AHEAD FOR LIFE
Developing an identity for a new Centre of Excellence at the UNSW focusing on early intervention and prevention in mental health and substance abuse.
THE GOOD OIL
What happens when you fit classic cars with coffee and fashion: Krank. A brand for misfits and diehards who love the mystique of cars and coffee.
THE PEOPLE’S BEER
It was only a few short years ago that Canoe Lager was introduced to the Solomon Islands. It quickly became the favourite with the locals across the islands. Because of this amazing uptake Solomon Breweries wanted to extend the range and reposition the original lager beer as ‘Canoe Lager Classic’. Darling developed an honest family of beers that can comfortably live together in the tropics.
LOVE YOUR MEAT
Branding and identity for radical new Mobile Slaughter Units promoting high quality ethically slaughtered meat straight from the farm gate to your local meat emporium.
TOGETHER INTO THE FUTURE
Two great image making companies have combined their might to create one major entity. Both companies bring their own personalities, strong lineage, outstanding craft and can do attitude. So now they stand side-by-side ready to take on the world.
SHAKE UP THE SHELVES
Why oh why are the wine shelves so lacking in energy and spark.... centred labels, classical serif type, and conservative attitudes, but that's the way things have always been in wine land. Not any more. Lone Stone was don't believe in any of that, they just want to make great wine from Aussie's best grapes... they don't even have a cellar door. This isn't a case of sour grapes, in fact quite the opposite. You see they develop wines from grapes sourced from the prime growing regions of Australia for that particular grape, from a good vintage and then use the mysterious arts of the winemaker to produce a range of beautiful, simple and accessible wines.
To go with this new age view of wine production, Lone Stone wanted to shake up the shelves a bit... Darling used simple organic shapes of individual stones combined with large amounts of negative white space to add disruption and distinction to the entire range. It was very important the range worked as a stand out group but was also instantly recognised when ranged as an individual bottle with other similar varietals on shelf. So drink up and enjoy Australia's best. Cheers. Cin Cin. Saluté. Down the hatch. Hic
LEADING THE FUTURE
Name, brand and identity development for a lead generation company based on using personal data to provide incredibly accurate and targeted experiences.
LIVING THE VISION
They say that when you have lost one sense the others become heightened to compensate, giving the bearer extraordinary powers in other ways. That sounds less like a handicap and more like an opportunity. The Royal Blind Society wanted to point this out to their many members. They wanted to bring blindness out into the modern day, and shake off the stigmas of the past. To do this they need first to change the underlying attitude of those afflicted with blindness.
We helped them create a program of empowerment to give blind people energy, skills and tools to help minimise the impact of their condition – everything they need to live a happy life. These became the tools for blind people to create a better life with renewed enthusiasm, assisting them to dream, work and play. And in doing so, recover some of their self esteem, and extend their skills and capabilities.
MAKE MORE POSSIBLE
For Nestlé Professional, helping Australian chefs prepare delicious dishes in a fraction of the time is a priority. Nestle Professional understands that alongside creativity and expertise, budget management and operational efficiency are crucial to culinary success. Stocking MAGGI, Buitoni and Nestle Docello products in the pantry, chefs can rest assured knowing they have a reliable back up of quality products to alleviate pressure, meet customer demand, and maintain high standards.
We developed the ‘Accommodations Book’ and positioned these three brands as being the right ingredients for every element of the culinary business. Giving chefs a helping hand with all dishes, from flavoursome stocks to beautiful desserts, yet still allowing freedom to add their own style. With clean, crisp imagery of the fresh ingredients needed plus the product required to finalise a meal, to demonstrate the versatility, quality and ease of these brands.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Diabetes NSW wanted to brand their shop and add a broad appeal to a wider audience, other than just those who live with diabetes.
ALL SHIP SHAPE
Solomon Breweries’ Solbrew Lager has been the favourite restorative brew for the majority of islanders for nearly 22 years. Steeped in traditional values that came ashore on square riggers during the days of trading ships, they had plenty of heritage to work with. The beer inside the bottles was as good as it gets, but the currency of their branding had long since sailed. It was time to engage their loyal followers with a brand refresh that rekindled the spirit of what it means to be a Solomon Islander.
