Category Archives: Inspiration
It only seems appropriate to write a blog post about March Madness, especially with all this talk about employees’ productivity levels dropping during this FANTASTIC time of year (see article here). I wonder if taking time out of my busy schedule to write this post would put me in that category; like Coca Cola continues to state in all their commercials “it’s not your fault that you’re working on brackets instead of working on work…You’re not slacking, you’re just being patriotic.” I might have to agree with that because even President Obama takes time away from his busy day to fill out his predictions for March Madness (see image here: @whitehouse). I bet he also downloaded the NCAA March Madness app to get constant updates during his three day visit to Israel.
Nevertheless, at KRT Marketing, we see March Madness as a time to come together and promote employee bonding (during our lunch hour, of course).
Here’s some of our team yesterday rooting on the Saint Mary’s Gaels!
Tell us how your company celebrate March Madness?
Wikipedia describes graphic design as “…a creative process—most often involving a client and a designer and usually completed in conjunction with producers of form (i.e., printers, sign makers, etc.)—undertaken in order to convey a specific message (or messages) to a targeted audience”. That simple description fits, until you realize how much more graphic design influences our lives. Design surrounds us to the point that it’s often overlooked. The only place where you might not see graphic design would be on the final pitch to the summit of K2, but even in such a wild desolate landscape, there’s that Patagonia or North Face logo emblazoned on the front your climbing partner’s jacket. As Debbie Millman, brand consultant and president of Design Sterling Brands, states: “We use graphic design to pay our bills, to get married, we use graphic design to get divorced. We use graphic design in every single aspect of human life…”
Here at KRT, we use graphic design in all aspects of our marketing solutions for our clients – from simple online marketing to product logos to multi-page corporate brochures. The final design is a result of carefully understanding the message to be conveyed, and creatively communicating it to be informative and impactful.
This “PBS Off Book” presentation looks into the world of graphic design and how it affects the world around us. Let us know how we can help to make your message, services or products more impactful.
Logos are everywhere. From the moment we wake-up to the time we turn off the lights to head off to bed, you‘ll probably be exposed to hundreds of brand logos throughout the day. One blogger recorded seeing 33 logos in the first 33 minutes after waking up: http://www.logodesignlove.com/33-logos-in-33-minutes Just sitting here at my desk, I counted 12 brands on various products. The competition for brand recognition is fierce! There are a lot of factors that can make one logo standout over another. A simple but unique design, free of noise and clutter, is usually the best solution. It also needs to convey what the brand is all about. Of course, trying to achieve those goals is difficult. The great American graphic designer Paul Rand once said: “Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated”.
I recently came across this cute video posted by logo designer Adam Ladd. He showed his five-year old daughter various brand marks to get her reaction and commentary. It’s surprising how many she correctly identified. Even from a young age, we begin to associate images with a company or product. It’s hard to say whether her reactions were a result of good design or product exposure – probably both. How many logos do you think you’re exposed to in one day? What makes one logo more memorable over another?
Sometimes it means more to be the first follower than being the leader. As you can see from the video embedded in this post, the first follower is what causes a movement. In advertising, everyone strives to be the leader of a new movement…a new campaign…a new creative or innovative idea. However, sometimes all it takes to start a movement is to be the courageous first follower of something new and risky. It’s hard sometimes to convince your clients, your boss, or even yourself to try something new. Follow your gut and stick with it. The video appropriately states that “we’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.” I’m not saying don’t be a leader, but sometimes it takes the same amount of courage to be the first follower.
With school graduations happening across the globe, we thought it would be fitting to post a video of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement address. Jobs is known for his electrifying presentations of innovative Apple products. His inspiring speech urges graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks – including death itself.