Archivo mensual: mayo 2011

Alternative Moscow logos

A few interesting design ideas for the city of Moscow.

Moscow logo concept
Designed by Ира Кикина.

Moscow logo concept
Designed by Стас Поляков.

Moscow logo concept
Designed by Антон Шнайдер.

Moscow logo concept

Moscow logo concept

Moscow logo concept
Designed by Протей Темен.

Moscow logo concept

Moscow logo concept
Designed by Катя Малых.

Additional imagery and details (in Russian) here and here on The Village.

Excuse me if I’ve got the credits wrong. I’m useless at Russian.

View the previously featured Surprise + Smile = Wow idea.

Thanks for the tip-off, Alexey.

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How Apple And Gucci Tickle Your “God Spot”, by Martin Lindstrom

And how other brands could get messianic in their message and convert consumers to acolytes.

A few years back, an Australian teenager with an unusual surname submitted his bare neck to a plastic surgeon’s laser. The doctor worked carefully, slowly eradicating the tattoo of a striped bar code with the letters G-U-C-C-I etched underneath. An hour later, the tattoo was history, and so was Will Andries Petrus Booye’s brand-obsession, one that had become, in his words, “My one and only religion.”

I first met Will in the late 1990s, back when the ink on his tattoo was still wet. For Will, Gucci was companion, confidante, soul mate, hero, mirror image, and friend with benefits combined. When asked, he could go on at length about the company’s designs, colors, and textures, as well as about the distinctive smell of the stores. Entering the Gucci flagship, he told me, was like coming home. From the store design to the overhead music playing overhead to the uninterrupted luxury of the place, everything Gucci put Will completely at ease. And of course, the brand’s sheer exclusivity made him feel like a member of a small, choice, like-minded club.

Fast-forward five years. Almost overnight, the Gucci brand lost its grip on Will. Suddenly the thrill was gone. So what do you do when you break up with your soul mate, your reason for living? You get a haircut, and you lose the tattoo. Some people even join the military. Will did all three.

To me it was fairly obvious: He’d lost his religion.

A recent study conducted by the BBC found striking parallels between how one devoted Apple fan responded to religious imagery and to the brands he loved.

In fact, I devoted a whole chapter of my 2007 book, Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy to this very same subject. The similarities between the world’s great religions and some of the world’s most renowned brands has been one of my passions ever since I stumbled onto Bangkok’s Pariwas temple nearly a decade ago. There I found myself confronted with an extraordinary-looking Buddha. The Buddha was compelling in part because of the modern-day company he kept. Carved into the altar below his form, alongside several other less well-known deities, stood a resplendent gold-leaf statue of mop-haired soccer icon David Beckham. This wasn’t a case of vandalism, or sacrilege; a Thai sculptor had created the carving in 1998 as part of the World Cup celebrations. Said Chan Theerapunyo, the temple’s abbot, “Football has become a religion, and has millions of followers. So to be up to date, we have to open our minds and share the feelings of millions of people who admire Beckham.”

The Thai people are far from alone here. Pay a visit to India, and you’ll find that the local Bollywood film scene has spawned an entire celebrity-obsessed generation, so much so that you will find countless temples built or sponsored by Indian celebrities to honor or worship their own graven images.

If Hindis and Buddhists are willing to bend the rules of religion to cater to our worldwide celebrity obsession, wouldn’t it follow that brands might be next in line?

The short answer is yes. So in 2007, I carried out a scientific research study testing 32 volunteers. By using an FMRI to scan their brains, I found that religious imagery not only stimulates the same regions of the human brains as an iPod or the Apple logo does, but that a handful of other global brands, from Hello Kitty to Harley Davidson to Guinness, also ignites these same “God spots.”

Notice I said handful (I unearthed only a half-dozen examples in all). In the weeks, months, and years following the study, I couldn’t help but wonder: Why doesn’t every brand in the world pursue this tactic? Wouldn’t it be the ultimate behind-closed-doors strategy? Think about it: a campaign that makes your customers so preoccupied with your brand that they camp out overnight in sleeping bags in anticipation of a new release, cannot be rationally argued with, and are so blindly smitten that in one case, an adolescent boy gets a bar code tattooed on his neck?

Problem is, the way 99% of companies manage most brands is entirely, thuddingly, concretely … rational. They focus on consumer awareness. They ask consumers about a brand’s benefits, attributes, and functionality. Can you imagine trying to explain why you “love” one religion over another? Why do you love your old college or school? For that matter, why do you love your spouse or partner? Bet you have no rational explanation whatsoever.

