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UX Design


Today I attended a free session for ‘Getting Started to UX Design’ arranged by General Assembly

Here’s an interesting  image which unites all disciplines of user experience design on one canvas. It depicts the different fields and how they are connected to each other.

Got myself  ‘The elements of User Experience” book by  Jesse James Garrett to get myself acquainted with UX.

Branding Types

Co-Branding | Digital Branding | Personal Branding | Cause Branding | Country Branding

Co-Branding – Partnering with another brand to achieve reach

Digital Branding – Web, Social media, search engine optimization, driving commerce on the web

Personal Branding –  the way an individual builds their reputation

Cause Branding –  aligning your brand with a charitable cause or corporate social responsibility

Country Branding –  Efforts to attract tourists and businesses.

Emotional Branding is a cocktail of anthropology, imagination, sensory experiences and visionary approach to change.


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Well I knew that.  But do you mean “green”, are they used interchangeably?  how can someone have a company based on that one terminology <- That was me unfamiliar to the world of “sustainability” until I started working at the company based in San Francisco called ‘Sustainable Brands‘ (initially Sustainable Life Media)

First things first: the confusion between the terms green and sustainability.

Green is a broad and vague term that describes products that are more environmentally preferable.Green encompasses items that are biodegradable, recyclable, made from recycled content, made from renewable resources. When I think “green” I think of something that has a reduced/lower environmental impact. In some way it means reducing waste, energy or water usage.

Sustainable products reduce the impact on the environment by using responsibly-sourced products. Sustainability doesn’t look at products services or business in isolation; it examines the whole process as an interconnected and interdependent whole. Sustainability refers to actions and products created without jeopardizing the actions and products of future generations.

Green and Sustainability are very similar concepts, they both relate to reducing our impact on the environment; however, green typically refers to the environmental attributes an item or action has while sustainability encompasses a broader notion of mindfulness of the things we do today that affect the generations of tomorrow.

Green is a subset of sustainability, sustainability is the big picture.

P.S. Sustainable Brands, launched in 2006, is a global learning, collaboration, and commerce community of forward-thinking business and brand strategy, marketing, innovation and sustainability professionals who are leading the way to a better future. We inspire, engage and equip our community to profitably innovate for sustainability by facilitating community interaction at large and small scale, and by providing supporting resources including online content, live events, a learning library, a solutions provider directory, and more.

Brands: Solution or Problem

Why Solution:
Together we can do anything – brands are on the right side
Brands are part of the institution of selfishness
Major brands are driven by profits – and things that are good for the environment don’t make money
They help us get behind causes
The scale of brands mean they can work beyond  borders

Why Problem:
Short term thinking is an issue
They are disingenuous and create false status and identity
They manipulate and brainwash
Creating needs we don’t have

Branding Principles

First things first:

Brand is NOT a logo | Brand is NOT an identity | Brand is NOT a product
Brand is the impression of the company as a whole. Its not what YOU think it is, but its what THEY say it is.

Branding Principles defined by various creative agencies.

Landor Associates

  • Stand out
  • Stake your claim
  • Find the insight
  • Keep your promise
  • Get emotional
  • Begin at home
  • Own your media
  • Start a dialogue


  • Clarity
  • Commitment
  • Responsiveness
  • Protection
  • Relevance
  • Authenticity
  • Differentiation
  • Consistency
  • Presence
  • Understanding

Liquid Agency 

  • Differentiate
  • Collaborate
  • Innovate
  • Validate
  • Cultivate

Visual Design Principles


Express a strong point of view
Define your intent and let it inform every design decision.

Consider the Whole Above the parts
Its better for a design to work together & feel coherent, than for any individual part to shine.

