Pamela Long of Little Big Brands evaluates the effectiveness of Walmart’s clean, distilled design for its Great Value line of private-label products, focusing on products that include laundry sheets, cereal, and applesauce.
Comparing the retail shelf to a party with "varied personalities," Marcus Hewitt of Dragon Rouge advises, "Just because you're not the loud market leader in the world of brands doesn't mean you need to be a wallflower or a follower."
Lisa Baer of Baer Design Group says "Beer is one area where private-label may take a smack at national brands." Here she shows two new examples of private-label canned beer brands and compares their packaging against leading national labels.
Structural designer Dean Lindsay of Chicago's Dean Lindsay Design evaluates how structure is used within private-label and national brand products such as hand lotion and laundry detergent to create a unique impression of the brand. Beyond its shape, structure also relates to how a package is manufactured, how it functions, and how it creates a perception of value, Lindsay says.
Guest critic Will Burke from CB'a Brand Engine goes shopping in Paris and analyzes the design strategy for the private label brand Bio across a variety of products including nuts, flour, eggs, and crackers.