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#Loeries2019: "Discover how different cultures are reflected through their creativity and ideas" - Katja Thielen
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@loerieawards Katja Thielen is the Design Jury President for the Loeries 2019. @katjathielen co-founded @togetherdesign, and brings an impeccable eye and over 20 years of design experience to the judging team. Visit the link in bio for more info. #Loeries2019 #LoeriesTellBetterStories
This year’s international jury presidents for the Loeries will once again head up key jury panels and speak at the much-anticipated DStv Seminar of Creativity.
First up is Katja Thielen. With a keen eye for design and over 20 years of working in the London design industry, Thielen co-founded Together Design in 2003, an agency built on craft and collaboration, which has blossomed into an enviable work culture.
In 2013, Together Design launched Perfectly Put Together, putting their skills, insights and curiosities on display in their own online shop, which has given Thielen a valuable window into her retail clients’ world and new insights about the challenges they face every day.
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This week we’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes pics from the creation of @the_rhs flower shows 2019 campaign. The flowers in each image were carefully chosen to reflect the location, season and unique personality of each show. Our image for Chelsea featured a floral arrangement proudly presented on a Chelsea pensioners iconic tricorn hat #peony #geranium #rose #dutchiris #hydrangea #rhschelsea #flowershows #flowers #gardens
Thielen says innovative ways of working continue to preoccupy her – as a result, she has just co-founded a new licensing brand.
She’s passionate about consumer brands and retail, and loves the challenge of developing emotional connections and crafting personality, having worked on brand and packaging designs and licensing guides for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Diageo, NBC Universal, University of Cambridge, Caffè Nero, Fortnum & Mason and many stamp collections for the Royal Mail.
Her impeccable eye and vast experience across both B2B and B2C markets make Thielen an excellent selection as this year’s Loeries design jury president. I chatted to her about her judging expectations, what we can expect from her DStv Seminar of Creativity talk and more…
Judging awards is always an honour, as well as being an opportunity for lively debate and discussion with like-minded creatives and designers from around the world. So I was delighted to be asked and I celebrated with the rest of the Together team in our time-honoured fashion – with a bottle of bubbly from my father's vineyard in Germany!
I’ve been to Africa a few times before, but this will be my first time in South Africa and I'm very much looking forward to seeing the country and learning more about the creative industry in the region.
In our annual #AfricaMonth catch-up, Loeries CEO Andrew Human chats about what to expect from Loeries 2019, why judges are briefed to look for locally relevant experiences and communications, and the rising importance of brand humanity and problem-solving in creativity against the continued shift away from merely punting the client product or service...
Leigh Andrews 3 May 2019
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Leigh Andrews 26 Apr 2019
I'm looking forward to discovering more about the creative essence of your region during the judging process. It's always fascinating to discover how different cultures are reflected through their creativity and ideas – it's a window into another world.
My presentation will bring together a few strands that are important to us at Together: the maturity and interconnected nature of the UK's design community; the way the traditional boundaries between advertising, branding and graphic design have dissolved; and how as the founder of a relatively small design company, we instil a workplace culture in which great ideas thrive, enabling us to compete creatively and strategically with much larger global players.
Today's consumers are very demanding and they look for brands that reflect their own values and priorities.
The penny has finally dropped for many big brands, who are now realising that rather than merely paying lip service to corporate social responsibility, having a coherent sense of brand 'purpose' can have a huge influence on their revenues.
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Leigh Andrews 14 Mar 2019
So I think the way that brands are now seeking to develop and express their purpose is a fascinating evolution that's currently taking place across branding and advertising.
A great idea, of course – that's still essential! Millennials are the most informed and connected generation we've ever seen, so successful advertising needs to appeal to their values.
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Leigh Andrews 8 Jan 2018
At the same time, this audience also has a notoriously short attention span, so a standout idea needs to have an immediacy that will make people want to share it on social media, hugely increasing its reach and impact.
That’s the power of a great idea. If you get cracking, you can still submit your great ideas as entries for Loeries 2019, provided they’ve already flighted, as the extended deadline is 31 May. If you can’t wait for Loeries Creative Week Durban, taking place from 14 to 20 August 2019, keep an eye on the Loeries’ Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds and stay tuned for my interviews with more of the international jury presidents and all the latest updates in our Loeries’ special section. You can also follow Together Design on Twitter and Together Design and Perfectly Put on Instagram.