Big update by Berger & Föhr, a graphic design studio based in Boulder, Colorado.
Manchester’s Modern Designers have recently launched a brand new site, showcasing a portfolio full of well-crafted projects. Very nice!
Big portfolio update by Tyler & Elsa Lang better know as Always With Honor.
Tim from The Allotment got in touch to tell us about their recent rebranding and campaign for The Donkey Sanctuary – taking them from a tired charity fund raising scheme to “a memorable experience that creates lasting relationships”. The campaign aims to create a strong emotional connection by portraying the adopted donkey as “part of the family”.
An free app called ‘Memory Maker’ was created, allowing users to drop a donkey into any shot and send them to friends and family.
The Allotment says that unlike with many other animal adoption schemes, Donkey Sanctuary donors often create real relationships with their chosen donkeys, and participate in their lives. The consultancy developed the central idea of a ‘lifetime of memories’, which aims to position the donkey as a ‘cherished family member’. The adoption pack was redesigned as a picture-frame box while all the donkeys available for adoption were photographed by Jonathan Oakes.
For more information on this project, read more here
To mark their 10th anniversery, brand consultancy Heavenly have refreshed their own brand identity, along with a shiny new website which houses an updated portfolio of ‘honest’ and ‘sexy’ work.
New website, projects and showreel by London based brand design agency, KentLyons.
Firmalt is a multidisciplinary design studio from Monterrey, Mexico. They provide unique creative solutions that develop and position brands, creating strong visual concepts that communicate clear ideas, add value, and differentiate from the competition. Firmalt has been around for exactly one year, they started operations in October 2012.
How would you describe your design style and aesthetic?
In short, we like to think our style is clean and refreshing. The longer answer would be that we try to keep our style in constant evolution, which is a challenge. Since each project has its own aesthetic and inspiration, we get different results. Sometimes it is impeccably clean and refined, other times quirky and erratic. All in all, high quality is what we want our design to represent. Precise in the details, smart in the execution.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Everything. Although it might seem like a dumb answer, allow us an explanation. We draw our main inspiration from our clients. We like to hear all about their company; their work process, products, service, and anything else relevant. We take all that information, and find a story that weaves it all together. This story can take us anywhere. Be it vintage butcher shops, extinct legal tender, or simple point to point connections, we get inspired from all kinds of things. These stories give us a clear inspiration, and are what tie all the individual elements within the brand together. With this process we are able to create brands with substance that represent a clear message and/or idea. Also, we like the Swiss.
Monterrey is a very relevant city design-wise, there has been an important movement happening in the past decade and a rise in design studios and an overall quality. Firmalt is part of this new generation of design studios, how do you feel about the context that enabled this?
Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico. A beautiful industrial city, it has the largest number of schools, institutes, and universities per capita in the country. The result is well educated and highly motivated individuals, which leads to a city of entrepreneurs. These new businesses compete in a market that is mature, and the margin for differentiation slim. This is where this new generation of design studios come in. By providing intelligent design services, these entrepreneurs can compete and position themselves in the mind of the consumer, and effectively compete against larger and more established organizations.
Tidy updates from independent Graphic Designer Tristan Palmer
It’s been 4 years since we last featured London based Designers Anonymous, and boy have they been busy! To coincide with their re-freshed identity Designers Anonymous have a new website jam-packed with more clever ideas than you can shake a stick at.
London agency Stereo have launched their new site, packed full of two years worth of previously unseen work.
You’re probably all aware of the sites run by Armin Vit & his wife Bryony Gomez-Palacio who have been working together as UnderConsideration for the past 12 years. One of their many divisions is Brand New – an excellent community dedicated to sharing & discussing corporate and brand identity designs / re-designs.
BN spin-offs include the annual Brand New Conference and Brand New Awards. This years conference was held in NYC and Armin has provided a rare insight into the whole production process of branding the event. Featuring 600 hand sewn covers, individually paint-dipped bags and even printed m&m’s, its an example of an event well considered and brilliantly executed.
Excellent work by Bielke+Yang, an Oslo based graphic design studio led by Christian Bielke and Martin Yang.
Be sure to check out their blog, sprinkled with sound advice, opinions, and honesty, it’s a refreshing read.
New site and work Lundgren+Lindqvist, a design & development studio based in Gothenburg, Sweden. As if you don’t know that already!