Bulldog’s founder, Ren Spiteri, has been invited to sit on the jury for this year’s Hiiibrand International Awards.
“It’s a great honour to be chosen to judge at the Hiiibrand Awards, following in the footsteps of some of the world’s most respected creatives. Wally Olins, Chairman of Saffron Brand Consultants (UK), Joe Duffy, Principal and Chairman of Duffy & Partners (USA), Kit Hinrichs of Studio Hinrichs (USA), and Justus Oehler, Partner at Pentagram (DE) are just a few of the creatives who have previously served as judges at the Hiiibrand Awards”.
As a creative professional working in Malta, there’s much to fault with our industry but what annoys me more than anything is when I see some of Malta’s biggest brands gratefully swallowing tripe for cream, served to them by foreign creative companies because of some misguided belief that if it’s made abroad, it’s somehow better.
For example, take Air Malta’s rebranding, executed last year by FutureBrand London for a reported total cost of 1.9 million Euro. As an agency with a global reputation, do I hold FutureBrand to a higher standard than other local branding firms? Of course I do! Yet they still failed to get anywhere near my expectations with this exercise. In order to demonstrate why, I’m going to compare Air Malta’s new aircraft livery with a spectacularly successful piece of Maltese ‘vernacular design’ – the Malta Bus (click here for video).
This week I had lunch with a friend, who, like me, happens to be the owner of a business creativity company in Malta. Our topic of conversation was one that we seem to revisit over and over – institutionalised practices that bring about dissatisfactory consequences in our business relationships. Our discussion was inspired by a simple email request that we both received from a local law firm searching for a creative organisation to help rebrand their company. They enclosed a list of pre-identified communication pieces to cost in order to be considered for the position. Presumably, there would be some sort of elimination process based on the total cost. Needless to say, neither of us gave this any serious consideration.
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