Doordarshan, India’s public broadcaster, has announced plans to change its logo. The move is apparently triggered by the need to appeal to a younger audience. The new design is sought to be crowdsourced from the general public and the winning entry comes to with a cash prize of INR 100,000 (approx $1560). Predictably, there is […]
Whenever a famous logo, especially one that’s been around for a long time, goes for a change, there is criticism from the public. Thanks to social media and its 24×7 outrage treadmill, the noise seems amplified of late. Some of the recent instances of logo outrage include Google, Gap, Airtel and now Wipro. The backlash […]
Cleartrip has been my go-to option for travel bookings – be it airline, train or hotels. I quite like the experience across platforms – be it on the web or mobile devices. In my view, its design (and in a Steve Jobs-esque way not referring to just its looks) is the primary differentiator as there […]
In India, the oft-quoted example of how competition forced a hitherto monopoly brand to change for the better, is likely to be Indian Airlines. Consumers experienced better customer service, punctuality and more after the entry of private airlines, forcing Indian Airlines to improve its customer experience. A big manifestation of this change would be about […]
Great design is often the only moat against competition. It allows for a brand to command loyalty and price premium. Apple is often cited as a great example of this. Recently it was argued that regional publications in India ought to invest in good design in order to command a premium from advertisers. In the […]
There was an interesting discussion on what ails the design industry in India over at Storyboard featuring some industry insiders. Herewith some unsolicited thoughts on the subject: Good design is the best, often only, competitive edge The days of genuine, tangible product-driven USP are long over. Parity is the norm across brands in most categories. […]
Noticed the new Frooti creatives via a billboard recently and thought it was striking. Even in that fleeting medium the visual and the branding was clutter-breaking. First rule of advertising passed. My view on the overall work is that it is highly noticeable and showcases the new design very well.
In advertising, is not uncommon to perceive art direction as beautification of an ad. The copy-art team sometimes think independently and one adapts to the others’ idea. But when an idea drives the campaign embellished with great art & copy, magic happens. A new campaign for Hard Rock Casino from Canada seems to be that kind – driven by an idea and made better through craft.