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About five years ago I launched new process that could help brands and companies to break out of their stand still and also help me in creating the right climate for change in the projects I work with. I call this process The Ronnestam Prototyping Process. 

Prototyping-process

The process contains of three main activites; Today, The Future and Tomorrow. 

The Ronnestam Prototyping Process

The Ronnestam Prototyping Process is based on a combination of my own 20 years of experience of working with some of the most known brands of the world merged with ideas from leading innovators such as Hartmut Esslinger (the brain behind Frog Design), Yves Béhar and Dieter Rams and the way the car industry historically have been working with prototypes and innovation.

The car industry that have been working with prototypes for more than 50 years. These prototypes are not only meant to make people go wow. They’re in fact used to show the future direction of the car brand thus also align all expectations from media, customers, staff and partners in one direction. One of the most important thing is to make people look towards the future instead of looking back at history.

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The BMW Efficient Engineering concept prototype showcased in Frankfurt 2009. In 2014 the BWM i8 has taken large parts of this concept into production.

Five years have passed and I’ve delivered six prototypes containing strategic and tactical recommendations for four of Sweden’s largest brands (Svenska Spel & ICA among others) and two of the worlds largest brands (Danone among others). Until now these projects has been hidden in the dark due to the fact that these brands have chosen to keep these projects secret. However, the projects have been successfully implemented and lead to dramatic changes in terms of how the companies have prioritized their budgets and future plans. Now I’m pleased to be able to give you insight into the process itself [click to continue…]

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behind-benke3

As you might have seen I’ve been working with Marginalen Bank for quite some time now. Last time I posted about Marginalen I wrote about the campaign featuring world class dancer Fredrik ‘Benke’ Rydman. Benke was one of the founders of the dance collective Bounce. Today he’s doing tons of choreography and he’s also the founder of the dance gym House of Shapes. Now as the time had come for a a new brand campaign decided to create sequel to the first campaign. The results when we first aired ‘Benke’ last fall was impressive. The campaign generated great numbers for the Marginalen Bank brand awareness [click to continue…]

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miss-ko-restaurant

I wrote a blogpost the other day about design and why it’s important for future brands. Then today I ‘ran‘ into this fantastic artwork made by london based agency Gregory Bonner Hale for a restaurant in France named Miss Ko. Miss Ko is an [click to continue…]

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Why design is essential to future branding

design-thinkingThinking about design today.

I wrote a blogpost a couple of weeks ago about the three components of future branding; Authenticity, Innovation and Design. Today I though I’d dig deeper into the design part of branding. Why is it important, what does it mean and how do you know you’re on track.

Why is design an essential part of future branding?

Andy Warhol said in 1968 that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Andy was in many ways right. But while he was at it he could just as well have said “In the future, brands will be world-famous for 15 minutes. Designed brands will be worlds-famous forever”. We’re in the midst of a century where the consumers are in control. Consumers define who’s famous and who’s not.

Advertising is slowly fading away and product and service design is taking over as the new instrument to get famous. Design plays an extremely important role here. It’s like a we’re all invited to the biggest prom night ever where brands are looking to get laid with [click to continue…]

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ronnestam-andy-mike-tignesWay back in Tignes. Me, Tina, Andy, Mike and Greger in front.

Early in the nineties I spent most of my days snowboarding and it was at this time that I first met Mike Basich. Me, Mike, Andy Hetzel and Mike’s sister Tina acted trainers a snowboardcamp that Greger Hagelin who lated founded WESC arranged in Tignes. Me and Andy became good friends and about half a year later I visited Andy, Tina and Mike in Snowbird Utah. We spent two weeks riding some of the best powder I’ve ever seen. Now, more than 20 years later I’m still [click to continue…]

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After 3D comes 4D

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A couple of month ago I received my Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer. Even though I’ve been speaking about the revolution 3D printing presents one can not really understand the impact of 3D printing before you actually have a 3D printer at home. My first prints were a couple of toys for my kids inspired by the classic [click to continue…]

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In the end of 2009 I compiled the ten most read blog posts from my blog that year into a book. It’s been three years but I’d say it’s more relevant than ever. Top 10 blog post on future branding & communication

ps. I’ve got some if you wanna get your hands on an old school copy.

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conversion-content

Four weeks ago I wrote a blogpost on how we’re moving from a content is king world to a quality is king world. However, if you’re one of the lucky ones who’ve got tons of fans you might have a challenge. Your fans might crave tons of content and sooner or later you’ll end up with money problems. After all, tons of

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today-tomorow

What are you doing tomorrow?

Now that’s a worthless question. You have no idea if you’re even alive tomorrow. Far too many people expect great things in the future but they’re not living today. You might say that goals are ok and of course they are, I’ve got tons of them. But it’s the journey that makes life worth living. Not the destination. The destination is merely a confirmation that you’ve finished your journey and need to get going on a new adventure.

Almost every time I read or listen to an interview with an old woman or man I hear “I wish I….more of….why didn’t I…I should have…”

We are born, we are raised and our creativity is taken out of us, step by step. We learn to follow rules, what is right and wrong, how to behave, what can and [click to continue…]

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ronnestam-uppochned

We’re in the midst of a paradigm shift. In Sweden and around the world advertising agencies are fighting over clients. As I’m meeting brands both in- and outside Sweden I’m often approached by major brand owners asking me which agency I would recommend. Most of them complain over the fact that the big agencies of today still haven’t got what digital is all about while the digital agencies haven’t got what branding and communication truly is about.

Behind the scenes great brands are switching agencies like I used to switch dipers on my kids a couple of years ago. This is not a good thing. Great communication is built upon good relations between agency and client and a deep understanding of what the brand you’re supposed to communicate stands for. So how do you [click to continue…]

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Reference stand in your way for future success

boklovJan Boklöv hade a totally different idea on how to do ski-jumping. At first he wasn’t aloud to jump V-style even though he flew a lot longer. Finally people had to give in and he changed the sport.

One of the most common responses one gets when presenting an a brand new idea or outlining a strategy on how to achieve something is “Well, that’s a great idea, but…” and then that someone goes on and on about how things are done, how others [click to continue…]

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Do you remember what…

…sport you loved when you were a teenager?
…name your first love had?
…your favorite playground looked like when you were a kid?
…games you used to play after school?
…your favorite color was when you were young?
…music you listened to?
…how your childrens room looked like?
…authors you used to read?
…color your first bike was?
…movies you liked as a young boy or girl.
…your first kiss?

I do.

Do you remember what…

…your math teacher in 8th grade was [click to continue…]

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