Wednesday, October 21

Self promotion

Here are some unusual business card designs I have been looking at recently as a self-promotion technique. I think the most effective ones incorporate the specific business/speciality into the design of the card:

Chest Physician

Marriage Counselling


Second-hand shop


Personal trainer

Proof reader


Sunday, October 4


These images feature in the toilets of OK Karaoke in Leeds' City Centre. The images incorporate the logo of the bar into their toilet signs. I think they're really clever, and appropriate.

Cleansing graffiti

I have seen this advertisement, along with numerous other similar ones around the Hyde Park area. They are advertising 118's online menu and instead of being sprayed on the floor in paint (which probably would create some negative publicity for the company), the pavement around the stencil has been cleaned, making the advertisement stand out. I think this is a really clever, unusual way of advertising. It's quirky, unique and memorable; i love that it's not in any way damaging, but in fact the total opposite.

Thursday, October 1


It's a question that's lingered for quite some time, but never really been properly answered: Is shock advertising effective, or are the audiences too shocked, and busy complaining to take notice of the advert's actual message?

The main companies I can think of that manage to create plenty of enemies and receive masses of complaints are Benetton and Barnardo's. One particular Barnardo's campaign that featured in several newspapers before being banned consisted of a baby injecting itself with heroin. There are some positive reviews however - some think shock is necessary in order to successfully deliver the message:

"Anything that wakes people up to this is for the better. People sit around with their heads in the sand too often" - Roger Alton, The Observer.

The editor of the Guardian claimed that its readers were sophisticated enough to deal with it and understand the message. However this clearly wasn't the case. It's likely that audiences will be more accepting of shock advertising if it for a good cause, but sometimes charities can't even escape the fact that their message won't outweigh the horror that the audiences feel. I think this'd be a great subject to investigate further, as I'd really like to explore whether it is possible to ethically deliver such a shocking message about such horrific topics, or whether shock is the only way forward.

Big-headed Art

About a year ago, as I was gazing out the window of a coach whilst heading down the M62, I saw what I thought was a giant white head on a hill gazing right back at me. And then it was gone, we'd passed, and I had no idea what, why and even IF it was there. But of course, it was. I look out for it each time I pass, and it literally is a huge sculpture of a head. It wasn't until I was watching Channel 4's Big Art programme that I discovered the 20 metres high 'Dream' was designed by Jaume Plensa. It takes the form of the head of a girl with her eyes closed, in a seemingly dream-like state. The artist intended the sculpture to represent looking towards a brighter future and creating a beautiful place on what was a former spoiler heap.

I think the piece is highly inspirational and the 'brighter future' is well-represented as Dream pays no attention to the relics of heavy industry around - or beneath - her. Her zen-like meditation will remain no matter what.