A short piece I made for my Gateway class. I hope you guys like it.
From hearing guest speakers to hearing Deb on a daily basis, I feel that I have begun to understand an industry I couldn’t tell you one coherent thought about a few months ago. It’s an entirely unique industry full of people you would never see in any other occupation. Creatives, planners, directors, and clients are thrown into this sandbox where they have to abandon all their egos while still communicating what it is they’d like to see in this project. The teamwork aspect of the industry is something that I could really see myself diving into.
I just finished Delivering Happiness, the book about Zappos and their extremely unique company culture. In the book, the founder talks about the moment where he realized that he had to step away from the company he started in his apartment and watched grown to a hundred million dollar venture. After a couple years of working in a deteriorating company culture, he realized one morning that he simply did not want to get out of bed. How does one get to the point where a company that they birthed is one that they no longer want to be a part of?
Reading his book terrifies me in a way. My biggest fear is to wake up every morning for a job that I don’t love going to. I love technology. I love working for technology companies. I love being able to slay the dragon that is a shitty user experience. I love the fact that my grandpa can actually interact with an iPad. That’s what going to get me out of bed for work each morning – knowing that the better I do my job, the easier the user’s life may be for a few minutes of the day. That being said, I can see how a tech company can cannibalize its own culture with loading up on talent fits – not culture fits. I hope to someday be a part of a company that holds culture in an equal regard with talent because it knows that teamwork and creative collaboration leads to success.
I know I’m on a bit of a rant here but after reading this book, learning in this class, and listening to these speakers, I’ve come to understand just how important company culture is to success and I’m excited to someday be a part of a company that gets me out of bed for the right reasons.
Just two simple quotes that I found that help remind me to step back every once in a while (yes, they are on my “fancy’d” list). It’s tough to remember the matrix we live in. Sometimes the rat race of school, work, relationships, you name it sucks us up and chews us to the point we forget where we’re really going – or if that’s anywhere at all. We all wish we could go back to the days of the playground where nothing mattered but the bounce of a ball. But that isn’t life. Life is grabbing something head on when its charging at you and there’s no solution on google to fix it. Life is about solving problems, however big or small, and feeling the success or failure that can accompany these problems.
I really am grateful for this class and making me sit down and think about what makes me creative. What makes me react differently or scratch my head until I feverishly begin to type? I actually believe I’m coming closer to these catalyst points than I have in a very long time. Part of me wishes I never stopped drawing – That I still wanted to have the final say at Crayola on why the hell Sea Turtle Green should be in the 48 pack of crayons. Hopefully, that kid in me is coming back.
What the hell is wrong with us? How do I know what the black and white thing is? Regardless of the physics and science behind it, I believe the recognition we instantly experience in these pixelated images can tell us a great deal about brand recognition. The mind can be instantly attracted or turned of by an image no matter how blurred or obscured it may be. Familiarity with worldwide brands is inescapable and must be quality must be assured by these brands on a massive scale.
If we see something good or bad, chances are we can tell what it is within seconds. And opinions can be made almost faster. So no matter the medium, no matter the distance, brands must be concise, responsible, and flawless in their exposure.
I believe in separating the cans from the trash. Yes, that’s it. I don’t do it to save the polar bears or to feed some obsessive-compulsive sickness. I just want to make life a little bit easier for the malt liquor and urine soaked man digging through our dumpster in the middle of the night.
Life has never given him a break. My uncle who slept in alleyways for the last half of his life never got a break either. I was lucky enough to have the chance of spending time with him growing up in San Francisco, where the sight of living skeletons lining the walls of luxurious hotels and corporate offices is an accepted way of life. Passersby saw him curled up against the gate in front of Glide Memorial as a leech of society. They saw him as just another fiend whose bloodshot eyes lit up as he watched their hard-earned money fall into his outstretched Big-Gulp cup. I saw him as Uncle Pete.
I know I can’t do much for the homeless and I don’t expect anyone else to feel bad for them. All I ask of myself and of others is to leave the cans on top and imagine the momentary peace this man can have knowing he doesn’t have to claw his way through used tissues and rotten food scraps and to make a of couple bucks. It’s a small victory in a cold world that doesn’t give two shits about them. Hell, it might even make them smile.
This whole concept of leaving the cans on top isn’t just solely applicable to homelessness. It’s a guiding principle for how I would like to live my life. It’s similar to the movie Pay It Forward, but Kevin Spacey creeps me out too much so I would rather use my own slogan. It’s no secret that everyone in life has those moments where they need something to keep them from bottoming out. Yet we don’t always make the smallest of efforts to show them that someone cares. Leaving the cans on top and keeping them out of the literal and proverbial dumpster gives everyone the ability to make a stranger’s life better. And for that brief, anonymous gift of temporary relief, I believe the world is a better place.
This is the world in which I want to live. MVS is the future of what I hope can be a instantly connected, educated society. And the craziest thing about it – I just downloaded it. And it works. I cannot wait to show this to my grandpa over spring break and make him crack up with the latest piece of geekery I’ve acquired.
All joking aside, I adamantly believe this technology will be a mainstay of our mobile lives within a matter of years. As the technology progresses, soon all pieces of media in our physical world will be interactive. Imagine walking down the street and being able to read an entire Wikipedia entry on a statue or engraving you’d never seen before.
Yes, QR codes are everywhere but they are not being used. (Our project will show that) However, this platform of completely open-ended google search based on something in our physical world will be revolutionary.
