As someone who has, in one way or another, made a living as a writer, I admit to being something of a critic when it comes to content and copywriting. But you don’t have to be a professional scribe to understand how important writing has become to our businesses. And we’re not referring to catchy advertising slogans here. We’re talking about the everyday writing that comes from your company, from your website copy to your press releases to your email subject lines to your collateral.Writing for Enterpreneur, author Susan Gunelius, CEO of marketing/branding firm KeySplash Creative, points to five writing habits that can sabotage your effort to actually get your message heard and understood.”Words carry a lot of weight, and you need to use them wisely,” Gunelius says. “There are a number of theories you can learn and tools you can use to write better marketing messages.”Read More
We love writing perfect taglines. Back when we established Cronin Creative, we put a lot of thought into crafting one for ourselves, to find that phrase that would neatly sum us up style-wise while pointing to our company’s authentic differentiator.We landed on “Clarity By Design,” and the tagline has not only served us well, it has grown in relevance in recent years, as the marketplace has become more and more cluttered and noisy. In fact, clarity, along with impactful design, has never been more important to your company, to your brand, or to the world we live in.”Design is needed to make sense of information overload,” says author, designer and former Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda.Read More
Wrapped up in the day-to-day workings of their companies, many business owners fall behind in keeping things fresh and staying “on brand.” It’s a good idea to step back and take that helicopter view of your business on a regular basis.We perform this kind of assessment, or “brand audit,” for our clients all the time, usually as part of a full-blown branding or re-branding project. It’s a deep dive into the elements of the brand, measuring internal and external perceptions, and designed to better align the company, its employees and its customers. And it works.While we love helping clients with all of the above, we know that a quick “self-audit” can be helpful in keeping a company on message and on target. It’s good to regularly check the health of your brand and where exactly it stands in an overcrowded marketplace. Below are some simple and powerful ways to do that.Read More
Fonts and I go way back. From my earliest art school days, typefaces, and all that they convey and represent, have just captivated me. Different typefaces can express different eras, as well as countless moods and personalities. In short, they elevate and illuminate the words on the page.Back in those pre-computer days, before Microsoft Word lived on every desktop, knowledge of fonts was limited to graphic designers, printers and the like, and not yet part of the larger culture. But these days, when I mention Times New Roman or Garamond or Helvetica, people actually know what I’m talking about.
Even though I’m an admitted font snob, I was recently reminded that I still have a lot to learn about my favorite typefaces.
At the dawn of his career, pop art pioneer Andy Warhol went to work as a magazine illustrator, eventually going on to become one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s. Early on, Warhol learned that effective “commercial art” occupies that sweet spot where art and commerce dance together, and he continued to freely combine those two disparate worlds in his most iconic work.Before establishing her own acclaimed design studio in the early 1980s, graphic designer Jennifer Morla served as art director for Levi Strauss & Co. Looking to bolster the brand against newer, hipper competitors, Morla concocted a campaign featuring several noted artists, including Warhol (himself a Levi’s wearer) to create original art for an ad campaign.Read More