The recent furore over Dove’s Facebook ad – where a black woman ‘changes’ to a white, then Asian one as she removes her t-shirt – appears to be a result of a thoroughly misinformed piece of decision-making.
Dove’s subsequent ‘apology’, claiming that they had ‘missed the mark’ struck many as less then wholehearted, apparently compounding the initial error.
However, as commentator Richard J Hillgrove suggests in Drum, this could just be part of a cynical strategy Continue reading “Bad boys? Dove and the problem with reputation”
I like the occasional beer, and I like brands that position themselves as something a bit different, so it was disappointing to read of the contortions that self-styled punk brewers Brewdog went through when their solicitors asked Birmingham pub The Wolf to change its original name – The Lone Wolf – as it conflicted with the brewer’s new spirits brand of the same name.
Brewdog’s actions sit uncomfortably Continue reading “Dog days: when brands bite”
I saw the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road at the weekend. It’s a marvellous film and as an adaptation it’s difficult to fault, but one aspect struck me as, well, intriguing. Continue reading “The Road – to superior service?”
As someone whose walls are decorated with a fair amount of typography and calligraphy (an abiding interest from my wife’s days as an art student) I was interested to see the furore generated by IKEA’s decision to change its catalogue font from Futura to the more screen-friendly Verdana. Is this just an issue for font-geeks or a massive erosion of the brand loyalty engendered over many years of superior flat-pack design and serving countless Swedish meatballs? Continue reading “Of fonts, film and (rugby) football”