EXCLUSIVE! The (Comic) Neue Kid on the Block

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If Comic Sans went on Atkins and dropped 45 pounds, he’d look a heck of a lot like Comic Neue, the new (no pun intended…I think) font from Australian graphic designer Craig Royzinski. After a handful of poorly constructed font jokes and a misunderstanding regarding the term typeface (not an insult, I promise), Comic Neue agreed to sit down and chat with me for a few minutes.

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Humanology: How Technology Makes Us More Human

If you stop by ADG make sure you take a look at our new 3D lobby installation called “Humanology.” You can’t miss it for a number of reasons, including the fact that iPads and mobile devices are popping off it in 3D. “How does technology make us more human?” That’s the question behind this installation which includes a number of examples such as apps, products, and social media tools. Here are a few examples below, stop by to check it out!

iSPHERE  •  Red Laser  •  Life Shirt  •  REPPS

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Be True to Your School: ADG Helps Bowie State University Be Heard

Not too long ago, ADG Creative paired up with Bowie State University to produce a compelling set of student recruitment videos. BSU, the oldest Historically Black College/University in Maryland, wanted to change a false perception about their university – chiefly, the idea that their promise of an accessible education must imply a decreased quality of experience.

Traditionally, public perception equates lower cost with lower quality; this isn’t true, but changing public perception can be tricky. That’s where the student recruitment video comes into play. Its development would promote awareness of the new BSU brand, encourage student enrollment, and show BSU as an accessible and supportive higher-education environment where tomorrow’s leaders are nurtured to exceed their own expectations today. Continue Reading »

5 Basic Ingredients for Cooking Tasty Content

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While reading through the Walmart Style Guide, I came across a list of five basic ingredients that are NOT Walmart-specific. Instead, these are great nuggets of advice for all copywriters everywhere, regardless of industry. The information is timeless and boundless, reaching across disciplines easily.

If you’re in the market to revise your favorite content recipe, why not take a look at these for some inspiration?

1. Use your active voice.
This is just good advice, period. Using the active voice strengthens your writing, gives it a firm foundation and solid backbone; these attributes make it the rule – not the exception. Plus, when you use the active voice, you warm up what may otherwise be a cold or impersonal message.

2. Share and promote the benefits.
The tendency in copywriting is to play up the features of a product or service. Instead of focusing on what your product does or how it can serve your customers, play-up the benefits. Customers better engage with products when they fully understand how those products will benefit them, both in the short and long term.

3. Always say more with less.
I say this a lot because I absolutely believe it: Communication is brevity. If you can explain yourself in ten words, don’t use twenty. However, don’t forsake your company’s tone and voice to keep your headlines short. If your copy requires more words in order to make sense, then add words. The point, though, is to never add text for the sake of adding text.

4. Carefully measure your punctuation.
If it’s a sentence, then use punctuation. Remember, too, that punctuation equals inflection and meaning. While it may seem like a small detail, your content’s meaning exists within the subtle difference between a question mark and an exclamation point: seriously purple! or seriously, purple?

5. Bulleted lists make life – and reading – easier.
Bullets draw in the eye. If you block off text and align it to bullets, your reader will automatically read that piece first. This tactic showcases the information you absolutely want your customers to read – highlighting without the neon colors.

Recipes make the kitchen an easier place to survive. The same goes for life; when you understand your ingredients and know what to do with them, the outcome will be wonderful.

And if it isn’t, there’s always pizza.

Weekly Inspiration Spanning a Century

Do you need a pick-me-up? Week got you down already?  Here’s a dose of inspiration for you spanning the old, the new and the future.

Robert Frost

Sometimes your life gets so intense, you just need to rely on some inspirational prose from a great American poet.

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FUTURA

Director Wes Anderson was all-in with Futura in his film The Royal Tenenbaums. Check out all of the examples at Royal Tenenbaum’s World of Futura.

Seth Godin

For some reason, I have heard Seth Godin advice passed along a few times in the past week here at ADG Creative.  If you don’t follow Seth Godin, you should.  He has daily bits of marketing wisdom that are worth the 1 minute it takes to read it.  So, go over to sethgodin.typepad.com now, read a little, and sign up for his daily e-mail.

Bing

Bing doesn’t get a lot of love in the search world, although it is Siri’s default search engine and, yes, I actually find its search features helpful.  That being said – even if you never use it for search – its homepage is worth a visit once a day.  They showcase beautiful photography and the hidden links are a wealth information.  It will inspire you, make you just a little smarter, and that diverse knowledge can spark your creative and innovation.

 YouTube 2014 Viral Trends

YouTube is having some fun with April Fools’ Day today, rolling out a very thorough analysis of the forthcoming viral memes and trends that it will be launching this year. This includes “Clocking,” “Kissing Dad” and something called the “Glub Glub Water Dance.”

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