|In my recent short visit to
the desert kingdom of Dubai, I was amazed to find the Mega Star Brad
Pitt, in all his galore, popping out of the glitzy lobbies here and the
fancy shopping malls over there. It seemed that the he was bigger than
life, hotter than ever and very much at ease in the desert
surroundings.In the midst of this fantastic Brad Pitt phenomena what
caught my eye was this retail display that was so elegantly designed by
Chanel. It is based on one primary principle; the principle of
I was intrigued by the thought that
living in a global society has no way diminished our strong connection
to the ethnicity of this primal design principle that is so prevalent in
the middle-eastern art. Islamic art and architecture is built on this
cardinal principle of repetition. Islamic artists developed geometric
forms with a knack for “repetition, symmetry and continuous generation
of pattern.” In this display, Brad is looking up at you with an aura of
mystery, away from you and again at you. The right side of his profile
is the repetition in form and the varied angles of his posture generates
a continuous pattern in time and space. Indeed a very fluid
The Principle of Repetition is a driving factor
in designing trade show displays. Where contrast is all about showing
differences, repetition brings a sense of unity, consistency, and cohesiveness.
It helps to hold our attention in the maze of chaos and disarray.
Our Brains Love It
Remember, the waking nights learning multiplication tables in your third grade?
That is because our short-term memories can forget something (like a person’s
name) in less than a second. Repetition helps us to embed information in the
longer-term memory. Designers use it with tact and skill. Marketers use it as a
At a sub-conscious level, repetition is a key to persuasion. Repetition creates
a pattern, which gradually grabs our attention and then creates the yearning for
familiarity. Big brands are aware of it and hence the focus is always on
building brand equity.
Use repetition in your trade show booth design and in the delivery of your
marketing message, and you will have a phenomenal impact. Remember “Yes We Can“?
“The more strikingly visual your presentation is, the more people will remember
it. And more importantly, they will remember you.” — Paul Arden
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