Knowing who you are as a brand

I love Monocle. I was first “introduced” into it a fair few years ago as a magazine with a fresh look, manga cartoons and a passion/steadfast support for print in an increasingly digital media landscape.

I’ve since seen the company stretch its brand in many different directions – retail and coffee shops, clothing and fragrance partnerships – but always retaining the essence of quality and curation. It’s always had a very clear view on what it was about and always sought to (re)emphasise it with any new venture.

In the latest print edition of the magazine (focused on the media landscape) its editor, Tyler Brule, answered a few questions about it. But the one below really caught my eye. In a world dominated by stories and a belief that social is a must for all companies, Tyler offers a very interesting view about why Monocle chooses to not have a presence in social. I especially like the notion that “good brand are a little bit mysterious and shouldn’t reveal too much”. Always leave space for people to fill in the gaps.

It also reminds me of the (I think) Steve Jobs thought that “Strategy is as much about what you do, as about what you don’t do” (paraphrased as I can’t actually remember the proper quote).


Sometimes you don’t need to over engineer ads


Temple of joy

If you were into grunge when grunge was big, Temple of the Dog is unlikely to have escaped you.

They were one of the original supergroups, before they were a thing.

They released only one album.

But it was a seminal album.

And it is now 25 years old.

So they celebrated with a gig.

Which has been captured for my/your viewing pleasure.



Sorry Harry

Nice little “event based” campaign by a Portuguese drinks company


The story behind the original meme

I’d forgotten about this guy


May’s Musical Medley