Catalogs

Every IKEA Catalog from 1950 to 2020 Online

IKEA gets its customer base and target audience. They consistently produce online content that is designed to entertain as well as market their products. The latest offering is part research, part entertainment, and part marketing. IKEA has put 70 years’ worth of catalogs online for anyone to browse. The only caveat is that they are all in Swedish, so if you don’t speak the language, the descriptions will be pretty meaningless.

I have to say that the mobile or iOS version of the site is pulling off some really nice design. Full frame video with a transparent overlay video on the landing page. You don’t or at least I didn’t get that on the desktop in Chrome.

The site supports the IKEA Museum (yes there really is an IKEA Museum) and if you use the hamburger menu in the upper right you are taken to a minimalist landing page with additional information and activities. The nice thing is IKEA doesn’t attempt to drive traffic to the online store. This is truly for the fans of IKEA design and design principals.

One thing I do find interesting is the fact that the catalog layouts have remained fairly consistent across the decades, and quite a bit of the product line has as well. It’s a testament to a winning formula that IKEA has banked on for years.

IKEA’s 2013 Catalog Goes Interactive, thanks to McCann-Erickson.

IKEA has always been a forward thinking company and a company that has embraced internet marketing and interactivity from the early days of online shopping. This latest foray is another great example of IKEA embracing technology to create a better customer experience for their catalog shoppers.

McCann-Erickson was enlisted by IKEA to develop the tablet and mobile based application that will launch with the 2013 catalog in a few weeks. The catalog is sent to more than 200 million individuals world wide, and with the rise in smartphone use this should have a solid impact on sales. Using QR code style technology where your devices camera reads a marker on the catalog page, additional content is unlocked enriching the overall experience.

This is a great example of print and digital integration that enhances the overall user experience across the brand.