The Michael Graves Design brand at Target was the first example of an architect/designer having his own consumer brand of products. As such, the products, packaging and all branded elements had to represent the architectural perspective and establish Michael Graves in the consumer mind. The blue color palette functioned as a “sea of calm” within the noisy retail environment and was a reference to the blueprint. The “perfect placement” merchandising strategy elevated the product above the competition. The idea of “form and function” supported Target’s “expect more, pay less” tagline.