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Logos That Come to Life
While a brand identity is more than just a logo, the importance of a good logo cannot be overstated. Done well, a logo not only identifies but helps define who you are and what you’re about. Placed on the simplest communication or in the smallest possible space, the logo speaks volumes.
A good logo should be simple and unique, setting you apart. It should work in all shapes, sizes, shapes, formats — encapsulating the very essence of who you are as a business — no small duty for such a little graphic. A good logo can also bring uniformity throughout the vast range of marketing materials and communications, both in digital and print.
Designing a good logo is like the design equivalent of standing on your head, chewing gum, and rubbing your tummy all at the same time! In fact, most designers agree that logos are among the most difficult of assignments. But a good logo is never produced in a vacuum — it is always done in partnership with the client to...
REBRANDING FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE
The Dorsey Group excels at maximizing performance and operational excellence — making companies more dynamic, efficient, and profitable. Their brand identity needed to do the same for them.
From logo design and brand messaging to website, mobile app, social media, brochures, sales sheets, trade show and conference exhibits — and a book, no less — their branding went from drab to fab with all the sophistication their market required. A blend of good design and carefully-crafted words, working seamlessly together to express energy and corporate sophistication, proved the perfect mix to create a cohesive brand identity that effectively communicated who they were while exciting their clients and enticing their prospects. In a word, memorable — and their business has never been busier.
By partnering with the client to not only brand their company, but communicate their vision and methodologies clearly, succinctly, and uniquely — their messaging came across loud and clear, helping them achieve their own peak performance.
EXPRESSING A BRAND NEW EMOCEAN
The world’s largest scuba retailer needed to brand its new diving adventures division. The objective was to develop a strong, trusted brand identity through good design that connotes action, adventure, energy and excitement — and of course, water! AND it had to speak to its audience.
With the target consumer being young, fun, upscale, and active, the logo needed to capture that same dynamism. It also had to be simple, unique, and impactful — and work in all sizes, contexts, and media. This encompassed everything from retail spaces to scuba lesson kiosks to promotions for prepackaged adventures. The logo and branding would be applied to apparel, boats, flags, signage, websites, flyers, posters, and a host of other advertising and communications materials.
Additional challenges included ensuring that the name “Emocean” would read quickly and seamlessly — a bit tricky when there are different ways one may read the name. The symbol and type needed to work together as well as separately. Sub-branding also needed to be thought out for the many other offerings falling under the Emocean...
CREATIVE SPARK FOR ARTS ORGANIZATION
With an admirable 55 year history, the Huntington Arts Council’s brand identity had grown stale, lacking the good design and style an arts organization should have. For a group that had been around so long, few people knew who they were and what they did — their communications lacked consistency and served to confuse rather than provide clarity. This happens to a lot of organizations, but seems especially prevalent in the nonprofit sector where they try to fire on all cylinders with limited resources.
The council not only needed a reinvigorated visual presence, but a design and communications strategy that would bring clarity to their organization. Through good design and a cohesive visual program, from web to social media and from print to signage — a dynamic new visual strategy was put in place to excite and inform. But their new, contemporary identity would not just reintroduce them to the public, it would re-energize its staff as they propelled themselves forward. This is often an invaluable secondary benefit of a reinvigorated brand identity.
DESIGN SOPHISTICATION BRINGS COHESION
Good design and visual systems were put in place to bring power and cohesion to McGraw-Hill Construction’s many communications and promotional campaigns across a broad spectrum of digital and print media — from interactive presentations, email blasts, and web banners to brochures, sales kits, and national advertising.
Highly respected economic forecasts were also designed as a series of sophisticated, beautifully designed annual reports, becoming the flagship communications for the group and “can’t miss” industry standards. Through good design, complex information and data was communicated cleanly and succinctly so analysts could get the information they needed in a hurry, but the lasting branding impact was far longer-lived.
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