A BLOG ABOUT EXPERIENCE BRANDS – culture
Luckiness - a whole new element to factor into planning
In all my professional life I have never had a meeting with a feng shui master, until this week. 
Feng shui is, according to Wikipedia, “a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing the human existence with the surrounding environment.”
Our office in Hong Kong has an annual visit from a feng shui master to ensure that desks, plants, water features, mirrors and the like are positioned in the most auspicious way.  People who sit in certain parts of our office that are this year facing a building that is being pulled down have been warned to not wear red (at least to the office.) For a year. 
Recently when I moved the pungent flowers that were placed near my desk, I didn’t realize I was breaking the feng shui rules.  They were quickly returned to their rightful spot. 
And now, to have experienced sitting at a boardroom table in the presence of a feng shui master, I was blown away.  We were there to discuss an installation. The man had a presence of calm and good humour. He was professional in a dapper sort of way. And he had opinions and suggestions about all sorts of things that affected creative, budget, timeline and all the things that we like to think we maintain some control over - materials, time and date of work, installation and layout. 
Since no-one wants to bring bad luck unto themselves (or their clients) feng shui is something that is highly considered in this part of the world.  I can’t really think of an effective come back if you are told your design is “unlucky”. It was a fascinating learning but has made me wary of moving too much around in the office without consulting a master!   

Luckiness - a whole new element to factor into planning

In all my professional life I have never had a meeting with a feng shui master, until this week. 

Feng shui is, according to Wikipedia, “a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing the human existence with the surrounding environment.”

Our office in Hong Kong has an annual visit from a feng shui master to ensure that desks, plants, water features, mirrors and the like are positioned in the most auspicious way.  People who sit in certain parts of our office that are this year facing a building that is being pulled down have been warned to not wear red (at least to the office.) For a year. 

Recently when I moved the pungent flowers that were placed near my desk, I didn’t realize I was breaking the feng shui rules.  They were quickly returned to their rightful spot. 

And now, to have experienced sitting at a boardroom table in the presence of a feng shui master, I was blown away.  We were there to discuss an installation. The man had a presence of calm and good humour. He was professional in a dapper sort of way. And he had opinions and suggestions about all sorts of things that affected creative, budget, timeline and all the things that we like to think we maintain some control over - materials, time and date of work, installation and layout. 

Since no-one wants to bring bad luck unto themselves (or their clients) feng shui is something that is highly considered in this part of the world.  I can’t really think of an effective come back if you are told your design is “unlucky”. It was a fascinating learning but has made me wary of moving too much around in the office without consulting a master!   

#culture #hong kong

(Editorial) power to the people

When it comes to the front page of the paper, the Editor calls the shots. But are they striking the right balance between ‘important’ vs ‘popular’ vs ‘interesting’? Do they even know what their readers want? What would happen if they chose the front page stories?

News-sharing site Newswhip have put this to the test, creating People Powered front pages of major news titles, based on (you guessed it) the most shared stories at each paper:

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Faith in humanity has been maintained, as it hasn’t turned illustrious titles into a lowest common denominator den of salacious celebrity gossip, but the tone has changed on each one (some more than others). They’re a bit more human, a bit more local paper-like, and a bit broader. 

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It’s a nice experiment that suggests an interesting, disruptive way forward. Because who’s to say that there couldn’t be a more collaborative way of setting the news agenda: more dialogue, less didactic…and better than the ‘send us your pictures of the snow’-school of engagement we currently have.

Brands have been talking about ‘conversations’ with customers for a few years now. Maybe it’s time for news outlets to do the same?

#culture #news #newspapers #newswhip #Brand Experience #experiencebrands #insights

A theatre that seats 1000… Built in less than 3 weeks… entirely out of bamboo…

But when you go to a performance, don’t expect a full house.  Most of the seats will be left empty… for the ancestral ghosts.

In the heart of the West Kowloon Cultural District , the theatre is part of a festival that celebrates the Cantonese tradition of theatre and arts and crafts, on the future site of a major centre for the performing arts and visual culture.

