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Netflix shows how to build a brand with genuine compassion.

In branding, compassion is often seen as taboo. Compassion for customers and commercial optimization are typically considered to be diametrically opposed concepts, but Netflix has demonstrated how this doesn’t necessarily need to be the case. This month Netflix announced they would begin contacting inactive customers…

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Vale Milton Glaser – A True Design Icon

Designer of possibly one of the world’s most iconic brand marks, Milton Glaser died this week on his 91st birthday. In an industry that burns-out most of it’s brightest stars in years, Glaser’s creative career lasted decades as he inspired multiple generations of designers and…

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Is the new normal for business a once in a lifetime opportunity for brands to innovate?

Inspiring Brands Innovating for the New Reality. WFH is a Japanese start-up who’s brand name is an acronym for ‘Work From Home’. Their first product which we spotted on Kickstarter is a range of Jammies designed specifically for working from home. Brainchild of design agency;…

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A Brand Chat with Geoff Quinlan, Racing Queensland CCO.

The one thing I’ve learned about branding is… be absolutely clear about your purpose. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to work with a whole host of inspiring business founders and leaders. A learning for me was regardless of some similarities, they each had…

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McDonalds releases burger scented candles

Branding Madness or Genius? As part of its Quarter Pounder Fan Club, McDonald’s have released a set of candles that smell like the ingredients of a Quarter Pounder, including; 100% Fresh Beef, Ketchup, Pickle, Cheese, Onion, and Sesame Seed Bun. Before we claim this as…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Branding

When it comes to brand identity briefs, they don’t get grander than this. Every four years when the Olympic Games roll around we are treated to perhaps the most plumb job in the world of branding. The games combine the perfect branding brief – a…

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The online review tide is turning for business owners and their brands

Online reviews aren’t always what they appear to be. If  I had a dollar for every conversation I’ve had with a business owner wringing their hands in despair of the impact of online reviews I’d be writing this from an island in the Bahamas. Even…

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22 of My Favourite Christmas Windows

Come the festive season many brands get into the spirit. Some carry-off the Christmas brand thing better than most with a mixture of inspiration and aesthetic wonder. I’ve collected a few of my faves from over the years, each with their own sense of occasion…

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Oscar the Artist – Celebrating our Creative Community

At Truly Deeply we love sharing and celebrating not only our creative branding work but that of our extended brand family. In this case it’s doubly easy when the work includes Oscar the Grouch. Produced for the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, Square Space New…

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Overheard blurs the line between social content and traditional print.

Instagram brand; Overheard launches physical newspaper stands. In the latest demonstration of the blurring between new digital and traditional business and brand models, Overheard launched a physical parody paper (think The Onion) along with a pop-up newsstand at Union Square in San Francisco. Overheard was…

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City of Pocatello rebranding stumbles over their best intentions

Best intentions don’t always get the branding job done. Following example after example of city and municipal rebrands around the world copping rate payer vitriol, The City of Pocatello decided to get on the front foot with a project and design rationale for their rebrand.…

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A brand model for SMEs to build long term business value.

The case for increasing the focus on branding in your business. Watching a video by US brand educator Chris Do recently I came across this simple illustration that captures the concept of the brand circle of behavior. Many brands, especially for start-up, early stage and…

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