It is innovation like this that truly makes me giddy to live in today’s world.
Came across Trunk Club the other day while looking at subscription gift services – an increasingly popular trend for the trendy with money to spend. Based out of Chicago, Trunk Club begins with a remote interview between the stylist and the user where they get a feel for the customer’s need and taste. Before you know it, a trunk is delivered at your door full of designer brands which you can then respectively keep or return.
I think it’s an innovative and fun concept that rewards even the most hopelessly unhip guys. Someday, I can see girlfriends and mothers everywhere sitting down on the couch and sipping Chardonnay as the men in their life uncomfortably squirm in their soon-to-be favorite J. Crew Cardigan.
This is the Mozart of Dance. This kid is 17 years old is touring in America for the first time after years of denied requests by his parents. Yes, you read that right. I can’t wait to see Madeon perform in two weeks and it’s a joy to see such ridiculous skill and hard work. This is everything I aspire to when I mix songs and DJ so I hope you all like it as well.
Tracy Wong of Wong Doody Crandall Weiner spoke to our Creative Strategist class this week about the creative process and the democracy of a good idea.
He spoke about the failures that can occur if:
People in the agency must not have open minds but empty minds to truly let external ideas seep in and be accepted. It’s the idea that matters – not the author. If everyone can leave their ego at the door and truly come ready to work collaboratively with the client, greatness like the “Dear Me” campaign can occur. I was particularly interested by his description of the revelation that can happen if both sides can make sacrifices. The client wanted testimonials and the agency cringed at the staleness of the idea. Yet, everyone worked together to come up with a truly effective campaign.
Tracy’s talk was engaging in its frankness on how the industry works. It is an industry where teamwork is paramount to the success of just about anything and I’m excited to someday be a part of it.
A simple call to action that speaks to everyone. Now that is how you widen your access point. Scott Bedbury would be proud of this. It speaks immediately deep down inside all of us. We know we said we were going to run tomorrow but did we? This makes Nike not just a product but an ideal and is a perfect example of how to widen a brand’s access point
How do you tell a story with just a dot, a line, and a colored background?
These guys did just that and the simplicity of their work shows that advertising can be simple and can tell brief stories if it is concise and true. Oh, and don’t forget to have a cute acoustic song in the background..
From Fast Company: “Storytelling is an increasingly important part of successful design. It’s easy to think, “How on earth am I supposed to tell a story using just a logo? Or a package? Or a typeface?” But Tiny Story shows us that engaging narratives can be conjured up out of just about anything, no matter how sparse or simple.”
I absolutely love what the team behind Project X is doing to build buzz for their upcoming movie. They have released a series of videos where celebrities share their craziest party stories over an animated cartoon. The series sells without selling in a fresh, interesting, and hilarious way.
In my midterm I wrote about setting yourself apart from the flooded ecosystem of a brand’s respective market. In an industry inundated with terrible trailers, this animated series builds viral buzz for Project X in an extremely creative way that gets people talking.
This incredibly cute 5 year old actually reveals some basic things about logos and brands that never crossed my mind. When trying to distinguish your brand (cough, cough Jaguar, Puma, GreyHound), it’s incredibly important to evoke an immediate, distinct reaction. In a world defined by split-second consumerism, are we undervaluing the importance of logos?
Watching this video reminded me of the passage in Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs, in which Jobs painstakingly works with Paul Rand to develop a powerful logo for the NeXT computer. Jobs understood what a logo meant to the global community and the emotions it evokes upon a glance or a deep inspection.
When we set out to design something to be seen by the world, we have to remember what ties us all together – what makes us smile, what makes us cry. I believe a logo that can invoke an understanding of a company’s culture is a vital asset to any successful company.
Video via: GOOD
This song has enough pain in it for an entire album’s worth. I’ve attached the lyrics because their honesty and brutal imagery perfectly describes the feelings almost everyone has had when shit in a relationship feels hopeless. I really hope these guys can somehow hitch onto the back of the locomotive that is Mumford & Sons right now. At least there’s enough room for beautiful storytelling and Scottish accents in my library.
“I might never catch a mouse and present it in my mouth
And make you feel you’re with someone who deserves to be with you.
But there’s one thing we’ve got going and it’s the only thing worth knowing.
It’s got lots to do with magnets and the pull of the moon.”
PC Brands and Innovation in the same sentence? Believe it or not, this combination might be something actually taken seriously in 2012. As CES in Las Vegas came to a close last week and the nerds began their diaspora from America’s Playground, it became clear across the blogosphere that Ultrabooks were going to be a revolution. This industry tends to get swept up in buzzwords (see: “cloud”) but the Ultrabook is poised to truly become a household name that’s actually understood.
At CES we witnessed genuine inspiration from the likes of Lenovo, Dell, and Samsung. For the first time in years, it seems these companies have realized that product, not profit, is something that is to be stressed with the utmost importance, and not something gleaned through the exterior glass of an Apple Store. The models have lessened in quantity and increased in quality and end-to-end design (just like Jobs would’ve loved).
“It’s one thing to copy a MacBook and poop out a junkish half-measure; it’s another to borrow almost everything good and add even more desirable features to it.”
I look forward to seeing what Intel’s new Ivy Bridge platform can do when teamed up with genuine PC innovation in the Ultrabook space. After all, some competition will only make this Macbook Air on my lap get that much better.
Picture via: Business Insider