Brand Design, Brand Marketing and Brand Psychology

Design NON-THINKING: The Muse Methodology

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Mar 2, 2017 5:36:43 PM



The saying goes 'no pain, no gain'. As designers and as creators we are told that in order to achieve something you have to travel the path of pain and peril. There is no other way out.

The lords and the ladies of self-help proclaim the merits of discipline, focus and the steadfast firmness of human will. They lay out 5 step program or 10 step methodology, explaining how its is done. And they say, you have to keep at it and keep at it, to be any good. But does it really help? Findings are mixed at the best — the disastrous outcome of of New Years' goal in general and the failed strategy behind those hard goals setting are a sad testament to our human will.

I believe, the problem lies in this rote method. 'Keep doing', 'Keep working'. And, you will succeed. This may work for a while, but definitely not sustainable for the long haul.

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Bay Area Trade show display, Trade show booth, contemporary space design, Architecture, Inspiration, Michelangelo, Nelson Mandela, Joseph Cambell, Homer, John Milton, Richard Branson, Muse, Odyssey and Illiad, Envoy Booth, Sarmistha Tarafder, S Portable Display Booths

Immersive Technology That Thrives at Trade Shows

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Feb 22, 2017 12:41:17 PM



"Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences." Freeman Dyson


For many thousands of years the growth curve of human progress was painfully slow and very gradual. Perhaps the only spike in the human social growth curve was during the Hellenistic period when Greek culture gained global prominence leading to exploration of arts, literature, theater, architecture, music, mathematics, philosophy, and science. That  growth curve gained some momentum experiencing progress and prosperity.

But about 200 years ago something profound happened. Yes, you guessed it right! The industrial Revolution created a massive hike in the growth curve forcing the curve to shoot up almost ninety degrees. The growth has been phenomenal. And, it has not stopped ever since!

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Topics: Trade show booth, Trade show Booth ideas, Trade Show Booth Design, The Value of Tradeshows, Projection screen, Sarmistha Tarafder, Trade Fair Dessign, Technology

Memorable Booth Design: Tempting Textures + Luring Lights

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Aug 2, 2012 11:43:00 AM

Create a compelling environment. Unleash the memory capsule.

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Topics: Trade Show Exhibits, Trade Show Graphics, Trade show booth, Creative Exhibition Booth Design, custom modular exhibits, Booth Design Inspiration, Architectural Display Signs, Color inspiration, Sarmistha Tarafder, Art of Creation, Creativity, Design Principles, Angled Island Booth, Island Booth Design, Island Exhibits, Trade show exhibit design

Brand Exhibiting: The Socratic Way.

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Jan 30, 2012 2:07:00 PM

"Can you tell me, Socrates, whether virtue is acquired by teaching or by practice; or if neither by teaching nor practice, then whether it comes to man by nature, or in what other way?"

The year was 350 B.C.E. The day was just like today, one cold sunny afternoon. [I can only imagine!]
Plato, who documented every move of this magical sage writes that Socrates tells Meno that "he not only does not know if virtue can be taught, but does not understand the nature of virtue." Meno shudders, his conviction challenged, he tastes the dialectic method for which Socrates sacrificed his life.

For ages, Socrates has been revered as the grand master of intellectual eloquence and inquiry: the ideal critical thinker. It is not one idea that earned him this seat of distinguished honor. It is his method of questioning and cross-examination of opposing views that leads to illumination of ideas. Engaging in the Socratic Method makes us confident about the experience of questioning anything including our own ideas and beliefs. By constantly asking critical questions, dynamic brands are in a perpetual state of flux. Brands like Southwest Airlines, Zappos, Google, Virgin or Starbucks constantly align themselves to the questions of the times. They are courageously passionate about doing business in a more "virtuous" fashion that brings value to the clients and adds momentum to their balance sheets. Their "brand virtue" goes through the high standards of Socratic questioning time and time again. (“Virtue” is not a term that marketers use, yet as a concept it explains growing consumer expectations toward brands and companies.)

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Topics: Exhibit Design, Trade show booth, Exhibit Rental, Art and nature Inspiration, Creative Exhibition Booth Design, Art and Design, Art of Business, Trade Fair Design, custom modular exhibits, Custom Modular Trade show Booth, Brand Exhibiting, trade show booth graphics, Dynamic Booth Design, Sarmistha Tarafder, exhibit deisgn trends 2012, Island Booth Design, Brand virtue, Trade show exhibit design, Socrates, Plato, trade show exhibit graphics

Encounter with the Unconscious: The Art of Surrealism

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Nov 1, 2011 5:04:00 PM

The avant-garde movement in art and literature of the 20th-century that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images is often termed as surrealism.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Trade Show Graphics, Trade show booth, Inspiration, Surrealism, Muse, Sarmistha Tarafder, Ideas at work, S Portable Display Booths

Modish Trade Show Booth Design: Bend The Trend

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Oct 17, 2011 5:18:00 PM


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Topics: Exhibit Design, Trade show booth, Exhibit Rental, Silicon valley trade show booth design, Trade Fair Design, exhibit deisgn trends 2011, Exhibition Booth Design, Exhibition colors in harmony, Sarmistha Tarafder, Envoy Exhibit System

Trade Show Booth Design: Ecstasy in Environments!

