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Published: 04/09/2012

Branding is more than words

Filed under: Online News — Mavo Studio @ 10:33 am

These days, it seems a number of major brands are retreating to the old age adage “a picture is worth a thousand words”. In early 2011 Starbucks abandoned their brand name combined with their renowned siren icon in favour of a refined siren icon with no boldly set brand name or business cornerstone (coffee) offering at all. And now it appears as though Domino’s Pizza is following suit, by dropping their brand name and replacing it with a simple graphic domino icon.

It is clear that this will enable both chains to expand their product lines and indeed their global presence, by using a more simplified graphic language, that may well need no further explanation (no matter the language or target audience). But, will this spell a trend amongst global brands world over, and if so perhaps our high streets are destined for a future of more symbols and fewer words.

Published: 30/08/2012

Entrepreneur confidence index infographic

Filed under: Client work,Online News — Mavo Studio @ 1:55 pm

Avid Mavo enthusiasts will know that we’ve gone a little infographic crazy over the past year or so. So it may come as no great shock to announce, we’ve recently put the finishing touches to the latest in an ongoing series of infographics designed and created for Investec Bank’s Entrepreneur Confidence Index. The latest edition is published in its full glory on the Investec website and can be shared across social platforms.

For further information about this or related design / digital work created at Mavo Studio visit here.

Published: 10/07/2012

The rise of mobile – infographic design

Filed under: Client work,Online News,Success stories — Mavo Studio @ 10:47 am

Betfair have seen a progressive rise in mobile gaming over the past 12 months. Proud of their know-how and research into the sector, they asked us to create something that would make key facts and figures easy to digest and beautiful to look at. So, never to shirk a design challenge, we created an infographic that can be shared across digital platforms, blogs, press releases and beyond…


To view this project in more detail visit our portfolio.

Published: 22/07/2011

What steps for a future in design and digital?

Filed under: Online News — Mavo Studio @ 2:34 pm

If it isn’t easy for young people to start out in careers these days, the competition and lack of real openings at many companies can make it even harder for young and aspiring design and digital job seekers. Our Creative Director Marc Schaller – advocate of “passion and the ability to be adaptable” – was recently interviewed by Advanced Photoshop Magazine in their feature article “How can I find work after graduating” and offers some useful words of advice on the subject.

Published: 11/10/2010

Is a new website what you really need?

Filed under: Online News — Mavo Studio @ 11:22 pm

It might sound a little bizarre for a design and digital agency (who has web design as one of its principle service offerings) to pose the question: ‘is a new website what you really need?’. However, over the last few years we’ve had to pose that question to clients on a more and more frequent basis. You see, in many cases what clients are really after is a ‘following’ or a way to engage their audience. Whether that be to promote their brand, campaign, services, products or beyond… a website forms only part of the answer. In fact, thanks to the rise of: platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked-in and apps, widgets and adverts that now take pride of place in these domains; self-funded and self-contained mobile apps that work across iPhones, iPads, Android and beyond; easy to use third party blogging platforms like WordPress; online video streaming through Vimeo or YouTube; downloadable self-broadcasted podcasts… nowadays, it’s perfectly possible to engage an audience online without having a website at all.

Really Need A Website?

But how do you decide what is the ‘right’ form of online or mobile marketing tool for your organisation?

A much debated, ‘lead story’ recently published in Wired magazine announced to the world ‘The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet’ to a furore of web designers and developers across the globe. Yet in principle (aside from a headline that was bold enough to sell several thousands of copies of Wired magazine) what the article was really mapping out was the rise, over the last 5 years, of alternative modes of online and mobile communication (social media and mobile apps a case in point).

Of course, the web is not dead, as this fair-minded response to Wired’s feature article succinctly puts it, the web is just continuing to evolve.

‘The web is healthier than ever. If nothing else, the dramatic growth of Facebook, which most people interact with through their web browser, should help to cement that idea. We may be using specific apps to access specific web-based services, and we may be making less use of all-in-one browsers like Firefox or Safari, but that has little or nothing to do with the web being dead.’ Matthew Ingram, Gigaom 2010

What has in fact occurred, is that there are now increasingly more sophisticated and broader ways to communicate online and through mobile apps. The key is deciding upon which are the best routes or tools for your organisation. More work has to be done up-front, in a strategic sense, to consider target audience, the message, the content, budget and time-frame of your online campaign before deciding upon the most effective medium. This is of course something that a decent design and digital agency can help with. But it’s well worth considering what others have done first, and weighing up the pros and cons of different types of interactive marketing properly beforehand.

As Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine puts it: ‘The Internet is the real revolution, as important as electricity; what we do with it is still evolving.’

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