What is your favorite color? Mine is 306. 306U to be exact (306C is a little too pedantic for my tastes). I know a lot of people like 300, or some like the warmer 2738. My favorite used to be 3005, but either my eyes have changed or I’ve just lost that emotional connection to [...]
designRoom Creative Director, Chad Gordon, talks about brand guidelines, choosing a color palette, and how important they are.
Tiny videos are a series of insightful shorts – quick, spontaneous, peeks into our world, our work, and our people. We caught Chad working on logo sketches, refinements actually, prior to a big new logo presentation for a client in New Jersey.
In case you haven’t noticed, designRoom recently completed a logo refresh of our own. Why? Because its easy for us! It’s what we do, when there's a good reason for doing it. LOL Just kidding. A logo refresh was actually quite difficult for us. Why? Because it’s what we do for a living. It’s true what [...]
Ohio Travel Bag (OTB): established in 1908 as a manufacturer of traveling bags and coin collection bags. The Industrial Revolution, with its locomotives and steamships and motorcars, had opened up travel to everyday Americans. Ohio Travel Bag outfitted those travelers with their luggage. As larger manufacturers took over the market, OTB transitioned to sourcing and providing [...]
As I teased in my social post, I have some thoughts on Aldi's fresh logo. First, let me tell you my impressions of Aldi and their old logo. For a long time, I had driven by Aldi’s and had no idea what they were. It sounded and looked vaguely automotive. When I finally heard it [...]
Brand belief is important. Belief leads to brand loyalty, which leads to sustained brand success. I believe it's being threatened. A while back I wrote a blog about how a healthy relationship equals a healthy brand. I stated that the number one tenet of a healthy client/agency relationship was "belief": "Simply put, you have to [...]
How about a free 2017 calendar featuring original photography? It seems nobody does calendars anymore, which is why I created a free download for anyone who wants it! This is the first year I can remember that I didn't get a calendar to hang in my office. I guess I'm a little old school, but [...]
Tis the season for a little song about the gift of brand guidelines: On the twelfth day of branding, the sales and marketing guy sent to me: Twelve colors clashing Eleven photos blurring Ten fonts a fighting Nine voices shouting Eight files crashing Seven typos grinning Six sub brands missing Five bro-ken links... Four mission statements [...]
Here are some of the ins and outs of falling up in our studio. It's been been almost two hours and I'm getting hangry. The room feels stuffy, like a closet. The black dry-erase marker died, we had to switch to blue, and my OCD is on alert. The white board was full an hour ago and [...]
Here's a rare peek behind how I create a logo design — in this case, the new logo design for The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). The process began with our typical assessment. We interviewed key stakeholders, board members, vendors and members, and learned about NAATP's history and their competitive environment. You can read more [...]
Something wine and gold happened to me while trying to figure out what to write in my color blog. Something wine-believable. Something unfor-goldable. Something impossible that I need to share. Sunday, June 19, 2016 It’s getting late and I’m stuck at my baseball game because the umps showed up forty minutes late. I’m happy to be playing ball [...]
Signs you need a logo refresh: Tired of wearing that tattered company polo with the old logo and the coffee stain? Embarrassed by your Brady Bunch brand colors? Done with using that nineteen-eighties typeface that smells like a musty basement? Frustrated with not being able to find the one digital copy of your logo file that gets passed [...]
I’m often asked how we come up with logo designs from thin air. My answer? It’s never from thin air. It’s a process and it actually starts with words. Words? Don’t you just Google images and look through fancy designer swatchbooks to come up with ideas? Or doodle until something happens? Assessment Makes for a [...]
I absolutely love what I do. Being a creative director and designer at dRC has fulfilled my desire to create and solve problems and it never gets old. But as some of you may know, I have another creative outlet that I am just as passionate about: Infrared Landscape Photography. When I am out shooting, I [...]
Whether creating a new brand or refreshing an old brand the ultimate success does not begin with research, interviews or focus groups. The foundation isn’t built in a brainstorming session or when pencil hits paper. The magic to building a healthy brand starts with the health of the relationship between the client and the branding [...]
Image reproduction is pretty important to our work here at dRC. We work with images every day—creating, manipulating, color correcting, scaling, placing, printing, zipping and emailing. We receive images from clients almost daily -- logos, illustrations and photographs. Image resolution is critical to successful reproduction. If the image you want on your billboard is a [...]
Understanding your corporate colors is one of the more confusing and overlooked aspects of brand management. Here are some steps to help you along the way: 1. Yes, color is a big deal. “Color increases brand recognition by 80%.” (Source: University of Loyola, Maryland study). Choose your colors wisely. Color is critical to identifying your [...]
"To whom it may concern..." As soon as I read that salutation in a job applicant's cover letter, I'm out. If you don't have the time to find out the name of the person that will be hiring you, then I don't have the time for you. But I am concerned. And frustrated and appalled. [...]
Here is a fun look back at all of the designRoom Creative Holiday cards. Let us know which one is your favorite. Bonus points if you can guess the designers (no cheating past dRC designers). Hint: I try as hard as I can to get out of doing the card every year, but some of [...]
I believe, as the result of many an internet image search, our world is becoming more random. And wacky. If you have a teenager, you'll know what I mean by random. And wacky. Just check out this video. My daughter thought it was hilarious. When she showed it to me, I just stood there dumbfounded [...]
This is a true story about learning to play the right position. Much like many businesses need to do. I was a mediocre basketball player in high school. Oh, I thought I was good. I thought I could do it all; pass, shoot, rebound, defend, block shots and on my way to being the best [...]
I spend less than two minutes picking paint colors from that massive swatch kiosk at Home Depot. I go with my gut. But I really only have myself to please. It's different in my design work. There are so many factors that go into developing a color palette for a brand, a campaign or even [...]
I'm warning you up front. That this is a curmudgeonly blog about design language. First, when speaking out loud of a photograph, it is a "picture." Not a "pitcher." Now that that's out of the way, let's discuss Font vs Typeface. Like when people say "font" when they really mean "typeface". Or vice- versa. Whatever. [...]
Yes, your logo is stupid. And the fact that it is ugly isn’t what is making it stupid. It’s stupid because it gives me no sense of what you do, how you do it and why you do it. And it looks like a million other logos that I forgot about years ago. Did you [...]
When we present concepts to clients, I often wonder if they think about how we got from the creative brief to the visual solution. I wonder if they try to understand the leap from words and thoughts to images/colors/type. Maybe they understand more than I give them credit for. Or maybe they don’t care at all and I am just wondering how I do it myself. I’m always a little surprised where inspiration comes from.
This month, dRC will be discussing one of my favorite things to design - logos. First off, it is important to know that your logo is NOT your brand. The term “brand” can be confusing because it has evolved from its origins on the ranch, branding cattle with a hot iron to signify ownership, through the early days of advertising, during which "brand" simply described a logo or package design, to what it means today, sort of a catch-all word.