Advertisers Pay Attention – Women are More Active on Social Networks than Men

It’s no secret that women have traditionally been the primary decision makers in the household and advertisers have continually targeted their traditional ad messaging towards them. Since the social network boom has dramatically increased over the past couple of years, and with the new Facebook Timeline layouts and the ability to brand YouTube and TwitterRead more

Logo Design Predictions

No, I’m not Nostradamus in any sense, but I am a graphic designer for The Cyphers Agency. So I’m somewhat qualified to predict logo design trends for the rest of 2012. Let me consult my crystal ball (the internet) and I’ll jump right into it with my first prediction: More use of script fonts inRead more

The Blank Slate

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a sucker for strategic marketing. Because of this, I’m constantly thinking about what it takes to be a good, solid brand in this world. But recent work that we’ve done here has required us to not only work with brands, but to help them figureRead more

The Science of a Slogan

“Good to the last drop.” We’ve all heard it, or read it, many times in our lives. But did you know that these five little words have been Maxwell House’s slogan for more than 90 years? Which begs the question, what’s required if you’re going to create a slogan that your audience will remember? TheRead more

Tropicana Tries Again

Early last year Tropicana unveiled their new brand identity. It was greeted with a fiery outburst that was something akin to how being caught in a solar flare would feel. People were furious for two reasons. First, Tropicana ditched the classic straw-stuck-in-the-orange icon (because getting rid of your most recognizable brand feature is always aRead more

A Marketing Lesson from… Chrysler…?!

You’ll probably recognize this commercial from the 2011 Super Bowl. It is Chrysler’s “Born On Fire” ad, you know, the one where Eminem doesn’t smile. I won’t get too deep into the merits of it as a commercial, but there is a good advertising lesson in it. At it’s roots, this ad is a quintessentialRead more

Hi, My Name is Anna & I’m a Brandist.

I realized something while watching a car commercial over the weekend. The commercial was for the Hyundai Genesis – the brand’s “luxury” addition to its product line. My husband gave Hyundai credit for producing a car that might compete in the luxury market. But all I could think about was how I would never beRead more

The Unconscious Mind of the Consumer

A friend of mine once said that advertising doesn’t work. That he’s never bought something because of an ad. I then asked him what mobile phone service he uses and he replied, Verizon Wireless. He went on to say that he had to sign up for Verizon because he travels all over the country andRead more

Reintroducing HeimLantz Business Accounting and Consulting

Recently, we worked with HeimLantz of Annapolis and Alexandria to define a new corporate identity for their brand. You can see what their old site looked like in this image. From Old: Former website for They gave us the freedom to work our magic to design based on the needs of their target audience.Read more

The Best Way to Create Brand Ambassadors

People love to be recognized as experts. This means you should tap the expertise of your customers. Ask them their opinions and reward them for it. They’ll appreciate you for realizing that they are experts and they’ll be free with their words of wisdom for you. Not only will you win another sale, you’ll increaseRead more

Let’s talk about the iPad

I think the strategy behind Apple’s iPad launch is genius, and they are poised to dominate the tablet industry just like they dominate the smart phone industry. Many think that the iPad fell short of expectations. I don’t disagree with that, but I think that there is a method to Jobs’ madness. Here’s why: ItRead more