Friday, March 30, 2012

HORECA: Best Stand Competition Review

It was very interesting and so much fun to be in the Horeca 2012 Jury for the Best Stand Competition!

We were: Rana Nasr from Bleu Design Consultants, Malek Salamé, talented architect, and myself for the branding and visual comunication. We reviewed every stand thouroughly, checking the first impression, how does it appeal to you, the general concept, the architecture & volumes, and finally the branding: Is the brand identity present? Is the stand in synergy with its guidelines? etc..

There were 3 categories: Best Stand, Best Small Stand and Best Branded Stand.

Nominees for Best Branded Stand:

>Taanayel Les Fermes


> and Sohat

AND THE WINNER was:  Taanayel, very welcoming stand & staff, charming farm design and brand identity 100% there.

Nominees for Best Small Stand:


> BimPos who really had a very technical product, yet they displayed it in a very nice way

>and La Rose Noire , my picts are of poor quality, but it was a very elegant small stand with a beautiful display, eye candy really.

AND THE WINNER was: Lavazza ! Very intelligent space conception, beautiful espresso-cup tables and all the Italian Spirit in the picture wall...

Nominees for Best Stand:

>KFF alcoholic drinks for the nightclub mood

>IXSIR wine, "the answer is within"... Very Sleek Original Design

>and Prunelle of course, who was the people's choice ;-)

AND THE WINNER was: Prunelle! Smart choice of materials, nice color palette, good branding... However Rana, Malek and me would like to point out that it was not a matter of size, it could've been 50% smaller and we would have liked to see more real bakers and less wax figures...

Congrats to all and good luck for next year! And remember, an original idea is much better than a huge budget...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

>LibanPost & St Jude's team up for Mother's Day

Guess what I received in my mail today? 2 great letters from my gorgeous daughters that they wrote at school and sent with LibanPost, as well as a beautiful pin in a lovely little envelope!
How cute is that???
I later investigated and as Hind Fadel, LibanPost marketing director, confirmed, the profits go to St Jude's Children Cancer Center... All I can say is Hats Off!
Thanks a lot and have a wonderful Mother's Day...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

>LFA (Lebanese Franchise Association) new book & box design

Very proud to have worked on (and finished! ;-) ) the new LFA booklet with over than 180 members, with a double spread with all relevant info for each... A reference if you want to start a business in Lebanon and the region, or if you want to export Lebanese Creativity and become a Franchisee in any country of the world!
Join their Facebook page right here, and check their website for more...
Oh, and one more thing... GREAT NATIONS MAKE GREAT BRANDS!

Monday, March 5, 2012

>Parties & Tables: The Roaring Twenties / Années Folles Party

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to work on the organization of a 1920ies party: Everything from the invite, to the tabletops, props for the guests, CD cover, and even the wall art that the restaurant owner agreed gracefully to let us hang!
It was definitely fun, especially that almost everyone came with great outfits... A journey back in time!


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