Having developed a new, more streamlined logo, the DC design crew set about creating a new look overall, with richer, more contemporary colors, more assertive type and a heavy rule to help keep it organized. The new look also called for an artful, considered style of photography — with pictures that were iconic, dynamic, modern and yet timeless.View case study
Every modern media consumer knows that the asterisk on an ad represents missing or even misleading information — basically, it’s a red flag. In this case, the asterisk sums up the giant holes in consumers’ knowledge about vaping. The richly ominous — yet contemporary — colors carry their own caveat message, as does the mysterious, stripped-down photography.View case study
The venerable Stride Rite brand is fundamentally about parents enjoying their kids and coping. So the glorious, sometimes muddy messes your child gets into are, in the new brand identity, accompanied by uncluttered layouts and clean type, often in a clean bounding box. Like the parents, that type is thoroughly modern, and, for a sans-serif, carries a great deal of warmth. And the photography is joyously colorful and candid.
The pioneering custom book publisher Blurb is all about giving the public’s precious pictures the pretty settings they deserve — all about good design, in other words. This branding project, which touched on a brand book, logo, packaging and more, was in part about helping the company understand that, inspiring staff and intriguing consumers.View case study
Farrier, the new wine brand from the high-end division of Kendall-Jackson, arrived with an authentic backstory. The winery property had been the home and office and, in effect, a community meeting place for the popular local horsehoer, a history that would be carried into the name and packaging.
A major Asian firm acquired Interasia, a 50-year-old Taiwan shipping company, and wanted to signal to its youngish staff, no less than its customer companies, that the new Interasia was contemporary and future-facing. The new logo not only resembles a container, but shows motion and dimension, in striking colors.
Our director of purpose practice, MJ Deery, has a byline in the latest Advertising Age urging brands to move beyond token diversity to richer, more meaningful “normalization.” If you missed it, you can find a tidy summation here. Smart and important stuff. You’d be wise to check it out.
Tobacco flavors that seem fun and vaping devices that look like tech gadgets have led teens, and even parents, to underestimate the damage of nicotine. Most people know it’s addictive. But addiction is only the beginning. Nicotine is a neurotoxin whose changes to the teen brain could be permanent. And that’s what our campaign sets out to communicate.
DC’s thrilled to announce that Gary Stein joins us today as our first chief integration officer. He’s here to accelerate collaboration between our strategy, media and expanded creative team, which now includes experiential and influencer experts thanks to our recent acquisition of A2G.