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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.

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Though the work just launched, the SF Egotist has already said they’re some of the prettiest print ads since Gutenberg. And the banners pick up the same rich, allusive design and gorgeous photography. And every element of this multi-million-dollar campaign incorporates a refreshed brand identity and rests on a completely renovated brand platform — all authored by Duncan/Channon, in collaboration with agency-of-record client Blurb.

For those not among the 1.5 million who have already created a volume of their own photography, memoirs, wedding pictures or the like, Blurb is the leader in helping people make beautiful printed books via the web. Their service includes pro-level, yet easy-to-use, design tools and a fail-safe production process delivering budget-defying quality.

In September, Blurb came to D/C, the leader in helping beautiful printed book companies become more famous, to explore positioning, target, competitive and other strategic issues — to create the company’s brand story. The print and online campaign, which reminds the audience they’ve probably accumulated several books’ worth of material already, draws directly on those efforts.

The media plan, courtesy of D/C’s Communications Planning department, includes Dwell, National Geographic Traveler, American Photo and Elle Decor, among others, for the print, and Popular Photography, NatGeo and creative professional sites like Behance and Coroflot, for the banners, which also tie in to the company’s social media efforts.

Kudos to Blurb and their D/C team, as they look forward to [choose your publishing-related cliche: the next chapter; the next bestseller; turning the page; closing the book; returning overdue books to the library of loquaciousness].

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Duncan/Channon revisits the winners’ circle at the 2011 REBRAND 100 Global Awards, picking up a Merit for the rebranding of Esurance. The prize is given for concept, design and strategy. As explained in the entry package, the revamped identity system and type-only Esurance logo was designed to deliver a singular message: that the company that pretty much invented online car insurance continues to innovate on behalf of busy consumers, always working to make the process of buying or using its products more intuitive, more convenient, more transparent and more friendly. It’s about smartness in the service of simplicity. The Merit award means D/C’s work ranks among the world’s most successful rebrands in 2010, alongside rebrands of Audi, Sprint Nextel and Subaru Australia. D/C won for the Hard Rock rebrand in 2007.

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