December 25, 2011
Posted By: Sheri


Great holiday retail windows embody the entire romance of the shopping season. When I was young, the trend was dioramas of animatronic characters set amid a snowy scene. These days retailers and window designers are encouraged to think a bit more outside the box, and the more they let their imagination wander, the better. In fact, the out-of-the-ordinary is more apt to capture peoples’ attention.

Here are some windows that struck me on a recent trip down 5th Avenue. Read more

December 19, 2011
Posted By: Marc

We just paused for a moment in between a number of large and exciting presentations to realize that it’s December 19th. Did you realize it’s December 19th?

Just wanted to let you know, dear readers, that MSLK is here, we’ve just been very busy. We simply wanted to say a quick hello and wish you all very happy holidays. We promise there will be plenty of fresh content in the new year!

Love,
MSLK

November 22, 2011
Posted By: Ryan


As the holiday season rapidly approaches, MSLK is once again offering something useful to make the gift giving process fun and easy. Introducing our Customizable Holiday Cards, which are now on sale at our Felt and Wire shop. Use these cards to create your own message for all holiday occasions. Get a set now.

New Yorkers can purchase a set at Teich in the West Village. Mention MSLK and receive a 15% discount!

 


October 27, 2011
Posted By: Sheri

 

In a market flooded with so many brands, today’s consumer is presented with an ever-changing array of options along with an increased sense of discernment about what and where to spend their resources.  To be successful, a brand must find ways to distinguish itself and stand out amongst the clutter.

The process begins with a business strategy and marketing plan.  It has a clear point of view and maps out a direction for future activities.  This written plan describes the business, outlines goals and defines a sustainable competitive advantage.  It is a document that will grow and evolve.  A strong plan is an essential foundation documenting specific strategies and tactics to guarantee objectives are met.  Furthermore, it helps businesses make decisions quickly and manages capital and promotional opportunities effectively throughout the year; allowing for the right investments in the right places always with an eye towards the “big picture.”

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October 26, 2011
Posted By: Isabella

For many, the word audit isn’t connected to creativity or much less something that can be good for business or actually fun. However, a brand audit is a great way of reviewing your brand to get an overview of how your company communicates. This is necessary in order to understand what’s working, what’s not working as intended,  and to set a successful course for the road ahead. We recently completed a brand audit and thought we’d share what we’ve identified as some best practices.

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October 20, 2011
Posted By: Sheri

Reaching people through online, e-commerce and social media has become an unquestionable requirement of doing business; particularly for smaller brands without the resources to do other types of advertising and promotion. However the online space is becoming increasingly more crowded as well. Gone are the wild frontier days of social media where anything would garner attention. In addition emailers and banner ads are all experiencing declines in user participation. Faced with these facts, brands should not run and hide, rather we see tremendous opportunities when each media is approached with a clear plan of action and a clear point-of-difference to share. Enter the alliance of strategic marketing and design. Marketing charts the course and design creates the vehicles that bring it to life.

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October 14, 2011
Posted By: Ryan


We would like to hear your opinion on an idea for our newest eco-art installation.

Did you ever consider all of the products you use as part of your daily routine? Soaps, cleaners, air fresheners, shampoos, moisturizers—all are seemingly innocuous items that have become accepted cultural norms.  Rarely do we stop to consider whether the ingredients in these products are 100% safe.

As designers, we at MSLK are committed to using our talents to make the public aware of environmental issues facing the world today. Our eco-art installations: Urban Tumbleweeds, Watershed, and Take-Less focused on the dangers of our mass consumption of single-use plastics.  These plastic products seem harmless as you use them one at a time, but over time the refuse accumulates. Similarly, we wonder about all those unnatural ingredients in our beauty and personal care products. How does the accumulation of what we put on our skin, our largest organ, affect our health as a whole?
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October 14, 2011
Posted By: Sheri

In today’s faced paced environment brands want their creative turned around quickly. However, they also want it done effectively. Enter the role of marketing and brand strategy seamlessly changing hands with creatives. A well defined marketing concept, coupled with effective copy/content can quickly and easily translate to great creative, saving the client time and money.

However many companies cannot afford to maintain marketing or design departments on staff, in addition, those with internal support are often overworked juggling many roles.  Recently marketing guru Gloria Luna and the design agency MSLK have formed a strategic partnership to fill these needs in the market.

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October 6, 2011
Posted By: Sheri

Recently MSLK was asked to do some retail analysis for an apparel brand looking to grow their business. The assignment, create a line extension for the brand that would capture more fashionable, impulse purchases made by consumers — primarily women. As we reviewed the product offerings in each store, we focused on the merchandise at check out counters, cash wraps, and end-caps, primarily on the first floor.  These locations tend to receive the most traffic and often lead to impulse purchases. Besides the anticipated insights that fun, travel sized, and conveniently priced items often occupy this prime impulse real estate, I was struck by the immense presence cause marketing, primarily for Breast Cancer Awareness, was receiving. Read more

September 22, 2011
Posted By: Ryan


MSLK just went live with the fifth in an ongoing series of videos to showcase what we do best: create 360° branding solutions for our clients. The video showcases how we helped high-end landscaping firm M. Erbs transform their entire image to match the quality of their services. Customer insights led us to create a new name, modern graphics, and a distinctive voice, and our schematic designs brought the brand to life. If you want to learn more about our strategy and process, be sure to view the M. Erbs case study in the results section of our website.

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