Signs of Life

Signs of Life

Why Brands Matter

Book - 2017
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"A majestic sweep across the history and culture of brands and branding. Illustrated with photographs and images from the heyday of advertising in the 50s and 60s through to 21st century designs. Signs of Life: Why Brands Matter is a new polemic from renowned design guru and author Stephen Bayley. Drawing on colorful examples, Bayley offers a detailed look at the evolution of the design industry, celebrating the rich history behind recognizable brands and lamenting their possible decline. Brand s and branding have permeated our lives at every level, from the corporate, with the instantly recognizable Coca-Cola or FedEx logos, to the cultural, when the city of New York became synonymous with the 1977 'I heart New York' graphic design. At its peak, advertising and branding expertly portrayed a world of value and desires. However, as conventional advertising becomes redundant, and younger affluent buyers suffer from consumer fatigue, brands are becoming more vulnerable and are under more pressure to adapt. Distinctive presentation on cigarette packaging has already been banned in the UK and some other countries, with a question mark over whether alcohol and other 'sin' products, such as sugar and fast food, will logically follow. In Signs of Life, Bayley explores what makes a great brand, and unpicks some catastrophic failures along the way. He argues the case that far from being pernicious, manipulative voodoo, brands and branding should be regarded as the contemporary equivalent of folk art. Brands aren't just about the logo, but about culture and creativity, and they make an enormous contribution to our economy. If brands are under threat, in turn both culture and economy would suffer"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: London : Circa Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781911422105
Branch Call Number: 658.827 BAY
Characteristics: 189 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm


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