As of late, we've had an influx of print work that's changed up our usual dynamics of website, logo, repeat. I have to admit, it's been a lot of fun! In the past month, we've had the pleasure of designing a few brochures, flyers, t-shirts, truck wraps, banners and more. Print work offers different challenges from web design, while also carrying different benefits. In order to have the best print work possible, please allow me to offer a few pieces of advice.
I took a meeting this morning with a guy who clearly had a hankering for some pastries. I am not one to turn down food, so I joined him at Dunkin' Donuts. While we were in line I was hit by inspiration. It came in the form of a shortbread cookie. Shortbread cookies are great because they make such a nice complement—tea, coffee, milk, you name it. However, Dunkin' Donuts clearly saw in the shortbread cookie potential that I had not yet seen. In fact, I would like to share two advertising tips that you can learn from the Dunkin' Donuts shortbread cookie.
It's not very often that I take up a war metaphor. I'm a lover, not a fighter. However, when it comes to advertising, a strategic campaign is far better than random act. We might initially think of campaign as more of a political term, but it has it's origins in military use. An advertising campaign isn't like a political race; it's not a competition. An advertising campaign is war. That might sound harsh coming from a pacifist, but I think that the intended meaning of the word campaign might help us to better understand good advertising.