Sep 21

Underneath every great brand is a plethora of research, data and strategy. It’s not a stretch to say that the science of psychology also plays a big role in achieving an overall brand strategy platform. . Every detail of the brand is meticulously thought out with human behavior in mind. If it’s done well, you won’t even notice what happens behind the scenes to set your brand up for success. From color to social psychology, brands (and their creative agencies) use atrategy to create a lasting emotional connection with consumers, well, the good ones do.

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Aug 26

“During these unprecedented times” has become almost a meme-worthy sentiment. It’s clear the pandemic has had very profound impacts in all aspects of life, with everyone having varying experiences and varying degrees of obstacles to overcome this last year and a half. It’s no wonder the repetition of the same phrases and blanket statements in traditional advertising media outlets have felt disingenuous and impersonal while more brands are pushing their advertising dollars into digital based media.

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Aug 9

Giving back is a great way to show you’re more than talk and it can serve to reinforce your brand’s identity while you serve your community. We aim to talk the talk AND walk the walk. After all, a successful company is only as strong as the communities and people it cares about. Some brands, like TOMS shoes, are building charity right into their business model. A lot of brands are giving back in other ways, whether it’s part of the way they do business or not. Using their powers for good has become a trend that we can definitely get on board with.

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Jul 26

To say Loui Pacheco is passionate would be an understatement. From the moment we had our first meeting, it was obvious the amount of work, emotion and passion Loui has put into his company and career. His success is a testament to this as he has become one of the most sought after Los Angeles based personal trainers and an ambassador for Lululemon. His energy and passion are contagious, to say the least. Team Oblique was beyond excited to partner with him on his branding efforts that are so close and dear to his heart.

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Jul 13

Your logo is not your brand…… but it’s still an important piece of the brand. That is to say, branding goes well beyond your logo. It is a mark of your brand, a visual representation, but the brand itself goes much deeper. Your brand is the emotional response that it creates in a person. Your brand is your voice, your mission, your values and the stronger these are the stronger of a brand you will have. In order to cultivate this emotional connection your brand needs clarity, distinction, and trustworthiness. 

Clarity in your brand’s voice means consistency. As we’ve mentioned in our last blog, being genuine is important for a brand as well as being consistent. The key to consistency is clarity. Having a clear vision as to who you are and the values that you carry are the cornerstones of building a successful brand.

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Jun 14

As another pride month comes to a close with a culmination of celebrations this past weekend, it’s wonderful to see some familiarity coming back into the world. Public spaces are reopening and rainbow flags and signs can be seen all across the city, inviting guests in to join the festivities.

 Over the last few years we’ve seen heated discussions about corporations changing out their normal brand colors for rainbows. With many in the community questioning their intentions and authenticity it certainly begs the question: Is this truly creating visibility and representation for the LGBTQ+ community? 

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Aug 14

Calling all members of the LGBT+ community with graduate degrees looking for job placement! 

We have an awesome opportunity for you to link with one of our amazing non-profit clients, Reaching Out. 

Our relationship with Reaching Out began in a very competitive RFP process that we are so proud to have won. We partnered with Twisted Simple to create a non-profit site design on par with Reaching Out’s mission to provide a safe space for LGBT+ individuals to come together as a community and support each other while navigating the daunting job placement journey that accompanies attending MBA programs. 

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Jun 25

There are a few companies that are trying to correct America’s checkered history of overtly hurtful and racist imagery in branding, especially in packaged goods. Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Cream of Wheat and Uncle Ben’s are confronting an inevitable brand overhaul due to decades of having a visual identity rooted in American racism. Momentum away from racialized branding has been growing for decades, but the Black Lives Matter movement has jolted these big brands into reality and rightfully has them thinking about the implications of using carryover tropes of the Jim Crow era to build brand loyalty.

 

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Jun 18

Everything has changed.

One minute your plan for an upcoming tradeshow is all set to go, and the next minute the mere prospect of large scale in person events is obsolete. This year has flipped everything on its head and has left many of us with the question, “What are we supposed to do now?”

 

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May 20

2019 taught us a few things about life–we say this reflecting five and a half months into 2020 and 9 weeks into quarantine. But, a big thing that 2019 showed us was the big power of irrationality and the positive effects that can occur when you take a leap of faith and chase an out-of-the-box idea to help your company grow. Irrationality led to the reimagining of vehicle design, global issues, and customer experience.

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