Corporate identity · Graphic design

Wiseware-Micron’s Brand Identity & Brand Communication

The creative brief for a logo for Wiseware-Micron® —the Denver based microprocessor assembly & sales startup for SMEs (supported and funded by Intel®),— was clearly defined. Please make sure our name is somehow reflected in the icon; make clear what a processor does (connect, control and distribute information); and above all, make us look professional and trustworthy to decisionmakers. On top of this, a special wish from CEO Harry Wiseware to somehow not forget about our local native American Navajo roots.

The finished logo features all of the above and overall shows a well-balanced interplay between the two letters that surround the square microprocessor in the middle. The identity is versatile in usage and reducible to the smallest possible (chip) size. But most importantly, the logo speaks to the strength and directness needed to be memorable and successful in this highly competitive business sector. (In collaboration with FutureBrand Inc.)

Corporate identity

The Simulated Sphere

Business strategy, no matter how well researched and articulated, is only as good as its execution. Many strategic consulting firms are frustrated developing strategies for clients only to see them struggle with execution. BTS Group AB in Stockholm, Sweden, is the world leader in customized business simulations that enable companies to test and try-out their business plans before anything goes ‘live’. Along the way, people practice alignment, build confidence, bolster competence and motivate action that dramatically increases the odds of winning… This BTS logo idea illustrates the business’ offering, showing one half of the sphere still in development.



Corporate identity · Web / Interactive design

Mademoiselle

Mademoiselle is a self-propelled new business initiative for the Chico’s fashion group in Fort Meyers, FL, USA. Targeting the young female millennium that is highly appreciative of quality, design and appearance, Mademoiselle specialises in exclusive designer scarves and shawls. BHAG Design created an online brand experience to perfectly complement the real-world experience of Mademoiselle. We achieved this not only through careful consideration of the company’s ambitions, purpose and values – but by gaining an intimate understanding of what Mademoiselle’s young professional clientele was actually looking for.

The softly sensuous motion of the Mademoiselle logo is made for the screen. It reflects, of course, the swirling elegance of the scarves and shawls. At the same time, the online experience (below) is everything fashion should be – contemporary and intriguing. The parallax sliding device allows women to explore their fascination with Mademoiselle’s design and quality until they are confident to make their special purchase. Shawl designs by Francisco Lopez








Corporate identity

Infinites

Award-winning logo and UX design for Infinites Music Radio Corp. an DAB streaming music station from Greenwich, CT, USA.

Contemporary technology used to produce a logo that is endlessly fascinating – in the same way that the online music provider uses technology to express an endlessly bewitching mix of jazz and other contemporary music styles. Music for the real music ‘connoisseur’ if you like. Or, as the strap line claims: Music for Dreamers. The service has two subscription plans: a free subscription supported by advertisements, and a fee-based subscription without ads. A free account user may reach the streaming limit of 40 hours per month, and continue unlimited streaming by paying €20. Soon, the company will introduce “Infinites Mobile” for mobile phones and the “Infinites in The Home” wireless computer appliance. Infinites has currently 120,000 tracks in its library and hopes on reaching 5000 users in its first year. Gold winner at LogoLounge Awards 2015

Corporate identity · Graphic design · Web / Interactive design

Ability Business Management Software > CI / UI / UX / DM

Corporate Identity, UI/UX and Direct Marketing concept and design for Ability Business Management Software. Ability™ is like SAP, but for smaller companies. Its uniqueness is found in its inspiring name. In its logo. In its communication.

A decision about a business management system is not taken easily. It’s going to be costly and it’s going to be disruptive. Whether a new system actually works is another matter – there are many horror stories of solutions that took months to implement and of businesses which were worse off after implementation. Which solution to opt for? Considerations include (1) ease of implementation (2) scalability (3) whether the solution is Microsoft-based and (4) return on investment.

The strapline (written by Mark Varder) appeals to the SME’s who are battling to expand and grow their organisations to the next level. Jim Collins describes the problem in his book, Good to Great: “As a company grows and becomes more complex, it begins to trip over its own success – too many new people, too many new customers, too many new orders, too many new products.” Entrepreneurs find themselves bogged down in the day-to-day workings of business and can no longer do the sort of thinking which had established the company in the first place. This insight revealed the deeper problem that needed solving. We had come across Ability’s big idea. Ability. Discover ours. Rediscover yours.  

The logotype. How do you capture the positives of the word Ability and its promises for a business – like growth, progress and solidity? Answer: with a simple, bold, memorable logo design that can stand the test of time.

