Reverse Engineer Post: Sponsored Ad

The promoted ad I found on Twitter was created and shared by Sprint. By clicking on the link, users will be taken to a page describing the offer.

What are the ad’s strengths?

One of the ad’s strengths is the placement of the phone in the ad. It’s right in the middle and it helps potential customers know that Sprint is offering something related to Hulu. They’re being transparent with what they’re offering in the tweet itself and below the ad itself it provides another offer if someone were to come to Sprint. I also like the use of dark colors as the background because it makes the Sprint and Hulu logos pop, as well as what’s being displayed on the smartphone.

What are the ad’s weaknesses?

The fine print is too hard to read. I know it typically is, but on the ad itself it’s rather blurry. I’m not sure if it was done on purpose or not, but I found that slightly annoying.

What is the ad trying to accomplish with its design?

The ad is wanting potential customers to know that they can steam any show on Hulu in HD using their network with unlimited data. I think the ad does a good job with its design.

How has designed been used?

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 3.35.31 PM.pngSize: I think the element of size was used well in this design. A smartphone is something that people tend to have nowadays, so making that bigger than everything else in the ad helps people know it is phone related.

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 3.35.31 PM.pngContrast: I like the use of contrast in the ad. It’s easy on the eyes and makes everything visually appealing.

What metrics will be used to determine if the ad was successful or not?

Comments, retweets, and likes are metrics that will be used to determine if the ad was successful or not. Metrics that we don’t see but Sprint will be able to see include Profile clicks, Detail expands, and Link clicks. I think Link clicks are the most important because that means people are clicking on the ad and going to the offer page on their site.

The ad itself seems to be have been shared on November 16. As of today, there are 5 comments, 4 retweets, and 14 likes.


Reverse Engineering Brand: Sony

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I chose Sony because they create a lot of things. Sony makes televisions, music players, cameras, headphones, movies, video game consoles and software, smartphones, and much more. I was curious to see how the Sony social media team handled all the products Sony produces as a whole and how they may compare to a more specific Sony brand, such as the PlayStation or Sony Pictures.

What are the brand design strengths?

Sony’s logo is very simple. I looked at their Facebook page, their Twitter page, their Instagram page, and their YouTube channel and noticed that they all use the same black background with white text logo. I like the simplicity of the logo and I think they can get away with it because everyone knows what Sony is.

From what I could tell, they use a lot of the same images all across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I personally prefer looking through their Instagram profile since it is easier to find the images they’ve shared. I think they do a great job of displaying contrast between the background and the product they’re sharing in that particular image. They do a great job of having the product in a real-life scenario, such as having speakers inside a room or a television hanging on a wall or a DSLR or video camera outside. The images help you see where you should use their product. Obviously we want to use a television inside our homes, but it makes you wonder how that particular television will look in your living room hanging on the wall. I think they do a great job of capturing that.

What are the brand design weaknesses?

Because Sony sells so many things, their social channels can appear very cluttered. One minute they’re talking about a recent movie released by Sony Pictures, the next they’re showcasing their televisions, and then there’s something about the latest PlayStation. It’s a little all over the place, but they also have specific channels for that specific brand. I think that’s helpful because not everyone is going to be interested in everything Sony.

What is the brand trying to accomplish with its design?

I already mentioned this in the paragraph regarding the brand’s strengths, but I think what they’re trying to do with their design is get people to think how it would be to have a Sony product in their home, whether it be a camera or a television. The pictures they upload are beautifully taken and it helps Sony’s products have that “premium” look and feel.

How has the design used: Composition, Fundamentals, Contrast, Lines, Layout, Golden Section, Rule of Thirds, Not Half, Swiss Grid, or Custom Grids?

I believe they use the Rule of Thirds principle quite a bit in all their channels. The product they’re photographing is front and center. Sometimes it takes the entire size of the photograph. They also do a great job with contrast, as it helps their product stick out with the contrasting background.

What metrics (likes, shares, retweets, etc.) will be used to determine if the brand is successful?

Facebook: The metrics used to determine success is by the number of followers, the number of likes, the number of comments, and the number of shares.

Twitter: Followers, retweets, likes.

Instagram: Followers, likes, comments.

YouTube: Subscribers, likes, and comments.

Sony’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels have well over 4 million followers, with Facebook having the largest number of likes and followers. I think their most successful on Instagram just because they don’t share as much video content and the pictures look absolutely beautiful. Why wouldn’t you want to like what they share on Instagram?

Reverse Engineer: Arby’s Facebook Post

Since 2016, Arby’s has been making some really cool ads on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Rather than simply display the food they sell at their restaurant, they’ve been including pop culture, gaming, and cartoon cardboard creations in their ads. It’s been rather successful, as people tend to tell Arby’s social media channels to give the person or people who design these ads a raise. They continue to make these neat ads on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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What is the main purpose of the ad?