Use treatment to convey meaning
The lines, shapes, colors, textures you use convey emotion. Recognize what each is doing & use this to your advantage

Simplify to Amplify.
A.K.A. “less is more”. Focus on visual elements that convey your intended meaning. Strip away everything else


Contrast.Repetition. Alignment.Proximity

Color Carefully
Color can enhance usability and show emotion. Start with less. Use it strategically to call attention to elements.Borrow palettes from things you like. Begin with colors that have similar intensities and hues

Dig:Steal Selectively
Take inspiration from everywhere. Steal an element here or a treatment there and you will learn & advance quickly. (Wholesale mimicry can be unethical, and worse: boring.)

Use a Grid.
An underlying structure gives work order and helps make it coherent & digestible.

Use an Analogy.
Analogies are rich with meaning. They can help direct your work & provide your audience with a rich backstory to muse upon.

Use text Visually.
Letters form words, but the shapes of those letters take up a lost of space and communicate tons of emotion. Choose fonts that compliment your point of view.

Sustainable Brands ’13 Conference


Sustainable Brands® 7th annual community gathering took place June 3-6 in San Diego, CA. This year’s theme, “From Revolution to Renaissance” was focused on positive shifts currently taking place in business and society, as well as examples of purpose-driven brand innovation that are reinvigorating global and local economies.

Some notes from the conference: I will eventually put it all together in separate blog posts to make more sense of it. 

improvement, innovation, invention

failure leads to

if at first the idea is not absurd then there ill be no hope for it


Rainforest alliance

Authenticity vs attributes

Chocolate -> engage consumer/ where is it produced

We are part of something bigger

Keep the message simple -( follow the frog)

Spend shift movement

Brand attributes consumers found important:

homuor , authenticity engagement -sustainability can do it

5 common exec uses:

->consumer are not asking for it

->when we give them we don’t want it

->sustainability is boring/expensive/complicated

->might loose market share

->need to communicate about core attributes

key is identifying the opportunity and creating culture around it

creating demand for better world.

henieken – axe shower – follow the frog -clorox



Put people first–


Make friends

Use your words

Speak up

Raise your hand




8 bottles 1 jeans waste less lewis


Jonah sachs


Stories not yet told:

> positive future (but possible)

> Good life —

> corporates and citizens (Create new relationships between them)


Jonah sachs:

Masterful storytelling

tell you story in 45 secs:

surface of story

life is most enjoyable when you do something by not doing anyone any harm

Moral: Is the truth behind every communication

-stretch peoples knowledge

Moral of story is actually->Hidden underneath is the values

old style->lowest level value->

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

NIKE- everything you need is already inside: perfection the need to master a practice through hard work.

Truth-think small, the need to tear down falsehood

Obama- wholeness needs to be a part of community

Simplicity-Story of stuff- need to find meaning behind

APPLE- uniqueness-need to express individually creativity

Dove Real beauty-Justice-need to resist the abuses of power

“Moral of the story”

“Values”-> perfection, wholeness, uniqueness, justice, simplicity

Values don’t alone make a story

The hero is not you, hero is your audience, is unlikely for the role, is dissatisfied with broken world,


The Hero

THe Mentor : Gandalf 😀

The mentor: Is your brand, gets the hero moving toward her dieting, makes change appealing, never makes change mandatory, is a real tangible person, fits a recognizable archetype


Jonah sachs compares the archetypes to the star wars figures because of the resemblance

The gift: Is the wildcard that makes the impossible possible , is something unique beautiful and entirely unexpected

TOMS: one for one program

OCCUPY: dramatic physical takeover

Coca-Cola- Joy


human brain has not changed

How brain works- > need freaks here,  Fill in stories with humanlike characters that break the patter of our expectations.

Cheats->stories teaches altruism

Tell stories people can instantly identify as their own. Give them easy entrance points

There are easy ways to start doing these things

Is your story a myth?

Explanations? Meaning? Story? Ritual?

Is your story strategic?

Is your story interesting enough? Freaks.cheats.familiars

BOOK: I am the origin of story

Storytelling workshop by Jonah Sachs