Much like Anchorman's Brick Lampand’s love for lamp, I love infographics. I’ve always appreciated how a well-executed infographic can transform a complex or dry topic into a piece of compelling information that’s easily digestible.
Five years ago, if someone mentioned the word “bots” to you, your mind would probably start to think back to any of the famous pop culture robots from the 80s and 90s. Johnny 5. R2-D2. The Iron Giant. That’s not just me, right? Fast-forward to today and the word bots has taken on an entirely new meaning. Now, when people hear about bots, they think about the chatbots they see in Facebook messenger or on their favorite website.
Have you tried a meal kit service like Always Fresh or Blue Apron? I’m not exactly Gordon Ramsay so I was a little hesitant and not quite sure what to expect when I tried Blue Apron for the first time. However, when the box arrived, any reservations I had were put to rest. All the ingredients were there and perfectly proportioned out. It was dummy proof! I remember thinking to myself “Why can’t cooking always be this easy?” There are always so many different mistakes that can make a meal can go from five-star cuisine to “toss this in the garbage, we’re getting McDonald's.” Redesigning your website can be a pretty similar experience to cooking. When all the proper prep work is done and the necessary steps are followed, the final product comes out great.
How often do you come across an article claiming to reveal the hottest new marketing trend? For me, it’s almost a weekly occurrence, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably become much more skeptical and weary when it comes to deciding which new trends are actually here to stay. You might even find yourself reading about new trends thinking, “That will never last.” That’s not a bad thing.
While people may not be familiar with Dieter Rams, chances are everyone has used a product heavily influenced by him. Rams, a German industrial designer, is one of the most influential designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. His work and design philosophy of “less but better” helped Braun, a consumer products company, create products that transformed the way people use household appliances and today, his philosophies and principles continue to influence designers and major companies like Apple. One of the most influential contributions to the design world is Rams’s set of guidelines known as the “10 Principles of Good Design.”
The most successful types of marketing campaigns are relatable, engaging, and memorable. Infographics are a perfect example of an engaging piece of content. According to HubSpot, since 2014 the use of infographics in B2B marketing has increased in popularity from 9% to almost 62%. This is partly due to the visual nature of infographics that make it easier to interpret information.
Although we celebrated the great holiday of Festivus almost four months ago, I have one last minute grievance I’d really like to air. I’ve officially run out of patience for articles that declare “[Insert Year Here] is the Year of Mobile Design” or mention mobile-friendly design as a “top trend” for the year.
Over the past year we’ve seen more and more companies focusing on producing visual content. The combination of using powerful tools like video, gifs, and infographics and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest putting more emphasis on visual content make it obvious that this is the direction the marketing industry is moving.