Simpler is better – at least when it comes to creating branding identities and logos. It’s been a long undisputed practice that the best designs come from incorporating the most unique identifying elements in as few details as needed (though not necessarily possible). That’s what Slack was missing – with a hashtag (or “octothorpe”) logo that included 11 different colours, it was, in their own words, “extremely easy to get wrong.”
When household shaving brand Gillette launched their latest ad campaign focused on shifting their tagline “The best a man can get” to “The best men can be,” they received both overwhelming support and abuse, along with a significant amount of earned media coverage and virality. Without taking into consideration socio-political stances or beliefs on toxic masculinity or even feminism, this ad can be easily called a massive success.
A great deal of businesses have a hard time not only finding their voice on social media, but justifying putting themselves out there at all. Some industries like finance, legal practices, professional services, and beyond have their fair share of difficulties dealing with negative reviews, online trolls, and regulatory standards on what they can or can’t say publicly. Here’s the thing – they’re right to be discouraged, but there may be a better way than just avoiding the dark underbelly of the social media beast.
Pop the champagne! Arbuckle Media has just found out that we’ve won our first ever award for a design/branding project. We took home the 2017 MarCom Gold award for our project “Rebranding Safety Services Nova Scotia As The Region’s Industry Leader” in the Branding Refresh category.
Mozilla, the creators of Firefox, launched their company’s rebrand this week after a long process of public review and input (but no voting?). While the new look has been met with mixed reviews from everyone on tech blogs to design reviews, our takeaway is summed up in one word: RETRO.