Pictured left to right: Pamela Busiek, ICMAD president; 1st place winner Alex Pabian; 2nd place winner Horacio Acevedo; 3rd place winner Maggie McCormick; Penni Jones, ICMAD executive director; and Katy Leakey, 2010 ICMAD Young Designers keynote speaker.
The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors (ICMAD) recently announced the top three winners of the 2010 ICMAD Young Designers Competition at a dinner held in New York City.
The Young Designers competition, created in 1999, showcases the extraordinary talents of students studying package design. The goal of the Young Designers competition is to encourage and develop future creative talent.
Selected from dozens of entries submitted by finalists at six highly acclaimed schools of design, the three winning ICMAD Young Designers showed exemplary creativity and knowledge of cosmetic packaging needs, according to ICMAD.
Pictured left to right: ICMAD Young Designers 1st place winning entry, Footsie Foot Scrub by Alex Pabian; 2nd place winning entry, Hunny Nourishing Baby Lotion by Horacio Acevedo; and 3rd place winning entry, Core Daily Moisturizer by Maggie McCormick.
New this year as part of their winning prize package, the Young Designers met with Maureen Kelly, founder of Tarte Cosmetics; Kelly Kovack, founder of Purpose-Built; and Matthew Malin, founder of Malin + Goetz, for a glimpse into how real-world cosmetics companies and design firms work. Later that evening, presenter and eco-jewelry designer Katy Leakey, founder of the Leakey Collection, presented the students with their awards.
The schools participating in this year’s program included: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; The American Academy of Art, Chicago; Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles; Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; Miami International University of Art & Design, Miami; and The Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
Clorox Adopts New Corporate Logo
The Clorox Company has a new corporate logo, marking the most dramatic change in its visual identity since 1957.
Using an updated version of the company’s iconic diamond mark, a brighter blue color and new accents of green, the logo better reflects the corporate brand today as it heads toward its centennial anniversary in 2013.
“Our new logo better communicates what The Clorox Company stands for today,” said Clorox chairman and chief executive Don Knauss. “We’ve kept visual elements that reflect our heritage but we emphasized our forward-thinking mindset and objective to achieve strong growth, drive innovation and focus on sustainability.”
Designed in-house, the new visual identity presents the company as modern and evolving, reflects the strength and direction of its brand portfolio, and underscores its commitment to sustainability and focus on natural products. The logo also utilizes “The Clorox Company” in its entirety as a way to distinguish the corporate identity from its flagship bleach brand.
PMMI Study Shows Companies Are Reducing Packaging and Carbon Footprints
Sustainability concerns are manifesting in a variety of ways in personal care product packaging, according to a new study from PMMI, “2010 Personal Care Package Market Assessment.”
The market for personal care packaging in North America is expected to total between $70-$80 billion in 2010. Currently, plastics (59%) and bottles (41%) dominate package materials and formats, respectively. However, PMMI researchers expect to see increasing rates of growth in tubes and pouches over the next five years: 38% for tubes, and 51% for pouches, by 2015.
Plastic use is expected to dramatically outpace all other packaging materials, showing a 34% growth rate by 2015.
SeaCliff Debuts Click Lipsticks
SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories now offers clients the latest in cutting-edge technology, Click Lipsticks.
Available in all aluminum parts or with an injection molded outer layer, this component enables consumers to open the lipstick by simply clicking the bottom of it; when the component is in the closed position, the lipstick is tightly sealed.
SeaCliff Beauty can develop the lipstick formula for clients or fill customer-supplied bulk product.
Topline Products Continues Expansion with Acquisition Of First U.S. Plant
Topline Products Company Inc. has opened its first manufacturing facility in the U.S. with the acquisition of the Motor City Plastics Company in Dundee, MI.
The acquisition marks the second time this year Topline has taken ownership of a North American manufacturing site. The company established a filling and assembly plant in Reynosa, Mexico in May. Topline also operates four cosmetics packaging factories in China.
In the Motor City Plastics acquisition, Topline purchased all of the assets of the injection molding business and retained the plant’s experienced staff and workforce, according to the company.
The newly purchased facility, to be called Topline Michigan, will manufacture compacts and caps among other cosmetics packaging components.
“This acquisition continues our growth as a global supplier to better serve customers worldwide,” said Charles Chang, Topline’s president. “The new plant not only strengthens our North American presence but also complements our China operations in providing customers a wider range of options when they require global capability.”
The former Motor City Plastics Company, a producer of plastics products since 1948, has served many of the top brands in the beauty industry throughout its long history. Management at Topline’s new U.S. facility will report to Jim Adams, Topline’s vice president of manufacturing.
New curved spoon spatulas from Qosmedix.
Qosmedix has expanded its line of spatulas to include an elegant and uniquely shaped curved spoon spatula in three different colors: black, white and clear. According to the company, a perfect companion to luxury brand packaging, or for maintaining a hygienic sampling environment in retail settings, the spatula has a bent spoon shape which scoops out formulas.
Avon Taps Rexam for Fragrance Collection
The packaging premiumization trend that continues to sweep through the beauty industry is evidenced by Avon’s selection of the Rexam XD-11 fine mist pump for Mark’s new three-fragrance range: Celebrate, Rio Bikini and Rio Rhythms. This is the fifth in a series of recent collaborations between Rexam and Avon.
Innovation for Mark’s three-fragrance range.
The neutral and ultra-low profile Rexam XD-11 pump’s ergonomically advanced actuator combines with the reduced diameter of the nozzle to enhance the overall aesthetic and tactile appeal, said the company. Rexam’s XD-11 is considered an industry reference for brands in the high-end market segment, yet is also selected for use in mass and masstige applications because of its high-performance functionality and aesthetic appeal that opens new package design opportunities, according to the company.
The pump’s ergonomically advanced actuator is available in metal or plastic, and in classic or smoothly sculpted designer versions, according to the company.