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Aug 8, 2011 4:38:00 PM

As RSS feeds, blogging, social search, social bookmarking, social networks and micro platforms gain more prominence we often tend to question the more traditional aspects of marketing. Trade shows in particular may seem to be the hallmark of previous generations' marketing strategies. However, recent studies confirm that physical events, like trade shows and conferences continue to be a dominant phase in the business-to-business product sourcing and buying processes.

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Bay Area Trade show display, Trade Show Graphics, Tradeshow booth design, Trade show booth, contemporary space design, Cool tade show booth ideas, Creative Exhibition Booth Design, Trade Fair Design, Brand Design, Brand Potential, Trade shows, Booth Design trends 2011, Trade show lounge, Trade show convention, Trade Show Exhibit, Creative Marketing, Tradeshow News, Trade show booth staffing, Custom Modular Tradeshow exhibit, Trade Show News, Sarmistha Tarafder, trade show exhibiting, Design Principles, Brand Power, Brand

Trade Fair Design: The Can, A Brand: An Environmental Leap

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Jun 6, 2011 5:17:00 PM

The Story of the Aluminum Can.

The aluminum can was fairly content containing the magic potion inside and exhibiting the power of Amazon Açaí berry outside as its prized label. Thanks to the wonder of technology: the can chuckled; "now I can, no pun intended, provide some value to the stressed out robotic race that is always on the look for the next elixir with the promise to cure all that ails them" what a bunch of naive species.

Nonetheless, the can was was happy to be of use. Afterall, once upon a  time it lived lived in the earth crust in the form of Bauxite. It had to wait for billions of years to be mined in either Australia, India, Jamaica or in areas in or around the equator. Once mined, Alumina had to be extracted from Bauxite, electrolyzed in dissolved crystal to generate aluminum metal and then transformed into what we commonly know as the aluminum can. Boy, that was certainly a long journey!

One day the can thought about traveling to the Amazon. It just made sense. It had heard so many stories about the mystical Amazon rainforest. So it mustered up all its strength and proposed it to its master Zola. The master, with a nose for business decided to take it even a step further. Zola thought, wouldn't it be great if we created the Amazon environment in a 10' x 20' linear space, in a trade show market place to introduce our new product to the rest of the world!

The can, the master and the Açaí berry all settled on it.
Not the best, but at least a berry berry big home run for now!

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Topics: Bay Area Trade show display, Graphic Design, Trade Show Graphics, Exhibit Design, Tradeshow booth design, Trade show booth, Exhibit Rental, Silicon valley trade show booth design, Art and nature Inspiration, contemporary space design, Tradeshow Sustainability, 2011 Tradeshow Trends, at-show promotions, Cool tade show booth ideas, Creative Exhibition Booth Design, Art and Design, Art of Business, Trade Fair Design, exhibit deisgn trends 2011, Aluminum Can, Sarmistha Tarafder

Art of Creation: Design with 5 Minds

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Apr 7, 2011 12:07:00 PM

We, human species are impeccable creators.

We create our own thoughts, our will, our emotions, our perception and our immaginations. We are our MINDS. No doubt Winston Churchill stated in his speech at Harvard University in 1943, "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind." Sprint forward 60 years or so and a similar sentiment is echoed in the writings of Howard Gardner from Harvard Graduate School of Education. In his book, 5 Minds for the Future, Gardner ponders about the human mind. He says the world of tomorrow, "with its ubiquitous search engines, robots and other computational devices, will demand capacities that until now have been mere options."

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Topics: Design Inspiration, Design Tips, Graphic Design, Trade show booth, Art and Design, Trade Show Exhibit, Principles of Design, Root Rectangles, Usage of textures, Howard Gardner, Sarmistha Tarafder, Industrial design

Art of Presenting: Influencing the Influencers

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Apr 1, 2011 5:48:00 PM

As designers for trade shows or any other medium, we are often required to present our ideas across, in a group environment. Our sub-conscious tend to focus on the body language of the decision maker. However, another approach might be to seek out the influencers in the group. The film below attempts to understand the basic ingredients of what makes a person influential in an esoteric way without any metric analysis. It explores the concept of the role that influencers play.

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Topics: Trade show booth, Innovation Design, Inspiration, Inellectual Elegance, Influencers, Sarmistha Tarafder

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