As any religious devotee knows, it’s not about the church, the minister, the congregation, the sound of the bells, or the old-wood smell of the pews. Belief isn’t rational. It’s about a lot of things: our intermingled senses; our desire to lead a simpler life; our relationship with ourselves; our need to belong to a community, to feel as though we’re not just drifting in space. And that’s just for starters. Placing your faith in something or someone may be fanciful, and out-of-vogue among the smart set, but I’ve long believed that creating belief is essential to brand-building.

In light of the recent BBC study, what I wrote about in 2007 certainly bears repeating: The successful brands of the future will offer consumers the same ingredients that the world’s great religions serve up, including mystery, powerful storytelling, sensory appeal, and a sense of belonging. They will have an enemy (think Coke versus Pepsi, Mastercard versus Visa, or even Harvard versus Yale). They will create a constellation of their own icons, rituals, and in some cases, branded language. They will inspire church-like evangelism in their users, hey, maybe even a sleeping bag or two.

Obviously, as Apple’s market cap shows, consumers are more than ready to throw rationality aside and believe. As for companies, the only thing I can do is say a little prayer.

[Homepage image: Flickr user wowstanley; top image: Martin Lindstrom]

La historia de las marcas

Hoy, Viernes 27 de Mayo,  a partir de las 20 horas por FM La Tribu (FM 88.7) estaré hablando de la historia de las marcas en el programa Va de Retro.

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Brand Packaging: Solving The Mystery Of Shelf Impact


Today’s retail environment is unlike any we have ever experienced. The complexity of brand SKUs and myriad POP materials bombards the shopper, making it almost impossible for individual products to stand out on shelf.

Despite brand marketers’ belief that the words on pack are the most important driver of purchase intent, recent studies demonstrate that they are actually the least important component of the packaging mix. In fact, the operative communications hierarchy puts color atop the list, with shapes, symbols and words following in that sequence. When approaching a package redesign it is this hierarchy of semiotics that ultimately drives sales in the store aisles.

Studies show that on average shoppers take just five seconds to locate and select a given product, generally at a distance of from three-to-six feet. Locating that product occurs when it is visible to the passing shopper. Here visibility is measured by contrast and the physiological driver that creates contrast is color. Color is one of the brain’s three visual pathways and, since we process every object within view simultaneously, color is the mechanism that places emphasis on certain areas. In addition to enhancing on-shelf visibility, the appropriate use of color can increase brand recognition by some 80%, while also serving as an important brand identifier.

While color works on one level, it is not the only factor leading to product selection. Memorable shapes also initiate a cognitive process of evaluation and brand preference. Shapes often determine the first impression of a product while metaphorically communicating key benefits and advantages.  In combination, color and shape combinations can signal quality, while enhancing perception.  For instance, symmetrical shapes pair well with passive colors… triangular and diamond shapes with active colors. Color /shape combinations can also communicate brand personality, so like color, the use of shape in brand identity and design plays a role well beyond on-shelf visibility.

Symbols are a nearly instantaneous means of communicating meaning – think about the Nike® swoosh, the CBS® eye, or the Starbucks® siren. Associations derived from symbols become imprinted in consumers’ minds through repeated exposure, and shoppers intuitively gravitate to familiar symbols to help them navigate the shelf.

Research has shown that a package cluttered with claims fights for attention and creates shopper conflict. The best approach is to focus on a single competitive point of difference that distinguishes a brand from its’ competition. As previously discussed, colors, shapes and symbols all enhance on-shelf visibility, illicit an emotional reaction, and aid in the final purchasing decision. So it stands to reason, that the more words one adds to the design, the less the opportunity to use color, shapes and symbols effectively.

Despite today’s retail realities, and the critical need to win at shelf, the art and science of brand identity and package design remains largely misunderstood and, therefore, undervalued. In a time when so much of a product’s success has migrated from the marketer’s hands (shelf placement, breadth and depth of distribution, retail pricing, POP displays, etc, to the consumer, package design remains one of the options the marketer completely controls.

Strategic and informed package design is a must, which can only be accomplished through a carefully engineered sequence of color, shapes, symbols and words.

(Via Branding Strategy Insider.)

Apple Fanboy = Religious Fanatic?

When you stick a big Apple fan in an fMRI machine and show him Apple images, his brain lights up in the same areas associated with religious belief. And, according to a BBC TV show, one of the scientists associated with that study proclaims, “big tech brands have harnessed, or exploit, the brain areas that have evolved to process religion.” A typical example of the press coverage of this is this article from Apple triggers ‘religious’ reaction in fans’ brains, report says

This doesn’t merit a whole lot of discussion, but it’s worth a mention because of the press coverage it’s getting. Comparing Apple to a religion, and Steve Jobs to a Messianic figure, is simple and irresistible for the mainstream press.

First, I don’t doubt the fact that Apple “true believers” exhibit religious fervor. They evangelize for Apple, they demonize the (evil) competition, and reject even the mildest, most objective criticism as heresy. If you have any doubt, read the comments on my post, Revealed: How Steve Jobs Turns Customers into Fanatics.

