Guest Post by Stewart Devlin
Chief Creative Officer at NYC-based Red Peak Branding
We’re now a few months into 2015, and have already witnessed several of the big tech conferences — CES to MWC, Cebit and SXSW. One thing that strikes me at these events is the incredible diversity of the interfaces we are now interacting with. From smartbands and smartwatches to 3D printing to virtual and augmented reality — the content we engage with is changing in a big way. And who knows what’s coming next.
As a designer and type enthusiast, I see a lot of implications for fonts. This interface fragmentation makes me excited to see how type can adapt to new surfaces and materials. If the jump from pages to screens twenty years ago caused a massive shift in the type industry, we can only imagine the disruption that these new forms and devices will cause. The implication, of course, is that brands that want to present content on cutting-edge devices need to have the power to control the very fonts they use. This is one of the most compelling reasons to invest in the development of a proprietary font. The trend is on the uptick — and it’s no surprise. Check out some of my favorite examples below:
Red Peak Branding worked with type foundry Dalton Maag to design a global proprietary font for Intel, called Intel Clear. Watch this video to learn more about Intel Clear.
Erickson Stock has long been a premier source for high-quality, emotional lifestyle stock photos and video footage that can beautifully and uniquely tell a brand’s story. The agency has added a new twist: “Stories” is a collection of character-driven, ready-made, customizable video spots with stills for the same shoot. Each “story” includes music, message and interchangeable content and are ready or customizable for any brand or campaign. There are currently six characters whose stories are available for licensing, and many more to come. Shown here is “Carol,” a grandmother, business women and nature lover with multiple life narratives.
“Disruptive brands are reinventing the way we work and behave . . . ”
-John Diefenbach, Disruptive Brands/Disruptive Leaders
For half a century, the global markets and the technologies that drive the global markets have been manifested and illustrated by brands. Today, we live in a wide world where we have come to expect internet brands to disrupt businesses, often changing the game by inventing or re-inventing the way we work and behave. One could say that brands like Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Google, not in existence less than 20 years ago, are now among the most important and well-recognized brands of today’s economy. How did we get to this place of expectation about the adventurous and positive role of new companies in society?
John Diefenbach, Chairman of MBLM, explores the history of branding in his web series, Disruptive Brands/Disruptive Leaders, transitioning through the 1980’s and 1990’s toward global consumer facing brands. A branding luminary, John has worked across the world and has a particular passion for brands where national culture is involved. His clients have included British Airways, Lufthansa, South African Airways, Kodak, Mercedes, Disney, Coca Cola, and the Alfred Nobel Foundation.
Google is innovating again, this time by introducing a new way for businesses of all shapes and sizes to raise their profile and connect with consumers on the web. Called Google Business View, the technology brings a business to life with a high quality, 360 degree, interactive virtual tour that lets consumers experience and explore panoramic views of retail shops, restaurants, clubs, galleries, event spaces, gyms, services, and facilities of all kinds. The virtual tour appears on the businesses’ website, and – here is the kicker – is visible on Google Search results, Google Maps, and Google+. The images can also be used for various other advertising and marketing purposes.
The prime movers of Google Business View are a small and select cadre of photographers – dubbed Google Trusted Photographers – who are stringently trained to take high-quality photographs of interiors and facilities, and certified to access the Google technology and know-how that turns the pictures into a dramatic panoramic interactive showcase for potential customers. It is their expertise, combined with Google’s power, that can make companies standout.
Recently, I had a chance to speak with a prolific and successful Google Trusted Photographer, Jeffrey Rosenberg, who has brought Google Business View to several businesses on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. His recent photographic shoots have run the gamut from large and extensive venues — such as a renowned golf club and a venerable catering hall — to more contained locations including a dental office, an eyeglass store, and a hair salon.