We must innovate! is a catchphrase of the digital age. In reality, most of us grip limpet-like to the things we know. Our inclination is to resent changes that force us to move beyond our comfort zone. This is called the familiarity heuristic in behavioural economics – our tendency to favour the familiar over the unknown.
It’s a Saturday morning in 2038. You wake in anticipation. No work today. Soon you’ll be somebody else. The star of your own fantasy. Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest. Or strutting the catwalk in Milan. A medieval samurai appeals. But you eventually settle on rock god. The big hair. The thrill of the stage. The adoring crowd before you. You slide into that virtual suit in the lounge room and slip away…
Rereading George Orwell’s essay Politics and the English language this week, I was reminded of the link between clear expression and clear thought: If a person is unable to write or speak clearly, it’s unlikely they have much worthwhile to say.
If there’s one brief that I always feel confident will lead to a great creative outcome it’s when a client wants to talk about diversity. All the designers in our studio want a piece of that action as there seems to be endless, interesting ways to talk about it.
“Print is dead!” This was the most popular proclamation of 20 years ago by the evangelist marketers of a burgeoning digital era. Followed closely by “the annual report is dead”, from equally enthusiastic digital designers and savvy investor relations managers. Given the supposed death of print, it seemed natural to predict the demise of a publication so aligned with that format. However our recent experience this last reporting season, and a browse through the reporting practices of many of Australia’s largest corporates, would indicate neither prediction came to pass. The annual report is indeed still alive and kicking, still in print, and looks set to grace the tables of Australia’s boardrooms for some time to come.
We all know sustainability is good for the environment and our community. But did you know that sustainable companies also enjoy increased profitability, higher investment returns, and find it easier to attract talent? In the following infographic, BWD explains the investment case for sustainability.
Do you have a message or idea to sell to time-poor audiences? Why not use motion graphics? A short animated video has the ability to win over audiences more quickly than words and still images alone. So if you’ve ever wondered how words and messages are transformed into animation, read on.
Here’s a thought: in the not too distant future, your Kindle could have face-recognition sensors that record what makes you laugh, cry or frown. Amazon will then sell you stuff based on your reactions. Your books will be reading you, even as you read them.
90% of all the data in the world has been created in the last two years. With the arrival of automated data capture, search marketing, user testing, online polls, chatbots and community forums, forms and 2B pencils are a thing of the past. But what form of data capture is best suited to your business?
So… you’re in an interview for the job of your dreams. You and the interview panel are getting on like a house on fire, so much so that the only thing that could improve it would be a cellar full of fireworks for extra whizz-bang-ery. Surely it’s in the bag. Then, suddenly, one of the panel asks, in an off-the-cuff manner: “One small thing, what do you think about our brand?”