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comparing your type treatment to a face-to-face conversation

comparing your type treatment to a face-to-face conversation as you’ve probably noticed, we have something against unnecessary capital letters. the reason being that, as a blog-centric organization, we look at our type strategy as a key element of how we relate to you. a while back, a designer colleague of mine told me that type […]

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buurtzorg brand analysis

the beauty of small innovation

the beauty of small innovation as I was scrolling through my social media feed one day, I stumbled across a news update from Dutch nursing company, Buurtzorg. they are one of those interesting businesses I like to keep an eye on from time to time (and if you have read Frederic Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations, then […]

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in the story of your brand, you’re not the hero

in the story of your brand, you’re not the hero a while back, I learned that a strong enemy could strengthen your brand. the example that was given at the time was Pepsi versus Coke. and it seemed to make so much sense. many good stories have a hero and a villain, right? so when […]

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guiding or manipulating influence strategy

guiding or manipulating? the spectrum of influence.

guiding or manipulating? the spectrum of influence. I once read a book about the “theory of influence”. to be honest, I struggled to reach the end as it kept on providing tips, tricks and examples about techniques that felt more to me like manipulation than the sort of influence I was hoping to learn about. […]

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diluting your brand like a liquid

don’t be your worst enemy. stop diluting your brand.

don’t be your worst enemy. stop diluting your brand. most psychology experts would probably tell you that you are your worst enemy. that you are the biggest obstacle standing in your own way. knowing yourself usually helps to avoid falling into the easy traps. well, guess what. it’s the same with your brand. knowing yourself […]

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different practices across many cultures

defining “culture” with Geert Hofstede

defining “culture” with Geert Hofstede one of the key aspects we focus on at the make sense academy is cross-cultural communication. being expats ourselves and having traveled quite a bit, we’re very well acquainted with those awkward situations where you don’t understand what the f*&# is happening. mostly because your cultural reference is different. sounds […]

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