The modern world lives and dies by precision. The nanometer-level tolerances of precision in manufacturing and fabrication make sure that our fuel flows peacefully, skyscrapers keep standing, and GPS satellites continue their orbit. Machine maintenance has been lagging the transformation of industry 4.0. By relying on non-managed and unmonitored processes and single-point failure models.
A practical exercise in saying something more than “I like good things and dislike bad things”. Thousands of hours of agency and in-house branding, PR, marketing, and miscellaneous “communications professional” work time is spent on trying to dress up the flaccid and the obvious as “brand values”. Marketing and communications people act as if repeating meaningless words strung together like an incantation will actually convince… Read More »How to uncover authentic (brand) values.
Don’t be confused. You, the consumer, are the product of branding. The doctrine of “no-self” in Buddhism describes the idea that there is no single, indivisible, permanent self. You are not your perceptions, your thoughts, your feelings, not even your body that replaces every component of itself many times over during a lifetime. There is no permanents self, but what you call your self is… Read More »A Brand is a set of values.
The client is a medium-sized business providing construction materials, concentrating on piping and fittings in particular. The client was looking to update the design of an old logo, while keeping a familiar color scheme, as well as the branding look and feel.
Hon Lik is the Chinese pharmacist credited as the creator of the modern, commercially viable e-cigarette. His father, a life-long smoker, died of lung cancer. Lik himself had averaged a pack and a half per day for the majority of his life. He launched the first commercial e-cigarette brand, Ruyan, in 2003. He founded the modern vape industry and helped mitigate the harm of one of the most prolific killers in the 20th century: the cigarette.
he World Health Organization estimates that more people died in the 20th century because of cigarettes than in the two World Wars combined. This staggering toll of smoking cannot be attributed entirely to the smokers themselves. Big Tobacco has notoriously pushed cigarettes on the public, including children, women, and minorities. For years, tobacco companies have fudged the truth and used outright deception to protect their profit margins. In many parts of the world, they still do.
Slogans aimed at women often turn out to be broken promises. They come from every side: equal rights, equal pay, half the sky – promises used as marketing, broken and forgotten the next day.
By some accounts, the first-ever PR campaign was conducted on the back of women’s liberation. “Torches of Freedom” were lit cigarettes carried by suffragettes, serving a publicity stunt designed to promote smoking by commodifying the movement for equality. Ninety years later, the same tricks are used to keep women productive, guilty, and smoking.