Brand Identity

Simon Says: Augmented Reality on more Packaging

ICYMI (it was August, after all, when this article first landed, a month when the whole northern hemisphere goes on vacation), our very own Simon Thorneycroft was quoted in Food Navigator in a piece about augmented reality and packaging. Branded packaging design just got more interesting.

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Simon Says: Black is the New Black

Perspective:Branding’s Founder and CEO, Simon Thorneycroft, wrote this insightful piece for AdWeek a few weeks back about using the color black in your packaging. Sure, black is trendy but will it work for you?

Why More Packaging Should Be Black, and Why It’s So Easy to Get Wrong

Designers embracing darkness often fail to plan for the real world

When designing a line of products or brands, one strategy is to look for a single color around which to build a visual architectural block. This key design feature helps a brand stand out from the competition as well as on the shelf. Block colors are often neutral in tone – think creams, blues, and, in some cases, white and black are used. These colors (or, in the case of white, lack of any color) do not immediately suggest a flavor and are favored by marketing and design teams for their flexibility and endurance in the marketplace. Continue reading at AdWeek.


Rebranding Helps Tahoe Trail Bar Increase Visibility

A recent story published on focused on our branded packaging design work with Tahoe Trail Bars. We are thrilled to share their success!


Tahoe Trail Bars rebranded in time for summer outings

When current owner & CEO Wes King bought the recipe for the single flavor and rights to make the product in 2010, the nutrition, health & wellness category was growing exponentially. He realized it was time to get Tahoe Trail Bar introduced to a wider audience.

King reached out to Perspective: Branding ( for the rebrand. “We were struggling to be seen in the set (because of muted colors), and finding it difficult to convert sales because the features of the bar were not clear and our brand identity didn’t have the weight and punch of a separate mark. We decided to take the plunge into new flavors (which our customers were requesting), and take the brand as a whole ‘down to the studs’ and really capture who we are and what we are about,” he says. Continue reading here:

Originally published on on July 5, 2017.

Wise Brand Refresh Focuses on Cheese

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We were thrilled to work with Wise, Inc. on their Cheez Doodles visual package design rebranding effort. In this piece published in the May/June 2017 issue of Candy & Snack Today magazine, Perspective:Branding CEO and Founder, Simon Thorneycroft, discusses how he and the Perspective team worked to contemporize the Cheez Doodles brand, using pack graphics to tell the story. Click here to read the whole story.

Alternative Milks Have Arrived

nut milk in a mason jar

If alternative milks (those not sourced from a cow, goat, or sheep) can no longer be called “milk,” will that impact it’s brand identity?

Dairy alternatives, everything from almond milk yogurt to 100% plant-based cheese, are becoming important players in the food scene. So important, that Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced legislation earlier this year to “combat the unfair practice of mislabeling non-dairy products.” The objection, according to a press release issued by Senator Baldwin’s office, is to the word “milk.” “For too long, the FDA has turned a blind eye to the misbranding of imitation dairy products, despite the decades-old federal law that milk comes from animals, not vegetables or nuts,” the release states.

More consumers are turning to plant-based alternatives for lifestyle and health reasons, moving these alt-milks as well as milk from sheep and goats (and even camels!) into the mainstream and becoming a threat to dairy milk in the meanwhile. Is it time for alternative milk brands to shift their “milk” identity? While Congress sorts out the labeling, let’s take a quick look at what the brouhaha is about.

Definition of milk (from

1a :  a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young

b (1) :  milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people (2) :  a food product produced from seeds or fruit that resembles and is used similarly to cow’s milk <coconut milk> <soy milk>

2:  a liquid resembling milk in appearance: such as a :  the latex of a plant

b :  the contents of an unripe kernel of grain


Soy Milk

Made from soaked, ground soy beans, soy milk is the result of the pressings of the beans mixed with water and emulsified for a consistent texture. Originally from China and dating to 202 BCE, soy milk is a popular street vendor item and is often prepared by home cooks throughout Asia. Like other milks, soy milk is often fortified with protein, vitamins and minerals but in its natural state, equals dairy milk’s protein (about 7 grams per cup). Soy has received some negative press for being a genetically modified crop and for its estrogen mimicking properties.

Hemp Milk

Made from soaked, ground hemp seeds, hemp milk boasts a 5 grams of naturally occurring protein per cup and a day’s recommended allowance of the monounsaturated fatty acid known as omega-3. Unlike other milks, hemp has a strong flavor.

Coconut Milk

Made from soaked and shredded whole coconut, coconut milk is high in saturated fat compared to other plant-based milks (8 grams per cup). Its creamy texture makes it a popular option.

Almond Milk

Most of the world’s almond supply is grown in the United States (thanks, California) so it is likely that the almond milk you drink is locally sourced.

Squeeze almost anything and you will get milk, ahem, “milk.” Cashews, macadamias, oats, rice, even beans are now crushed, mixed with water and strained to produce a liquid derivative of the original.

When Senators aim their legislative ire at your category, the category has arrived. Welcome, alt-milk to the Bigs. And since these non-dairy, alternative milk beverages have the same white or off-white color as dairy milk, the name milk seems natural. The word milk is associated with the word white, facilitating brand identity. But if alt-milk producers are to appease Senator Baldwin, may I offer the term “juice” as an alternative to “milk?”