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Advertising Technique:
Visual Simplicity

Use this technique to tell a visual story - to communicate the main idea of the ad with just a photograph or illustration.

Advertising Techniques

It could be a visualization of a product benefit, or a problem the service can solve. Or an important product feature.

But focus on the picture or illustration. Not the words. And no 'smiling faces,' or 'happy customer' cliches, OK?

Later you may need to add a dash of copy. But to start, bend your brain on a visual. Like the ad that shows a safety pin bent into the shape of a Volvo to symbolize safety. Which demonstrates how a picture can communicate information faster than words.

Pictures or drawings? Readers tend to prefer photographs over illustrations because they are more believable, more real.

Illustrations are appropriate when your concept is very abstract, or too expensive to actually photograph. Or when you have an idea that lends itself to a stylish drawing.

Creative tip: Consider mixing photography with illustration. Or play with your photo in the computer to produce a fresh visual treatment.

> Every Creative Director set includes:

- 30 Copy and design techniques to attract attention, engage minds, evoke emotion, and change what people think.

- 30 Strategic techniques to build bold brands, position products, and drive direct response results.

- 1000s of example ads in traditional, digital and social media.

- Plus slideshows, workshop activity books and professional tips.

Advertising Techniques

Advertising Techniques