brand makeovers

Getty Images and Sheryl Sandberg "Lean In" On Sexism in Stock Photos

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 10, 2014 01:39 PM

Lean In, the female empowerment nonprofit founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is joining forces with Getty Images to present better images of women in stock photographs. Taking on "institutional sexism," the goal is to create a stock-photo library of 2,500 new pictures that portray women of all ages in a better light.

Getty reports that the three most-searched terms in its image database are “women,” “business” and “family.” But according to Jessica Bennett, Lean In's contributing editor, a large share of results from queries for "business woman" and "career woman" are "completely sexualized or just really cheesy," she told Ad Age. "There's so much terrible stock imagery out there, so we wanted to put something out that felt really authentic and empowering." 

The Lean In Collection of photos show a diverse group of age-appropriate women and girls in business settings, at home and at play. Lean In will claim an undisclosed amount of fees from the usage of those images by corporate sites, photo editors and media outlets.Continue reading...

social media watch

Sony Teams with Instagram Pros to Offer Up Pic Tips

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 5, 2013 02:39 PM

Thanks to ever-improving cell phone cameras, any one these days can consider themself an excellent photographer. But Instagram, the social network that helped redefined mobile photography, thinks we can do even better. 

In a partnership with Sony Mobile, Instagram has launched Xperia PicTip, the world's first online school of photography, offering tips on how to point, shoot and use the brand’s plentiful filters.

Sony has recruited eight of Scandinavia's largest Instagram account holders as teacher/ambassadors in an interactive experience that bridges pro-Instagrammers and fans. All images will be taken with Sony's flagship mobile Xperia Z1, with the ambassadors showcasing a new photo theme everyday for a week using hashtag #Xperiapictip. Fans, too, are invited to snap their own photos during the week, of which the ambassadors will pick favorites to highlight and promote on Facebook.Continue reading...


Coca-Cola Experiments with Isolation and Friendship in China

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 8, 2013 01:38 PM

Isolation and loneliness may seem like an odd foundation for a Coca-Cola campaign, but in China, the brand is aiming to bring the smile associated with Coke to a generation afflicted with such attributes as they try to find their way in suddenly booming metropolises.

Coca-Cola's "Friendship Experiment" aims to capture moments of "happiness creation" by inviting "complete strangers to come together and share a moment of connection." It's an effort by Chinese photographer Kurt Tang to combat what he saw as the "dispiriting sense of isolation and loneliness" found today in China's cities.

"We even date through virtual social networks instead of more intimate, human close-in-person communications," Kurt Tang, the photographer and 'Happiness Creator' of the Friendship Experiment, told brandchannel. Tang's photo and video collection, a project that used Coke to bring urbanites together, recently showed at the Fei Gallery in that same city. Notably, the photo exhibition does not contain Coke bottles or products, although some of the videos do.Continue reading...

tech in the spotlight

CES Watch: Polaroid and Kodak Face their Futures

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 9, 2012 01:31 PM

Just because Polaroid isn’t producing the instant film cameras that dominated that marketplace for 60 years doesn’t mean it's just going to disappear from the scene altogether. reports that Polaroid and The Impossible Project are teaming up to release 6-10 Polaroid Classic-branded products each year. The first item in their collaboration: a do-it-yourself paper-camera kit. The kit (only $20) contains materials to create replicas of six classic Polaroid cameras out of paper. The set will include little fake Polaroids that will “develop when rubbed,” the site notes.

The two companies famously paired up in 2008 when cofounders Florian Kaps and André Bosman met at a party for the closing of a Polaroid plant in the Netherlands. The pair teamed up (along with Marwan Saba) and bought the plant and its machinery in order to take over the instant-photo business that creates products that work with Polaroid cameras. Now, Impossible has offices in New York and Vienna, while Polaroid is putting its energy into consumer electronics and eyewear these days. The two will also work together to sell off the final “batch of Polaroid film ever produced,” the site notes. 

The announcement of the new products came in conjunction with the kickoff of this year’s massive Consumer Electronics Show. At last year’s CES, Polaroid announced that it had partnered up with Lady Gaga to announce its new Grey Label, which was to be co-designed by the performer.Continue reading...

brand revival

"Smile," Put On A Happy Face For Kodak

Posted by Stephanie Startz on October 30, 2009 10:10 AM

kodakLaunching their first brand campaign since 2005, Kodak is trying to cheer up consumers worried about the ailing economy.

Starting tomorrow, Kodak will inform consumers that "It's Time to Smile" in a series of television and print advertisements.

The branding campaign is a response the challenging economic climate. Eastman Kodak Company commissioned a report, the “Future of Reconnectivity,” which found that during "tough times, people have a common desire to reconnect with loved ones, in part, by sharing photos."Continue reading...

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