Sorry. You lost me at the first slide.

Scott Harwood | Creative Director Live presentations, Sales 2 Comments

I recently attended a workshop in Tauranga. It was held in a large hanger. The presenter was an interesting person with some good stuff to say.

However, there was a problem. No microphone.

Being a hanger, the ambiance was one of a large bucket. We all strained to hear what was being said.

A bit later we were asked to stand and move either to one side or the other of the space, so to reflect our position on various statements. Selected individuals were quizzed on why we took our either-or positions. Unfortunately, most of the rationales offered were lost into the abyss of the big bucket.

Much later someone saved the day with a microphone. Finally, normal transmission resumed.

All this got me thinking about preparation for and the makings of a great presentation. Read More

Are whistleblowers an endangered species in a digital age?

Luke Balvert | Account Manager Media, People, Politics

Is fairness and freedom dead on the internet?

Big Brother (or someone) is always watching, collecting data and tracing our every move via the multitude of devices now acting as extensions of our arms.

Take for example the volatile digital landscape through which journalists ply their trade in order to secure a scoop or break news.

Today, the laptop and phone play as important a role in the life of an investigative reporter as the notebook once did.

That’s because it is easier and more convenient to communicate with someone digitally rather than in person. Read More

Scott MacLeod hikes the family-friendly Waitawheta Tramway

Scott Macleod | Account Manager Lifestyle, People, Travel

Access: Franklin Rd, 50 min from Tauranga
Hike distance: 19km (return)
Hike time: 3 hrs (to hut) or 6 hrs (return)
Accommodation: Waitawheta Hut, bookings through DoC
Parking: At trailhead
Grade: Easy

There are nine of us, and we’re tramping at a brisk pace over mud-spattered planks of wood. It’s one of the easiest walks I’ve ever undertaken to a DoC hut, and those planks are part of the reason why. Read More

When it’s not cool to be ‘cool’

Julia Proverbs | Account Manager Social Media, Trends

According to my kids, I am cool. But it’s not ‘cool’ as us Gen Xers might know it.

It seems there’s an acronym for everything these days and when someone under the age of 20 calls you ‘cool’, it’s not a compliment.

Apparently, as I have been recently informed, ‘COOL’ stands for Constipated Overrated Old Lady. Or, if you want to be gender-neutral, Constipated Overrated Out-Of-Style Loser. Read More

The art of a good menu

Scott Macleod | Account Manager Design, Lifestyle, Marketing

You take your seat at the table, open the menu, and scan the contents for yummy goodness.

Approximately 109 seconds later, according to a Gallup poll of menu-reading times, you perform a series of violent gesticulations in the direction of the haughtily inattentive waiter.

You place your order for medium-rare Kobe beef and lean back in your chair, content with having exercised free will at the expense of blowing a hole in your wallet.

What you don’t know is that a menu expert has used a variety of clever tricks to steer you towards the steer. Read More

Emojis adding value in a digital world 

Alison Brown | Group Account Director Technology

Emojis

A New Zealand news outlet claimed recently that writing a story with pen, paper and actual words was becoming a dying art because emojis were taking over the world.

Surely, this was hyperbole.

The evidence that supposedly supported this claim was a YouTube survey suggesting that emoji usage was taking its toll on the way we write. More than 90 per cent of British adults believed it was bringing down the English language. Read More

The news is in our hands

Julia Proverbs | Account Manager Social Media

There is a saying in the media – ‘if it bleeds it leads’.

On the face of it, it’s a grim statement that vilifies many people’s perception of ‘the media’ as harbingers of negative, violent news.

However, a first-of-its kind study of Twitter published this month, begs the question – just who is directing the news? Read More

Design trends for 2018

Christiaan Van Rooyen | Designer Design

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Braver colour design

The Dropbox rebrand design made strong use of vibrant colour.

“2017 has been a riot of colour, with graphic designers making big, bold choices,” says Shaun Bowen, creative partner at B&B studio. “Perhaps in an effort to inspire positivity after a difficult year in 2016, we’ve seen an influx of bright colours, often with flat graphics and only one or two colours used at any one time,” he adds.

“More and more brands are also using their core packaging hue as the backing colour in posters and supporting graphics.”

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