The main purpose of the ad is to ultimately get people to go to Arby’s by including pop culture in their ads.

What are the ad’s strengths?

The ad uses a character very familiar to children, teenagers, and adults. Pikachu has been around since the late 90s, and Pokemon continues to be a popular anime and video game series for some adults who grew up on Pokemon and children who are becoming interested in Pokemon. The ad also includes a drink and mozzarella sticks to get people to want to come to Arby’s and eat their food.

What are the ad’s weaknesses?

One weakness is the lack of words in the ad itself. The Facebook post has the words, “Ready to call down the thunder?” but it really isn’t calling the audience to act. It’s a cool phrase, considering Pikachu is an electric type Pokemon and he’s also dressed up as a luchador, but it doesn’t necessarily tell people to go to Arby’s other than being an awesome looking ad design.

What is the ad trying to accomplish with its design?

With this design, I think the ad is trying to tell its audience that they’re aware of pop culture, gaming, and cartoons that are beloved by many people throughout the world and connect with people that way. It’ll get you thinking about going to Arby’s because of the cool design directions they’re implementing on their social media channels.

What metrics (likes, shares, retweets, etc.) will be used to determine if the ad is successful?

Likes, shares, and comments will be used to determine if the ad is successful. The ad has over 56,000 likes, it was shared nearly 7,600 times, and has received over 1,600 comments.

Slide Design Ad Campaign

by Trevor Albrethsen

For our final project of the semester, we were required to look for an ad and make an ad that fit the same style and design. We were also supposed to make a slide presentation that describes our findings through reverse engineering and then explain how our ad is consistent with the one we found via the Internet.

“WE ARE ALL WITNESSES.” Nike Ad Campaign

The ad I chose to reverse engineer was the “WE ARE ALL WITNESSES.” ad campaign by Nike. It features LeBron James, an iconic and prolific basketball in the NBA. Love him or hate him, millions upon millions of people know who he is and what he’s done in the NBA.

My new ad

The first thing I’d like to talk about is design. The ad’s design consists of a black background an a grayscale photograph of the athlete. The grayscale photo adds a dynamic feel and look to the ad. It really stands out more than it would if it were in color. The black background helps you focus in on the photograph of LeBron James as well.

It might be a little hard to read it in this image, but there are two lines of text in this ad. One says, “WE ARE ALL WITNESSES.” The other is a website to go to. You can see it better in the first image I posted on this post. Although both are serif font, they don’t clash due to the size differences between the two.

This slide focuses more on the colors found in this image or lack thereof. Honestly, I think Nike made the right choice by using a black background and a grayscale photograph because it helps LeBron James stand out even more. It’s an awesome looking photo and the choice to use these colors, or lack thereof, was a great design decision in my opinion.

For my ad, I found a photograph of Marcus Mariota. He is now in the NFL, but this photograph was taken while he was at the University of Oregon. This photograph shows him escaping from the UCLA tackler. What it doesn’t show is the awesome touchdown he scored. Anyway, I chose this photo because it was honestly the only one I could find. That being said, I really like it and I think it does a good job of following the “WE ARE ALL WITNESSES.” ad campaign started by Nike. It’s also a grayscale photograph and has a black background to help the audience focus specifically on the action being done by the athlete.

After making my own ad, I have realized how much the ad focuses in on the athlete. Everything is blacked out so you don’t have to block out what’s going on around the athlete. I really liked this ad campaign even though it was a little cumbersome trying to make everything but the two football players blacked out.

My new ad


Original Marcus Mariota Image:

Nike Logo:

The Power of Rule of Thirds, Leaning Lines, and Depth of Field in Photography

by Trevor Albrethsen

For today’s post, I will be discussing three very important fundamentals regarding photography. Those fundamentals are Rule of Thirds, Leaning Lines, and Depth of Field. I will explain each fundamental using photographs taken by other photographers and photographs I took personally.

Rule of Thirds

Photo by Keith Johnston —

In this photograph by Keith Johnston, he uses rule of thirds by not having either football player centered. On the right, the football player in the red uniform is where a person’s eyes are immediately drawn to. He is placed in the upper-righthand intersection of the rule of thirds.

Photo by Trevor Albrethsen (Personally Taken Photograph)

In this photo that was personally taken by me, the Toyota in the photo is the focal point of the image as it is in two intersecting points in the rule of thirds. In the back is the Rexburg Temple, which is also inside an intersecting point of the rule of thirds.

Leaning Lines

Photo by Victor Clark —

This photograph is a great example of leading lines. The train itself leads our eyes down the station. The walls also lead our eyes down the same path.

Photo by Trevor Albrethsen (Personally Taken Photograph)

In this picture, I utilized leading lines with the ends of the boat walkway and the fenced portion of the boat. The lines naturally lead our eyes to the end of the boat were a group of people looking around this part of Pearl Harbor.

