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Ruby Red chocolate hits town: KitKat leads the frenzy

I’m a self-confessed chocoholic. Like most sane people I love chocolate. In Melbourne, we are spoilt with chocolate shops, chocolatiers and chocolate cafés just as common as bakeries. Even the shopping strip near my home in the suburbs contains a chocolate café amongst only a…

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4 website inspiration galleries to drool over

As a designer, I’m constantly on the lookout for websites that don’t fit the mould of a stock standard template design. If a site is intriguing, invites me to explore various elements on the page, and looks unique, it goes straight to my bookmarks bar.…

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Massive brand growth sees Luckin Coffee go from zero to $1Bn in less than a year

More than just luck. The coffee unicorn brand that’s the talk of China. China’s thirst for their own ‘new retail’ brands continues to fuel investor and consumer frenzy and coffee is the latest battleground. Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi now dominate over Apple in…

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‘Gilbert’: Commemorating an Icon

Today’s blog is about the wonderful design project ‘Type With Pride’. The project was created by NewFest and NYC Pride in partnership with Fontself to commemorate the late artist, designer and activist Gilbert Baker. Baker was responsible for creating the very first Rainbow Flag in…

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A $243 Sandwich – The Positioning Power of Ultra Premium Product

Don Wagyu leverages premium positioning to stand-out in a crowded food market. I recently read about a new fast casual Japanese Sandwich concept from New York called Don Wagyu. The article I read spoke about their hero product, The Ozaki, a wagyu beef sandwich that…

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Is office fit-out the most powerful corporate branding statement?

Recently I spent the day at PWC’s Melbourne Office for a business planning retreat. It was the first time I’m been to visit their new digs and was immediately struck by the first impression provided by their foyer and reception. For a consulting firm with…

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Federer and Uniqlo, an unlikely new brand partnership?

Things were remarkably different at Wimbledon last week when Roger Federer stepped onto centre court for his first appearance of the tournament, surprising us all by wearing new sponsor Uniqlo. Swapping his signature RF brandmark and ‘swoosh’ for the Uniqlo red squares in a lucrative…

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Global shopping centre giant Westfield’s vision for the future of retail

The future of shopping centre retail – A disruptive view. Global entertainment brand Cirque du Soleil announced their plans recently to launch a family entertainment concept inside a Canadian shopping centre. The move reflects the shift in retail thinking as consumer continue to evolve the…

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Has Amazon become the world’s most influential brand?

The Amazon Brand Effect It seems when Amazon sneezes, the financial markets of the world catch a cold. Interest in what Amazon announce they are set to do, or what they don’t announce, or even what others speculate they may or may not announce is…

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Indigenous body positive brand asks white people not to wear their shirts

Nalgona Positivity Pride’s bold move good for the brand California-based clothing brand, Nalgona Positivity Pride released a controversial statement specifically to its ‘White Allies’ asking them to not wear their clothes and thanking them for “not culturally appropriating”. The move has been criticised by some…

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Colourful creations for Pride month

As June comes to an end, we thought we would showcase 7 colourful designs celebrating Pride month this year. Each year, the LGBTQ community use the 30 days of June to commemorate the Stonewall riots which occurred in June 1969. This particular month reminds everyone…

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2018 Craft Beer Branding Trends.

  Beer + artisanal craftsmanship + great design. What’s not to love about craft beer? Show me an consumer category dominated by large corporations, and I’ll show you a craft revolution waiting to happen. After decades of the world beer market being owned by the…

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Disruption is the key to real brand growth

New Report shows less than 1 in 10 brands grew between 2014 and 2017. Research agency Kantar Millward Brown’s analysis of the BrandZ™ global database shows brand growth is getting harder but disruption makes the difference. Brands that had achieve significant growth are doing so…

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No Stranger than the past: Behind the brand titles of Stranger Things.

  I remember sitting on the brown leather couch in my parents ‘den’ watching Goonies on our Rankarena television. It was the 80s and we had a shag pile rug on the floor, mission brown with green striped curtains and circular patterned orange cushions. The…

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