Our approach was to focus on the tall trading ships heritage which is symbolic of people coming from all corners of the world and bringing with them a great beer. The sun, sea and trade winds mean so much to the spirit of this island nation. However, rather than designing in the old world nautical style, we approached it in a fresher, more stylised way. The tall ship graphical representation has a bright, modern design, which embodies the paradisiacal island lifestyle and reconnects profoundly with the locals’ sense of nationhood.
BACK TO BASICS
Fitness fanatics and those training hard need sustenance at the end of the day; really good, gut filling, nutritious sustenance. So when Cave Foods founders (Ben Moon, Stuart Gadenne and Daniel Barrett) were hungry after a particularly gruelling session, and couldn’t find anything they liked, they decided to make their own. And it was good. So good, they had to share, and so Cave Foods was born. You see real food isn’t just about squashing seeds and honey together – it’s about flavour, texture and balance. Because proper food is never boring.
There’s one more ingredient, however, to creating a successful paleo-inspired business, and that’s what happens at point-of-sale. Paleo foods have become one of the latest diet catchcries, but no one is differentiating on-shelf apart from the word “paleo”. We wanted to take things much further back than that. Hell, Cave Foods would have wrapped their bars in brown paper if the food authorities would let them. But, alas, no. So we stripped it all back to simple, shrink-wrapped packs where low tech earthy tones, hand drawn graphics, and non-uniformity were the end game. Real basic stuff, and our budding Neanderthal market snapped them up.
FOR THE LOVE OF FISH
So they say there are plenty more fish in the sea... great if you a love struck teenager but not so goash cafe with naming and identity in 2009... come 2016 and they have developed a large fleet of followers due to the ethical 'fight for the fish' stance and the delicious dishes created by celebrity chef, Tom Kime.
Fish&Co. are on the move to the new swizzy development at the Glebe Tramsheds and need an update to their branding in line with their flash new digs and expanded offer. We supplied an identity that is as simple as it is elegant, highlighting the sustainable 'line caught' philosophy, so everyone knows there are no nets involved in the catch (except on the blokes in the fish factory). The brand needed to stretch from takeaway and wet fish through to wine glasses and cutlery. With the Harold Park development right next door, everything is now in place for Fish&co to catch even more punters.
WESTWAY, THE GLITTER AND THE SLUMS
These Sticky Fingers lads are brilliant performers and master entertainers. Not to mention just a wee bit off piste.. but hey this is Rock and Roll. STI FI were launching their 3rd album and wanted to get some real earthiness and flavour to the cover. Using their own stained glass window from down their local we collaborated with the folks at Electric Art to produce a darkly humourous album cover featuring legendary celebrity - Jimmy the Hand. The cover has cues of Ziggy Stardust and brings the bands fun loving personality and kooky characters to the fore.
There is a little town called Wooton off the beaten track in NSW where a very special species of blossom lives. Her name is Monique and she is the founder and shining light behind Blossom Eco Skincare. Started originally to produce organic and chemical free skin care to use on her beautiful baby boy, Monique discovered that her concoctions had a far wider audience. Enter Darling, we helped distill the essence of Blossom and then developed an identity that is as strong as it is soft. Dovetailing in with Blossom's philosophy of only using glass we produced a simple yet unique range of skin care. Darling then activated the brand through markets and stalls with a POS system backed by a simple to use website. From a small beginning this is one brand that is definitely blossoming!
SOUND YOU CAN SEE
What happens when you form a brand from five of the brightest minds from the rarified land of audiophile design. A partnership that designs speakers so beautiful and sound so pure you can see it.
LIVE YOUR LIFE
Diabetes is surprisingly common in Australia. One in four adults has either diabetes or its precursor, Impaired Glucose Tolerance. On diagnosis, there’s a danger that the affected person will shutdown and basically give up on living, which is definitely not the best way to tackle the problem. Diabetes NSW want to turn this around, they want people to live their lives, get out there and do amazing things, have fun and get on with it. Appropriate medication is the best way to give each patient the best chance to slow the progression of their symptoms, or even stop it making a comeback, this also helps to change attitudes, and to promote health and wellbeing.
