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The Design of Experience

Through the Lens with Sam Oddo

Season 2, Ep. 5

This one's about: The formative impact of Spielberg, Scorsese, and a father's love of film. The power of emotional storytelling and short-form content. How does a creative vision become tangible through a filmmaker's eyes? How does one craft something new and original in times like these? Join us for Sam Oddo's story and see why the passion behind a creative career path can be there all along yet undiscovered for a little while.

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    This one's about: Why simple is often always better. How we can all lose ourselves in a story. A subscription service for self-improvement. And personalized gastrointestinal care for long-term relief.When it comes to designing experiences, when is it time to be direct and obvious versus painting the whole, elaborate picture? Can a website be clever and engaging, but also convey what's being offered within a few seconds?In response to a recent Dr. J.J. Peterson webinar, Matt, Steve, and Emily discuss the brand and marketing messaging we encounter every day, what separates the good brand stories from the not-so-good ones, and wrap-up with a stroll through the digital world of some of the best (and worst) messaging for products being sold today.Marketing answers the question of what do you do how does it make my life better and how do I get it? Branding answers the question of how does your brand make me feel?- Dr. J.J. Peterson of StorybrandMentioned in this episode:Storybrand Webinar: 5 Things Your Website Needs to Grow SalesMadeforEvensSmartlingkencko
  • 9. Direct to consumer: the heart wants what it wants

    This one's about: Premium frying pans that come in soothing earthy colors, Ginsu knives, the Ron Popeil revolution, and snake oil. The allure and wonder of direct-to-consumer products. Are vegan gummies going to fix your anxiety? What about artisanal distilled non-alcoholic spirits? Do you really need a new pan? What if it comes with a special wooden spoon that hooks onto the handle? What are the key components of an influencer video pushing a new product? But wait, there’s more! Matt, Steve, and Emily discuss the current surge in DTC products, dunk on the ones we think are lame, and question the value of these industry disruptors.
  • 8. Acceleration & Iteration

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  • 7. Finding Your Way In with Justin Klugh

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  • 6. Inside the World of Design with Casey Hawes

    This one’s about: The golden age of Nintendo, Reebok Pumps, TMNT, and GI Joe. Vinyl may be final, but do album covers mean anything anymore? How do the interests and hobbies we have as youngsters inform what career choices we make? And more importantly, how many pairs of shoes does it take to be a superhero creative director? Do the weird moments of art school help one navigate the world of design? Take 24 minutes out of your busy day and learn what makes Casey Hawes tick.
  • 4. Should all brands pursue tribal devotion?

    This one’s about: Six hundred dollar heated bidet solutions, the ever-present possibility of overnight disruptions, and the critical moment of becoming interesting and exciting. Why are shared beliefs between brands and customers so important? Should all brands seek to deeply understand why they exist? And what about generic products and boring, mature markets? Today, Steve, Matt, and Emily ask the hard question: should all brands pursue tribal devotion?Further ReadingWhat is tribal devotion and why does it matter?The Design of Experience: The Tribal Devotion Talk
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