Monday Hot 5

Happy Monday (awe perk up, it’s a short week). Grab your coffee, get comfy and lay back because it’s time for the Monday Hot 5!

Pepsi is the Laughing Stock of the Internet

After Pepsi launched their highly anticipated ad ft. Kendal Jenner, it was pulled from the internet last Wednesday after being criticised for being too controversial. The video depicted young people holding signs of peace and love while they protested against a group of police officers lined up in the streets. After a young woman (Kendal Jenner) sees this happening, she hands the police officers a Pepsi and all is good in the world again.

This ad was mocked so badly that all social posts were taken down immediately. Even Bernice King (Martin Luther King’s daughter) had something to say about it when she tweeted an image of her dad being held back by a policeman with the caption, “If only Daddy would have known about the power of #Pepsi.”

While the content of this ad was controversial, the media coverage around it has made Pepsi number one in the media tabloids for a week. Is all media bad media?

Conexus Credit Union Receives Business of the Year at the 2017 Paragon Awards

Look wants to give a shout out and congratulations to Conexus Credit Union on winning the Business of the Year Award at the 2017 Paragon Awards. The recipient of the award is recognized for overall achievement in all categories, including community involvement, marketing and promotions and new business venture.

Eric Dillon, CEO of Conexus Credit Union tweeted, “So very proud of Team @Conexus_CU & all they do to serve our members and community”. Look wants to recognize Conexus Credit Union for their hard work and dedication. We are proud to have businesses like this as part of the growing community in Saskatchewan.

Clock Your Hours and Get a Beer? I’m in!

How many times have you asked your employees to fill in their timesheets and they still find an excuse as to why it isn’t finished? If this is something that happens in your workplace, then Minneapolis-based agency Colle+McVoy has a solution for you. The creative agency put their heads together and came up with a solution for entering time at the end of the day – the TapServer machine. This machine uses radio-frequency identification and custom software to provide beer to any employee that completes their timesheet on time. The process is simple, and the benefits are huge. Since they launched it, employee sentiment about their timesheets has improved by nearly 90%!

Now that is an idea! Now to figure out a way to get wine on tap as well…

Favourite Podcast of the Week – Design Matters with Debbie Millman

After being named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman started a podcast that features her mentors, heroes and biggest fans. Each episode dives into a different topic centered on design and, for a lack of better words, why it matters. There have been almost 200 episodes done to date, and Debbie has been recognized many times for her efforts in the industry.

If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, be sure to tune in. The biggest thing I learned from her podcast was that you pay for what you get. While there are alternatives out there today to using a graphic designer, the value that an agency provides in terms of time and expertise is still greater than trying to do everything on your own.

Here are some of her personal favourites:

It’s like a Party on every Page!

One thing you probably didn’t know about passports, they come alive under a black light! The new Canadian passport is more than just a pretty page. When you shine a black light over the passport, bright and colourful designs come to life as fireworks go off, the sun shines through the clouds, light pours through open windows and the night sky lights up.

There is design hidden everywhere, you just have to look for it. Well done Canada!

Have you heard or seen anything worth sharing this week? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Come on…#BeBrave!


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