We were tasked with packaging this message to Australia’s 1.7 million people living with diabetes. Our “Live your Life” campaign was all about changing attitudes, helping sufferers manage their diabetes, and turn their perspective around so that they realise they still have a life to live.
The language and imagery was all about encouragement and enthusiasm, as a reminder of what they can still enjoy. We focused on the individual not the organisation, with messages that carried empathy and energy for these challenged lives.
HELPING SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF PARKINSON'S
Bringing the mystery of Parkinson's out into the open with the chance to become a character in the next in Michael Robotham next crime thriller… matching wits with famous Parkinson's sufferer and clinical physcologist Professor Joe O’Loughlin.
YOUR LOCAL PLUMBER ALL OVER SYDNEY
Having every part of Sydney covered with plumbing and drainage means Sydneywide can make it local but keep it big!
STEAM PUNK DONE TO A TEA
Fancy tea from packaging with pretty flowers and rolling fields? Come on, please. What do you have to do to get a decent cuppa these days? That’s the question that popped into Dr T’s rather less frilly mind, moments before he hatched the idea of Dr T, the original steam-punk tea. Do away with the poppycock, and give us a range of brash and bold teas so we know what we’re getting – a good, honest, restorative cup.
We love a category busting opportunity like that, so we developed an entirely new range under the hard-edged yet wholesome steam-punk framework. Lending from a bygone era when great industrial inventions of steam-driven wonderfulness could manage almost any human endeavour, this graphic style has lent a solid, trustworthy profile to seriously well sourced and expertly blended teas. Dr T tea is now gaining traction in cafes and tea houses across NSW. Splendid!
LATE NIGHT BEER
What do you drink when you have finished with beer for the evening? Why, a whisky of course... GBNC took advantage of this to broaden their appeal and portfolio with a new premium beer that is blended with just the right amount of Malt Whisky.
SEE FOREVER FROM THE EDGE
In the cluttered real estate market where most developments’ marketing is formulaic and bland, Laing + Simmons wanted to lift its Edge 28 apartment off the page. Their new 12 storey project had pride of place in a thriving north shore metropolis, with views from many floors that were impossible to build out – a key selling feature. They also wanted to explore 3D virtual reality tours in their promotional marketing and onsite display suite.
We consulted with the best 3D virtual reality creation artists in Australia, Electric Art. Using architectural plans, they developed an entire suite of interior and exterior images, and 3D virtual reality experiences. All finished in breathtaking realism, this was a first for apartment complex sales in Australasia. The promotional materials included apps to download for Android and iPhone for a taste of 3D, to a fully immersive 3D virtual reality walk trough of the development in the display suite. For the first time ever, buyers could walk through their entire apartment and witness its views before it was even built.
ATTRACT THE RIGHT MINDS
As well as its academic record, how a university presents itself is hugely important to its ability to attract new students. To attract the freshest and brightest minds, the UNSW had to up its game in a highly competitive higher education market. Their strategy was to encourage their target audience to discover what’s possible – and take their skills somewhere new in the fields of quantum physics and build environment. The strategy was to be offered within the framework of each faculty specifically for each discipline.
Our approach was to create an ultra-modern new profile which conveyed the promise of a cutting-edge learning environment underscored by top level curricula in both. We positioned each faculty to its target audience, which then tied-back into the overall UNSW offer. The brightest student minds weren’t slow on the uptake either, with greatly increased applications for both courses.
CGI, or computer generated imagery has been around since the early nineties, but few have attained the same heights of perfection as Electric Art. With the advent of ever more powerful computing, the line between a photo and what can be generated in a computer has well and truly merged. EA are global asset creative leaders in the field of producing starkly realistic images and video of just about anything, before it’s even been made. Not only that, they can integrate the object into any landscape so convincingly you’d swear it was real.
As if EA didn’t have image creation down pat, we helped them frame their own into a new corporate design for them to project themselves to all manner of industries who could use their skills. We created a new identity based simply on demonstrating the creativity and rigour behind what they do. Their new energised profile has picked up strong representation in the USA due to its relevant and modern look.
