Design Stories

Austin Texas Credit Unions

ATXCU is a sister website to ACCU, both of which we designed, along with their respective branding. ACCU acts for all the Credit Unions in Austin, Texas, while their public service website, ATXCU, serves as a education and communication platform for the wider Austin community.


ATXCU brand design


 
 

ATXCU brand design

Dovetail X in development

Dovetail X turns creative and tech freelancers into pop-up agencies to supercharge their work. See the end of this page for an explanation of just what the heck we're talking about.

We are developing Dovetail X right now, and while the real hard stuff is being built in the background, we can show you some of the bits were designing here.

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About Dovetail X

Freelancers go from isolated, to part of a network with unlimited collaborative capabilities. Freelancers are limited to low-budget jobs and restrictive contracts. Collaborating with others usually means sharing a budget made-for-one. Dovetail X enables independent creatives to form pop-up project teams and win more valuable business.

Users can search, assemble, and collaborate in one platform. Each team is purpose-built for each project they are working on. The agility of freelancers with the power of collaboration produces effective and adaptable teams.

Dovetail X enables freelancers to work for themselves not by themselves.

Sign up for early access at www.dovetailx.com/beta-test/

 

Contain This

Remember the days of taking a sandwich to school, only to find it's a soggy mess at lunchtime? The fillings had socked into the bread to create a strange blend of textures and taste? Well engineer and designer Will Archie felt your pain and came up with the definitive solution to soggy sandwich syndrome. The Perfect Sandwich container separates the bread from the fillings, until you're ready to combine and eat. A unique removable freezer pack keeps everything fresh.

Darby was brought on board in the early product design phase, developing the product branding for Perfect Sandwich, and the company branding for Contain This! We also developed the website, targeted at wholesalers and technology licensees.

Simplicite Store

 
 

A simple store design for an organic skincare range. A light touch was required to focus in on the simple benefits of the product range with its existing Australian brand and messaging in place. Our brief was to also make it easy for the client to manage the store on their own.

Visit the site: www.simplicite.co.nz

Some other fav projects

BRAND DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT / WEBSITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT / BRAND MARKETING CAMPAIGNS

Here is a 'sampler box' of projects we really enjoyed working on. Not all of it's brand, some of it's marketing. It showcases some of our illustration and typography work too. 

Jack's Point

BRAND DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT / WEBSITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Jack's Point is a 1200 hectare (3000 acre) settlement in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world - on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just 15 minutes from Queenstown, New Zealand. The resort and golf course developers talk about 'tread lightly' in their design work, and we took that on board. With the website design for example, we wanted the brand to sit lightly amongst the landscape images

While Jack's Point has been 15 years in the planning, for us it was a startup, albeit a billion dollar one. We approached this from the perspective of our target market, seducing them with the raw and natural beauty of the place. The location is world renowned, and at the same time somewhat exclusive. In developing and delivering the brand story we were keenly aware of the opportunity to attract considerable sales interest, but also careful not to diminish the market positioning in the mid to high end property segments. Understanding our target market is the first task on any project.

As brand development designers, we devised and implemented a brand identity system across all aspects of Jack's Point, from the humble tactile business card to the responsive website serving multiple business and stakeholder interests.

The icon design in the logo is a direct reference to the angular rock face towering above Jack's Point, rock found deeply embedded in the surrounding landscape contour. It's a constant reminder that Jack's Point has been here for millions of years and we are simply caretakers.

The website we developed is also used to house and manage the brand identity and communications program. This allows us to be very market responsive with the brand, while maintaining synchronized continuity for all parties involved in marketing and communications. 

DESIGNERS: SIMON DARBY, KATE DARBY

Bell & Co

BRAND STRATEGY AND DESIGN / WEBSITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT / PACKAGING DESIGN

Bell & Co. is a recently launched lunch delivery and catering service. They create food which has a strong emphasis on fresh, local produce that is nourishing and delicious. Charlotte, the founder, was looking to create a brand that supported this mantra and could help the business gain traction and grow. Charlotte saw a need for office workers to easily get a lunch that didn't break the bank or compromise on quality.

