout Europe. Enjoy!
What an amazing event!
Oct, 27: A group of 50 attendees from East and West came together in Taipei to explore how much courage we have to take in the design business to succeed locally and globally - a great congress day with lots of interesting presentations and inspiring case stories. Thanks to all presenters, participants and the warm welcome by Jennifer Tsai, Proad Identity, epda member and local host. Access the picture gallery here.
Business Meets Design Conference: Great Success!
On September, 8 key note speakers from various professions came together at the Cube museum, Kerkrade, to discuss the past, today, and the future of of packaging and design. French design pope Gérard Caron and Jan Oldenburger, Senior Partner at Roorda, an independent Dutch advertising agency - both involved in the founding of the epda (at that time PDA) - gave their view on the development of design in the past 40 years. Today's situation was tackled by brand owners' such as Philips Lighting and Solu Machines - a Finnish start-up company, as well as by Prof. Mikko Koria from the Institute for Design Innovation, Loughborough University London. The audience took a lot of inspiration from the speech by Cate Trotter, Head of Insider Trends, who gave a scenario about where the future will lead us. And Tim Scheffer, a young Dutch designer, completed the program illustrating his most recent projects. Learn more here.
Make your packaging unique!
Handmadefont based in Estonia is a company that develops and sells unique handmade fonts created by the two brothers Vladimir and Maksim Loginov. Since fonts are important for us as packaging designers, we would like to share information about Handmadefont and their experience in packaging. Learn more here or visit their website.
New German epda Member!
ondesign - visual identity has recently become a member of epda. We welcome Olav Jünke and his team! You haven't heard of ondesign yet? Come and join us at our upcoming conference in Taipei, where Olav will introduce us to their design approach and working methods. Can't wait to learn more? Click here.
Packaging Innovations Hamburg: An Eye on Europe!
On 24 June epda presented design works by members agencies to the visitors of Packaging Innovations Hamburg. Great packaging samples were exhibited at the epda stand and during his inspirational talk about similarities and differences between European packaging design Uwe Melichar took fair visitors on a journey through different European countries.
epda Student Award Winners
"The Future of Packaging" is the topic of epda's DIY Competition 2016. In the framework of the drupa project in cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf epda has carried out a competition with students from NABA, Milan. Get inspired by the next generation here!
touchpoint packaging at drupa!
From 31 May to 10 June drupa opened its doors and many visitors visited the touchpoint packaging area in order to attend the presentation program. epda has co-organised this special forum on behalf of Messe Düsseldorf.
Recreate Packaging: Factor got silver!
Congratulations to epda Member Factor! Uwe and his team received the silver award for their project "ChocBook", created in cooperation with the partner agency BrandBox in Riga. Bravo! Learn more here.
epda Congress in Taipei
Don't forget to schedule epda's Congress in your agenda: 26 Oct: Welcome to Asia! - 27 Oct: Conference Day - 28 Oct: Hands-on Program with the next Generation - 29 Oct: Store Check and Agency Visit - 30 Oct: A Taste of Asian Culture Further information will be available soon!
Welcome to Market Value
We are proud to announce that the French Retail Design Agency has recently become a member of our organisation. We believe that the exchange of experience between the different brand design disciplines is a very valuable inspiration of mutual benefit. Looking forward to the next opportunity to get to know each other! Learn more about Market Value here.
Come and get inspired!
On behalf of Messe Düsseldorf epda organises a special packaging forum at drupa, the biggest tradeshow for print production technologies. Touchpoint Packaging will reveal latest developments in packaging design and production and inspire by best cases, talks and workshops. Designers are welcome to visit the show and get updated!
epda Member Win Win Packaging won a Red Dot Best of the Best 2015! Learn more about the award winning design here.
Packaging Design trends in 2016
"1. Luxury of Less Don’t get us wrong: we’re not talking about luxury packaging here, but about packaging design that allows itself the luxury of saying more with less. Using subtlety in the message and tactility in the execution (...)" Read what Patrick De Grande, epda Member from Belgium, thinks about trends in 2016.
Can you be innovative every day?
The question is, is it possible to be innovative on a regular basis and harness innovation throughout our professional lives for ourselves, or the collective benefit of our companies and our customers? We recommend reading this article by Rowland Heming. Please click here.
Why the exchange of ideas is essential Lars Wallentin incites international agencies to join the epda. "Today, it is more essential than ever to belong to a group. We can, no doubt, inform ourselves through the Internet on specific issues or via the professional press ..." Learn more on Packaging Sense