You should have a darn good reason for doing the work that you do. A purpose that drives you to get up in the morning and spend your day working with a delight and a fervour. We have a few darn good reasons that get us riled up about the visual world that we live in. In a sentence, we think design and advertising should be smart, interesting, and made for humans.
A (SMART) Contrary to popular thinking, we believe that most people (your colleagues, your target audiences, your neighbour) are pretty smart AND (perhaps more importantly) that everyone has the potential to get smarter. The more people get used to smart design, the faster they’ll get at exercising those smart brain muscles. Designing for the lowest common denominator is not only a crime but an insult. We want to design smart for smart people.
B (INTERESTING) In this so-called “Age of Information” people replace meaningful content with sheer quantity. People don’t know WHAT they’re trying to communicate or WHY, which spawns (shock!) a lot of design that leads no-where and communicates no-thing. Slogging through this sort of design is incredibly disheartening and most of all, boring. Another design crime, if you ask us. Design should surprise, delight, inform, reward and serve a real purpose. We want to create design that is genuinely interesting.
C (REAL PEOPLE) This kind of ties into points A and B, but real people are so darn interesting. We evade neat categories. We have unexpected and unrelated interests and passions and senses of humour. The Every Man or Every Woman doesn’t exist. We need to pinpoint exactly who we’re designing for so that there will be an actual Somebody who’s interested in the specific thing we’re creating. In short, we like to design with a real purpose, which means designing for a real person. We want to design for real people.
Don’t really understand why design is so important? Read our Brief defence for (good) design.