The Central Station team has been busy working with the Blue Jays to get ready for today. New graphics and shop displays. Go Jays!
We are what we Weetabix!
Rocco's mouse. It's worked around the clock and clicked its way to Nike greatness. Meanwhile Rocco is away in Florida…
The Keystone Camo pack. You’ve never not seen anything like it.
It's a tie! Congratulations to Ryan on the birth of his son Isaac! And thanks to the Weetabix delivery guy for 200 boxes of Cereal! So we got two great deliveries in March – Thanks Guys!
Great to be a part of such an epic event. Thanks to Nike for making it all happen!
Thanks for the good times. We'll try to remember what they were. Good luck Ottawa!
Central Station is a pretty unique place. And we're growing, quickly. We’ve got some great accounts, some big plans and we’re looking for some passionate people to get on board.
The Toronto shop is now creative and strategic AOR for the wheat beer brand, newly launched in Canada.
“So, what’s the idea?” That’s what people are always asking. Great ideas are not always sitting there out in the open. Sometimes they have to be coaxed out of their caves. And sometimes we focus so hard in the finding them, we can miss the good stuff sitting right there under your nose. When Paul McCartney first wrote Hey Jude, it was called “Yo, Mike” but then he worked on it and worked on it and made it into the hit is today. If nothing else, great creative starts from a great exploration of what is possible and an open mind to what something could be given half a chance.
While there are always boundaries in place for where you can go, there are also holes in the fence that often lead to the best places. At least until the neighbours yell at you to get off their lawn. The best Advertising comes from the marriage between the truth in the brand, something that everyone already believes… and then combine it with what you’d never expect. Sometimes it’s just a lens change for the consumer and sometimes it’s a complete reset all together, but in any case, as long as you stick to that single strain of truth, it’s amazing what you can get away with.
If you listen to showrunners like Vince Gilligan [Breaking Bad], Lena Dunham [Girls] or Mike Judge [Silicon Valley] talk to their fans you’ll hear something interesting. The fan/interviewer always wants to ask about plot. When did you know this would happen? Did you always know x was going to happen to y? The showrunner wants to talk character. They are most comfortable explaining who the characters were meant to be, and how that lead them to the plot points everyone is so excited about.
Try it. Go to a podcast where the creator of your favourite show is being interviewed by a fan of the show, and you’ll hear the same dynamic.
Great shows keep us coming back week after week because we care about the characters and the world they live in. Isn’t that what we want most brands to be like? Something you want to return to again and again because you relate to it? Mainstream brands should be a bit like a successful sitcoms: characters people like enough to come back to each week.
In advertising we often talk plot before character. We want the logical, factual arguments lined up. Those things are important, but they’re much more powerful coming from a character with tone and personality that people engage with. Character is, in the end, more powerful than plot. It keeps people coming back for more. We should all find the right character for every brand we work on. It’s the thing that will make people care about your plot.
We’re all inherently visual learners and it’s much easier to remember an amazing visual rather than something read or heard. A properly designed ad gets the message across in a clear and concise manner through strategic layout & hierarchy, graphics, typography and copy. When it’s well designed, people notice. In a world where people receive information at such a fast pace, it can make them stop. It can entice users to share what they’ve discovered through social network avenues like Pinterest or Design Blogs. The same principal works for everything else. Great design strengthens your brand, legitimizes products and draws people in. After all, attracting people is what this is all about.
So how do we do that?
It starts with talent and Central Station’s success story has always been partly rooted in recognizing and hiring good people that are good at what they do. Part of my responsibilities as Director of Design is to not only lead and inspire the creative team, but also bring out the best of an extremely well versed group of in-house illustrators, production artists, 3D illustrators and designers. It’s recognizing their core strengths and talents from those individuals and assigning jobs that put them in a position to deliver work that exceeds people’s expectations.
Of course, all things start with a good strategy and creative brief, but it always comes to rest on the power of great design to get the job done.
Part of my job heading up production is to never say “it can’t be done”. There have never been more opportunities and ways to facilitate your wildest dreams than there are today. One of the things that makes what we do at Central Station different is our continued exploration of the arts and sciences that are available to bring a creative vision to life. With world class clients such as Nike, the windows (see what I did there?) of opportunity to continually push the imagination and the execution allow us to create one of a kind displays, activations and initiatives that consumers can’t get enough of. Have I tangled myself up in 6km of LED’s? Yes. Have we made shoes float? Yes. Have we made windows that go on for infinity? Yes. Have I suspended myself upside down from a building with a blowtorch and squeegee? Not yet, but there’s always tomorrow.
Most of us think that technology has improved our lives, but the challenge is how to use technology to improve your business operations, not just to watch the latest viral video, in 3D, on your smartphone. From inventory management systems to multi office synchronization; from warranty processing to online trading platforms, we’ve developed systems to help our client’s businesses run better. Our approach is to get to understand the operations of your business as though they were our own. Then we walk you through a process of prototyping your new web application so you can play with it and make sure it really achieves the business goals. Our experienced programming team then builds the product and gives it back to you for final testing before launch. This well-structured web application design process, involving input from all stakeholders, allows everyone to Arrive Together.