Thursday, 18 November, 2010
If you had no more than fifteen seconds to describe yourself, your work, artistic style or styles, plus a significant achievement or two, while you had the attention of an art gallery director, or publicist, or someone else who was well connected, how would you fare? Might you be left ruing a missed opportunity, or glowing, having succeed in opening a couple of doors?
There’s a lot of talk about elevator statements, or pitches, but very few people appreciate their value, or realise they actually need to be their own marketing department, until they find themselves having to sum up who they are, to someone they’ve meet randomly, and quite literally, while in a rapidly moving lift.
Like it or not brevity is in favour, and if someone cannot make sense of, or comprehend, a statement that isn’t framed within the confines of a 140 character long tweet, give or take, you are likely to lose their attention. Being able therefore to get to the point, and fast, is an advantage and a skill well worth honing.
Given no two artists or creatives are the same, there is no one-size-fits-all elevator statement, but so long as your narrative consists of a couple of key ingredients, you should have little trouble crafting something that is unique, informative, and most importantly, memorable.
If you’re still wondering how you could word yourself, or possibly summarise your background and work inside of ten to fifteen seconds, for a little inspiration read through the following examples of elevator statement style bios of a few other artists and creatives.
Evangeline Cachinero is a creative dynamo. She has an insatiable appetite for experimenting with art and new mediums including painting, collage, sewing, digital media and DIY projects. Having studied at six different universities in Australia, USA and New Zealand, she has a deep understanding of art and its complexities.
Tony Gorsevski is a Melbourne-based photographer specializing in architecture, interiors, commercial and fine art photography, where varied creations and perspectives are assembled and combined to extraordinary effect.
Vexta is an artist from Australia. She grew up in Sydney but now lives and works in Melbourne. She has been creating street art since the mid 2000′s and is most famously known for her stencils and paste ups which draw from cultural visual debris, her self taught aesthetic and an ongoing exploration of photography, printmaking and painting.
Dan Gray aka Little Gonzales:
Little Gonzales (Dan Gray) lives in Sydney and draws pictures – only because the voices in his head tell him to. As well as illustration and design, he also dabbles in print-making, animation, photography and web design.
Another way to look at an elevator pitch is to consider it a condensed version of your job description. Also remember that being able to sum up who you are, and your work, comprehensively yet succinctly will have value in itself, and you’ll be perceived as the pro that you are.
In addition, an elevator statement also makes for a fine blog, Twitter, and Facebook bio as well, and is also useful when promoting upcoming exhibitions as you have a ready made summary of who you are and what your work is about.
art, article, artists, bio, creatives, design, elevator statements, marketing, promotion
Wednesday, 8 September, 2010
Choosing to live a simple, minimal, life is one thing, but what happens when you have young children, who are constantly being targeted by advertising and marketing campaigns, enticing and tempting them to want ever more toys and possessions?
When you choose to raise your children in a frugal, non-consumerism sort of way, you are going against a powerful advertising media. Images of the latest movie and its accompanying toys, video games, and action figures are all over the walls, cups, trays, and containers of fast-food restaurants. Television commercials tempt your children with compelling advertising, making your children think they just have to have the latest cereal, candy, video game, or toy.
advertising, children, marketing, minimalism, possessions, toys
Thursday, 8 July, 2010
Seven British smartphone app entrepreneurs discuss creating and selling apps for the iPhone. If you can strike upon the right idea you could do well as an app developer…
Thanks to the relative ease of fashioning an app (using a dedicated “developer’s kit”, which makes programming reasonably pain-free), around 15,000 are submitted to Apple every week for approval and sale through its App Store. The majority are created not by traditional software giants, but by individuals, working from home.
applications, apps, marketing, programming, smartphones, technology
Friday, 2 July, 2010
Today filmmakers post video snippets of selected movie scenes online to help drum up interest in upcoming film releases.
With no such option available to the promoters of The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, they instead created a telephone hotline allowing people to call in and hear audio teasers recorded by the film’s stars, including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, and James Earl Jones.
As reported in the Spring 1980 issue of Bantha Tracks – the original Star Wars Fan Club newsletter – a telephone hotline was set up to allow callers to dial in and hear teasers for The Empire Strikes Back several months before the film’s release.
The idea might still make for a retro-styled form of promotion today though.
marketing, movies, promotion, science fiction, Star-Wars, teasers
Tuesday, 1 June, 2010
Endorsements work as a means of advertising more because we have enjoyed an aspect of an endorsing celebrity’s work, rather than taking too much in the way of assurance from their “support” of a product or service.
According to Stallen and her colleagues, these results suggest “the perception of a celebrity face results in the retrieval of explicit memories” – say, of a fun night out with friends, during which you enjoyed the actor’s latest movie. “The positive affect that is experienced during the retrieval of these memories may subsequently be transferred to the product associated with the celebrity,” they write.
advertising, endorsements, marketing, promotion, psychology
Monday, 10 May, 2010
Mark Donselar’s collection of vintage motorcycle adverts.
advertising, design, illustration, marketing, motorcycles
Thursday, 11 February, 2010
barcodes, branding, design, marketing
Thursday, 11 February, 2010
A study of New York Times article reading patterns has found readers tend to share items that are generally positive, emotional, intellectually challenging, or of a scientific nature, with their friends, a finding that somewhat refutes the notion people are mainly interested in stories of scandal or gossip.
“Science kept doing better than we expected,” said Dr. Berger, a social psychologist and a professor of marketing at Penn’s Wharton School. “We anticipated that people would share articles with practical information about health or gadgets, and they did, but they also sent articles about paleontology and cosmology. You’d see articles shooting up the list that were about the optics of deer vision.”
attention, marketing, psychology, readership, writing
Wednesday, 23 December, 2009
Brand New make their best and worst identity and logo selections for 2009. It comes as a surprise to me though to learn that the new AOL logo wins their highest accolade.
Hold the rotten tomatoes. I agree, AOL is neither technically nor aesthetically the best logo or identity of the year. But no identity will have a bigger impact in the evolution of a brand as AOL’s. Most companies brand to match their audience, AOL is branding to create a new audience. The name may conjure the 1990s but the identity is twenty-first century all the way. Wolff Olins may be the punchline for many designers but, even if you don’t know it or care to admit it, they are having the last laugh.
And on the subject of old and new logos, here’s a look at different IBM letterheads over the years.
branding, corporate identity, design, identity, logos, marketing
Tuesday, 15 December, 2009
The layout and design of restaurant and cafe menus, including the use of typography, can greatly influence diners when it comes to selecting what to order, according to US author William Poundstone.
Puzzles, anchors, stars, and plowhorses; those are a few of the terms consultants now use when assembling a menu (which is as much an advertisement as anything else). “A star is a popular, high-profit item – in other words, an item for which customers are willing to pay a good deal more than it costs to make,” Poundstone explains. “A puzzle is high-profit but unpopular; a plowhorse is the opposite, popular yet unprofitable. Consultants try to turn puzzles into stars, nudge customers away from plowhorses, and convince everyone that the prices on the menu are more reasonable than they look.”
design, dining, marketing, menus, restaurants, typography