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Exhibit DESIGN displays: The Power of ONE

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Dec 14, 2018 3:54:30 PM

 

 

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If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. ~ Gautama Buddha, circa 563 B.C.E

 

No one understands this miracle in ONE, more so than trade show designers and exhibit visual artists. The perennial philosophy "Pick the best and use it everywhere" is usually the foolproof rule of exhibition and gallery graphics.

However, it would be impossible for an institution with rich heritage and artifacts ranging from hundreds of years to focus on ONE.

For example, British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum contained 400 years of the finest British furniture, art, and interior design ever collected. Picking one was going to be tough. So Michael Johnson picked few instead, and let the visitor imagine what wearing, leaning on, or snogging in front of all these treasures might feel like. So he tied the different artifacts with a SINGLE concept —UNITY with Silhouette Shapes. (Above: Anchor graphic)

Every artist have slightly different list of principles in projecting the POWER OF ONE. However, ONE of the four below, has never failed me.

 

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Emphasis —

 

"Center of Interest." It is about dominance and influence.

Most artists put it a bit off center and balance it with some minor themes to maintain our interest. Some artists avoid emphasis on purpose. They want all parts of the work to be equally interesting. Unless you are a master in your craft, it is wise not to travel that path. There are other effective ways to message your design that will populate the mind of your target audience.

 

“Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

 

A very transparent way to look at it: Find clever ways to arrest the brain. The last thing you want to do is sheepishly follow trends. Know what they are looking for. Then allow yourself to listen.

Emphasis is comprised of different elements. Here is a quick run down. Of course, as always expand on, crush it, bend it. Your job as a designer, is either to jolt the brain or caress the brain.

Cripple the status quo — you are bound to get noticed.

 

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CONSTRUCT EMPHASIS by contrast. Sure, verticals stand out in the midst of horizontal. Why not add elements of surprising balance. (Image source: world wide web)

 

 

 

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CONSTRUCT EMPHASIS by sfumato.   Embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty. When others are touting, that their products are the best and the brightest, your mission should be; 'The product is as good as you can make use of it.' Challenge your audience and shroud your product offering with mysticism — we are unconsciously designed to gravitate towards it. (Image source: world wide web)

Check out how we MARKETED FROM THE MOON

 

 

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CONSTRUCT EMPHASIS by redefining boundaries. "Apple takes over Selfridges windows to promote the Apple watch." From a design stance this idea, increases the confines of your canvas. From marketing strategy, cross-pollinating has always been a proven tool. (Image source: world wide web)

 SHOW SELECTION FOR CROSS MARKETING

 

 

HarmonY

As in music, complementary layers and/or effects can be merged to produce a more attractive whole. The composition is complex, but everything appears to fit with everything else. The whole is bigger, better and monumental than the sum of its parts. 

 

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“I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.” ― Gustave Flaubert, November

ABOVE: Weaving the  complex colors of nature in our effort to present it in a single island exhibit design. Our desire to fashion HARMONY.

 

CARVE OUT THE CONCERNS OF OUR PLANET IN YOUR PURSUIT OF HARMONY —  YOU CANNOT GO WRONG

 

At this stage of human evolution, harmony is the key of our survival in the planet — Focus on “planet-driven and person-centered”. What is needed for the planet at this time of transition— think about that. Then you will be guided by harmony as your core messaging. Whatever the size of your product, imagine it as a part of a bigger picture — urge the stake holders to fashion the marketing messages in a setting of a bigger design context.

Embrace the long and arduous journey ahead.

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

 

 

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UNITY

 

"When nothing distracts from the whole, you have unity." Unity without variation can be monotonous. Unity with diversity generally has more to offer in both art and in life. Of course, some very minimal art can be very calming and at times even very evocative. A simple landscape can have a powerful effect. When you are unsure about the pulse of your audience, play safe and go with the timeless. 

When you want to play brave, spice up your image — unite with the culture of the times. Shamelessly copy. But, mindfully re-construct. You will not be the first one. Henri Matisse showed us how it is done.

“A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent, so that if he does not attain to their greatness, at any rate he will get some tinge of it.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

 

 

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THE PRINCE would have been proud of this spoof. This was being 'prudent' by busting barriers. Their Facebook page exploded and attracted thousands likes and leading publishing companies were noted the entire spoof! NOTICE: The mindful reconstruction: The boys were in a sate of suspended alertness. The girls, on the other hand, kind of replicate the original people — "everything in this world in any epoch has their replicas in antiquity.” — Niccolò Machiavelli

 

EVENT

OPPOSITION


This is my favorite. Use opposition to stay unwilted in our messaging. Clever brands use 'OPPOSITION' to jolt our brain. Using this concept, you can be brilliantly blunt & brazenly challenging your audience with unflinching directness. Our psyche is braced by it.

Go back to 2002. Americans were in love with those ghastly gas-guzzlers. A new brand of automobile emerges. The car was MINI Cooper. How did they carve out their brand message?

 

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The principle of OPPOSITION shaped the marketing of this car. The car's radical campaign threw caution to the wind and played up their size when the general consumer sentiment, clearly was on the opposite direction.

