Branding that benefits all


Today Apple launched yet another new product – the iPhone 7 in red. “But the iPhone 7 was launched last year, so what’s the big deal?” you may ask. Well, this is just one of the latest branding exercises for a good cause. Take the desirability of a premium product, produce it in a limited edition colour, give all the proceeds to a worthwhile cause (in this case it is RED, an organization dedicated to fighting AIDS) and you have a winning campaign that benefits everyone.

Of course,  branding for a good cause is nothing new, particularly in the fashion and cosmetics industry, where limited edition t-shirts and lipsticks are just some of the items that have historically raised awareness of both the brand and the cause in question. Who can forget the fantastic Marc Jacobs’ “Protect the skin you’re in” t-shirt campaign featuring naked celebrities, which raised awareness of the dangers of skin cancer?

However, it’s not just charities, or products that benefit from the CSR aspect of marketing. The toothpaste manufacturer, Colgate, recently launched a  clever Snapchat ad encouraging us to turn off the water tap when brushing our teeth to coincide with World Water Day. If brands can raise money and awareness that potentially help us all, while raising their profile at the same time, it’s a win-win situation.

Advertising campaigns use the art of rendering


Since the mid 20th century, architecture has influenced the world of advertising. Modernist architecture in particular has become something of a standard backdrop for every type of product. Its aspirational allure has come to symbolize everything from quality and good design, to innovation.

As architects push the boundaries of imagery through the use of technology and sophisticated creative software advertising is, again, following suit by employing rendering techniques used by architectural studios on a daily basis, to create glossy, futuristic backdrops, as well as dynamic product shots. Top rendering studios boast a diverse range of clients, from international architecture and property development firms, to audio and video manufacturers and furniture producers. That high end audio system you see in the magazine? It probably hasn’t even left the factory yet, and chances are its slick, luxurious backdrop is a collage of different elements all woven together to create one striking visual.

As Paul Keskeys’ article reveals, some brands are not only applying architectural rendering techniques, but also the architecture itself as inspiration to create witty, futuristic campaigns.