Second, I don’t think that Apple (or any other brand) has found the secret to push some kind of “religion button” in the brain. It’s enticing to fantasize about how powerful that would be, but, like the rest of our brain processes, forming a religious belief is far to complex to accomplish with some clever ads.

Having said that, I think the point I made in my earlier post about Apple’s rivalry strategy does have parallels to organized religion. Religious fervor is often intensified when there is an enemy that can be demonized. The focus on the external threat and emphasizing the differences between the two groups solidifies the faith of the believers. For decades, Apple has exploited this technique, and its true believers spread the message with unrelenting zeal.

Sadly for marketers who want to be like Apple, though, their hunt for the religion button will be futile.


Siete secretos de la innovación por Steve Jobs

Siete secretos de la innovación, por Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs es, sin duda, un personaje controversial, aunque respetado hasta por sus detractores más feroces. En primer lugar, por haber creado de la nada a Apple y luego por haberla rescatado y transformado en una de las empresas más innovadoras del mundo.

Lo cierto es que, por más creativo que sea, el hombre no improvisa sino que se atiene rigurosamente a su propio credo innovador. Varios libros han analizado, en mayor o menor profundidad, el “modelo Apple” y los métodos que utiliza Jobs para conducir su empresa. Uno de ellos es “Innovación: 100 consejos para inspirarla y gestionarla”, en el que Enric Barba presenta siete principios clave que utiliza Jobs. Estos son los siete mandamientos de Apple:

1- Haga lo que le apasione. la pasión es la clave del genio. Jobs descubrió en su propia experiencia cómo alinear el trabajo con los propios gustos e intereses redunda en mayor energía, creatividad, constancia y resistencia a la adversidad. Si no está trabajando en algo que le guste y no puede cambiar eso a corto plazo, dé pasos que lo lleven con el tiempo a trabajar en algo que le sea más agradable. Si lidera personas, asegúrese de ubicar a cada uno en la tarea que más ajusta a sus habilidades y preferencias. Es la forma de sacar lo mejor de cada uno.

2- Cree una visión. Las visiones inspiran y motivan. Nos llevan a pensar en grande, a superar los límites y ayudan a liderar y unir los grupos de trabajo y darles un sentido de dirección y pertenencia. Jobs fue comparado muchas veces con un evangelizador, más que como un hombre de negocios. Puede estar lanzando un reproductor de audio o un nuevo teléfono, pero en su discurso parecerá que está cambiando al mundo. Y de hecho, lo está haciendo.

3- Reactive su cerebro. Hágase las preguntas que no se hace nadie. ¿Por qué? ¿Qué pasaría si.? Conecte aquello que parece disociado. Jobs vivió siempre en la frontera entre la tecnología y la cultura. Es un apasionado del diseño y la estética, y aplica permanentemente esa sensibilidad al desarrollo de productos electrónicos de consumo. Además los productos de Apple en los últimos años son excepcionales muestras de hibridización. Combinar telefonía, reproducción de audio, video, navegación web, etc. es la forma en que ha buscado dar a sus dispositivos una ventaja.

4- Venda sueños, no productos. Ayude a sus clientes a mejorar sus vidas con sus productos. Después de todo, es eso lo que ellos persiguen. No están enamorados de su empresa, sino de sus propias aspiraciones y deseos. Ayúdelos a alcanzarlos. Por ejemplo: la capacidad de edición de música y video que traen las computadoras Apple es importante sólo porque permite que el cliente se exprese creativamente, aunque no sea un profesional. El resto son detalles técnicos.

5- Mantenga el foco. Diga que no a 1000 cosas. La verdadera pregunta que debemos hacernos todo el tiempo es: ¿por qué me comprarían este producto? Todo lo que no lleve a responderla satisfactoriamente puede y debe ser eliminado. El resto no crea valor, dispersa energía. Elimine los productos no rentables de su portfolio y concéntrese en los más interesantes. En los negocios, la efectividad es hija de la concentración.

6- Brinde una gran experiencia. Preste atención no sólo al producto sino a la experiencia que provoca en el cliente, desde el momento mismo en que lo adquiere. Cuide el entorno en que ofrece sus productos, brinde un gran servicio, haga que el proceso de compra sea fácil y práctico para el cliente. Permita que experimenten su producto antes de comprarlo.

7- Comunique efectivamente. Que todos sepan que tiene un gran producto. Diga las cosas de forma sencilla. En una presentación no transmita más de tres ideas. Explique con dibujos y utilice historias. La comunicación es casi tan importante como el producto. Después de todo, ¿de qué sirve haber creado el mejor producto si no sabemos comunicarlo?

Fuente: La Nació

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