What We Mean When We Say We Design Ads
Not really. The input we receive from customers varies from detailed instructions to a few scribbled lines of copy on a sheet. Our designers are pretty good at figuring out what works for the product and the brand.
The input for this ad has more direction than many and you can see the person has a solid idea of what he or she wants. We are comfortable following instructions and execute down to the letter for these customers. The more information they provide, the more we adhere and deliver exactly what they want.
In contrast, the choice of image was left completely up to the designer in this ad. The only guidance was to select something upscale and professional. In the headline, the ad says, "It's All About The Dress." But I'd argue that this ad all about the image. The romantic photo lures in the viewer to learn more about the sale. The fonts are also appropriate to a wedding theme.
This ad is well done because the use of orange is eye-catching and complements the logo well. The image, which was the designer's choice, is perfect for the subject—a confident and healthy-looking woman. (Bonus points because she's fully clothed.)
I wish this ad featured some food but for a restaurant that combines Thai and tapas, I'd be a little afraid of picking the wrong dish. So I think it was smart of the designer to go with chopsticks instead and rely on color to communicate and direct the eye. All the elements are in balance and easy to read.
The designer for this project did a great job laying out this ad and balancing the content so the reader can get all the appropriate details in order based on the size of the type. Once I'm hooked by the large phrase "it's what you've been craving," I grasp the price and then look up to see the specifics of the car. It is interesting that the designer did not completely follow the instructions. Instead of making the photo half of the page (which would not have worked for the size of the ad), he or she made it one-third and that provides better visibility for the text that draws people in.