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.

OFFF: A Designer’s Life Squeezed into a 3-day Spanish Extravaganza

By Aude Kohler und Alessandro Würgler

Inspiration, laughs, sweat, tears and some Spanish flair: visiting the design festival OFFF in Barcelona was like peering directly into the microcosm of a designer’s life. From inspiring work to late-night talks on collaboration and to the struggles of balancing work-life routines – seeing, listening and talking to people who do what they love for a living was once again magical. Here are the top five take outs we want to share with you.

Finding the Right Story

An Interview with Steven Cook

Steven Cook, who joined MetaDesign Berlin as Head of User Experience in April, in conversation with Linus Lütcke about the challenges of digital transformation, his advice to brands and how he sees MetaDesign’s role in the future.

Identity – At the Heart of Management

By Dr. Alexander Haldemann

Successful brands convince us by taking a strong stand. To do this, they need a clear identity.

Change – even profound change – has always been with us. In the past, however, change was more predictable and thus it could also be managed better. You had the annual plan, the strategic three-year and five-year plans. Companies were able to continuously plan their product development and the resources that would be required. They knew their competitors. They were in a predictable environment with more or less high barriers to entry.

Taking It to the Streets

By Amandine Rodrigues

This year has started – and continues to pass – in a pretty hectic way. From Trump’s presidency to Brexit, from refugee crises to women’s rights, from slaughterhouse scandals to climate change (shall I really continue the list?!), these events have led more and more people to come out on the streets to protect their beliefs and make their voices heard. They want to contribute to a greater good and wish for a better society. But what about brands?

Translating Strategy

An Interview with Olaf Schroeter 

Olaf Schroeter, head of creation at MetaDesign Berlin in conversation with Linus Lütcke about his teaching approach and his recent project in cooperation with students from the HTW Berlin.

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.