IT'S OUR BEER
For over 60 years SP Lager has been Papua New Guinea’s preferential coolant. It’s the beer locals have when they’re sharing good times, relaxing with their mates, fishing or getting ready for a night out. In fact, they didn’t need much cause celebrate to crack the top off this particular tipple, until recently when sales began to soften. SP Brewery decided the time had come to rejuvenate its most popular brand and re-engage its once loyal punters.
We discovered that while the beer was slipping in sales, the connection for the locals to SP Breweries was as strong as ever in their hearts and minds. So, we made the SP letters and palm tree graphic feature boldly on a powerfully contrasting and highly simplified yellow and green design. On shelf it stood out like the proverbial, announcing proudly that this is “Our Beer”. And the locals agreed, rushing back to their favourite beer like a homesick wanderer, firmly re-establishing it as their first choice after a hard day’s work.
IT'S GAME ON!
Anyone who’s ever been at a live game at the SCG or Alliance Stadium, will know how much better it is being there over watching it on TV. It’s not even in the same ball park. There’s energy coursing through the crowd, a sense of togetherness, punctuated by hair-bristling euphoria whenever the action peaks. No 60-inch TV in a dimly lit lounge room will ever top that. However, people are funny things, and sometimes we forget the whole point of being there. Which is why the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust have recently been watching ticket sales slipping.
To turn the game around, we created a completely new strategy for them to encourage punters to “Get in the Game”, with highly recognisable sports celebrities bursting from 3D outdoor posters. It was a huge draw card for dyed-in-the-wool sports fans, demonstrating closeness to the game, and boosting their patronage at Sydney’s iconic SGC and SFS sporting arenas. #winning
MILK COMES FROM COWS
Ask any Pacific Islander where milk comes from and they’ll tell you with confidence: a can. Which is actually true for them because there are no cows anywhere in the Pacific Islands. Probably because there’s not a lot of grass. However, the folks at Sunshine Milk saw an opportunity to reinforce their brand and deepen its ties with all Pacific Islanders through educating their market.
We developed Sunny, a happy cow caricature who has a light-hearted and joyful way about her, to convey the message. She’s the hero on all cans and other package formats of Sunshine Milk, and appears larger than life on mini markets and corner stores. The result has been a new bond between consumer and brand, which historically had been a passive relationship. No doubt Sunny’s educational role will blossom in the future to further develop the message and strengthen the loyalty bond.
NUMBER ONE UNDER THE SUN
A tropical island and cool beer sound like partners made in heaven, and the locals in New Caledonia were more than happy to celebrate that. In fact, they raised a glass of Grande Brasserie de Nouvelle- Calédonie's (GBNC) brewing goodness to Number One for over 40 years. The good times rolled and Number One took the mantle of a national icon, a leader in the New Caledonian way of life. However, when an aggressive competitive brewer arrived, the young of the market started to question the status quo.
GBNC decided it was high time to rejuvenate their core brand. What they came to us with was a seriously good beer that simply needed a bit of TLC. We redesigned the packaging to reflect the attitudes and expectations of the emerging, thirsty, younger market, while reinforcing its enduring appeal to the established mature market. Now a bright and energetic new face of Number One beer has well and truly reunited itself with the buzz and effervescence of a playful, united New Caledonia.
WITH YOU ALL THE WAY
The Disability Services Australia were about to undergo a major shake up. They were in great need of a positive attitude and a stronger sense of self before tackling the catalyst for change. They needed a new modern identity to show how their range of services track with disabled people every step of the way. It was clear they had to relaunch themselves under a banner of unity, with constant understanding as their mantra.
We helped them develop a new identity that showed unity, support and organisation. It was a fresh and positive new start for a government department that had been hampered in its genuine efforts by the legacy of an unimaginative government department. The results were all encompassing as the entire organisation united together, completely turning around the board members and cynical staff, and launching a modern outlook, relevant position, and sense of purpose under the new flag.
