Orange You Sad . . .

Orange you sad that the new Tropicana orange juice package looks the way it does? What could Arnell, the agency that did the deed, have been thinking? It’s one thing to change the logo; it’s another to abandon the mnemonic orange with the straw in it. As package imagery goes, it was pretty smart, and decidedly memorable.

Consumers are mixed (see here) but I, for one, believe that making this brand so bland (and you have to admit it’s bland, don’t you?) is a big tactical mistake, even though I do like the new cap (above). A company exec wrote to Stuart Elliot at The New York Times: “We’re pleased people feel so passionately about our brand, and we’re
listening to their feedback. While the packaging has changed, the product inside is still the same
high-quality orange juice consumers know, love and trust.”

Maybe so, but give me a sun-soaked orange over a Crate and Barrel juice glass anytime. What do you think?

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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