By Filippos Petridis and Jack Mitchell
Branding—or rather the concept of what a brand is—has faced an onslaught of change in the dot-com era and the years that followed. One consistent reaction among many was, and still is, ‘we have to become digital’. Asking why is like questioning a proven fact: you just don’t do it. Just ‘go digital’. If you don’t, you will be a speck of dust in the afterthoughts of your former customers within the year. But what if there was another way of approaching ‘digital transformation’, one that, in fact, didn’t focus its gaze solely on ‘digital’?
By Lisa Krick
We can all agree that the future will be governed by Artificial Intelligence and Non Interface. Even today, every fifth search query on Google is submitted by voice command. And Amazon employs over 1000 people just to further develop voice control. But if products and services are primarily controlled by language, how can brands code them and make themselves recognisable?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
By Lisa Krick
For many years branding and corporate design agencies understood themselves as the “preservers of the brand.” After stripping down the brand’s content and identity to clear visual codes, it was up to the corporate design experts to preserve these codes consistently across all touchpoints and evolve the brand gradually over time. “360-degree marketing” became the mantra of tortured advertisers for decades. One relict of this era: the typical PowerPoint chart illustrating a brand that looks the same across all media touch points.
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.
By Nora Schäfer
In a world in which everyone talks about digital transformation, the new truth seems to be clear: Analogue is old school, complicated, and slow. Digital is state of the art, convenient, and fast.