Since 1884, Bulgari has been synonymous with Italian style in Jewelry. Its unique contemporary aestethic rooted in the classical Greek and Roman world. Sotirio Bulgari’s shop on Via dei Condotti in Rome became a meeting place for the international elite. Aristocrats, artists, writers, and the movie royalty of the Dolce Vita as well as Hollywood’s golden era made Bulgari a favorite destination. Innovative artistry and precious materials blend harmoniously in pieces that are as timeless as the tradition from they were born.
For any detail about the brand and the company, please visit http://www.bulgari.com.
WHAT IS IT ?
In this step you will find information about the Brand Builder, who is asking you to propose a Solution for the challenge. He introduces himself (as a Brand of course :) The more you understand about the Brand, the more chances you have to create what is wanted.
IMPORTANT: There is a possibility that the Brand Builder prefers not to disclose who he is, usually for confidentiality reasons. Such Briefs will be published in an anonymous way. In this case the Brand Builder will say as much as he feels comfortable saying.
Here are two EXAMPLES
In case there is no problem with disclosing the identity (VISIBLE):
“NMN -No More Nicotine- is a Brand that promises to counteract the damages to the skin that can be caused by smoking. NMN is distributed in pharmacies and drugstores and its price positioning is middle-high; it is mainly promoted through professional endorsement and is not massively advertised.”
In case the Brand doesn’t want to disclose his identity (ANONYMOUS):
“Brand counteracting the damages to skin caused by smoking. Its products are distributed in pharmacies and drugstores with a middle-high price positioning; they are mainly promoted through professional endorsement and are not massively advertised.”
In summary: Who is your client (in a visible or “anonymous” way :)
Bulgari is asking for an overall brand identity project in order to develop an iconic design able to immediately deliver the Bulgari values.
Immediate goal is the production of accessories (e.g.: on coated canvas for Bulgari bags).
Additional requirement: the design should be able to be reproduced on other materials and accessories in the future.
We want to receive1. The stand alone design of a “sign” representing the brand, which should be iconic and impactful;
For this development the benchmarks are either symbols (e.g. the Hermes chariot, the Rolex crown, the Patek Philippe calatrava cross, the Vacheron Constantin cross, the Vuitton flowers, the Prada shield, the Van Cleef alhambra flowers) or letters from the logo (e.g. the double C for Chanel, the double C for Cartier, the double F for Fendi, the double G for Gucci, the H for Hermes, the HW for Harry Winston).
2. the design of a “branded texture” for leather and textile, which should be discreet and elegant.
For this development, the benchmark is Goyard. Therefore the proposal of point 1 may not all be suitable. Please contemplate making a specific proposal for this.
WHAT IS IT ?
This is the task the Brand Builder asks you to accomplish. If you don’t understand it, you are completely out of luck !
“We ask the Creators to develop a print advertising campaign in order to increase Brand’s visibility. It will be used in national magazines this spring.”
In summary: It’s the objective of the client, therefore your objective too !
Same target customers of all luxury brands.
WHAT IS IT?
People that the Brand Builder wants you to entertain and persuade to think, feel or do something using your creation. Usually you will read about their age, sex, social level and behaviors. You should always keep that information in mind while creating, as the target audience is the final recipient of what you create.
“Smoking girls and women who would like to quit smoking but can’t. Usually health-conscious adults who care about their looks. They feel guilty about smoking because they know it is harmful. They read books about it. This is a real problem for them: it’s like “My brain wants something, but my body acts of its own accord”. They don’t relate to my brand, they are just waiting for a trustworthy “helping hand”.
In summary: Get under their skin !
Our target customers should immediately identify the Bulgari brand through a symbol or a specific recognizable texture.
WHAT IS IT?
The thing that the Brand Builder wants to make the target audience think/feel/do because of your creation.
Here are some very concrete examples:
∞ Some things people can think/feel:
- There is a new Brand (or product or idea or...) out there
- This Brand is better than the alternatives or than it used to be
- This Brand is worth paying more for
∞ Some things people can do:
- Start buying the Brand’s products
- Buy the Brand more often
- Stock more products of the Brand in their outlets
The above written examples are very concrete whilst often the proposition of the Brief is emotional. That’s even better as it can be more inspiring!
“We’d like to encourage smokers to use NMN in order to minimize the damage to their health while they are keeping giving up smoking (especially if they’ve already tried and failed before).”
In summary: Get inside their brain !
Because symbol/graphics will immediately recall the brand positioning and values of the Bulgari brand.
WHAT IS IT?
This is the key to achieving the objective. It is what supports the proposition and makes it believable. Usually it is a rational statement.
“Every cigarette you smoke is causing damage to your appearance. A recent study took several pairs of identical twins where one twin was a lifelong smoker and the other had never smoked. The smokers’ skin was a quarter thinner than that of non-smokers, and in some cases there were differences of up to 40%. NMN contains thinning-blocking anti-oxidants which counteract the effect of nicotine on the skin.”
In summary: You are looking for arguments? You’ll find them here!
Bulgari, the Magnificent Italian Jeweller, is a brand that conveys the Excitement of Timeless Glamour.
∞ By Magnificent we mean splendid or impressive in appearance, superb, very fine. In Italian “Che eccelle per bellezza, sfarzo, pregio”, Dante Alighieri.
∞ By Excitement we mean stimulation or thrill. To arouse a person to pleasurable anticipation.
∞ By Timeless we mean the quality of being eternal, ageless, or not affected by time. Beyond fashion. Jewelry is timeless by definition.
∞ Glamour is a charm affecting the eye, making objects or people appear more desirable.
WHAT IS IT?
It’s who the Brand is. Yes... who!
Treat the Brand as a human being, as it has its own personality. To know the personality of the “client” is fundamental in order to provide a tailor-made job. So, read carefully the listed adjectives...
“Scientific, trustworthy, result-oriented, ‘a party’ to achieve your goals.”
In summary: Imagine the live person !
The symbol/graphics will be gradually introduced and used throughout our communication projects (Internet, Catalogues, Advertising, etc.) and on Products (branded coated canvas to produce accessories).
WHAT IS IT?
A list of places (or media, or things) where the target audience will see the outcome of your creation. In this step sometimes the Brand will also acknowledge you how much he plans to invest into production. This information will give you an insight whether to create a BIG project or make it small... :)
“This campaign is going to appear in lifestyle- and health-focused women magazines of New Zealand, during the spring of 2009. We plan to invest 500,000 USD, which means approximately buying 100 single pages.”
In summary: Consider the medium !
The proposed design for texture must be recognizable but elegant/discrete and unisex.
If the Brand has preferences or technical requirements that your Solution has to match, you will find them here.
Here are some items that you may find in this section:
∞ Guidelines or mandatory inclusions (do’s and/or don’ts)
∞ Business objectives
∞ Market and competitors overview
∞ Good and bad samples
Depending on the Brief, you may also find some files attached with a logo, pictures of product(s), a template that you should use in order to submit your ideas, or any other file that the Brand wants to share with you. So, study the attachments before starting creating.
In summary: Anything else you need to know (not written in the 7 steps before) !