How a category currently communicates is sometimes the first step to understanding how your brand should think and behave. Deeply examining the current codes and cues that define a category, help us determine which conventions are ready to be busted and which we must not lose sight of in the development of new ideas. Projects like these involve thoughtful analysis of the language and imagery and a mapping of the possibilities for your brand.
One of the best ways to practice empathy is to actually experience it with your target. Gatorade signed up to do just that. They wanted to get out of the office and into their consumer segments’ everyday lives... and to really take a walk “in their shoes.”