Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Smart Fixtures - Store Layouts Delivered

Smart Fixtures' specialty is providing retailers and trade show exibitors with custom fixtures accompanied by accurately scaled designs (the latter is always free). This unique package gives store owners and tradeshow regulars the ability to see what they're purchasing before they even start assembling it. The above is a quick summary of the services we can provide with a visual montage of success stories we've been a part of. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Psychology of Color at Retail

By Patricia Beks From

The one major psychological influence that all retailers can — and do — make use of is color. Color can be everything to a successful store, if the palettes work well across the whole shop and complement other elements such as product displays and lighting. The point, according to retail designers, isn't about creating the most beautiful shop, but one that has coherence.

Color is central to coherence because we react instinctively to it. Red means "stop" and green means "go." Our brains are hot-wired to respond to color and, for modern retailers, the trick to using color is to understand both its physiological and psychological influences.

Color psychology perhaps explains why people are allegedly more relaxed in a green room and why weightlifters perform better in blue gyms. It's certainly the reason why some paint manufacturers now have color cards setting out the therapeutic aspects of each color, and why some cosmetic companies have introduced "color therapy" ranges.

To make things more complicated, the success of a retail store isn't so much influenced by the chosen color scheme but by how their target customers react to it. Is the store aimed at teenagers? Thirty-somethings? Senior citizens? The success of the store depends on how the customer reacts to both the products on display and the sales environment. Younger people like the energy of bold colors; older people prefer more subtle palettes. Get those colors wrong, and a retailer will find that their customers simply won't relate to the brand.

Color association also extends into food retailing. For example, most fast-food restaurants are decorated in vivid reds and oranges. These are colors that encourage us to eat quickly and leave — exactly what the fast-food operator wants us to do. Luxurious brands, on the other hand, favor softer colors that appear more sophisticated. In classier restaurants, those are the colors that encourage us to linger — and to order another drink, another coffee.

Some retailers are now using carpeting to influence patterns of travel around a store — particularly from the crucial zone just inside the shop entrance, often referred to as the compression or transition zone — the place where customers first orientate themselves with what's inside. Here, carpeting is being used to subtly direct shoppers deeper into the store or, by using different colors and patterns, create subconscious walkways that shoppers will tend to follow.

By recognizing how color influences us, retailers are better able to induce feelings of warmth, intimacy or serenity — or, by using more vibrant palettes, to excite or stimulate. It's about understanding target markets, the product lines to appeal to them and the kind of brand the retailer wants to convey. Lastly, it's about conveying that brand though color and design.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Blue Jeans

This is a design for a high end jeans store. The trend with jeans is to fold. I gave the client folding tables, along with a T-way rack to display the style. The wall hooks will display the styles and the different sizes will be folded in the cubes below. You can spot light the styles with spot lights on the top. White mannequins can be placed around the store with jeans and white t-shirts. A marketing ideas is to advertise on their shirts - hand write the sale in black marker. This will give the high end store some edge and a great marketing tool at the same time!

Happy Clients Make Us Happy

"I'm thrilled!" Cubitec Display photo sent from a client


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

We can even show you what your customers will see from the outside.

10x10 Tradeshow Booth - "The center piece was genius because what ever I put on top was selling." - quote from the client.

This is a tradeshow booth I worked on with a client who sold ceramics. She had a 10x10 booth and needed a desk for cash and carry items to be wrapped. We gave her a tiered design with several clip on lights, a wrapping desk, and a silo. She loved the silo, "The center piece was genius because what ever I put on top was selling." - quote from the client.

Salon Design for BVI

Here is a Salon client in the British Virgin Islands. They wanted a small retail area in the front of their salon. This piece high lighted the product, and left some space for marketing at the same time. Based on our years of working with some of the world’s most recognizable names in the beauty industry (L’Oreal, Matrix, Beauty Alliance, Farouk, NIOXIN) we are confident that updating your salon with Smart Fixtures will substantially increase your retail sales.