Jun 1

In the years since cannabis was legalized here in Colorado, we’ve seen a major change in the way the substance is perceived. Long gone are the misconceptions peddled by anti-drug ads and the stereotype of the idiotic deadbeat stoner portrayed in popular culture. The legitimization has opened up a new market of products like gummies, drops and other forms of edibles that are more approachable and familiar. In addition to these new products, packaging for the actual flower itself is reflecting this shift while the branding moves away from stereotypical marijuana imagery commonly associated with the negative stigma around the substance. This approachability is opening up cannabis use to a whole new demographic and good design is part of the reason for this shift. 

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Feb 14

Creating or revamping a brand goes well beyond logo design. Before elements like color, shape or typography are even considered there is a lot of strategy and discovery that’s involved. It’s a “get ta know ya” kind of process, but in the process you get to know yourself a little better too. 

Clarity in your brand’s mission, values, personality, competition and–perhaps most importantly–differentiation are key to your success. It’s important to know who you are, what you do, who you do it for and how you do it differently from your competitors. A clear and powerful positioning should serve as much as a rudder for your brand, as it should for your business. It’s the voice and soul of your company—resonating across audiences, raising awareness, defining your customer, and galvanizing stakeholders and the broader public. This is where brand strategy comes in.

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Jan 10

A lot of psychology goes into the concepts behind brand logo designs. A successful brand mark conveys a multitude of information to your audience in seconds. It tells them who you are, what you do and why you’re different from the others in your industry. While a strong concept is the foundation of great brand and logo design, every detail in the execution is crucial to success. Everything from typography, color, shape and space are taken into account to instantly communicate the overall look and feel of your brand.. Did we say typography?! Yes, the font you use matters.

Typography utilizes these design elements to evoke emotions and convey identity. The audience can know just what you’re about based on the typography used. The inclusion or exclusion of serifs, weight of the font, contrast and geometry all lend to create meaning behind the letter forms. Let’s take a look at some well known logos and dissect the designers choice in typography.

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Dec 8

I’m sure at this point most people are familiar with the arrow hidden between the “E” and the “X” in the FedEx logo. In fact, a lot of the most famous and recognizable logo designs have some sort of hidden symbolism embedded in them. Symbolism is an important part of creating a logo concept. Whether it’s direct or indirect, incorporating symbols can communicate your brand to customers in an instant. Here’s a few examples of some of our favorite famous logo designs and the hidden symbolism behind the concept.

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Oct 27

As we’ve mentioned before, a brand goes well beyond the logo and your website is a very important element in your overall brand’s identity system. Most likely your website is one of the first interactions potential customers have with your brand. Making a good first impression is important to your brands success and good consistency across your entire identity system is key to creating brand loyalty.

So when’s the last time you evaluated your website? If it’s been a while, here’s a few signs you’re ready for a website redesign.

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Sep 21

Underneath every great brand is a plethora of research, data and strategy. It’s not a stretch to say that the science of psychology also plays a big role in achieving an overall brand strategy platform. . Every detail of the brand is meticulously thought out with human behavior in mind. If it’s done well, you won’t even notice what happens behind the scenes to set your brand up for success. From color to social psychology, brands (and their creative agencies) use atrategy to create a lasting emotional connection with consumers, well, the good ones do.

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Aug 26

“During these unprecedented times” has become almost a meme-worthy sentiment. It’s clear the pandemic has had very profound impacts in all aspects of life, with everyone having varying experiences and varying degrees of obstacles to overcome this last year and a half. It’s no wonder the repetition of the same phrases and blanket statements in traditional advertising media outlets have felt disingenuous and impersonal while more brands are pushing their advertising dollars into digital based media.

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Aug 9

Giving back is a great way to show you’re more than talk and it can serve to reinforce your brand’s identity while you serve your community. We aim to talk the talk AND walk the walk. After all, a successful company is only as strong as the communities and people it cares about. Some brands, like TOMS shoes, are building charity right into their business model. A lot of brands are giving back in other ways, whether it’s part of the way they do business or not. Using their powers for good has become a trend that we can definitely get on board with.

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Jul 13

Your logo is not your brand…… but it’s still an important piece of the brand. That is to say, branding goes well beyond your logo. It is a mark of your brand, a visual representation, but the brand itself goes much deeper. Your brand is the emotional response that it creates in a person. Your brand is your voice, your mission, your values and the stronger these are the stronger of a brand you will have. In order to cultivate this emotional connection your brand needs clarity, distinction, and trustworthiness. 

Clarity in your brand’s voice means consistency. As we’ve mentioned in our last blog, being genuine is important for a brand as well as being consistent. The key to consistency is clarity. Having a clear vision as to who you are and the values that you carry are the cornerstones of building a successful brand.

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Jun 14

As another pride month comes to a close with a culmination of celebrations this past weekend, it’s wonderful to see some familiarity coming back into the world. Public spaces are reopening and rainbow flags and signs can be seen all across the city, inviting guests in to join the festivities.

 Over the last few years we’ve seen heated discussions about corporations changing out their normal brand colors for rainbows. With many in the community questioning their intentions and authenticity it certainly begs the question: Is this truly creating visibility and representation for the LGBTQ+ community? 

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