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My 10 Years of Truth. Passion, Love and Relentless Tenacity…

My 10 Years of Truth. Passion, Love and Relentless Tenacity…

It’s the summer of 2005 and I return from a girly weekend in Madrid to my husband and soon-to-be founder of Truth. I’ve been happily working in client services, learning my craft at McCann Erickson before a two-year stint at what became Gyro International. Darren is currently senior designer and head of typography at McCann Erickson. He’s at the top of his game and respected industry-wide.

 

Has Instagram killed the art of photography?

Has Instagram killed the art of photography?

Not too long ago capturing professional-looking images was a elitist pursuit of those with an expensive SLR and later a DSLR. Then the iPhone came along. And yes, there were digital compact cameras long before, and there were even other camera phones before the iPhone. But the first iPhone changed everything, particularly the apps, and more specifically Instagram. Instagram combined the basic human instinct of showing off on social media with the ability to turn an average shot into a masterpiece. 

Do clients get the design they deserve?

Do clients get the design they deserve?

I strongly believe that great design is achieved by great people collaborating towards a common goal, and great clients get great design because they are part of that great team. The point I am making is that clients should see themselves as the facilitators of great design. A great client values design and understands its role within a business, it empowers progress and inspires people along the way. A great client can really affect the process in a positive way, with the decisions they make shaping the strategy and defining the journey. 

Designed for mass production

Designed for mass production

Rewind 4 years and I'm leaving uni with liver on the brink of failure, but a head filled with ambition, I'm leaving uni with 89 other communication design graduates, from a university that's one of the 130 higher education establishments in the UK. A few quick sums tell me that's a hell of a lot of competition for a coveted design role, a role that I've just spent more money than I've ever seen learning how to do…

Should Tesco rebrand?

Should Tesco rebrand?

On a recent car trip my six year old son, Dylan, recently pointed out to me that he recognised a Sainsbury’s store, ‘because Sainsbury’s is orange’. Being a brand whore this intrigued me and I decided to quiz him further on other brands, and more specifically supermarkets. What colour is Waitrose I asked? ‘Green daddy, dark green’, he replied.  ‘And Morrisons?’, ’Yellow daddy, and green too, but just a bit’, he replied. Asda? ‘Green’. Marks & Spencer? ‘Dark green as well, I know because grandma goes there’.

SEO – it’s easy, isn’t it?

SEO – it’s easy, isn’t it?

Somebody asked me recently if their website should have SEO in it. (Or ‘Essy-Oh’ was actually what was queried). My answer was of course ‘Well, yes’ (obviously). After all there’s little point having a website that isn’t optimised (or Essy-oh’d - a term I am now rather fond of); it would be rather like writing a book and not putting it on Amazon.

The Death of Typography?

The Death of Typography?

As a creative director I get to cast my eye over my fair share of portfolios from fellow creatives and I am often asked for my opinion on the contents. Lately I have found myself increasingly at a loss for words as I attempt to sugarcoat my response. The reality is; I am often left deeply saddened by the amount of students and young designers that simply neglect typography and don’t actually know an ampersand from their elbow.

Why is client servicing so integral to agencies?

Why is client servicing so integral to agencies?

There’s no denying the importance of the  your customer has. So as an agency that creates brands and the experience of them, our own customer know-how is paramount to any level of success.

Many agencies often miss the importance of client servicing, but to enable a high level of client retention, it must be an integrated aspect of any agency offer.