health matters

McDonald's UK Faces Heat Over Five-a-Day Fizzy Drink for Kids

Posted by Dale Buss on May 11, 2012 11:44 AM

While there's plenty of attention given to getting children not to eat junk food, as a countermeasure to childhood obesity many brands are putting substantial efforts into persuading kids to eat healthier. This week two companies — one a veteran of "better-for-you" foods, the other not heralded for nutritious fare — have stepped forward to promote childhood consumption of fruit and vegetables.

McDonald's is the unlikelier player here. McDonald's UK is getting ready to launch a fizzy drink for children as an option with its Happy Meal packs on May 16th that claims to provide one of the recommended five-a-day portions of fruits and vegetables.Continue reading...

doing good

The Michael J. Fox Foundation Embraces Its Future, and Fox, With Logo Redesign

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 8, 2012 03:45 PM

The Michael J. Fox Foundation made headlines last fall with a limited-edition collection of Nike shoes inspired by the actor's Back to the Future character. The high-profile auction raised $9.4 million for the foundation, the largest private funder of Parkinson's Disease research in the world.

Fox's foundation is now heading into its own future with a new look and feel, one prompted by its humble founder, who wants to take the focus off himself and shine a spotlight onto the community of people helping find a cure for P.D.

Founded in 2000, the Foundation has just unveiled the first logo refresh in its history. "While our mission remains exclusively to speed research progress, we are increasingly a portal to engagement for the PD community at large — not just researchers but patients, their loved ones, physicians and members of the general publich who are inspired to give back," writes Holly Barkhymer, the organization's VP of marketing and communications, in a blog post.

The logo refresh features an updated font, simplified color scheme and a few tweaks to its iconic fox, who now features a dashing tipped tail and has added an ear. "We adore our fox, and it was very clear to us that the fox would remain," Barkyhmer told brandchannel. "One of the goals of the refresh was to make sure that people saw that the fox is a fox with a second ear and more defined tail. He's still fleet, intuitive, cunning, resourceful and smart."Continue reading...


Google Pays Tribute to Artist Keith Haring

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 4, 2012 09:18 AM

Today's "Google doodle" (one-day homepage logo twist) celebrates American graffiti-turned-mainstream artist Keith Haring, who would have been 54 today. Haring, who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1990 at the age of 31, was also an outspoken activist who continues to inspire fashion, design and art, as seen in the recent pop-up homage to his iconic Pop Shop in New York, and the current Brooklyn Museum exhibition, which is up through July 8th.

sports in the spotlight

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z Designs Brooklyn Nets Logo

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 1, 2012 04:02 PM

The New Jersey Nets have pretty much stunk for a few years now. The last time the team had an actual winning record was way back in 2005-'06.

Since May of 2010, they’ve had a new majority owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, the first foreign owner of any NBA team and the recent loser of the Russian presidential race to Vladimir Putin. And next season, they will have a new home and a new look. The team is moving to Brooklyn to a brand-spanking-new arena and the team took two measures to celebrate the change now that their New Jersey days are over.

The Brookyn Nets also unveiled a video, entitled “Hello Brooklyn,” to celebrate the transition to the team's new home and stadium as well as the new logo — which was designed, by the way, by Nets minority owner Jay-Z.Continue reading...

sports in the spotlight

London 2012 Watch: BMW's Sustainable Olympics Fleet and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 30, 2012 06:01 PM

• BMW talks up sustainability as automaker unveils colorful designs for Olympics loaner fleet of 4,000 cars and SUVs.

• Some London residents may get missiles stationed on their rooftops as city firms up security plans.

• London mayor Boris Johnson complains that Heathrow airport chaos is damaging UK reputation ahead of the Games.

• McDonald's Coca-Cola and Cadbury criticized for Olympics sponsorship.

• Yahoo plans biggest Olympics coverage ever thanks to P&G and Visa sponsorship.

• China signs Wurth as Olympics basketball team sponsor.

• Organizers struggle to keep up with web ticket sales to football/soccer fans.

• New technology will measure impact of extra traffic on London.

brand news

In the News: Angry Birds, Occupy Wall Street, Old Navy and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 30, 2012 05:15 PM

Brands to Watch

Angry Birds Space sets mobile download record.

Apple and Microsoft face price-gouging inquiry in Australia.

Barack Obama tests "Forward" as a campaign slogan.

BP will pay $4 billion on new oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico this year.

BlackBerry will be in the hot seat at BlackBerry World conference by RIM on Tuesday.

Broadway tests autism-friendly theater performances.

Brooklyn Nets unveils new team logo designed by Jay-Z.

Chrysler boosts Jeep production.

Facebook will announce a "life-saving tool" on Good Morning America on Tuesday.Continue reading...

logo no-no

Fair and Square? JCPenney Sued by Logo Light Manufacturer

Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 26, 2012 02:04 PM

All J.C. Penney — sorry, JCPenney jcpenney jcp — wanted to do was shake up its image a little with a visual refresh in the first quarter, but one faction of the marketplace is now not looking too kindly on the retailer. Lighting design and branding firm Hudson + Broad is suing the U.S. retailer for $40 million over its new Fair and Square icon that was unveiled in January, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The New York-based store fixtures and lighting firm says in its suit that, as part of the store’s attempt to change its look, Penney had them create “large, square fixtures made with Plexiglas and LED lights that J.C. Penney is placing around its stores to mirror its new sharp-edged logo.” But then, the suit claims that the retailer is now “farming out production to other manufacturers.”Continue reading...

brand strategy

Wharton Brand Refresh Isn't Just Academic

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 24, 2012 05:06 PM

Joseph Wharton founded the world’s first business school more than 130 years ago, building on University of Pennsylvania founder Benjamin Franklin’s belief that the desire and ability to serve mankind should be "the great aim and end of all learning."

Now Penn's famed Wharton School has turned its management focus onto intself to come up with a new brand platform, "Knowledge for... ", proffering its resources and assets around themes including "Knowledge for Life," "Knowledge for Global Impact" and "Knowledge for Action."Continue reading...

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