Brands As Patterns

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Friday 9th March, 2012

2:00pm to 3:00pm (CST)

Brands today exist in multiple mediums, defined by multiple voices. The media brands inhabit is iterative, with no beginning, no end, and little permanency. In that context, adherence to a big idea and endless repetition of centralized, fixed rules can make a brand seem unresponsive and out of step with its audience. But without repetition, how does a brand create consistency? And without consistency, how does a brand maintain value? This panel will debate, show examples and outline a new model within which experience designers show how brands should behave.

If you can't make this session, an encore presentation will be given on Saturday, March 10: 9:30am at the Austin Convention Center in Ballroom EF.

About the speakers

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Walter Werzowa

Composer, Musikvergneugen

Owner / Composer – Musikvergnuegen For nearly 15 years, Austrian born Walter Werzowa has been expanding upon a vision of creating music that is all at once unique, dynamic and memorable. Drawing upon a liberal arts education that includes architecture and music, he has built a vast array of compositions for film and television, as well as becoming a maverick in the new frontier of Audio Branding. Since
beginning his career, Werzowa has worked with Fortune 500 Companies, Top Hollywood Film Studios & Producers and International Conglomerates. After completing USC’s post-graduate program for Film and Television Scoring, Werzowa spent the following year working on trailers for the Walt Disney Company. In order to better develop his own audio aesthetic, Werzowa built a studio in his garage, investing in the most advanced audio equipment available. During that time companies such as Lifetime Television, Chevron and most notably, Intel, approached him to create a 3-note mnemonic for their respective brands. The intent: Strengthen the impression of their already established graphic logos. Since then, the development of mnemonics has become one of Werzowa’s strongest fortes. Working directly with each client, Werzowa focuses on their individual goals and customizes his persona approach of scientific research and creative interpretation to pinpoint sounds that will best define the brand within this incredibly short duration of time. Never afraid of the unconventional, Werzowa believes in offering his clients compositions that communicate the distinct personality of their companies, while achieving targeted success and recognition on both the conscious and sub conscious levels. It is not surprising that his resume showcases a diverse clientele, including: Samsung, LG, Red Bull, Delta Airlines, Comedy Central, Toyota, Sanyo, Electronic Arts , CNN / HLN and GM – with several exciting projects currently in production. Werzowa has grown his operation from a one-man shop into a state-of-the-art boutique sound house located in the heart of Hollywood, CA, named Musikvergnuegen (“enjoyment of music”), which in German, reflects the pleasure always embodied in the company’s process and product. With the additional assistance of an in-house team of composers, sound designers, as well as a network of freelance associates, Musikvergnuegen has been providing original music and sound design for film, television, and commercials for nearly 10 years. Film credits include: Main Title for the feature film Taking Lives. Scores and Trailers have been composed for clients, such as: Disney (High School Musical 3, Race to Witch Mountain, National Treasure 2), Warner Brothers (Batman Begins, The Polar Express, Troy, The Last Samurai, The Chronicles of Riddick, AI, Poseidon and Eraser), MGM (Cabin In The Woods), DreamWorks (Memoirs of a Geisha, Minority Report), Paramount Pictures (The Core), and 20th Century Fox (Kingdom of Heaven, Alien Vs. Predator) New Line / Fine Line Cinema (The Cell, Mortal Kombat and Wag the Dog) and Dimension Films (Hellraiser: Inferno and Mimic II). Additionally, he has collaborated with Director / Writers such as Wim Winders (8: Person to Person) and Sam Mendes (The Jarhead Diaries).
Television credits include: Network Promo and ID packages for clients: CNN / HLN, TBS, Fox, Showtime, Lifetime, Versus, MTV and Scripps Company of Network Affiliates. Promos have been done for ABC (Dancing With the Stars), Discovery Channel (Life, Deadliest Catch, Storm Chasers and Hunting: The Lost Symbol), TLC (Four Weddings), FX Network (Rescue Me and The Shield) and PBS (Ken Burns: American Stories, Independent Lens, Super Why and Hooper).

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Greg Johnson

Global Creative Director, Hewlett-Packard

Greg is a key part of the HP Global Marketing brand team. He was brought on board to help shape, steer and define a new brand strategy platform for the world’s largest technology company, including the core strategy, implementation of a masterbrand architecture and a principles-based identity and design system. In this time, he launched the next-generation HP brand strategy, Human Progress which – through implementation and cascade of the strategy – directly led to a $3.14B increase in brand value as measured by Interbrand, and a #10 Best Global Brands ranking. Greg also launched first brand advertising campaign for HP in nearly seven years, Let’s Do Amazing. Through digital/social activation and extensive media optimization, exceeded all measurement objectives.
Prior to joining HP in 2008, Greg was one of the creative leads of Digitas, leading the global Manpower relationship, as well as the Nokia USA and Miller Brewing accounts. While with Digitas, he was responsible for forming both the interaction design practice in Chicago, as well as their Creative Technology Powerhouse team. Prior to joining Digitas, Greg helped build the interactive creative and production capability for FCB, and worked with Publicis and NextCard in shaping digital-centric experiences at scale. Greg received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Marc Shillum

Principal, Method Inc

Marc works across discipline to manage brand coherence, uniting behaviors, words, symbols, and signifiers into branding capable of existing in today's agile and iterative environment. Marc has been extensively awarded as a designer, writer, creative director, and strategist.

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Robin Lanahan

Design & Brand Strategy, Microsoft

Robin is Brand Strategy Director in the Startup Business Group, a product incubator at Microsoft. She’s passionate about the intersection of design and human story involved in bringing new ideas to life. Prior to joining SBG, she was in UX design at Microsoft’s Pioneer studio and she’s held leadership positions in the past at Nike, Wieden & Kennedy and Crispin, Porter + Bogusky. Robin spends her free time cooking and keeping up with her husband and two boys in Portlandia.

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Time 2:00pm3:00pm CST

Date Fri 9th March 2012


Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

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