Thursday, June 23, 2011

Theo Jansen's Strandbeests - Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention Episo...



Today I attended a conference organised by New Zealand's Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Frankly - my head spun. The international speakers were genius. The ideas that formed were exciting.
I was covering the event for Idealog Magazine - for some reason it was invitation only. It should not have been.
However, let me chat about this video.
Wow.
That is all.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Likemarks™ - the new measure of brand health?



A few years back Saatchi & Saatchi CEO popularised a new take on brands by coining the phrase Lovemarks.
A clever repositioning of his agency that proved popular with clients and staff.

But in the era when brands are scrambling to find meaning in social media, perhaps Lovemarks is a little bombastic - asking too much?

Facebook's 'Like' is ubiquitous. Commercial pages are deemed successful by the number of 'Likes'.

It is, perhaps, a lazy way of expressing approval - and it certainly can't be extrapolated into the kind of passion for the brand that Lovemarks describes. But the people have spoken.

So - I have created Likemarks™.

More thoughtful essay to follow.