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From Naming Nail Polish to Creating Ad Campaigns, Our Brains Come Up With A Lot of Cool Stuff

From Naming Nail Polish to Creating Ad Campaigns, Our Brains Come Up With A Lot of Cool Stuff

I will never forget the first time I had my finger nails professionally painted. I was at a friend’s birthday party in the early 2000s. We walked into the nail salon at the mall and our group got pampered for the day. While I couldn’t stand the smell of the salon, I couldn’t wait to go up to the wall of colorful bottles to choose the polish that would be on my nails for the next week or two. I excitedly chose a dark shade of blue and asked the nail tech to add a white airbrushed snowflake (how festive!) to each nail because it was January and who wouldn’t want bright white obnoxious snowflakes on their fingernails to mark winter’s arrival?

Some things change and some stay the same. My love for getting my nails done has stayed the same, but my passion for blue snowflake nails has changed. Today, you will almost always find me with a neutral colored polish on both my fingers and toes, a color that will match almost any outfit I wear. I was recently at a nail salon reviewing the ring of polish colors to choose from and was faced with the tough decision between Italian Pink and Blushing Pink. While stressing myself out about making a final choice, I started to think about the names associated with these colors. Who is the person responsible for naming nail polishes? What makes a color “Italian” and what makes it “blush” or any other descriptive word placed in front of the simple name of the color? Three things came to mind:

  1. Is this awesome job a real thing?
  2. I would really get along with whoever holds this position.
  3. Thank goodness for Google so I can have this question answered immediately.

After a quick search, I found out that there is a such thing. There are a number of different nail polish brands in the world, so I stuck with one that I knew of and have trusted with my color decisions for a long time- OPI. It turns out, naming shades of nail polish colors is a real full-time position! I can only imagine the creativity that goes into naming each shade ever created. The woman behind the very clever OPI colors like Mod About You (a shade of light pink and a personal favorite), Raisin’ The Bar (think the color of a raisin), To Infinity & Blue-Yond (the color of the sky on a sunny cloudless day) and tons of others is the co-founder and brand ambassador of OPI, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann.

Weiss-Fischmann, who is also holds OPI’s art director position, has named each and every shade of polish for the last 30 years! When asked about her inspiration and creative process Weiss-Fischmann shared that she views colors as a way to self-express and takes all things from trending topics in society to the “it” color for the specific season or year into consideration. This instantly made me think about how we at Wheelhouse have to look into the small details of each clients’ industry when it comes to being creative, developing their brand and more. It is a process, one that is unique for each and every brand and advertising agency out there. Whether it’s coming up with the next nail polish color or developing a campaign, our brains are truly amazing.

Oh, and just incase you’re wondering, I chose the Italian Pink.

Cooking with Facebook

Cooking with Facebook

When scrolling through my personal social media I cannot help but stop and watch the recipe ideas from Facebook accounts like Buzzfeed Tasty and Goodful. At the beginning of the year I made a resolution to focus on making healthier lifestyle choices. For example, parking at the far end of the parking lot to get… Continue Reading

I would travel 902.4 miles…

I would travel 902.4 miles…

I remember it like it was yesterday, I was sitting in my first grade classroom and we were discussing where we wanted to go for our “senior trip” after our future graduation. At that point in time, I’m not even sure if we knew what year we would graduate, but there we sat making BIG… Continue Reading

To Emoji or Not To Emoji?

To Emoji or Not To Emoji?

The Emoji keyboard was first introduced to Americans in 2011 in an Apple iPhone update. Before they were a big hit in the U.S., Emojis were popular in Asia, particularly Japan, when Shigetaka Kurita developed them in 1999! Today, we see emojis everywhere, and even see them included in U.S. marketing strategies and campaigns. Since… Continue Reading

One Last Semester

One Last Semester

My original life plan was to go to school to be an occupational therapist. After sitting in a bunch of science classes that would help me with my “dream career,” I decided that I no longer had an interest in science and that I wanted to do something else. I finished out the semester and… Continue Reading

Full Circle

Full Circle

When you’re young and think you know it all you have a hard time seeing why people, particularly those in charge, act the way they do and why the little details are so important. Lately I have found myself thinking about life and how stuff like this eventually comes full circle. A few months ago,… Continue Reading

Has It Really Been That Long?

Has It Really Been That Long?

One of my favorite social media apps is an app called “Timehop.” Timehop is an app that collects all of your old posts and photos from your mobile device, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare and takes you back in time to when your photo was taken or post was shared. Before I get out… Continue Reading

Ice Cream: A Family Tradition

Ice Cream: A Family Tradition

Ice cream is one sweet treat. Whether it was purchased from a truck, a grocery store, the pool concession stand or from the small-town Dairy Queen after a little league win, we have all experienced the joys of ice cream. We all have our favorite brands, favorite flavors and favorite ways to consume the treat.… Continue Reading

Leo’s Big Adventure

Leo’s Big Adventure

For those of you who don’t know, I am obsessed with spending the majority of my time with my dog, Leo. Leo is my 3-year-old Bichon Frise and is the second Bichon that I have owned in my life. My first Bichon was named Chadee and he lived to the ripe old age of 15.… Continue Reading

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