How to Get Creative and Grab Attention

Design is all about creative communication. In this article we outline a few techniques to grab attention when crafting creative marketing campaigns.

1. Communicate visually

Statistical picture posters
Designer Toby Ng Kwong To set himself the challenge of communicating statistical data in a visual and accessible manner through a series of "picture" posters. He writes:

If the world were a village of 100 people, how would the composition be? This set of 20 posters is built on statistics about the spread of population around the world under various classifications. The numbers are turned into graphics to give another sense a touch.

More posters can be viewed on his personal website.

2. Be very literal

Creative banana and strawberry juice packaging
  Image credit: Toxel

In this range of wildly creative fruit juice packages, Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa imitates the look and feel of the fruit it contains. The packaging ranges from strawberry and banana to coconut and tofu milk.

The additional tactile dimension makes the contents appear fresher and juicier, as if squeezing the source.

Another clever concept by Hiroku Sanders translates Kleenex’s "slice of summer" campaign into fruit shaped tissue boxes:

Kleenex tissue boxes designed as fruit slices
  Image credit: The Dieline

3. Use creative typography

The concept of meta-communication can also be applied to creative font styling, whether you eat your way from A to Z...

Letters of the alphabet consisting of food
   Image credit: Inspire me now

...or switch to tie-pography!

Ties arranged in font format
  Image credit: Ednacional

Typography is often used in print advertising to create a stronger message:

Petrol pump tube arranged to form the words efficiency
  Toyota print advert by Saatchi & Saatchi LA

Deutsch advert consisting of rusty type
  Brighton print ad by Russian agency Voskhod

hair-advert
  Ad concept by Clemenger BBDO, Sydney, Australia

4. Make objects behave differently to the norm

Brock Davis, a talented American artist / illustrator, took the concept of fracture and applied it to ordinarily non-shattering objects. What results is a series of mind-boggling imagery that re-invent physics as we know it.

Shattered banana art
Shattered green cap art
Shattered tissue box art
  Image source: Brock Davis

5. Communicate succinctly

Sometimes less is more.

Craig Damrauer is the master of economical communication. With his daily math equations he provides eye-catching social commentary with an elegant minimalism.

Modern art equals I could do that plus yeah, but you didn\'t
Escalator equals stairs minus thigh muscles
  Source: New Math

Here are more examples of minimalist communication in action:

Mc Donald\'s wifi advert consisting of fries
 "Free Wi-Fi at Mc Donald's ad (Source: English blog)

Advert for Weber Hats
 Hitler or Chaplin? The difference is in the hat. (Weber Hats ad featured on Penn Olson)

Minimalist Veet Advert
  At last, a hairless bar of soap with the help of Veet (featured on Penn Olson)

6. Merge visual concepts

Lastly, you can fuse seemingly unrelated visuals into one. This is precisely how Sidney International communicated the idea of a truly global food festival. They presented the national cuisine in flag format:

Italian and Brazilian food in flag format
   Italian and Brazilian food in flag format

Korean and Japanese food in flag format
   Korean and Japanese food (Concept by WHYBIN/TBWA)

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