Design Should Always Be Fit-for-purpose-antik

Branding It’s difficult sometimes for someone in the graphic design, brand design and advertising industry to resist applying too much polish to their work. After all we all like to produce ground-breaking and beautiful work but we must remember that it shouldn’t be at the expense of effectiveness; design, by definition, should be fit-for-purpose. Dominic Rutterford, founder of Piers and Dominic, says "A good example would be the Easy-Jet brand. A few years ago I was working at a world-renowned brand agency when a creative director told me about when Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of Easy-Jet, approached them to talk about his new low-fare airline. Sir Haji-Ioannou shared with them some initial thoughts he’d had for a visual identity that included the font, Cooper Black, and a primary bright orange colour. The guys at Landor felt that the identity needed some work. Stelios did not. What does the son of a Greek shipping magnate know about branding? "To be fair to guys at the agency, it can be very easy to fall into this trap. When I lived in Auckland, New Zealand, I remember being entertained by the unsophisticated nature of some of the local advertising on TV with Auckland Glass’ advert a personal fave for ridicule. If you haven’t seen it (you would need to be outside Auckland not to have) it involves of a slideshow of still-photographs of domestic windows, shop fronts and windscreens and a low-fi smashing graphic effect that looked like it had been applied using Powerpoint. "Cue effect and voiceover – smash "Auckland Glass", smash "Auckland Glass", smash "Auckland Glass". "If it’s broken, call Auckland Glass." It wasn’t until I tried fitting a cat-flap that I understood the true power of advertising." These examples highlight how simple .munications can be effective but that is not-to-say that marketing .munications should always be stripped back to basics; it depends on the brand and its target market. Design appropriateness can be ascertained through a clear understanding of your clients – and their audiences – requirements and, once understood, it should be a pretty straight-forward process to produce on-brand and coherent .munications; saving both the client and agency time and money in the long-run. A good bench-test? If a designer or advertising team are finding it difficult to rationalise their ideas around effectiveness and appropriateness for their client then their solution is probably neither effective or appropriate. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: