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February 25, 2017

Get Your Folly On! Enter To Win A This Is Folly Hat

Win one of three limited edition This Is Folly knit hats! To enter, just subscribe to our email newsletter, The Follies, before March 13, 2017, 12pm Midnight CST. We'll do a random drawing from all entries and announce the winners on March 14th 2017. Subscribe and enter.

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4. Staff of This Is Folly will randomly pick the winners from a knit hat on March 14, 2017. Winners will be announced the day of the drawing. Winners to be notified via email within 24 hours of the drawing. Winners will need to provide a shipping address, which will only be used for delivery of their prize. Winners will have 72 hours to reply to our notification email (from time sent) with a shipping address before we pick a new winner.
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February 3, 2017

7 Branding Trends To Watch For In The Year of the Rooster

The hot mess that was 2016 appears to have spilled into the new year. And, like many, we too are anxious about the future. Long-held beliefs continue to be challenged, traditional allegiances and factions overturned, even truth and facts are often treated with suspicion. With meta concepts such as neoliberalism/unfettered capitalism and global free trade under attack as evidenced by Brexit, the worldwide backlash against austerity measures and the recent contentious U.S. elections driven by populist unrest, we're on track for a year of high drama and high stakes. Read on…

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7 Design and MArketing Predictions for 2017
 

August 16, 2016

RIP RFPs

You've probably heard the adage "the lowest price does not necessarily equal the best value". And too often, the lowest price ends up not really being the lowest price, much less the best value. In our constricted economy, with everyone trying to stretch budgets, many marketing and creative projects are initiated with Requests For Proposals (RFPs) that get sent out, scatter shot, to a bunch of prospective creative firms, agencies or freelancers. At the agencies, someone has to process these requests, prioritize them, and decide which ones are worth pursuing. Even when the agency has a conversation with the person making the request, a proposal will still largely be a shot in the dark. A written proposal, as the sole means of making a choice of creative partner, is fraught with missed opportunities, miscommunications and misunderstandings. Beyond all that, whose not guilty of flipping through a proposal and just looking at the fees? Read on…

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RIP Request For Proposals
 

January 21, 2016

10 Expert Design Predictions For The New Year

2015 is officially dunzo. So, what's in-store for the new year? We surveyed a series of expert articles and bring you the emerging trends we found.

There is an underlying theme is many of the trends that suggests there is an unstoppable welling up of change coming, change for the better. We are embracing the margins, becoming more rebellious and less accepting of the big, the perfect, the monolithic. We're leaning anti-establishment and challenging long-held norms. We want serendipity, authenticity, honesty, imperfection, serenity, raw humanity. We're pushing back against the perfect, the artificial and the empty. Read on…

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Design Predictions for 2016
 
August 11, 2015

Flashback - Arrowroot by ODO / This Is Folly

This time, we're hop, skip, and jumpin' our time machine back to 2013, when the Apple iPhone 5S was state-of-the-art, Daft Punk's song "Get Lucky" was killin' it, and we were finishing up work on one of our all-time favs, the Arrowroot Collection by ODO. TIF's efforts included naming, a logo, a website and printed collateral. It is always exciting when you can shape a brand from scratch! See it here.

This Is Folly Arrowroot website
Arrowroot - Very Prairie
Arrowroot brand logo

June 28, 2015

Brands Should Come To Our Senses

At This Is Folly, we have often talk about how best to reach our clients' audiences, how best to really engage them. We know that if we deliver real ROA—return on attention—for that end user or customer, it is more likely that person will deliver real ROI for our client.

But it is getting harder and harder to even capture an audience's attention. Media channels have increased exponentially. Each ad or message has fewer eyeballs on it. There is more demand for someone's attention than ever before. And each message is having less and less effect on someone when they do see it. Consumers are far less likely to recall an ad or a message today than in years past. At a time when marketers want a deeper, more meaningful engagement with consumers, consumers are more distant than ever. How do you make that equation work? Read on…

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May 28, 2015

Is It Time To Rebrand Your Property?

Take a look at your property. Is your property brand dated or tired? Is it generic and unmemorable? Are you losing renters or buyers to newer, flashier developments? Have you added amenities but feel you're not getting the desired responses and new inquires? Or, are you thinking about updates, but are not sure what shape they should take, or how to get the most return on your investment?

If any of these ring true, it may be time to consider rebranding your property. Read on…

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Rebrand Your Property

April 22, 2015

HAPPY EARTH DAY! / This Is Folly

Happy Earth Day - 2015

Happy Earth Day everyone! Earth Day is 45 years old today. While we've made some progress in that time, there is much more to do. Here are some resources that can inspire and inform you:

1. EcoWatch News: Sign up for news to keep up-to-date on eco news happenings.

2. Daily Climate: Sign up to receive news specifically about global warming and climate change, the most pressing issue facing business and society today.

3. GreenBiz: The premier green business site. Sign up to receive updates about green business news, conferences, etc.

4. Master of Arts Program in Sustainable Design: Become part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Sign up for the program. This Is Folly principals helped found this cutting edge Masters program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, an online program that attracts working professionals from around the country and around the globe. Top brands send their employees to this program to help foster sustainability in their businesses.

5. Earth Day Network: Find out more you can do.

Also, if you are in the Twin Cities area, there is an event at the Target Field Plaza put on by Hennepin County with live music, plug-in vehicles, and other great stuff. 4-6PM.

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April 21, 2015

FOUND-SPIRATION / This Is Folly

Matchbook wisdom – love it.

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Matchbook Wisdom

April 16, 2015

BRAND-TASTIC FUN / This Is Folly

Play the Brand Archetypes Game: Star Wars Edition. Match beloved Star Wars characters with branding archetypes. And, may the force be with you!

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Brand Archetypes - Star Wars

April 15, 2015

10 Amazing Things An Old Joke Exposes About Designers

As with most humor, the answer to this seemingly-simple little joke is revealing and grounded in truth. Read on for the punchline and the 10 Amazing Things…

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Designer Joke

April 9, 2015

BRAND-TASTIC / This Is Folly

Brand Archetype #2: The Maverick
The Maverick, defiant and nonconformist, seeks to break free from convention and labels.

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Brand Archetypes - The Maverick

April 7, 2015

BRAND-TASTIC / This Is Folly

Brand Archetype #1: The Everyman/woman
The good ol' boy or girl next door. They want to get along and belong, without putting on airs.

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Brand Archetypes - The Everyman

March 19, 2015

SH*T WE KNOW / This Is Folly

Be yourself. Brands that are authentic always stand out.

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Louis Sullivan Merchants National Bank

March 3, 2015

FOUND-SPIRATION / This Is Folly

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
~Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

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Found Inspiration - Frank Lloyd Wright

February 24, 2015

Sign Up For Our Newsletter - THE FOLLIES / This Is Folly

Okay. We're shameless, using our adorable studio mascot to get you to sign up for our email newsletter "THE FOLLIES". However, In our defense, she really likes treats and our newsletter, which is chalked full of valuable marketing and promotional tips, tricks and insights, is really worth your time. So, I guess we all win! Sign up here.

Sign up and Willow gets a treat!

February 16, 2015

Treats! / This Is Folly

Thanks to all who signed up for our newsletter THE FOLLIES. And Willow really thanks you!
Haven't signed up yet? Here you go.

Willow thanks you!

February 14, 2015

FOUND-SPIRATION / This Is Folly

Happy Valentine's Day! Or not! A little found inspiration from Astray Chalet, Saint Paul, MN.
Sign up for our action-packed newsletter.

Happy Valentines! Or Not!

February 10, 2015

Sign Up For Our Newsletter - THE FOLLIES / This Is Folly

Our studio mascot, Willow, gets a yummy treat every time someone signs up for our kick'n newsletter. Sign up here.

Willow is wating

February 5, 2015

Designing For Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple / This Is Folly

This Is Folly's own John Moes is a Frank Lloyd Wright super fan. We're not kidding. Not only does he have a room full of books on the famous American architect, he even started a furniture company called Organic Design Operatives (ODO) in 2010 to produce and sell his own Prairie-style-inspired home furnishings. Check out John's dream project, designing gift shop tables and a cabinet for Wright's famed Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
Unity Temple Project

February 3, 2015

FOUND-SPIRATION / This Is Folly

There may be a thread of truth in this.

Found-spiration

Janruary 23, 2015

This Is Willow / This Is Folly

We couldn't resist posting these snaps of our beloved studio mascot, Willow, mugging for the camera in a TIF hat. Oh yeah, she's a character!

