I love to see a little bit of what happens behind the scenes of a branding project. The outcome usually is simple but a lot of people, especially the non-designers might not have any idea of the amount of work that it takes to come up with a good and powerful brand system. The Nubank project shared by Andrea Avedissian is a great example of that. The visual identity project was done for a new type of credit card that doesn't require a bank in Brazil. A new concept that required a fresh take on the branding. Personally I love the symbol and the color palette, it's elegant and depth. It's like a penrose triangle. The typeface is the only thing I am not quite fan of, it looks like FF Dax which seems to be one of the favorite fonts for visual identities in Brazil. That said, it doesn't compromise the strong work done by Andrea and the other designers involved. Nubank provides a digital credit card, a Platinum MasterCard for smartphones, and is looking to take customers away from Brazil’s highly profitable banks. That means the company is now concentrating on people who can afford the phones and already have credit cards with Brazilian banks but are seeking alternatives... New York Times About Andrea Andrea Avedissian is a senior copywriter from São Paulo, Brazil. For more information check out https://www.behance.net/AndreaAvedissian - The art director of this project was André Bitelli.
After a long hiatus I got the time to post again and nothing better than sharing a beautiful visual identity project. I am talking about the Manwaring - Certified Financial Planning project shared by Jackson Mahlke. There are a lot of things to like about the work that Jackson put together but I can highlight the symbol and typography are my favorites. Manwaring is a local certified financial planner in Houston. The client really wanted to incorporate an eagle into the new mark so I obliged. With that in mind, I decided to reference a shield (dependability/safety/protection) by overlapping the eagles wings as it takes flight. - Jackson Mahlke Visual Identity Jackson Mahlke is a graphic designer living in Houston, Texas passionate about branding, teamwork, collecting typefaces. For more information check out http://designbyhawkeye.com/
We have featured Socio Design a couple of times here on ABDZ but they keep delivering amazing work. This time we want to share the beautiful branding and visual identity work they did for Stevenson Systems. We also have to highlight our admiration for the simplicity and elegancy of their work not only in the visual identity but the web site as well. Stevenson Systems are a Space Accountancy firm based in Los Angeles, USA. Founded by Peter L. Stevenson in 1986, they have been instrumental in shaping the industry by unifying the understanding of commercial measurement between architects and developers. - Bechance Stevenson Systems approached Socio to create a new brand identity that would solidify their reputation as global leaders in the Space Accounting field and future proof the business from competing firms. A key requirement of the business strategy was to highlight the full range of services on offer that go beyond measuring buildings. To achieve this, we created a new mission statement of ‘Discovering Hidden Value’. This helped to suggest that the true benefit of their services lay in the opportunities a landlord was afforded from their consultation and management services after measurement. - Socio Design Branding About Socio Design Socio Design is a Graphic Design agency. They work with a diverse range of clients, from start-ups to multinationals, creating memorable design that grabs target audiences, builds brands, and ultimately achieves results. From concept to completion they deliver engaging design solutions that work harder. For more information check out http://www.sociodesign.co.uk/
We share a lot of articles on branding and visual identity. Most of the work we feature is very clean and tend to be super digital for lack of better term. What I want to say, that most of the symbols and logos lose a bit of the original traces from the sketch phases. Ride & Sons is a different case. The project was shared by BMD DESIGN and it has this really cool style that preserves the drawing irregular form to add a lot of personality and character to the brand. BMD is a design studio from Bordeaux, France. Their work is super stylish and we highly recommend that you check out their work at http://www.bmddesign.fr/ Visual identity
WHYNOT NightClub Identity is a branding project shared by Quim Marin. There is a lot of things to love about this project but for me the color palette and the symbol are super strong and modern. I can say if it is long lasting but I believe for a NightClub I believe that is not the main goal. I also like the way Quim worked with the symbol for the posters and collaterals. Quim Marin is an art director and freelance designer with more than 15 years of experience. He is based in Barcelona, Spain. For more information make sure to check out http://www.quimmarin.com/ Branding
We mostly present projects for the quality of the work, how original is the concept but we don't often showcase a project for the story behind it. What was driven behind that design, the efforts that made this project a total great success? Let us introduce the Brand Identity, Print & Packaging Design for Stories Café that is located in Leeds, UK. Other than serving coffee, you are welcomed in an Scandinavian-inspired space. A beautiful design by Passport Design Bureau that took a contemporary approach at making a journey to the source of the ingredients. The branding might be clean and simple but we just can't be ignored and be touched by the story behind. Brand identity and print collateral for new, independent café 'Stories', boasting artisan coffee, cold-pressed juice and a locally-sourced menu. More Information: http://www.wearepassport.com.
