Case Study :: Swizl :: Identity Design

When developing a new brand, the mark and wordmark are the jumping off point. I believe in a creative-led / data driven process whenever possible on this. With Swizl, we were able to really engage at this level — designing, gathering sentiment data, refactoring, listening again and zeroing in on final solutions. As it happened here, one of the original concepts ran the gauntlet and came out on top. That’s a bit rare, but when it happens, you’re totally confident in the result because it’s been so strongly pressure tested. I not only led the process on this, but I was also a very active participant. The full design team participated, but I’m only showing my own designs here. One of my original concepts ended up being the final selection.

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Case Study :: Swizl :: Brand Standards

After the identity itself was developed, I led a style tiling process with selected designers to explore the overall look and feel for Swizl. That process gave us some great inspirational guardrails for the visual brand. I then codified everything into a comprehensive brand standards manual. This ensured that the brand had a central “North Star” that we could all work from when creating anything moving forward. It is a living document, designed to grow and change as those new materials are developed. We’ve had several adult bev industry leaders ask to see the document and they’ve given us very strong kudos on the work and style throughout.

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Music League Identity System and Digital Experience Design

Anyone who knows me knows that I love music. I like it so much, that I actually consider it a vice on some levels. (LOL!) So, when a friend approached me about joining something called Music League, a weekly thematic competition for music lovers (think fantasy football, but with music), I was all in. After playing a couple of seasons, a talented member of the league approached me to develop an icon to mark the game (thanks, Nathan). That very quickly became a full brand, featuring custom mark, lockup, tagline, avatars, glyphs and full system redesign. I was in hog heaven. I have collected a small portion of the assets I developed for the brand and the system. We’re already talking about a healthy second phase to the project (let’s go native mobile), so stay tuned for updates. I loved this one!

Shown Here :: Mark, Lockup, Colors, Type, Avatar Set, Glyph Set, Sample Desktop, Tablet and Phone Responsive Digital Experiences

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Hopster Rebates Brand Development and Digital Design :: A Case Study

I’m proud to announce the launch of a new brand in the digital savings space :: Hopster Rebates. This marks an important milestone for Inmar (where I serve as design leadership) as it is a consumer-facing brand, app and site for a company not traditionally known for that. I led the design effort on this one and was so pleased to collab with very talented folks in that endeavor. Romeo Mariano on my team absolutely rocked it with the synthesis on the final mark and the Android designs shown here. Javon Greaves totally killed it on the illustrations that, in many ways, made the brand distinct and ownable. He also did the iOS designs. Nice work, all.

I thought for this post, I would use it as a case-study in process, detailing what we created from a brand standpoint and how that was actualized in the digital space. This was a process I led and I was very pleased with the results. I also created the web portions personally, other aspects and provided strategic oversight.

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Logo Roundup

Though I work in the digital space and am very product-driven, I am focused on building brands as an essential part of my process. It gives consumers a crucial foothold in a rapidly changing landscape. These are just selected samples of my identity output as a part of that exploration.

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The Celebrated Cold Brew Tea Situation Brand Package

This was fun, fun, fun. In conversation, a former colleague and friend mentioned that he was exploring the world of cold brew tea. I loved the concept and offered to develop a brand package in support. These are the results. This reflects all of my work, from naming to branding, packaging and digital.

Shown Here :: Identity, Branding, Packaging, Apparel, Responsive Web Designs

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TasteCrate Full Package Development

This was the flagship of Inmar’s consumer exploration into subscription commerce. This one is very “me,” folks. I devised and sold the original concept, developed the identity, created the overall style, generated and designed the sales materials, scripted and directed video production, wireframed and creative directed web assets and acted as lead designer on a range of things from outdoor applications to packaging (crucially important for this concept) to “selfie walls.” We were working with a “sensible” budget, but that only added to the challenge and the fun. Though we couldn’t ultimately do everything we wanted, this was playtime to an extent for me. Fun!

Special thanks for working with me on the web for this, Javon Greaves. You are a talented gent! Romeo Mariano got a shoutout on the Baby Bundles work, but he was the man on the video work here. Thanks for putting up with my direction, my man. Big ups to Chris Dick on this one, too. His crazy animation skills were brought to bear.

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Propper Tactical Brand Launch

I’m pleased to share the final result of the Propper Tactical brand launch. In an earlier post, I shared a colorful and engaging exploratory concept for this assignment. In contrast, the selected approach shown here is rich, textural and “engineered” with a clear lifestyle focus. It was paramount with this brand launch to do something genuinely different; something real for a real, savvy consumer target audience. The iconography and brand elements here speak to the concept of a “tactical system” with integrated imagery and clarity of purpose. Sleek, tactile textures bring touch and a decided sense of quality to the piece while the white graphic bar overlays underscore the central concept of the rank of “officer.” This is a bold, smart brand for well-engineered gear for today’s intelligent tactical law enforcement professionals.

Again, I was the hands-on designer for all of this, a co-concept lead and wrote the line descriptors (“Be Cool.,” Blend.,” “Perform.,” and “Move.”) for the brand.

Shown Here: Teaser Videos, Brand Identity Elements, Hangtags, Sample Advertising, Site Design

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Baby Bundles Brand and App Design Evolution

I’m doing something a bit different with this one. I’m showing evolution here. This was a part of an exploration of subscription commerce concepts for Inmar. This concept was (obviously) focused on new mothers. The important thing to note is how the process is made manifest in these designs. The initial identity shown at top was a runaway success in consumer testing, but the name didn’t make the legal trademark gauntlet. The app designs shown below that were also not a hit. That means refactoring. The identity was originally mine (as were the less successful app designs), so I reworked that myself and also creative directed the app refactor performed by a VERY talented member of my team, Romeo Mariano. Thanks, Romeo!

Shown Here :: Identity, Round 01 App Designs, Revised App Designs

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Logo Roundup

Identity exploration for products in development!

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