This Is Willow
Janruary 22, 2015

We've Put Our Sustainable Design Hat On / This Is Folly

We're proud that our latest promotion is Made In The USA and uses a bunch of sustainable design strategies and materials. Learn more.

Folly Days Sustainable Design
Janruary 14, 2015

Happy Folly-Holi-New-Year-Darn-It's-Cold Days!/ This Is Folly

We're putting the fun in function with our Happy Folly-Holi-New-Year-Darn-It's-Cold Days promotion. Our winter hats were custom made in Cloquet, Minnesota and come with an analog text read out. Just spin around real fast to reveal the message! Yeah, we're clever like that.

Folly Days Promotional Hat
Folly Days Promotional Hats
Janruary 8, 2015

A Whale Of A Tale / This Is Folly

This Is Folly created some rather unconventional signage for our client, a Plymouth-based apartment homes complex, as part of a larger rebranding project. Leveraging their steamship-era theme, the main monument sign, shown here, is constructed from rusty sheet steel, huge rivets and aluminum, lights up at night.

We also wanted to create a beacon in the main entry circle both for the property and the community, something that expressed the brand, but in a surprising and delightful way. Our solution is 15 feet tall, made of slabs of rusty metal and packs a whale of a punch! See it here, along with the rest of the story.

Currents Monument Sign
Currents Signage
December 11, 2014

Currents Keeps In Touch / This Is Folly

The soft touch of hefty reclaimed cotton paper and the deep relief of artisan letterpress are a welcome tactile experience in an era of digital marketing. This Is Folly partnered with Minneapolis's own Studio On Fire letterpress shop to produce a set of hand-duplexed, double-sided 120 lb. thick business cards we designed for our client, Currents. Learn more about our work for Currents.

Currents on press at Studio On Fire
Currents on press at Studio On Fire
October 6, 2014

Do You Wish Minneapolis Had Its Own Ideas Festival? Done And Done. / This Is Folly

This Is Folly got into the MiX last week at the Minneapolis Idea eXchange launch party in downtown Minneapolis. The night's festivities included a wonderful presentation on humor and creativity by Barry Kudrowitz who talked about how the part of the brain that processes humor and creativity are the same. So, in short, he told us to lighten up, have fun and just let the good and bad ideas flow. Other speakers, including City of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Nate Garvis, challenged the audience to make our ideas festival inclusive, impactful and original. The improv comedy of the Theater of Public Policy added some great comic relief. Their Minneapolis vs. St. Paul idea cage match was hilarious. St. Paul's answer to Minneapolis' idea to build the world's largest skyscraper? They went in a completely other direction, to dig the deepest hole. Nice try, St. Paul!

MiX will need all sorts of ideas and volunteers to make it great. To get in the MiX, check out their website.

Check our our Mix branding work here. And mark your calendars for MiX 2015 - October 1-3.

 
Minneapolis Idea eXchange Launch
September 19, 2014

September 19th Is International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Don't be no scallywag landlubber today, me hearties! Ye need te get on board, savvy? No need to hang the jib, now. We'll give ye a hand. Let's hoist the Jolly Roger and haul wind. No hornswaggling, mind ye. Give it a go or dance the hempen jig, I say. So let's splice the main brace and get squiffy! Arr! Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Talk Like A Pirate Day
July 22, 2014

Kluk / This Is Folly

Check out the brand packaging we hatched for Kluk, one plucky little line of flat-packaged office furniture by ODO.

Talk Like A Pirate Day
July 10, 2014

What Matters Now: Retail.

Check out this interesting artcle on how digital trends are transforming retail by HUGE.

TIF Magic Hat
July 10, 2014

Bringing Content Marketing In Store: The Retail Space As Experience

What next for retailers? Here is an interesting piece by the folks at HUGE.

TIF Magic Hat
June 17, 2014

What's In Your Paper?

It is important for designers to be knowledgeable about the materials that they specify and the sustainability concerns and issues in their supply chains. View this story by EcoWatch.

TIF Magic Hat
June 7, 2014

ArmWare™ Smart Watch Concept / This Is Folly

Envisioning futures, both utopian and dystopian, help us question our present and plot new paths for what is yet to come. Some futures might be sheer folly, others cautionary tales, others inspirations for how we can live better and more sustainably. This Is Folly explores such ideas in our ongoing Future Folly series.

Check out our ArmWare™ smart watch, just one of the products of our latest studio envisioning exercise.

 
Future Follies ArmWare Watch

 

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