Meaningful differentiation strategies

By Benito Opitz

That society has become more critical over the last few years is not just a marketing ploy. We are constantly confronted with new examples of how user demands are increasingly specific and hold ever more sway over brands.
Within this article, I will outline two strategies that help brands to deal with the increasing potential for criticism. The secret lies in a higher, more meaningful form of differentiation than we have known in the field of marketing so far. A new form of differentiation that makes brands so meaningful that they might be protected against the hysterical form of social criticism that we observe regularly in the digital age.

Your Design Sprint is Actually a Relay Race

By Jack Mitchell

“We work in Design Sprints.” We’ve all heard it, some of us have said it, for others, it’s on the horizon. The ‘made famous by Google Ventures,’ originally product-oriented working method has made waves across a number of industries as people everywhere refine and repurpose it to meet their needs in product, strategy, and even company culture. Unfortunately, it now also belongs to the most vilified cohort of words in the English language and, increasingly, many others: the buzzwords.

Survival of the Relevant: The Evolution of Brand Governance

By Rupali Steinmeyer

Even at the risk of sounding somewhat polarizing, there is truth to the argument that brands are in a state of paradoxical crisis. The possibility of becoming irrelevant and disappearing is real in this competitive world. Many brands have already been negatively impacted. Some have seen their intrinsic value erode. Others have seen dwindling customers. Several have even folded. And while some manage to work their way back to success, they remain few and far between.

Branding in transition – four ways to get it right

By Serge Barsotti

You have changed. You, me, we – the consumers of today. We have grown out of innocently accepting everything brands say, and grown into genuinely interested, cross-comparing and critically questioning consumers. We have become aware, talking about brands at any time and at any place – forming communities that serve as credible references. Yes, the consumers of today have become quite a tough audience.

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Beyond the brand: are you experienced?

By Filippos Petridis

As the modern-day economy marches on at a relentless pace, brands are being pushed further than ever before. Their core competencies are being challenged by the increased complexity, opportunity and volatility of nascent technologies. The ‘digital’ revolution has elevated consumer empowerment to an all-time high, and brands are expected to react.

A Brand’s opportunity to nudge – for good.

By Anika Jessen

In 2017, Richard Thaler was rewarded with the Nobel Prize for Economics. “He makes economic research more human”, declares the official statement. His lifework focuses on the influence of psychology on economic behavior.

But unlike most researchers, Richard Thaler is not just known to the experts in his field. In 2011, he published a book in cooperation with Cass Sunstein, which some of you may know: Nudge. The underlying concept, so called ‘nudging’, is defined as a choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way.

Trying to Fix a Broken Workflow

By Alessandro Würgler

The current design workflow is broken. It was with this premise that the InVision team set out to develop their new incarnation: InVision Studio. The tool was unveiled in October for a January 2018 release, and promised to be “The world’s most powerful design tool”. Can they deliver?

Smarter, Faster, Higher

By James Watson-Krips

Crafting a brand that stands out in the increasingly crowded smartphone market can be challenging. Sally Anderson and Jana Xing, creative director and senior designer at MetaDesign Beijing, discuss the new identity they developed for MEIZU.

A Journey of Discovery

By Hozy Rossi

Your dog is your best friend, but how much do you really know about him? MetaDesign recently created the branding for Embark, a startup that uses genetic testing to provide dog owners with insights into their pets. Brady Boyle, lead designer on the project, discusses the evolution of the visual identity with Hozy Rossi.

Creativity Meets Social Engagement

By Gina Renner

Finding and recruiting the right talent has always been a tough job. Nowadays especially agencies need to find new and unconventional ways to attract the best talent and keep up with auspicious startups and other fast-paced business environments that promise, like agencies, diversified work, innovative approaches, and rapid personal growth.