Depth of Field

Photo by user Pexels —

This picture is very cool and is one of the examples I found online for depth of field. The person’s left foot (from their perspective, not ours) is in focus, as well as part of the rock they’re standing on. The beach in the background and the person’s other foot are out of focused. I’m really impressed by how they took the picture. You can see that the beach itself is more out of focused, but the fact that they were able to get part of the person’s body out of focused as well looks pretty cool to me. I suppose I’m easily impressed.

Photo by Trevor Albrethsen (Personally Taken Photograph)

My last example of depth of field is a photograph I personally took while at the Oregon Coast. In this photograph, the focus point is the rock that is immediately in front of us. The rest of the photo above the red lines are out of focus because they are the furthest objects from us.


Rule of thirds, leading lines, and depth of field add a lot to a photograph. They help us see what the photographer wants us to focus on. Sometimes these rules are unintentionally used, but even then they can produce awesome looking pictures.

Coca Cola ad: Typography Reverse Engineering

The Coca-Cola slogan from 2009 to 2016

I will be reverse engineering the typography from this Coca-Cola ad. This ad campaign ran from 2009 to 2016. Out of all the ads I found via the Internet, this one stood out to me the most. Much like last week’s post, this Coca-Cola ad has a very simplistic design, but still contains a powerful message due to its imagery.

I found this image on another blog. This is the link to that blog image talking about ads:

Typeface #1: Spencerian Script

Script Typeface

The Coca-Cola logo was invented by Frank Mason Robinson in 1885. The font he used was a script font known as Spencerian script. It font style was very popular in the United States from 1850 to 1925. To this day, Coca-Cola continues to use the Spencerian script for their logo considering how recognizable it is. A script font is a font that appears to have been handwritten with the use of a calligraphy pen or brush.

Typeface #2: Sans serif

Sans serif Typeface

The second typeface on this image is called Sans serif. The Sans serif font used in this ad is thought to be the Gotham Book font which was designed by Tobias Frere-Jones in 2000. It is a Sans serif due to the lack of serifs in the font. It also lacks thick/thin transitions. They are called “monoweight” fonts because the font has the same thickness from beginning to end.


There are many elements of contrast in this advertisement. There is a noticeable difference in size between the two fonts. My eyes are immediately driven towards the Coca-Cola logo, due to its typeface and size. It really sticks out in the image also in part to its placement within the ad. There appears to be some weight in both fonts, but the Spencerian font has a heavier weight to it thanks to its boldness.

Because the two fonts are different typefaces, they vastly differ in structure. As mentioned earlier, the Coca-Cola logo is a script typeface, and due to its structure, it contains a noticeable shift weight. The monoweight-like nature of the words “open happiness” don’t have the same transitions as the script font does in the ad. They both standout from each other and it helps you know what you’re looking at.


I think that the principles mentioned above do a great job with the overall design of the ad. The Coca-Cola logo stands because of the typeface that is used. Your eyes rest on the logo and then the rest of the bottle. The words “open happiness” don’t conflict with the imagery of the ad due to its contrast. It is very different from the rest of the ad, but not in a way that takes away from the ad itself because of the contrast.

iPhone 6 ad: Reverse Engineering



The ad above was created by Apple after the unveiling of the iPhone 6. Apple was rather late to the “bigger phone” game. The first five iterations of the iPhone screen were measured 3.5-inches diagonally. The iPhone 5 and 5s measured at 4-inches diagonally, but compared to the competition those iterations of the iPhone were significantly smaller. It wasn’t until the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that Apple finally chose to make bigger iPhones. The iPhone 6 had a 4.7-inch screen while the “phablet sized” iPhone 6 Plus had a 5.5-inch screen. Rather than focus solely on the bigger form factors, Apple’s ad attempted to make the consumer think that the iPhone 6 was more than just a bigger iPhone.

Image from Pinterest:



You can tell that it was intentional to have the iPhone 6 and the words separated. The text are closely together because they convey a message. The viewers eyes first turn to the bigger text that reads “iPhone 6” followed by the smaller text below it.



Although a simple design, there is repetition with the use of white space. It isn’t used poorly.



This ad does a good job of aligning the iPhone 6 with the name of the iPhone and the slogan they have chosen to use with this ad. The first thing that catches your eye is the iPhone 6. The ad wants you to see the iPhone first and then the words “iPhone 6” and the slogan “Bigger than bigger.”



The contrast in this ad is the phone on the bottom of the ad. It really sets it apart from the text above it.



The white really sticks out in this ad, but because of the white, it makes the phone stick out a lot more. If they had used a different color, it probably wouldn’t stick out as much.


The ad uses the principles of proximity, repetition, alignment, contrast, and color. Because the use of these principles are present, the ad is easy to understand. Although the form factor may have changed, the audience knows it is an iPhone due to its somewhat familiar design and the simplicity of the ad.