2021 Virtual Speakers and Webinars

Baris Gencel

Executive Creative Director
China's Lunar Exploration Program

Date: 2nd September 2021 11:00 EST USA

Topic: The Power of Visual Communication in a Digital Age

In the age of the selfie, people want something that speaks to them personally. Images come off as constructed, airbrushed and no longer resonate with us. Our minds are an endless visual library, which influences everything we see, and how we see it. Visual storytelling has to be the most meaningful form of marketing. The major problem we are facing now is not only how to be more visual based in our marketing approaches, but also how to do it right while building a consistent brand image. The demand of speedy updates is creating a mess on social media, and brands are suffering from inconsistent branding as well as incorrect ways of building a brand image. That is why the need to use the Right-Visual communication approach is stronger than ever, because It takes less than a few seconds to form a first impression! So fast that it can either cause a disaster or become an art piece for renewing brand perception / brand image / brand positioning. We must have a caveman simplicity in communication as we become more digital and must remember the basic fundamentals of branding, applying them insistently. Basics have become more important than ever and excellence in visual communication is now the most important factor in the digital age.


• My focus in this session is to support participants to incorporate effective visual design in their communications, and to understand the power of visuals goes well beyond ‘the pretty packaging and artworks. Participants will be inspired by experiencing showcasing best examples.

• You will learn to effectively communicate simplified ways and share best practices and brands’ approaches by applying the best visual communication practices across various channels and various mediums.

About Baris:
Baris Gencel Obsessively Curious Creative and Brand Consultant from Cyprus. 
He has been living in Asia for over 20 years and is currently based in Shanghai. Baris is a rare hybrid creative talent who keeps reinventing himself as a result of working seamlessly within the different areas ranging from Art, Video Content, New Media, Social, Digital, Experiential. He also judged a wide range of categories for The Drum Experiential Advertising Awards, ADFEST Digital / Mobile / Lotus Campaign Effectiveness / Lotus Branded Entertainment Content, and International Film Festival. 
He has been working within a wide range of industries and brands ranging from Ferrari, Porsche, Lexus, BMW, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Sprite, Nestle, Secoo, Tommy Hilfiger, Body Shop, Huawei, Burger King, Tencent and Fosun International. Baris has been giving keynote talks and doing consultancies and writing articles; some of the iconic projects: 
Amoris Lumina Interactive Immersive Rain Forest - Lead Art / Creative Direction / 
Interactive Design / Executive producer 
Art & Brand Consultant of Ministry of Culture of China 
UNESCO year of light, endorsed by NASA first use of AR with projection mapping 
SECOO Online Luxury - Creative Director / Brand Consultant |Listed in NASDAQ 
Guest Speaker - Visual Communication in Digital Age 
Guest Speaker - Story telling with New Technologies, AR - VR 
Guest Speaker - Future of retail 
Guest Speaker - Experiential Marketing 
Guest Speaker - Jiao Tong University Universitas 21 research conference for Digital Future 
Keynote Speeches - Coca Cola Greater PRC Keynote Speeches - Lego International 
Keynote Speeches - Burger King PRC 
Brand Coach - Huawei 
Brand Coach - Lego China 
Future of Retail Coach - Tommy Hilfiger Hong Kong - China 
He was once the most hated Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai, under the lead of legendary Chief Creative Officer Graham Fink, but one of the most loved by the clients. Clients were impressed by his passion for bringing excellence to his assignments by not staying complacent with the current state, by exploring new ideas, breaking barriers looking for new possibilities. He understands branding and what is required to make brands stand out vs competition. Ever since, Baris has been working with network agencies such as WPP and Experiential. He recently joined  one of the biggest groups, FOSUN China as Creative director to work seamlessly . 
Creativity is not an occupation, it is an attitude towards life. I am burning with fire to inspire and nurture talents to enhance the beauty.
“Creativity is the most valuable asset and I am burning to inspire and nurture young talents.”