Branding and visual identity projects demand a huge amount of work. At this point I believe everyone should know that but despite of all this effort and dedication, the final result usually tends to look very simple. It's almost like you think it wasn't difficult at all to get to that point. That's that old saying "If I Had More Time, I Would Have Written a Shorter Letter" - I believe that is and should be the goal of every designer working on a branding project. The folks from the Studio Lin showcase that quite well for the ABA Architects Print and Identity. Focus on expressing a practical and industrious quality. The simple combination of white, black and yellow with a beautiful typography makes this project and good example of visual identity in my opinion. The industry they are designing for also allowed them to go to the minimalist route. Architects, like designers, share the love for grids, organization and simplicity. As the Studio Lin mentions on his Behance post, the their goal was to "focus on expressing a practical and industrious quality." I believe they achieved that as you can see below. Branding work Studio Lin is the graphic design practice of Alex Lin. Our work process is founded on a desire to explore new territory through challenging collaborations with creative visionaries in the fields of architecture, industrial design, art and fashion. Studio Lin’s focus is on comprehensive design systems in all media, including web, social media, advertising, publishing, video and environmental. A lean office able to offer highly competitive rates, the studio can tap into a carefully curated network of highly skilled designers, printers, programmers, animators and writers. Clients receive the thorough and undivided attention of Alex Lin, who directs every project from conception through execution, overseeing any additional services as needed.
Let's start off the week (for me for sure) with a branding project that involves graphic design, illustration and lots of data. I would agree with most of you that data is quite a boring subject and quite a challenge to tackle through design. If we are looking for a UX data-driven perspective, then I would say that is a really fun thing to do because making UI design based on data will always make things even more effective but not an illustrative kind of way. Let's take a closer look at the work from Casey Martin and the rebrand at Arcadia Data. From the Logo, Identity, Posters, Collateral, Iconography; what's striking from his approach is the tone of the colours, the contrast of the black colour on thick clean light gray lines just set everything off on the right foot. The fact you can make something boring into something beautiful but informative is just amazing. There are millions of ways to analyze big data—most of which are pretty complicated and confusing. For analysts, investors, researchers, and opinion leaders, these statistics are a big part of life. Big data looks different for them than for the rest of us; it’s not static—it’s exciting, dynamic, even beautiful. That became the goal: to show that Arcadia Data translates raw information into something meaningful, compelling, and personal. After all, everything becomes interesting through the right lens. Credits Brent Clouse Jonathan Corriveau Eric Louis Haines Craig Mangan + Paul Charney More information: http://www.caseymart.in.