Bamboo theatres are typically built during the Chinese Ghost Festival/Yu Lan (盂蘭), usually in July.  Traditional Cantonese Opera (戲曲) performances are performed, for the viewing pleasure of beloved ghosts of the region.  In a typical nod to practicality, the structures are also built for seasonal community festivals or events.  In a region where bamboo is not only plentiful, but reusable and renewable, and space is often limited, the building style is a unique solution to a significant community challenge.  We’ve seen stage sets and smaller theatres constructed on soccer pitches and basketball courts- they go up in a few hours, and come down even faster.

Is this the solution for our next venue-challenged project?

#culture #inspiration #hong kong #theatre #Architecture #art #kowloon #sustainability

Sorry Kendrick, But Story-Telling Doesn’t Cut It. From, Grammy. 

What do you get when the Grammy Committee snubs you multiple gold trophies? 

#kendrick lamar #macklemore #grammys2014 #culture #hip-hop

"Culture is caught and not taught…You have to make sure that you have people around you who really understand the DNA of your business and of what you’re trying to accomplish." - Elizabeth Cutler, co-founder of SoulCycle, on what it takes to scale her NYC based company.  #ItsAllAboutCulture

"Culture is caught and not taught…You have to make sure that you have people around you who really understand the DNA of your business and of what you’re trying to accomplish." - Elizabeth Cutler, co-founder of SoulCycle, on what it takes to scale her NYC based company.  #ItsAllAboutCulture


#culture #experience

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That beautiful twinkling flash is what happens on Twitter when Beyoncé drops an album on iTunes with no promotion, no interviews, no fanfare, no nothing. See the full visualisation here. She’s not the first to have done something like this - The XX leaked their Co-Exist album to one lucky fan and created a data visualisation as it spread across their global fan community - but this is far bolder and simpler.

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#beyonce #jay z #relationship marketing #music #data visualization #Brand Experience #experiencebrands #culture #Insight

A dance to the music of….data

Raw, big, meta, Lt Cmdr – whatever Data you’re into, the real value comes when we can turn it into information. So the trick is to know what to focus on and how to bring it to life. And if that can be done in a playful, interesting way…well, so much the better.

Using a mixture of insight, live experience and wit, ”Data IllustratorStefanie Posavec has done just that at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus as part of their Artist-in-Residence programme. 

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#Brand Experience #experiencebrands #data #stefanie posavec #culture #inspiration

The Future of Light
PSFK have released a very interesting survey on the future of light looking at key trends that focus on how light can support livelihood, improve safety and bring people together.
The Future of Light

The Future of Light

PSFK have released a very interesting survey on the future of light looking at key trends that focus on how light can support livelihood, improve safety and bring people together.

The Future of Light

#light #culture #community #sustainability #technology #experience #Experience Design

Thoughts on Saying “No”

brittanyselmi:

Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations.”

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#culture #workplace #productivity #medium #career

Each week I ask one of our talented people to share a bit about themselves, their work, and what inspires them.
MEET MARCY.
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Who are you? 
Marcy Singer, VP Executive Producer, Boston. I am a world class juggler – able to keep many, many balls in the air at one time.

What is your favorite experience brand?
Ellen DeGeneres.  She has built an amazing brand for herself…and she is now in Season 11!

What are you kind of obsessed with at the moment? 
Double Stuffed Oreos…they are my kryptonite.

What makes you brave?
Being a parent. At the moment, college applications for my oldest, and embracing the fact that she (and I) are old enough for that!

Tell us about the last great experience you had, worked on, or wish you’d been a part of. 
The Arbella Distractology 101 Tour.  It’s an amazing campaign that builds awareness around the dangers of distracted driving, and teaches new drivers to avoid those dangers.  I am so proud to be a part of it, and it’s now in its 4th year in market!

What’s your alternative career fantasy?  
Either EP for the Grammy Awards or Brain Surgeon. Both are easier to explain than Brand Experience Marketer at a cocktail party!

Each week I ask one of our talented people to share a bit about themselves, their work, and what inspires them.

MEET MARCY.

#people #jack morton #brand experience #culture