Pave the way for superior future packaging design!
We can't stand still when the world around is moving! So let's think about the needs of the future consumer and create great packaging design meeting these expectations. We want your ideas! epda AWARD FUTURE PACKAGING™ recognizes the best consumer product packaging design concepts for the future from all over Europe and honours designers who take the challenge to think ahead. This year's topic will be revealed shortly. So, ... watch out!
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Jan 31st: epda members share experience! We are currently working on a next issue about "SPIRITS", which will be published in a couple of weeks. Get inspired by previous issues here.
The Dieline Awards: Final Deadline, Feb 7th
Jan 31st, There is still time to submit your entries until the 7th of February. Designers, don't wait and submit your projects to the Dieline Awards. Learn more!
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.
Pantone Color of the Year: Pantone 15-0343
"Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose." Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Learn more.
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!
red dot award ceremony 2016
On November, 4 red dot celebrated the winners of this year's red dot award: communication design at Konzerthaus Berlin. epda Jury Members Sylvia Vitale-Rotta, Team Créatif, and Uwe Melichar, Factor, were invited on stage to help give the prizes to the winners. Learn more here.
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!
epda Exhibition in Taipei
Oct. 28, the Mayor of Taoyuan - together with epda Presidents Malgosia Pawlik-Leniarska and Renne Angelvuo - officially opened the epda Exhbition at Arts Center, Taoyuan. For 2 weeks design experts as well as public visitors were invited to see international design projects from East and West, learn about the industry's ideas on The Future of Packaging, the Impact Of Colour, the Second Life of Packaging as well as get insights into the latest packaging production innovations represented by Stora Enso, LEONHARD KURZ and Agfa Graphics. The project was organised by epda and local member Jennifer Tsai, Proad Identity. It could be realised thanks to the support of the Taoyuan city government. Watch the video of the amazing exhibition opening here.
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.
Call for entries!
Wake up designers! Another opportunity to get awarded for good design. The Brand Identity GrandPrix is calling for entries. Learn more here. The deadline is on Nov, 30. THE FIRST ENTRY IS FREE FOR EPDA MEMBERS.
Learn more about epda’s event in Taipei
Packaging Inspiration Forum by PrintCity Alliance
Welcome to the Future! Representatives from the whole packaging supply chain will discuss most recent developments, be it the consequences of digitalisation, future technologies or latest trends in finishing. Meet up with the professionals in the packaging industry and get inspired. Learn more here. The conference takes place in Hamburg on 9/10 November - conference language is German.
It’s still not too late!
We are very much looking forward to receiving your ideas and to give them visibility during the upcoming epda Congress in Taipei!
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.
Exciting opportunity to exhibit your work in Taipei
Next to the conference’ days in Taipei epda invites to the opening of a design exhibition that we organise. With this exhibition we would like to “reveal the beauty of packaging” and draw attention to the similarities and differences in the design cultures of East and West. And youu can be part of it: Contribute with your favourite project. Learn more here.
Call for action from Brussels!
It’s not too late to be part of this year’s DIY Competition! Here is how monalisa – brand design agency from Brussels – thinks about sharing ideas on the Future of Packaging.
Register now for DIY 2016!
"The package design of the future is something meaningful to me. I am an optimist; I believe that society will tire of waste. Waste here meaning both ecological and cultural. More and more people are already sick of unnecessary plastic. So a pack that considers itself important to culture and the planet will be a pack of the future. At least I am looking for designs that push design forward in a positive way. If that is in aesthetics, then of course that can be of value too." epda Jury member Joshua Breidenbach, Rice Creative
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.
epda DIY Jury Member: Andrew Gibbs
Andrew Gibbs, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Dieline: "With the design competition focusing on the future every designer will have the opportunity to let their creativity take a new level of innovation. The most inspiring trend to me is Essentialism: focus on the essential, eliminate the rest. Looking forward to judging this years competition!" Register here.
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.
CONGRATS TO FACTOR DESIGN!
We are proud to inform that epda Member Factor Design is on the shortlist of this year's Recreate Packaging Design Award by Stora Enso. Have a look at this outstanding design project here. We keep our fingers crossed! The award show will take place on 11th May.
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!
DIY Competition 2016
Have you already registered? Don't miss the opportunity to present your ideas on the Future of Packaging. Contact Claudia to receive the application forms.
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.
Congress in Toulouse: Great Success
A couple of days ago a bunch of designers from all over Europe, representatives of Pierre Fabre as well as of epda partners Stora Enso, Sleever International and Siegwerk Druckfarben met at "Les Cauquillous" - headquarters of Pierre Fabre in Toulouse. An event full of insights, interaction and fun thanks to excellent speakers and workshop moderations and a great atmosphere and environment!
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