Licensed properties present the challenge of landing on the voice of the property while being economical with the copy. Many licensed properties are focused on juvenile recipients/consumers and therefore must be simple in language, affirming, and often conceptual and interactive while playing into the aspirational/inspirational essence of the property. These are examples of how I’ve addressed some of these challenges:
Every now and then I received a request to “subvert” a child property for adult humor. Here’s an example of such a request.
WARM & SIMPLE
Kim Anderson is a licensor we work with often. Their photography usually features children in vintage or adult wardrobe with splashes of color over black & white. It’s not my “cup-of-tea” but consumers love these cards. Editorially, the copy is short, sweet, feminine, and slightly attitudinal.