Entries for this year’s Loeries has been extended to 31 May 2019. This gives more time for agencies, studios, brands and designers to tell better stories – stories that upend stereotypes, tear down racial divides and embrace cultural differences.
Loeries commitment to telling better stories
‘People don’t realise the incredible power of the creative industry. We inform opinions and create impressions. The consequence of the reality we present has massive repercussions. This incredible power comes with responsibility. The Loeries is committed to driving the industry to use this power for good,’ said Loeries CEO Andrew Human.
‘Everyone in the creative and brand communications industry should look at whether they are leading society for the better or reinforcing common negative stereotypes. We need to question the imagery we use, the way we portray people, and the language we use. To upend negative stereotypes, we need to be visionary and not reactive. There are many better stories just waiting to be told.’
According to Human, the lifeblood of this industry is creativity and innovation. ‘As we upend negative stereotypes and age-old narratives, we need to be more innovative than ever. We need to question our language choices, make sure we are inclusive, transformational and locally relevant, but this cannot be all we bring to the table. It would be disastrous if the sole intention is not to offend anyone. As always, it is our job to break the rules. We need to provoke and poke. Use humour and catch people off-guard – challenge and offend them. We need to be sharp, funny, innovative and thought-provoking – always.’
A new and inclusive narrative that is locally relevant and culturally nuanced opens up a whole new world for innovation. This is all encapsulated in the Loeries’ vision to tell better stories. Real stories, inclusive stories, locally and culturally relevant stories – but better stories.
Telling better stories across Africa and the Middle East
‘For over 40 years, the Loeries has been pushing, championing and sharing creativity and innovation. We need to upend the narrative that innovation comes from the West. It is our job as an industry to change the stereotypes of Africa and the Middle East. There are over 2,000 languages across the region. We gave the world irrigation, organised religion, hospital emergency rooms and the understanding that the world revolves on its own axis. That is our story, or just the tip of it, and it is our mandate to continue telling it,’ stated Human.
Human said that a lot of brands have already stepped up to tell better stories. These include Carling Black Label telling a better story about alcohol and gender violence; Nike telling better stories about women in sport and Nissan changing perceptions about women driving in Saudi Arabia.
New developments expected at the Loeries this year
‘One of the exciting developments is the broadening of our design category. We’ve opened the design awards to include all aspects of design – retail design like furniture, lighting and fabric design, industrial design, interior design and architecture, as well as all elements of traditional graphic design,’ said Human.
‘Nando’s has come on board as our design category partner – they are a brilliant example of a brand that uses local design as an integral part of their brand. They work closely in developing and nurturing the local design industry, ensuring each new store is filled with inspiring local art and design. It has changed the conversation, replacing cookie-cutter mass designs with individual and inspiring local design. What’s more is that Nando’s has democratised art and design, making it readily available for everyone. Nando’s lives a better story,’ said Human.
Human’s core belief is that real change comes through youth and with education. ‘The earlier on we start to shift the narrative, the greater the impact we can have. If we could, we would start in grade one! That’s why we have worked so hard over the past 10 years on our Creative Futures Scholarship, which brings talented youngsters from disadvantaged communities into the industry – giving them a life-changing opportunity while developing our future creative leaders.’
The questions Human challenges everyone to ask themselves are: what value did we add to our region, our country, our community or the stakeholders we serve? What change did we create? What is your better story?