I have been a fan of TED for a long time, it's hard to point when, I'd say since the beginning and it's incredible to see how much it has expanded with the TEDx. There are so many events happening and the cool thing is that they have their own brand in a way like the one that Vibri Design did and excellent job branding the TEDx Fortaleza. It has this beautiful sense of motion and clash of elements, like the talks everyone expected from a TED event. Below you can see a bit of what I am talking about with some description from the designers. Vibri was in charge of TEDx Fortaleza’s visual identity. The concept "looks that transform”, designed in partnership with Matuta agency, is about empathy, a bout try to see the world through other eyes. To translate this, they used the kaleidoscope as a starting point. Its central triangular image that radiates in all directions seemed to be a good metaphor. Symbols and graphics were developed, making reference to the op art and playing with different looks and views Among all the materials and collaterals created, the poster in my opinion really shines. They achieved this retro yet modern look playing with a very dark theme. I feel that red and black can be quite daunting to work with but Vibri really excelled at branding this TED event. Basic branding concept and identity To reach the press and opinion leaders a real kaleidoscope was sent to those people. We invited them to experience the concept by using the object and sharing the images generated by it. Vibri is a design studio based in Fortaleza, northeast of Brazil. With a multidisciplinary profile, they design projects in many areas of the field but with a lot of focus on editorial design, branding and package design. For more information about Vibri check out http://www.vibri.com.br/
Working on a brand identity is always a good challenge, it's not for nothing that most of us has multiple different practices to understand more the client and ultimately be on the same page. Let's take a look at the visual identity of Bó - Burger and Fries, a culinary place located in Kielce, Poland. Behind this mixed branding, the folks from Hopa Studio took on this project in branding, interior design and packaging as well. I kind of enjoyed the mixture of mediums into something quite different from what we usually see, hope you'll like it. Bó, for us, is an example of a good cooperation of a client and invited people, basing on trust, passion and specialization.Joanna Walczykowska has been responsible for the illustrations. Kamil Borowski, specializing in lettering, transformed the golden paint into calligraphic works of art. The corporate identity assumes two layers – the first associated with slow food, urban life and culture. The second – golden – refers to the style of the New York subway, graffiti and hip-hop. Elegant, glamorous typography combined with the style of letters and graphic forms, close to the style of the streets. About Hopa Studio Hopa Studio is an agency based in Warsaw, Poland. They focus their work into creating solutions not only for good aesthetic in different fields of design. We should look forward to see more from them. More information: http://www.hopastudio.com/en.
Big, bold, fresh, new are the few keywords that the gang behind Re Sydney were giving to be responsible at rebranding Australia’s second largest telecommunication company named: Optus. In front of this superb but enormous project, that new look had to go and live through music, sports and tv content. Let's sit back and take a closer look at this global collaborative project to inspire people with what one can make possible. Optus, Australia’s second largest telco, is embarking upon an aggressive change strategy, expanding from delivering telecommunications to creating rich customer experiences with an emphasis on entertainment. Re was asked to create a new brand, ﬁt for this bold new world. The new positioning places Optus’s iconic ‘Yes’ in the hands of its customers. The brand is shifting from saying ‘Yes’ to creating ‘Yes Moments’ for customers. When Optus gets things right, the response from the customer is ‘Yes’. Conceived as a digitally native brand, the new identity pares back design elements to let entertainment speak for itself. The brand expression feels bigger, bolder and lives through music, sport and TV content. With a brand as relevant and compelling as the content it delivers, Optus is rewriting the rules on what a telco can be. The new brand strives to inspire people with what Optus can make possible. About Re Sydney Re Sydney is an agency based in Sydney, Australia that focuses their work into graphic design, branding and typography. Their motto? Create brands that move at the speed of culture. Credits Re Sydney Michael Webster Alex Creamer Michael Kirkpatrick Chris Maclean More information: http://re-sydney.co.
Lily is a nifty piece of software that helps you (as a company) understand your relationship with your customers. It translates events happening within that relation into context, insights and actions for you to follow up on. Jeroen van Eerden shared a beautiful post on the process behind the branding and identity design of this product that definitely deserves a feature here on ABDZ. Lily is built around the flow of human communication, so every interaction with the product feels natural andlogical. It will let you do your work fast and structured, which will give you that blissful feeling when everything just works. About Jeroen van Eerden Jeroen is a freelance Logo & Branding specialist born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Currently he’s living in Groningen and haves 6 year experience in Logo & Branding design and worked on various projects from all over the globe. Passionate about all kinds of digital art, branding, print & packaging design and abstract arts. Always searching for creative and innovative solutions, aiming to reach new and fresh visual results, to get the best out of each project. His creative artworks have resulted in him achieving a reputation with publications, featuring’s and interviews because of his design exposure worldwide. For more information check out http://www.jeroenvaneerden.nl/