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Much of Ability’s marketing is done online. The all-important Ability website contains two menus, 1. Organisational 2. Case histories. – Case histories are crucial to the pragmatist mindset of CEOs and CFOs. They add tremendous credibility to the software and a welcome reassurance that the decision to implement Ability is justified. Below, a few examples of the content we developed.

The website borrows from Christian Stoll’s wonderful large-scale photography. Christian has a knack for finding futurism in today’s techno culture. His objects undergo a metamorphosis, transforming them into visuals of tactile desire.

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The Ability Seminars. Once Ability had embraced the ethos, “Discover ours, rediscover yours,” it became clear that this should become the central organising principle for the company. As a result, Ability developed its own insightful workshops for SMEs – added value for leaders who want not only to improve their businesses, but up their game when it comes to strategic and visionary thinking.

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Corporate identity · Graphic design · Web / Interactive design

Innocity > fascinating expeditions into Dutch innovation

Innocity offers tailor-made tours into Dutch innovation to foreign visitors and company groups looking to expand their horizons. Innovation is alive & kicking in the Netherlands. The country ranks in the top 3 of the world’s most innovative societies and you’ll find break-through examples of this phenomenon across the country. Whether you are interested in agriculture, technology, science or design, Innocity arranges a fully serviced day exploring the brave new world. Go explore! 

Corporate identity · Web / Interactive design

A solemn promise for the Central Asylum Seeker Agency in the Netherlands (COA)

Concept, logo, UI/UX design proposal for COA, the Central Agency for Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands. The COA assures that asylum seekers are accommodated and supported in a safe environment. This is done in a manner that remains controllable to both politics and society as a whole. Although the current influx of refugees is at an all-time high – and puts the organisation under tremendous strain – it’s also felt that both identity and communication strategies need to be altered in order to communicate a more solemn stature with the nation and all of COA’s stakeholders. 

In terms of designing a new identity, the job is to express an steadfast organisation that provides safe (but sober) shelter to vulnerable human beings on the run from war and destruction. Maybe you can view the stacked letters as an abstract person standing firm, but that’s not what this logo is about. The caring accolades around the O (from Opvang = Shelter) is what the organisation in all about.

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In terms of brand communication, we believe the organsation needs to take a more pro-active approach since many people have concerns about the crisis and how the influx will affect their daily lives. There’s a real need for all parties involved to understand what the organisation stands for … This idea, an interactive documentary site, portrays different opinions and angles on the crisis, all leading to COA’s policy – give shelter and assistance to the asylum seeker. The result is a website which provides a rich interactive experience through a mix of artfully crafted content and media.

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Corporate identity

School 2.0

In the Netherlands, pre-primary, primary and elementary schools are combining their efforts into one building. It provides young learners (2>12yrs) a seamless educational experience which produces higher standards, united communities, and confident children ready for the next stage in their lives. This value sharing system also combines individual budgets that result in just more spending power for building, sports and IT facilities which benefit all stakeholders. We did the naming and logo design for De Immenkorf in Den Bosch. Geometric shapes, enriching colour schemes and maturational symbolism bring this new style school to life.

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Corporate identity

Art Directors Club Netherlands

Our logo proposal for the Art Directors Club Netherlands (ADCN). The circular typeface we designed for the letters is an engaging solution in itself, but when the letters are combined as expanding concentric circles they express the ADCN’s mission to promote, stimulate and expand the influence of creative excellence in the Netherlands.

Corporate identity · Graphic design

Instruments true to the instruments that made the music

Logo identity and communication platform for Sonor Audio Speaker Systems, a passionate Johannesburg loudspeaker manufacturer that breaks the mould by making quality products that can easily compete with some of the world’s top brands. Sonor is (and behaves like) a small, niche and artisanal ‘discovery brand’ that talks to new buyers hungry for new and authentic products. At BHAG Design, our job is to create and retain the authenticity and spirit of the brand.

Sonor’s robust, equally levelled logo design tells the story of Sonor’s quest for perfection. At the centre of it all, the empirically derived Ohm technology – with unique capabilities to beam separated stereo sound – is further crafted with a high degree of symmetry and precision. On balance, in our view, the logo reflects both beauty and brains.

‘Whatever It Takes’ is Sonor’s basic communication platform. It tells the story of the relentless pursuit to perfect sound reproduction; the technology and craftsmanship, but also the blood, sweat and tears that were shed to reach the goal of producing a product – both in technology and aesthetics – that can compete with the best in the world. Sonors are exclusive, hand-made speakers that are made like the musical instruments themselves. The strapline: Instruments true to the instruments that made the music, captivates the company mantra and runs throughout all communication elements. Copy strategy/writing by Mark Varder

Corporate identity · Graphic design · Thinking

We help businesses reach their full potential – through the power of purpose-driven communication design

Every company needs a purpose. Something beyond making money. It needs to be driven. It needs to make a difference.

