Author Findlay Buchanan

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Identity crisis or brand evolution? Cigarette giant Philip Morris talks angling to make New Zealand smoke-free by 2025
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Philip Morris – the largest tobacco company in the world – has declared it will transform the tobacco industry in support of New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 initiative. In time, it plans to stub out its cigarette range – which includes Marlboro, Parliament and Virginia S and move towards a future of fruity, trendy vapes and e-cigarettes. It’s a tactical maneuver from the giant cigarette corporate as alternative cigarettes slowly receive validation by scientists, governments, and consumers – but is the move really a ploy for Smokefree 2025, or more of a smoke screen by Philip Morris? And in the midst of all this, has its sudden departure from cigarettes led to a branding identity crisis? We speak to the managing director, James Williams, who explains the company’s foray into the smoke-free market.

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Designing for a university: Raph Roake shares his transition into the industry
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Raph Roake represents one of many young talents in the design community who won accolades at the 2018 Best Awards. His work, ‘C.O.C.A Exposure Brand Identity and Website’ created alongside fellow students – Luke Hoban and Jeremy Hooper – was awarded two golden pins for student graphic and student interactive. And his solo project, ‘All design is a political act’, gained a silver in student graphic. Since these projects, Roake has stepped inside a few studios – Strategy Creative in Wellington and Inhouse in Auckland – and continues to craft his personal work during his spare time. Roake joins us over a measly cup of cold coffee to hear about the tensions and learnings from his transition into studio walls.

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NZSki refreshes its branding after being left out in the cold
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NZSki has unveiled three new campaign videos for each of its ski fields; The Remarkables, Mt Hutt, and Coronet Peak. It’s part of a wider strategy to give each mountain its own identity and is the first NZSki campaign since 2002. It aims to re-establish its position as a manager of each of the three mountains.

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Creating a digital personality: How a kiwi creative agency won big with Huff Post
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Gladeye has won big for its collaboration with Huff Post Highline to deliver FML; an interactive new age form of digital story-telling. The Kiwi digital agency has pipped finalists New York Times, National Geographic and ESPN to accept awards for Web Feature Design, Web Animation, and Innovative Practice at the 53rd Annual American Society of Publication Designers Awards gala in New York. It’s one of the many polarising stories Gladeye has collaborated on including America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker, Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream and Four Quitters Walk Into a Bar, to name a few. We sit down with the brains of the business, founder and creative director Tarver Graham, to hear about how Gladeye is transforming news stories from across the globe.

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Are Sky TV’s new Sky Go offerings a sign of things to come?
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Earlier this month Sky updated its Sky Go App, a move that connects customers with Sky Go on the go, with the addition of catch up TV, box sets and on-demand content on mobile and tablet. We talk to chief product and technology officer Julian Wheeler about how business is going, and what else Sky has to roll out in the next 12 months as it moves forward from a linear TV model and into an expansive network across multiple screens.

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A winning approach: how modern day magazine editors have adapted to the digital age
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The modern media environment is characterised by new tools, new channels, new metrics, new audiences and new opportunities. But it’s also characterised by less time, less resource, less expenditure and, in many cases, less readership of the traditional print products. So how has the modern-day magazine editor had to adapt? How are they using their influence and harnessing opportunities? Findlay Buchanan talks to some of the country’s best.

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How is this still a thing: the eccentric advertising underbelly of skywriting
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The rise of digital advertising alongside traditional print forms feed off consumers keeping their eyes on the page or the screen, but what about those who extend their gaze to the sky? It too is an area for advertisers to make their mark and checking in with Fletcher McKenzie, a feigned Kiwi skywriter and a man fanatical about aviation, it’s clear the weather-dependent medium still has its place in the marketing mix.

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