Young women do it, Kim Kardashian is the queen of it, the Pope and Obama are experts, and even an ape has been seen doing it – stretching out an arm and smiling into a phone. Nowadays selfies are like an armada of tiny messages in a bottle cast out into the vast virtual ocean, each one calling out: Hello! Look where I am! For real! Isn’t it great?!
While developing the concept for the new QS00, we took some time to carefully consider the road ahead for product design in general. We then reflected on how we could integrate this roadmap into our products in harmony with our idea of what makes a good writing instrument.
There was a time when markets were wonderful places – cauldrons of haggling and laughter, where butchers, bakers, cooks and tailors plied their trades side by side. They were places teeming with life, tangible and real.
The first thing we notice with a brand is its colour. In a matter of seconds, a statement is made without a word having been said. And the colour remains in the mind. That’s what makes brand colours so important. A conversation with Swiss marketing expert Eckhard Sohns.
Any honest and respectable product must above all keep its promises. A promotional pen is both a writing instrument and a means of communication: as such it must write well and communicate your brand values effectively.
In the past, a brand was simply a permanent mark which was burned onto the leg of a cow so that it was clear to all which cowherd it belonged to. Today, the situation is similar. But not more – only similar.