A Landmark Event in Branding and Design
The much-anticipated “Design-First Experiences: The Key to Elevating Your Brand Perception” event, hosted by the innovative Design Never Sleeps, concluded with notable success on 22 November 2023. This unique panel discussion was a melting pot of ideas, bringing together influential figures in event production, design, and branding to explore how immersive events shape brand perceptions in today’s digital-focused world.
Star-studded Panel Sharing Cutting-edge Insights
Taking place at the iconic Matchbox (Mothership HQ), the event featured a panel of experts who are at the forefront of crafting exceptional brand experiences. Moderated by the insightful Jean Tet, Co-founder of Design Never Sleeps, the panel starred Rainy Fu from Spotify New York, Sherman Pun of Singapore Global Network, Kent Teo from Invade, Melanie Speet of Branded, and Hanyi Lee from Anak. Their collective experience offered a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration to the attendees.
Exploring the Nexus of Design and Brand Perception
The discussion delved into vital topics like engaging Gen Z, the significance of physical interactions, and the metrics of event success. Rainy Fu emphasized the pivotal role of a design-first strategy in bolstering brand perception and customer loyalty, citing Spotify’s approach of integrating aesthetics with functionality to drive successful campaigns like Spotify Wrapped.
Hanyi Lee highlighted Anak’s philosophy of creating unique and memorable experiences, striving for innovation not only in Singapore but across the region. The panel also discussed the nuances of cross-cultural branding strategies, with Sherman Pun elaborating on the need for adapting brand strategies across diverse markets.
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Embracing Physical Interactions in a Digital Age
Melanie Speet and Kent Teo spoke on the importance of in-person interactions, even in the era of the metaverse and generative AI. Speet stressed the irreplaceable value of face-to-face connections, while Teo pointed out the experimental nature of virtual event technologies, seeing them as amplifiers rather than replacements of physical events.
Connecting with Gen Z and Gen Alpha
The panel shed light on engaging younger audiences, with Fu sharing insights on using platforms like Roblox and interfaces akin to TikTok at Spotify. Teo discussed Invade’s focus on tapping into the younger demographic through curated lifestyle events.
A Promising Future for Branding and Design
Jean Tet expressed satisfaction with the event’s outcome, noting that attendees left with actionable strategies for brand transformation. Design Never Sleeps, with its presence in New York and Singapore, continues to be a beacon of innovation in branding, championing a design-first approach and Creative-as-a-Service model to redefine branding principles.
The “Design-First Experiences” event marked a significant milestone in understanding and leveraging the power of immersive events and design in shaping brand perception. The insights shared by the panelists not only provided valuable lessons but also paved the way for future innovations in the field of branding and design.