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.

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.

Brands Drive Growth

An Interview with Michel Gabriel 

What roles do collaboration and social competence play in the success of a project? And what are the most important things to consider when assembling a team? Michel Gabriel, head of client management at MetaDesign Berlin, discusses these and other topics in a conversation with Linus Lütcke.

The Challenge to Design Business

By Arne Brekenfeld

If you talk about design in Germany, you’ll find a very one-dimensional way of seeing things. To put it crudely, the general perception is still that design is about “making things look nice“ or “polishing the surface.“ Using design to impact innovation and transformation processes, as well as brand development, is not yet widely recognized. Even though the quality of German design is exceptionally high and there’s a strong design tradition dating back to the Bauhaus school almost a century ago, Germans often underestimate the potential of design.

The Startup Brand

By Hozy Rossi 

It’s been nearly a decade since MetaDesign San Francisco created the iconic 23andMe brand. The project helped establish our reputation with startups, and prompted other entrepreneurs to reach out to us. Andy Giles, VP of client engagement in San Francisco, sits down with Hozy Rossi to discuss what makes working with startups different, and to offer some practical advice for entrepreneurs.

The Beauty of Deconstruction

By Nora Schäfer

In today’s society, brands are increasingly expected to drive social change. This goes far beyond traditional CSR and requires a new dimension in social relevance of brands and brand management. Brands are constantly adjusting to keep pace with social development. Consumer-centricity, iteration, and fail forward are just a few buzzwords that describe the new modus operandi. Transformation is a compelling need.

New Luxury Paradigms

By Amandine Rodrigues

There are three main myths about luxury that need to be discussed. One is the common misconception that luxury comes from the Latin word lux, or light, when in fact it comes from the term luxation, or dislocate. Luxury is not about glitter, shiny, and bling but about distance: it is about a product or a service accessible to the happy few.

The Dangers of Guidance Overkill

By Matthias Höckh 

A vital part of our work as strategists is not only to develop brands but also to implement them in organizations. This is a challenging task, especially when we are dealing with large and complex organizations. One key question is always how much information is really necessary to anchor the brand in employees’ minds and hearts.

The Samsung Galaxy Crisis

By Alexander Haldemann

Samsung’s brand crisis is worse than I thought it would be. The real severity of the problem dawned on me last weekend as I prepared to fly back to Zurich after a vacation with my family. Having just boarded the plane, I was busy getting settled in my seat when something unusual caught me by surprise.

My First Ten Minutes

By Cornelius Hummel

As brand strategists, we are generally expected to be comprehensively informed about a brand. This can be challenging when the area is unprecedented and there is little time to do a thorough research. At MetaDesign, we’re lucky to count on a team of highly capable research analysts who can deliver amazing results at short notice. Their work provides the perfect ammunition to surprise clients with a comprehensive understanding of their market right off in the first meeting.