Craft beer is like indie music. If you get too popular, you’re no longer cool. Just ask Redhook. In the early ’80s, they took off like a rocket, Anheuser Busch came calling and the brand was labeled a sellout. “Budhook!” the beer nerds snickered. Never mind that Redhook basically invented the craft beer category they were tossed out of.
So how do you get the next generation of craft lovers to take notice, to see you in a new light? The answer wasn’t an ad campaign. The answer was an experience. A brewpub that put Redhook’s pioneering, innovative techniques on display.
“We knew we had to bring Redhook’s values to life rather than merely talk about them,” said DC’s CCO Michael Lemme. “In developing the Brewlab concept and identity, our job was to make sure everything from the name to the smallest detail in the customer experience communicated how Redhook Brewlab is purpose-built to experiment, innovate and test the results on Seattle humans of legal drinking age.”
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We’re proud to finally unveil a comprehensive rebrand for leading online learning platform, Udemy. The new brand identity system, featuring custom art and lettering by the Bézier wizards at Underware, is fluid and rhythmic, reflecting the lifelong, iterative nature of learning. The new tagline, “Be Able” evokes the potential of personal transformation through education. Better get to school.
After many successful years, along with a well-deserved induction into Adweek’s Mascot Hall of Fame, StubHub’s Ticket Oak has been sent to live on a big farm in the countryside where he’s very happy and not dead at all so stop with the questions already.
Today a new campaign emerges from that puppet’s long, weird shadow. Called “Let Your Fan Out,” the work champions StubHub as more than a place to get a ticket you want, but rather a place that knows when there’s a ticket you want before you even know you want it. As such, even the busiest of people will find more opportunities to let their previously neglected inner fans out.
A robust TV buy, starting with a spot on tonight’s telecast of Monday Night Football, is matched with a deep digital presence, including all manner of rich media, scores of page takeovers on sites like ESPN and streaming video pretty much everywhere video streams.
Plus, all the work features StubHub’s sharp new brand ID, also created by D/C. More on that below.
The world may change, but the joyful pandemonium of childhood remains a constant. Being no strangers to that joy ourselves, D/C was excited to be tapped to work on a brand refresh for Stride Rite. The new work includes brand repositioning, a refreshed brand identity system and integrated marketing campaign, and new brand photography produced in collaboration with Cynthia Perez. It encourages parents both to embrace the chaos and to come prepared.
“We’re thrilled to help reintroduce a brand that has been a category leader for nearly a century,” said our chief creative officer and partner, Michael Lemme. “Frankly, this is what we love and do best, and we look forward to building on the great heritage of Stride Rite to engage a whole new generation of moms and dads.”
If, like us, you can’t get enough of Ticket Oak, this Q3 roundup is for you: First, the deciduous celeb was invited to bare all in ESPN magazine’s annual “Body Issue” — an honor and a horror, simultaneously (NSFW!). Second, he’s offering couples dubious marriage counseling in a new TV spot. Third, and no less impressive, he’s appearing on the sides of StubHub food trucks, dispensing “Hot Seats Eats” in major cities across the country. What’s more, T.O. is branching out into pop-up stores, appearing virtually and fully-animated, so fans can snap a selfie with their “favorite” (his description) star. And, finally, the big barker is all over the NFL homepage and ESPN properties, including Grantland, and continues to tear up social media, cracking wise and sporting exceedingly oversized shades.
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Industry bible Communication Arts has honored Duncan/Channon in this year’s prestigious Typography Annual for design of the new Tahoe South identity for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. The fetchingly named Underware were the talented type designers.
A comprehensive rebrand and the “Find Your Book” campaign Duncan/Channon created for Blurb have garnered a second year of industry accolades, the latest honors being coveted slots in the Brand New Awards and Communication Arts Advertising Annual. Much appreciation is due the visionary client, not to mention the insightful (and handsome? beautiful?) judges, who saw fit to include D/C among such exalted company.
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In the last three years, the happy egg co, a division of Noble Foods, has rocketed from startup brand to the UK’s dominant egg purveyor. And they’ve done so by offering eggs from hens that are not just liberated from cages and then confined to stifling barns, but that live in actual green pastures. Truly free-range, no spin about it. This fall, after galvanizing the British public, the happy egg co. is coming to the US. And, following a pitch, they hired a truly free-range agency – the uncageable Duncan/Channon – to develop a digital brand in the US.
The mission was two-fold: create a voice that speaks authentic American and develop a digital presence that lives where US shoppers live. With 25% of US consumers using smartphones to look up product info while shopping in stores, that means a website that is fully responsive – designed to know what device the shopper is on, its screen size and to adjust, seamlessly. The site tells consumers all about “the girls,” their humane habitat and the difference between “cage-free” and “free range” in quirky copy and a half-dozen videos shot on the farm by the D/C team.
In addition, there are “egg-centric” recipes, games and chicken jokes for kids and, shortly after launch, celebrity chefs joining in, also on video. Social sharing features allow the connected-mom target to do what she likes to do: easily share with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and via email. But, most importantly, the site finally and unequivocally answers the age-old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg?
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