 

USE OPPOSITION TO CREATE INTEREST

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ABOVE: Head shots are profiled cut shapes. What throws the brain off balance is the back- lit visual in a the form of grid that tells the story of the 7 Stages of the Journey of Man. (Image from FLICKR)

 

USE OPPOSITION TO CREATE ARCHITECTURAL ADVENTURE OR INSTANT ATTENTION


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ABOVE:  [Left - Individual labels adorn this street side poll- clever advertisement of a dentist office.] [Right - A single element on the exhibit can subvert the entire structure, yet it does not. The architecture of the booth and the graphics on the floor is pointing towards one direction. The whole composition gives traction to the space.] (Image source: world wide web)

 

USE OPPOSITION IN YOU GRAPHIC DESIGN TO WORK THROUGH A CONCEPT

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ABOVE: Symmetry is characterized by the same entity repeated in the same positions on either side of a vertical axis. What happens when you shuffle it around. It completely changes your perception about what you are seeing. Your 'mindscape' expands and you give improbabilities an opportunity to transform into possibilities. (Image source: world wide web)

 

In conclusion, your mind is an athlete. If, fearless and focused, it is formidable. When you use this intangible asset of yours, to transverse and touch the varied aspects of your customer's life, you create asymmetries and crosscurrents that is bound to make your brand mischievous and magnetic, symbiotic and yet, liberating.

Go ahead, give it a shot.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

“There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.”
Niccolò Machiavelli

 

LEARN THE CRAP TO AMAZE, AMUSE AND CONVERT

 

Topics: Design Inspiration, Design Tips, Bay Area Trade show display, Graphic Design, Trade Show Exhibits, Trade Show Graphics, Pop up displays, Exhibit Design, Trade show booth, Silicon valley trade show booth design, Architecture, Trade show convention, Trade Show Exhibit, Product Design, Principles of Design, Ratios, Proportions, Sarmistha Tarafder, Elegant design

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HOW TO EVOKE EMOTION AND CREATE CONNECTIVITY

LUMINOUS DESIGN PULSATES— IT FEARLESSLY ROTATES, IT SPINS AND IT REPEATS. IT IS DYNAMIC AND DISRUPTIVE —  GET TO KNOW IT's STAGGERING ABSURDITIES AND It's ENTHUSIASTIC PRINCIPLES

Creating with desirous elements for your exhibit does require some money, but definitely not a MFA degree in art. However, it will definitely help you if you have an understanding in the "yin and yang" of behavioral co-dependence. Having said that, your creative determination coupled with the expertise of your exhibit house is destined to transform your exhibit design into a pulsating luminous space for interaction and experimentation.

Get going with these scintillating ideas that communicate your brand's unique vision and your company's definitive mission.

 

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HOW TO RE-IMAGINE YOUR BRAND MARKETING

Embrace this: People do not want more information from you. They want faith in you, your success, your goals, your mission... Once they make your mission, their mission, you have tapped into the powerful force of faith.

Before committing to an event schedule inject some energy into your brand. If you can layer with value driven technology, you are ahead of the game.

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - Cosmetics Caring for a Cause. When you are in the same business, as ten thousand other companies, how do you justify your existence?
Sephora’s BeautyTalk provides an opportunity for women to discuss and trade beauty tips, while providing the brand access to deep user metrics. This has energized the brand to stay in the forefront of innovation. Know where you stand amongst your rivals. Work from there.

 

Your PATH TO RE-IMAGINATION

There are any paths to reach a certain destination. And, this that I coin out is one of the many.

1. Seek out your existing customers and ask them how they perceive your brand.
2. Give them a guideline that they can work with.


Quality: How do they judge your product. It is your job to find out how does their perceived quality compare to the actual quality.


Authority: How do you demonstrate your authority in the space. Customers judge authority using three dimensions – expertise (which includes innovation), trustworthiness, and (believe it or not) likability.


Viability: Find out how relevant your product is to their unique needs.


Superiority: Find out how superior your brand is compared to your competition.

Once, your customers have done this for you, now you have a strategy, that you can develop before you hit the show floor. However, reward these customers and provide them with enticing opportunities
that will enhance their experience about your brand.

 

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The CHALLENGE that you have to wrap your brains around is: in the era of easy internet buying and selling why would people gravitate
towards you
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The Biggest challenge facing marketers, is "understanding the degree to which customers don't care."

Seth Godin, in his recent blog,
puts it very definitively:

1. Advertising and marketing are no longer the same thing.

2. The most valuable forms of marketing are consumed voluntarily.

3. The network effect is the most powerful force in the world of ideas.
Just about every big organization ignores all three.

 

CHANGE

 GET USED TO THE FACT THAT CHANGE IS CHALLENGING. 

As industries become digitized, and digital transformation and disruption becomes a social pastime, it has been postulated that the 21st century will see almost 1000 times more technological innovation than the twentieth.
One industry that is leading this phenomenal change is Healthcare.

If you are in this space as a trade show marketer, you have to be well aware of of changing trends from the "Break-Fix model of medicine — reactively treating maladies and ailments as they occur — to the Predict-and-Prevent model — an anticipatory combination of detective work and cutting-edge technology that addresses the root causes of health afflictions."

 

Use "THINK" concepts to "RELATE" to  your brand.

For example, if you are in the business of selling solar panels and exhibiting at a solar show, don't waste your booth space by showing solar panels. That is what your competition will be doing. You, will design visuals that portrays the sun as a powerful energy source. Spice it up with some interesting facts. Depending on your audience, play the culture card – have exotic graphics of historic sun temples. These effective visuals will transform your branded space into a destination where your target audience would be able experience your brand in a positive light. It will inspire them with knowledge. It will make your space memorable. Build up on this theme and develop sub-themes that can carry you through a year of rigorous show schedule. It will keep your brand fresh, your booth staff motivated, and your attendees inspired.

 

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Sarmistha Tarafder is the co-creator of brands in 3 D spaces. Always, in pursuit of essence and enchantment, mind and mystery, myth and matter!