The Sweet (Or Not So Sweet) Smell of Success

Posted Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Sweet (Or Not So Sweet) Smell of Success | H&H Graphics

With as many as 400 olfactory receptors, the human nose may be able to distinguish among at least a trillion different odors.

So even though we have a list of more than 800 of them that we can reproduce as part of our expertise in scented printing, it’s a jaw dropping bit of context that suggests we have a way to go before we run out of possibilities…

But of course, we’re all about possibilities here at H&H Graphics and we have an R&D Department that lives for a challenge.

If you have an idea for a scented print promotion that’s never been done – and there are apparently more than nine hundred and ninety-nine billion of them – we’d love to hear it.

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Make Your Next Campaign as Fresh as Laundry in a Breeze

Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Make Your Next Campaign as Fresh as Laundry in a Breeze | H&H Graphics

What exactly is the smell that makes someone want to bury their nose in a freshly washed towel that has been line dried in the outdoor air?

It sounds like a question for a poet, or maybe a marketer hawking a new detergent brand, but in fact, it was scientific inquiry that settled the matter, at least in the most literal sense:

“…the smell of line-dried laundry is due to the unique combination of traces of atmospheric hydrocarbons, sunlight and a wet fabric surface. This surface photochemistry is likely to be widespread in the environment on surfaces of natural materials.”

That was the conclusion of researchers at the University of Copenhagen, who decided to get to the bottom of what was so appealing about that fresh laundry smell. They washed a set of cotton Ikea towels in ultra-purified water, hung them in various locations and then sealed them into bags for testing. Their research identified a collection of aldehydes and ketones responsible for the lovely smell that has been inspiring poets and detergent campaigns since long before its source had been decoded.

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Smell Test Project Puts H&H in the Fight Against Covid-19 Infection

Posted Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Smell Test Project Puts H&H in the Fight Against Covid-19 Infection | H&H Graphics

At H&H Graphics we have decades of expertise in the art and science of screen printing with sensory special effects like smell. It's a specialty that has brought a lot of interesting and innovative campaigns through our doors, for some of the world's best known brands.

Screen printing is the most effective process for adding scent to a wide variety of materials. Unlike offset or flexo printing, screen printing is an art that allows for a precise, customized and more concentrated application of scent. It creates clear, identifiable and long-lasting aromas that don't wear off with time.

That, and decades of experience, has put us on the radar of some of the country's leading experts in the science of smell – and smell dysfunction.

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Scented Recipe Cards and Your Brand: A Recipe for Success

Posted Thursday, December 05, 2019

Scented Recipe Cards and Your Brand: A Recipe for Success  | H&H Graphics

In an era in which any cook with an internet connection has access to more recipes than could be used in a lifetime, there is still something deeply satisfying about an old-fashioned recipe card.

They're tangible, they're nostalgic and, with a drip of spaghetti sauce or a splash of olive oil, they carry a multisensory record of family history and good times. It's little wonder that, as the Associated Press reported recently, recipe cards are becoming a collector's item.

While it's convenient to have 300 different ways to make a pecan pie - Google's most searched for recipe in 2018 – there is something about a recipe card that taps deep into our psyches, stirring up memories of Sunday dinners at Grandma's house or holidays spent surrounded by our favorite people.

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Wine and Spirit Promotions with a Twist

Posted Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Wine and Spirit Promotions with a Twist  | H&H Graphics

Is it just our imagination or do the beer and wine aisles get bigger and more crowded by the minute?

How does anybody choose a bottle of cabernet anymore? Or a craft beer? A bottle of scotch? You could do your research of course. There are 10,000 varieties of wine grapes, while a popular beer website has 300,000 beers listed. Of course, even if you know exactly what you're looking for, you still have to find it. 

The truth is, most of us have a much easier "system." We look at the label. From beautiful artwork to provocative names, to labels that just stand out, catching our attention from their perch on a crowded shelf, there are few places where consumers are as likely to judge your product by your packaging as the beer, wine and spirits aisles.

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