january 2022

NEWSMITHS: What we’re reading, making and thinking about this month.

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Designing for the COVID Generation

Designing meaningful products and experiences for kids carries unique challenges, and this has never been more true than for “Generation C”, the millions whose early formative years have been defined by living through the pandemic.

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Remote Photoshoots with Smith Design

Even as we welcome our clients and collaborators back into the studio, we’re excited to continue to offer the flexibility of remote photoshoots! Over the past year, we’ve honed our process to offer an engaging and attentive experience with our in-house photo team and studio.

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Design for the Omnichannel Experience

The post-covid retail landscape will become increasingly integrated, with brands leveraging both the widespread adoption of online shopping as well as a renewed interest in experiential brick & mortar offerings. Design is a key tool in bridging the digital, in-store and at-home experiences that are crucial to brand experience.

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Smith Spotlight #1

It probably goes without saying, but Smith Design is full of creatives. In our new Smith Spotlight blog series, we’re highlighting the talents of our team and their endeavors outside of our studio. Our first Smith Spotlight goes to our LEGO Master, Mike Doyle!

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2020: Giving Back & Looking Forward

At Smith Design, giving back is at the heart of our actions. In 2020, it was an honor to be a part of incredible causes and campaigns that provide support to those in need and advocate for progress on important issues.

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Branding in the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofit organizations face a unique challenge when it comes to branding. Nonprofits are inherently rooted in emotions, and capturing that essence in a brand can be difficult. Through insight-driven strategy, a unique and ownable positioning can inspire meaningful communications across all touchpoints.

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Back to School, Reimagined

Back-to-school shopping is one of the biggest retail holidays of the year. In 2019, consumers spent more than $26 billion in their shopping to stock up for the school year. Like so many traditions impacted in 2020, the usual back-to-school scramble felt different this year.

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The Growing Impact of Plant-Based Proteins

The demand for plant-based protein sources has already had a powerful impact on product innovation, and its growth won’t be slowing down anytime soon. The plant-based market is predicted to grow to $85 billion over the next 10 years.

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Women In Design – Yesenia Perez-Cruz

In this blog series, we shine a light on women trailblazers in the design industry. This month, we’re highlighting Yesenia Perez-Cruz, a strong leader and an accomplished designer.

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The Future of Influencer Marketing

As brands impacted by COVID-19 strategize for the future and marketing teams are facing changing consumer preferences, influencer marketing shouldn’t be dismissed. With adaptation in content and strategy, influencer marketing can still be effective in the new digital landscape.

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Women In Design – Maira Kalman

In this blog series, we shine a light on women trailblazers in the design industry. Maira Kalman is a renowned artist and writer whose work has deeply impacted design as a whole.

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Through a Lens: How Gen-Z Views Food

“Gen-Z”. The generation under the scrutiny of marketers who want to understand their shopping preferences, their consumer habits, and TikTok. As this group of people gets older, their impact on all industries, including the food and restaurant industry, is becoming increasingly evident.

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Looking Back to Move Forward: How Nostalgia Sells Brands

Brands that focus on creating stronger emotional bonds between consumers and their products, especially in childhood and early adulthood, will find that those bonds are strong and lasting. As we weather our current circumstances, when the future is uncertain, we can all take some comfort in reminiscing in the way things used to be – because sometimes looking back is the best way to move forward.

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