Instagram Video and it usability: Dove soap

Using Instagram video, an iPhone 6 camera and a variety of cuts I create a prototype to show how the soap from Dove smells great. Basically, what I did was used the scenario to fill the screen and give evidence to the soap and the dry flowers.

The Instagram is a great platform for brands. They have a huge audience, easy to use and record no only videos, but images. Filters are also available, for this video I used one called “Reyes”. It is a easy platform, where you can edit and record at the same time. Not much is need, as you see, my video was just a prototype of a video that with an extra person much can be done; and maybe a little more light.

Customize WordPress Template

The two themes installed are “Twenty Fourteen” and “Garfunkel”. I modified three colours as selectors on the CSS:

  • Submit button colour
  • Display colour
  • Link in text colour

All of those used to be green, as the code above shows:




Here how it looks like after the edition:

The Google Analytics and Disqus are installed on the blog as you can see the image bellow; For the Disqus, the pluging is installed on the comment’s area.


Online image editors

Once again, Evergreen Brick Works pop up on my head as soon as a brand had to be used for this assignment. As I said on my previous post about image composition, the place is still one of my favourites spots in Toronto. The reason that I chose them again is that the view from the lake is amazing in the fall, and the Farmer’s Market that they have on site every weekend is about to change. Well, only on Sundays; And this is why I chose to do a post about online image editors and how those tools can be helpful to send a message.

Fall is here! Come enjoy the view and our last Sunday's Farmers Markets that goes until November 30th". Photo taken by iPhone.
“Fall is here! Come enjoy the view and our last Sunday’s Farmers Markets that goes until November 30th”. – Photo taken by iPhone.

When I first took the picture from my iPhone, I used the iPhoto app to adjust the light and used a filter called “Fade” to neutralize a little bit of the colours from the image. After that, I went to Canva online and finalize my composition with another filter that helped me give more bright to the colours, “Festive” and added the text using the same app.

Image composition for Social Media

Evergreen Brick Works is one of my favourite spots here in Toronto. They are not only a dream come true place where you can see how cities could be sustainable, but also, a Non-profit where people and nature get connected with community programs. And with community programs I meant entertainment events where people get together and get connected with same interests: local food, gardening, activities for kids and local culture.

My impression of the organization’s social media are that they do not have a concrete schedule. Despite Instagram be filled with beautiful and tempting images, they are not telling the public the great stories that they build. My three suggestions of images are not far from what they have: local food, community and connection between city and nature.

For the first image, where “community” takes place. I thought about using diagonal lines for a composition of the compost that Evergreen have near the pavilion, where on Saturdays they they offer a small workshop on organic compounds. Because photograph the outside is not easy, I had to use Photoshop to bright the colours and fix some of the lighting that was too dark.

Photo taken by iPhone and edited with Photoshop.
Photo taken by iPhone and edited with Photoshop.

The second image, “local food” was the key for my next composition. Every Wednesdays Evergreen organizes the Pizza Night with organic ingredients, right out of the stone oven. And for this composition, I used focus to emphasize the delicious pizza made out of local blueberry. In addition, the side organic salad is not completely out of sight.

Photo taken by iPhone and edited with Instagram filters.
Photo taken by iPhone and edited with Instagram filters.

For the last composition, the connection between city and nature and all the reformulation and history that has the brick factory for Evergreen, could not go unnoticed. The flower and solar panel is a symbol. And for this image, simplicity was my choice of composition. Again, I edited this photo on Photoshop to give more brightness and contrast between the elements and fix the lighting from the external environment.

Photo taken by iPhone and edited with Photoshop.
Photo taken by iPhone and edited with Photoshop.

Video about the importance of SWOT and PEST Analysis

Mind Tools published two articles, simple but with good content, about SWOT Analysis and PEST Analysis. This video is a brief evaluation on how I think those strategies can be helpful for you to use in your organization or personal career.