THE ART OF CHOCOLATE
There’s nothing more sublime than fine chocolate. You know it the moment it touches your lips. Much more than merely a taste experience, great chocolate affects people on an emotional level. A premium Australian product like Zokoko needed first to make a promise to the consumer that it has attained such heights of desirability. It needed to speak with confidence, exclusivity, and utter quality. It had to stand out in a crowded market, where sophisticated consumers are willing to spend a lot for a little bit of quality.
It was clear that consumers wanted more than just chocolate. They wanted the romance, refined design, and the whole backstory to boot. We developed a design style within the framework of fine art to bring the artisanal skills and craft of Michelle Morgan to the fore. We expanded and diversified the range with new formats, flavours, block sizes, including a new drinking chocolate range, establishing presence and capability. Elegant and sophisticated designs, they encapsulate an unashamedly luxurious artisanal experience.
GET THE PARTY STARTED
When the sun sets in Papua New Guinea, it’s the perfect occasion for locals to break out a cool beer or three. And the beer they almost universally reach for is Niugini ICE, a fresh, crisp brew that’s perfect for getting the party started. A traditional part of the PNG way of life for generations, Niugini ICE is loved by all, but there had been a concerning trend – the younger generations were starting to loosen their tight patriotic grip on the nation’s most iconic beer brand.
What the brand needed was a fresh new look that encapsulated the vibrancy and vitality of the youth market, that would propel Niugini ICE back to centre stage on PNG's party scene. We leveraged the traditional blue colours with bold white type and sharpened its image dramatically, creating a more youthful, energised design. The new branding quickly reacquainted itself with the youth of PNG as their beer. Market share went from a dying brand to a very admirable 85% share, demonstrating this reboot in branding had given this beer a whole new lease of PNG life.
COFFEE IS IN OUR ROOTS
Great coffee doesn’t just happen. It takes skill at every step. From sourcing great beans, to roasting them just so, and skilled baristas who really know how to eek out the syrupy goodness. You can’t fake this. It takes years to get it just right. And no family of coffee aficionados understands that more than Dean Morgan’s. Their depth of knowledge has built a brand that’s branching out into a nationwide chain of coffee houses, and they needed a brand profile to take them there.
To show off the deep-rooted expertise this family has garnered over the years, we developed an iconic family tree symbol underscored by the supporting line, “Great coffee is in our roots.” The big coffee chains are about volume, but no one will show you more care and attention than a family run business. Our master brand provided a strongly branded retail presence that worked to leverage the idea of family crafted perfection. Now, more and more people are waking up to Morgan’s Coffee Roasters with new supply contracts and cafés opening across Australia.
OOH LA LA
When you’ve got the number one brand of beer in a market, there’s only one way to grow, outwards. And that’s just what Grande Brasserie de Nouvelle-Calédonie (GBNC) decided to do with their beloved Number One beer brand, by introducing a flavour range pitched squarely at a younger market, quite partial to a little fruit flavour to brighten-up their beer drinking experience. See, some people can drink the same golden nectar pint after pint quite happily, but there are others who just have to have a little variety.
GBNC came to us with their Number One beer infused with lychees, lemon and citrus zest flavours. We created a range of packaging that held closely to the original Number One design we’d already created, but broadened its appeal to the wider market with differentiating colours and graphics. This brought the brand cred of the nation’s favourite beer with it, and maximised its appeal to new customers, while helping to fend off competition from rival Manta.
SERIOUSLY GOOD COFFEE
If you want to test your bravado, try launching a new coffee onto the market. It’s already at mega-saturation point, so you’d better be different about it. You have to stand out like the proverbial and really make a difference to an evermore sophisticated customer. George Sabados is just such an Australian. He’s a true coffee industry guru who wanted us to develop a brand that brought all his experience, knowledge, global search for great beans and fab roasting techniques to the fore – with a little twist.
We developed a brand that directly conveyed all the mysterious methods and components that go into roasting a coffee bean with greatness. But most importantly, we brought to the front the ‘alchemy’ that comes from blending just the right amount of Arabica with the right amount of Robusta, combined with just a hint of the uber-expensive Papua New Guinean “poo poo” bean. Yes, coffee beans loving consumed and then excreted by wild Civet cats. We’re not joking. Which George crawled across miles of bushland to buy from the grower. The lengths we go to bring you the best coffee? Seriously.