An early sketch of the last phase of the logo marque development, part of the branding project we undertook for Altus Ltd, based in Bath. Teasing out the nuances of an organisation and boiling them back to a collection of marks which capture the essence are at the nub of what we do.

A logo marque is an important element, it is at the heart of internal and external perception, if used effectively and consistently. An identity marque is a simple, strong visual expression of intent, rooted in brand itself and provides a strong platform for every piece of communication. However, there is much more to a strong visual identity than a logo. Typography, structure, photographic and illustrative style, verbal and linguistic elements, production details and overall quality all contribute to building the personality and visual identity of a successful brand. Our brief is often to orchestrate these powerful elements in order to design an identity system which distills the values of the organisation and creates the brand promise.

Effective branding can help elevate an organisation, business or product from simply being one of the many. It can create emotional resonances amongst an audience who will make their choice using both subjective and pragmatic judgements. It is critical for the visual identity to be coherent across all communication platforms Meticulous application of the creative elements are directly linked to tangible success.

 

altus_logo_drawing

This month sees the launch of the new Monkton Combe School advertising campaign Ice House Design have created. School advertising historically has largely tended to be a few smiling, attractive kids depicted in pleasant surroundings. Okay, but when ads need cut through and show the individuality of the institution (which they should), a more creative approach should be taken.  The proposition we came up with for Monkton advertising campaign came from ‘looking at schooling differently’. We wanted to make images that were challenging, stimulating and contained humour. Images that articulate a sense of what the school is and have the participation of the pupils. The design for the advertising needed to pull itself away from the masses. Ice House Design have created a sequence of 5 ads using various anamorphic illusions that incorporate the broad age range of pupils.

New Monkton Combe School advertising campaign

New Monkton Combe School advertising campaign

“…to fall in love with the business again”.
What could be nicer than making a client this happy? When Jon came to us asking for a new identity for his Bath piano shop we couldn’t resist giving him ideas for the exterior and interior of his showroom too. Some simple suggestions have made a significant difference.

The Piano Shop Bath

This week we've been appointed to work with the world famous Bath Abbey on their interpretation project. The Abbey is one of the most popular places in the South West with over 350,000 visitors per year. Clearly, the Abbey is most importantly a church and a place of worship. Our task is to achieve the right balance between satisfying the hunger for knowledge and a calm place for prayer.

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