Echo is the newest of the french smartphone makers. The brand belongs to Modelabs, a historic distributor in the phone market, which had a range of entry-level phones, a segment in which it enjoys a leading position in France. The new range of four smartphones, launched in June 2016, concentrates on entry-level and midrange products, with a positioning focused on pragmatism : to offer qualitative smartphones and smart design, with no frills; an ally of everyday life. A range of devises jam-packed with useful technology. Brand Brothers were asked to facilitate this bold launch by bringing a substantive work on the brand positioning, visual identity and branding. In connection with the team, they have overhauled the project's foundations to achieve central conclusions : the brand must present itself with simplicity, honesty and strength. It must get out of low-cost codes. It must reflect uncompromised quality standards while making them accessible to all. It demystifies the possession of quality technological objects. Brand Brothers has helped the brand to find its place an already crowded market. The studio has created the brand positioning and visual identity, all visual standards, the packaging design, the website (design and development) and the artistic direction of visual products. The logo is the backbone of this new promise : this original type design tells the echo and resonance, and opens a creative territory without boundaries that deploys on the whole universe of the brand. For more information check out https://www.brandbrothers.fr/en/
Branding is all about simplicity in my opinion, it's the challenge to create a visual identity for a company that is memorable and represents the values of their business. FACE . created an amazing work for DNA Development, a company based in new York City, an exceptional place where they seek to acquire development opportunities to create beautiful, functional and liveable spaces. Driven by the concept of simplicity and elegance, FACE . developed a classic, yet modern identity that would accurately represent the soul of the brand. The symbol itself is an abstract but very clean representation of the company values: integrity and responsibility, united in the shape of a DNA molecule that will then pass on these traits onto the projects themselves. A combination of raw gray, copper foil and white, along with amazing typography and layouts gives this brand a very refined balance and elevates the brand to higher standards.
I think the truly hardest challenge as a designer is to conceptualize your own logo/brand identity. It's an easy task to accomplish for a client/gig/project but to have the same treatment for yourself is totally a different game. We can't just be so sure about do we like or not, we basically just can't decide. Which is totally odd. Well, just to remedy to that, we'll love to share this stunning identity by Tugba Ozcan and her brand called: TUTU MUNDO. Hope you will enjoy! Tutu Mundo is my personal design brand that offers designs for branding, identity, advertising, packaging, print, apparel and more…, based in London, UK. About Tugba Ozcan Tugba is a Multi-disciplinary Graphic Designer & Illustrator currently based in London, UK. Focusing the work in creating designs for branding, identity, advertising, packaging, print, apparel, and more. We look forward to see more from her. More information about Tugba, check out her Behance.
New York based Collected Coffee seeks out the world’s finest growers and specialty roasters to deliver a carefully curated coffee experience to the doorsteps of subscribers around the world. Fivethousand Fingers was the design studio behind the challenge to create the perfect representation of that mission and in my opinion they succeeded. The branding and the package are simple and elegant giving this feeling of exclusiveness and premium quality. They worked with Collected Coffee from their beginnings to create an intelligent, cultured, and curious brand designed to appeal to the increasingly sophisticated coffee enthusiast. They also designed the packaging and printed material, managed production, and developed a website that serves as both a reference for aficionados and a window into the wider world of coffee culture. We collaborated with the talented Cindy Boyce, providing art direction and set design for the product photography. In opting to pair a crisp and minimalist aesthetic with a serious dose of substance, we sought to give voice to the company’s passion for the product, and for the stories of the people who produce and enjoy it. We are excited to follow Collected on their adventures across the globe, and we’re delighted to be pursuing our work with them as they continue to refine their brand and offering. About Fivethousand Fingers Fivethousand Fingers is a design studio working globally from Montréal. Led by founding partners with backgrounds in the arts, the studio specializes in branding, typography and illustration, and strives to innovate across disciplines. For more information and to see other projects by Fivethousand Fingers, check out their website at http://fivethousandfingers.com/ Photography by Cindy Boyce
Late at night, currently surfing the Web for a logo for a client project. One of the best parts of my process, exploring and get inspired. It might sound silly but letting my mind free while surfing does make a difference instead of trying to find something. I stumbled across the work of Shaivalini Kumar and I can't help to enjoy her logofolio from this year. It's full of great pieces and I like how she can co-exist a neutral solid colour with shadows. Hope you will enjoy! About Shaivalini Kumar Shaivalini is a designer currently based Los Angeles and she's focusing her work into Art Direction, Graphic Design, Ilustration and Typography. You should definitely check out her work on Instagram. For more information: http://www.supernovadesign.net.