The process to develop the brand began by defining the unique value proposition and vision for the business. The name Bell & Co. was created to reflect the collaborative efforts that go into every aspect of the business. Despite the fact that Charlotte was a solo founder, she collaborates regularly with her suppliers, other chefs, designers (us), and craftspeople to keep growing Bell & Co. in new and interesting directions.

When developing a visual brand identity for Bell & Co. the context for how the logo would be used was carefully considered. The logo mark was created a tight unit that could work across a variety of surfaces and touch points. Rather than embark on the expensive process of having packaging printed, we created a stamp for Bell & Co. This was a low-cost, adaptable and effective way to brand the different varieties of packaging.

The website was developed in a two-stage process. The first stage was a landing page that enabled Bell & Co. to quickly get up and running with a professional face. As orders rapidly grew, the need for an online ordering system quickly became clear. The second stage was to create a site for Bell & Co. that could still tell the brand story, but also allow for customers to order and pay online (or choose in-person). The site also schedules Bell & Co.'s orders, making Charlotte's life a lot easier. A user-experience focus was taken, and user testing was done to make sure Bell & Co.'s customers could make an easy transition to the new site. 

 WEBSITE: WWW.BELLAND.CO + DESIGNER: KATE DARBY

Lucina Maternity

BRAND DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT / WEBSITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT / BRAND MARKETING CAMPAIGNS

Lucina is a registered 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, based in California. It's primary purpose is to promote better maternity care using an integrated team including CNM's, physicians, and health educators. Lucina advocates that a woman should be empowered during her pregnancy to engage in informed decision-making regarding her care and delivery.

We became involved at the very start of this project where the underlying concepts of better maternity care were being formulated. It's a challenge for brand development at this early stage where the message is still evolving. This can be an advantage too. It gave us a simpler brief for an identity that communicated elements of trust and care with a focus on mother and baby. At the same time, as with many startups, we needed to communicate a professional organization that gave, in this instance, donors confidence in participating.

Lucina succeeded in its initial aim, establishing a significant fund, and forging key relationships with CNM's, physicians, and health educators in California, and supporting the opening of new clinics under the Lucina model.

Our ongoing work with Lucina is also in brand marketing communications. This involves online awareness campaigns around healthcare issues concerning women, midwives, CNM's and physicians. As always the brand underpins the messages.

We are also working with Lucina on the development of new hospital-based practices in California, with a view to more across the United States.

Soho Basin

BRAND DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT / WEBSITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Soho Basin is new, yet it's like the first days of popular skiing in the 1930's, when it was an adventure and a privilege to discover new runs.

Soho Basin is situated in two high alpine basins at the head of Soho Creek. Set amongst the Southern Alps of New Zealand it overlooks the spectacular scenery of Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin with amazing alpine views beyond to the peaks of the main divide.

Inspiration for the Soho Basin branding comes from an era when skiing was as much exploration as it was adventure. The brand team drew on design concepts popular in the 1930's to connect these inspiration points with this startup ski resort. We felt strongly that Soho Basin should by-pass the typical ski resort design ideas of the 70's and 80's, and draw a relationship with an era when skiing first became popularized.

Our inspiration was also taken from pioneering clues found in America. We travelled to Yosemite National Park in California, picking up clues to an era when mountain lodges and considerable effort were all part of a wilderness leisure experience. The U.S. National Parks system contains some very relevant and well preserved references to the 1930's era, and we found inspiration in the smallest details of signage, posters, and architecture.

This brand development project is in its very early stages, with the story developing over the next few years. We have great ideas for Soho Basin, so watch this space. 

WEBSITE: WWW.SOHOBASIN.CO.NZ + DESIGNERS: SIMON DARBY, KATE DARBY