But what is your purpose? Do you have one? When you own a purpose, you stand for something that is based on clarity and honesty, promise and delivery.

Great articulation of your purpose is everything. It will set your company apart from your competitors. The work must be positive, inspiring and charismatic. It must have beauty and brains. It must catch the eye and solve the business problem at the same time.

We have strong strategic instincts with an understanding of customer experience methodology, branding and advertising. We are fluent in industry and production processes, software, benchmarks, history and conventions. We are collaborative and are able to work with teams across different markets.

For inspired and focused communication design, look no further. Our work gets continued global recognition from our peers and industry press.

 

 

 

Advertising · Corporate identity · Graphic design

Globe Telecom

Globe Telecommunication Corporation is the largest mobile telecom provider in the Philippines. It believes its 4G network promises not just a faster service for its customers but ‘a hypnotising and fascinating interaction with an ever-changing and evolving digital world’ that includes apps and services, mobile TV, gaming, 3D television and cloud computing. We like to think this logo design proposal is the first experience of that fascination for Globe™ customers. And talking about fascination, isn’t time all logos had movement?

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Corporate identity · Graphic design

Brand new work for the Mbizo Stone Theatre

I’ve been designing announcement posters for the Mbizo Stone Theatre since 2005. Although this imaginary cultural client allows me to experiment with creative styles and crafts, the basis is always formed on actual theatrical works and plays that tour the country. Photography by Jackie Terreblanche and Peter Dellenbach. Digital paintings, illustrations and typographics by Joost Hulsbosch

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Corporate identity · Graphic design

A new identity for the world leader in biosimilars

Sandoz is part of the Novartis group of companies – and a world leader in affordable generic medicines. As soon as you hear the word ‘generic’, you may think the organisation simply produces copies of medicines without the cost of R&D and patenting, perhaps using inexpensive production lines. In fact, the Swiss-based company has a far more interesting approach: it develops complete new solutions to existing formulas that truly make a difference in patients’ lives. As a result, Sandoz has become a world leader in developing drug-delivery systems and complex biosimilars.

How does a corporate identity begin to reflect Sandoz’s ethos and sense of purpose? Simply, our work is a graphic ‘biosimilar.’ The primary icon is an S born out of three Ss. Repeated and replicated with Swiss precision, the identity offers the viewer a look into a company which provides 90% of the world’s population with sophisticated yet affordable medicines. A global organization with almost infinite facets.

We like to think this simple design principle provides meaning and brings Sandoz to life for customers and employees alike.

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Corporate identity · Web / Interactive design

La marque figurative possible pour La Club des Directeurs Artistiques >

The French Art Directors Club (dedicated to educating and celebrating creative communication, rewarding its practitioners, and raising standards across the industry) came up with a design competition for a new logo; a quest for a typographic emblem that would hold the letters CDA, be premier, be visionary, be stylish, and can stand the test of time. Think I managed to include all the essentials. The project is pending. In the meanwhile, what do you think?

Design Approach: The logo for the society had to project a mature and inspirational image. The circle is intended to refer to both the ‘club’ (exclusive community) and to the ‘globe’ (the circular CDA Award which is regarded as the prime trophy in Francophone creativity). While the execution had to be clean and precise enough to convey a quality brand icon, a quirky element was introduced through the horizontal “A”, which suggest an eye / having a visionary outlook on the world of advertising and design.

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Advertising · Corporate identity · Graphic design · Web / Interactive design

Doing good in food > Mondelez International Foundation identity & communication

Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is one of the world’s largest snacks companies, with global net revenues of $35 billion in 2012. Their brand portfolio is deep and wide and accommodates a range of famous chocolate, candy and biscuits brands of which some are more than 100 years old and own marketshares of more than 50% in their categories. || As one of the world’s largest food companies, the company takes social responsibility very serious and are committed to fighting hunger and promoting active, healthy lifestyles. The Mondelēz International Foundation wants to give back and do ‘good’. It takes a collaborative approach to tackle these global problems – working with consumers, companies, governments and leading non-governmental organisations.

This uplifting logo expresses the company’s desire to show another side of their business; an important side that stands and acts with purpose, positivity and integrity. Its goal is to develop a healthier world in where all of Mondelēz’ stakeholders can trust and obtain the confidence that is so critical to the company’s future. || Deliverables: Logo, Stationery, Brand book, Brand messaging, Company collateral and widget-based Website.
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