Branding with Zero Sugar

By Cornelius Hummel

I’ve recently changed my diet to avoid added sugar. You might have heard a phrase like this before — be it about sugar, meat, gluten, processed foods, and whatnot. So, well, yawn. By itself, another statement of a food hype apologist with missionary zeal wouldn’t be very interesting. But in the case of sugar at least, if you follow the news you’ll know that it’s not just me. There is a sizable and growing anti-sugar movement with a ton of media coverage. Even legislative action with taxes on sugar is well on the way in a number of countries. At the end of the day the message is clear: sugar is the new killer. That sticks.

The Human in the Center

An Interview with Diana Brix

What constitutes a good consultant-client relationship? And how to react in times of a crisis? Diana Brix, client partner at MetaDesign Berlin, discusses these and other topics in a conversation with Linus Lütcke.

Design Is Future

By André Stauffer

Imagine your MacBook with an engraved banana. Or your Mercedes with a shiny crescent moon. And imagine Coca-Cola old and grumpy. Slightly irritating ideas, aren’t they? These alone prove what design is able to do to us. And furthermore, that design not only supports the success of a brand but makes it happen in the first place.

Goliath Gives David a Lift

By John Winkleman

Reports of scandals and missteps at Uber over the last several months have been prolific. Allegations of sexual harassment, the theft of trade secrets, and regulatory obstruction, plus the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick, created a sense of never-ending drama for the company and clouded perceptions of the brand.

How to Keep Up: Honest Thoughts of a UX Designer

By Laura Müller

The world is changing constantly. The internet gives us access to all the information we need (and don’t need). Every day I work on UX challenges. I read blog articles, books, new usability studies, follow my heroes, and watch tons of videos. If I am really honest, I feel overwhelmed sometimes and have the feeling I can’t keep up with all the change happening around me. My brain doesn’t seem to get half of the stuff that’s out there. This makes me really insecure sometimes.

America (TM)

By Hozy Rossi

Rupali Steinmeyer recently left Berlin to take the role of managing director of MetaDesign San Francisco. Her arrival comes at an interesting time in U.S. history, to say the least. In this conversation with Hozy Rossi, she looks at the country past and present from her perspective as a branding expert.

About Reasonable Design Quality

By Jonas Husemann

We perceive visual design unconsciously. Our brains are very fast to classify and judge input. Sometimes we can rely on this intuition (that is what we call “immediate judgement”), but in some situations we are better off reflecting and considering a few aspects.

Defining the Fifth Element

By Simon Fuhrimann

Illustration is in the air! Not only is the stylistic device perfect for dipping into fairytales or attracting crowds to indie festivals, it has also significantly stimulated advertising, packaging, and web design. And yet illustration hasn’t drawn many lines in branding. What a huge loss, say we.

Why Retail Goes Beyond Interior Design

By Amandine Rodrigues

I recently came across an interesting article about how Silicon Valley is helping spread the same aesthetic across the world. Wherever you go, you see the same minimalistic pieces of furniture, reclaimed wood, succulent plants, and copper elements of decoration. This article came at a moment when yet another client was asking for more industrial lamps in the brand-new flagship store they were about to open.

All in a Name?

By Mauro Marescialli

In late March, Airbnb unveiled its Chinese name in Shanghai. And while the move was intended to start a new era for the brand in China, it instead went awry, earning ridicule from thousands of Chinese netizens, the likes of which were seemingly horrified by the new moniker. Following such a reaction, a barrage of articles published by ‘experts’ in the branding or naming field appeared on all sorts of media to educate us on the lessons to be learned from such an ill-conceived brand name, whilst — in the usual patronizing fashion — distributing advice on what is the correct methodology to adopt when coming up with a Chinese name for a brand.