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Is Trademarking Hashtags Making Social Media Anti-Social?

Will putting a trademark on hashtags restrict its ability to be successful? In recent times, brands have increasingly been using their own bespoke hashtags to communicate with customers. As the use of hashtags becomes more common, hashtag trademark applications filed have followed suite. The words…

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American Apparel is Bringing Sexy Back

American Apparel returns to its roots in an attempt to revive the brand American Apparel, the Los Angeles based clothing manufacturer and retailer known for basic apparel and risqué marketing campaigns, has decided to bring sexy back, and propel it back to being at the…

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From soft porn to substance, Pirelli resets their brand image

Italian tyre brand Pirelli is famous for its annual soft porn Pirelli calendar but this year it’s undergone a dramatic makeover that could change the brand’s image for good. For Pirelli’s 2016 calendar, scantily-clad female models have been replaced by ‘women of substance’. World-famous Annie…

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Brand value and the importance of brand guidelines

With the recent release of The Guardians brand guidelines, we look at the importance of guidelines with direct insight from Chris Clarke, deputy creative director at The Guardian.  In an interview with online journal ‘Its Nice That’ Clarke speaks out about the challenge to unify…

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Truly Deeply refreshes Warriewood Square Shopping Centre brand to embrace Northern Beaches lifestyle

New look helps sell Warriewood Square’s vision to retailers and the local community. As part of Warriewood Square Shopping Centre’s $85 million redevelopment, Truly Deeply was engaged to create an aspirational brand to capture the local spirit and build excitement for the future.

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'Chhirp' follows the mispelled brand name trend but is this a smart approach?

Mispelling a common word is one of the biggest naming trends at the moment. The rationale is often based on making the name ownable and sometimes it is just about being a bit quirky. Last week, we saw another one hit the market with Chhirp…

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Sagmeister & Walsh capture the colours of India for their brilliant re-branding of Frooti

Bold Colour Captures Indian Authenticity NY based creative agency Sagmeister & Walsh has re-freshed the visual identity, graphics, social strategy, advertising and animation graphics for Frooti, one of the largest and oldest fruit juice brands in india. The new brand imagery is all about the…

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Asda rebrand forces Walmart connection into identity

British retailer, Asda is aligning its brand identity to reflect its parent company Walmart. As with many brand architecture decisions, there is always a trade off between what is in the best interests of the company or its customers. Asda say they consulted their customers…

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Kiss or Kiis – is one letter enough to avoid brand confusion?

After 12 months, ARN has done what everyone expected and extended the Kiis brand to Melbourne. Today, Mix 101.1 was relaunched as Kiis 101.1. Now Melbourne has two stations with essentially the same name, albeit slightly different spellings. The David and Goliath legal battle has…

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Timpson’s smart gesture generates significant positive brand sentiment

A UK dry cleaning company has launched a great brand gesture that is getting the lots of attention for all the right reasons. Timpson has placed signs outside their dry cleaners across the UK offering the unemployed a free dry cleaning service to ensure they…

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‘Recipe to Riches’ – Great TV, but not so great for the brand industry

With more exposure on the branding industry than ever, it’s important for people to understand the process of strategy and design without being mislead by unrealistic expectations portrayed in shows such as ‘Recipe to Riches’.

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Amex's big promise for small business; can they deliver and shift the brand’s perception?

American Express has long had to battle its image as being elitist and not retailer friendly, especially for small businesses. Now they are trying to change this perception by starting a movement and becoming the ambassador for local business with their campaign ‘Think big, shop…

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