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Biophilia creeps into graphic design

Biophilia Biophilia is humankind’s inherent connection to nature. It’s why crackling fires and crashing waves captivate us; why strolling through a park soothes us; and why shadow and light can affect our mood. Biophilia suggests that we have a need to connect with nature and that…

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Open House Melbourne an innovative event brand.

Open House Melbourne is an event that provides a free and rare opportunity to discover the interior design, architecture and engineering of historic buildings nestled around the city. Recently, the brand’s extensive integrated campaign has been building in anticipation of this weekend’s event. I’ve noticed…

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Embedding Design into Life

While there are many awards that recognise individual accomplishments in design, the World Design Capital (WDC) is unique as it aims to focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens.  The award or designation provides a distinctive opportunity for…

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Brand Management: Billabong controlling its destiny

Surfing brand Billabong International is moving down stream into retail to better control how its products are sold. An increasing trend amongst the large retail chains is to increase the proportion of merchandise they sell under their own brands. Brands like Billabong can either cop…

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A new digital frontier for retailers

The day of just having beautifully attired mannequins is over. The digital world is opening up a whole new frontier for retailers. New and wonderful ways to engage customers and showcase products. The possibilities are immensely exciting, but the resource requirements challenging. The digital world…

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Retailers join in the Sustainability Forum

The 21st Century has brought with it drastic changes in the business environment with consumers and businesses alike becoming increasingly concerned with the sustainability of nature’s resources. Many argue that this shift has been the result of an increased awareness of global climate change, largely…

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Organic brand living their message

Grazin’, the USA’s first Animal Welfare-approved restaurant recently opened in a ’50s diner in Hudson, NY.  Everything served in the restaurant comes from family farms that raise livestock humanely outdoors and pasture feed the animals, and nearly everything comes from farms within an 11-mile radius.…

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Retail Brand Loyalty. Have you got it?

Lately I have been thinking a lot about retail brand loyalty and what it means to brand owners, employees and retailers. Brand loyalty is a strange thing, you can’t hold it or visibly see it, but the value that should be placed on it, for…

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Salvos in running for world retail honour

The 2011 Oracle World Retail Awards taking place this week in Berlin marks a very special moment for one of Australia’s hardest working retailers, The Salvation Army.

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Best practice for brands is problematic

Business literature keeps advocating the need for businesses to pursue best practice. To aspire to achieve against a set of metrics that are considered optimum performance in a given category. However, the extent to which brands seek to identify best practice performers amongst their competitors,…

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Art with Heart – 10 Years of building a brand with social responsibility

Truly Deeply Brand continued Social Responsibility Last Wednesday night saw us at Truly Deeply kick off of our Tenth Annual Art with Heart charity art show. This year we had 40 artists who generously donated a whopping 90 paintings/artworks to raise money for  Swags For…

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Qantas Brand Strangled by Business Strategy

Over the past couple of years we have been witnessing the demise of the Qantas brand, with its business strategy dictating the brand’s terms of engagement. Every public gesture that the business has made, has reflected an unwavering commitment to taking cost out of its…

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