You know what's great for the creative design process? Government committees.
Taking a fresh look at the broad and diverse constituency of the County, this seal was created to help the government of Cuyahoga County start anew. We used iconography to symbolize what makes the County strong, and color and type choices rooted in the area's legacy to create this mark.
We can proudly say that this design is on every gas pump in the county.
We teamed up with Flying Hand and Jetpack Group to create a compelling and welcoming identity for Cleveland's most beloved space, the 220-year-old Public Square. Remaining respectful to its history, while looking at the future of the public park recently renovated by James Corner, we created and implemented the visual language prevalent throughout the space and its marketing materials. We also cultivated the voice of the square, as an open framework for people to build their own stories. The team consulted on the Square's website, and made sure that implementation of the identity was cohesive across all platforms.
Team: Nolan, Flying Hand, Jetpack
Take a neighborhood founded a century ago by Slavs, add in makers, artists, a really great pizza place, and a dozen other ethnicities and generations, and what do you get? An identity crisis. We were brought in to create a cohesive, welcoming, identity for Slavic Village, one of Cleveland's most diverse and over-looked neighborhoods. Taking an important element from every culture—textiles—and sampling color from a piece of Polish embroidery, we aimed to create a visual language for the district that speaks to its Slavic past, but is as inclusive and diverse as the area is today.
Team: Nolan, Chelsey
Kickstart Accounting is a Cleveland-based accounting firm that is perfect for people like me (read: people with no financial know-how whatsoever).
Together we have created a versatile and personal identity which looks serious enough to handle money but approachable enough to not be intimidating.
This identity includes a custom typeface, Kickstart Sans, and a spin-off identity for the firm's charitable practice, Kickstart Kares.
Chagrin River Watershed Partners is charged with the noble task of keeping Cleveland's Chagrin River safe. Working with local municipalities, large corporations, small businesses, and residents, the Partners needed a refresh of their existing brand to keep them relevant today.
With the new identity came a few pieces of printed literature, including a program with matching cake balls.
Team: Chelsey, Nolan
Campus District has an incredible diverse constituency. It houses the largest center for transient residents in the city, yuppie condos, artist lofts, affordable housing, and a myriad of educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and small businesses.
With this ongoing project, we've aimed to present the District as what it is—an open and welcoming part of the city. Our visual representations of the District only speak to the warmth and loveliness of the people who work to make it such a great place.
Team: Chelsey, Nolan
An exercise in hand-lettering, the Le Petit Triangle concept design communicates the restaurant's feel. It's high-quality French food, but if your mother made it. Personal, welcoming, and chic.
The stationery suite for the Cleveland Institute of Art's 2015 commencement ceremonies. Using artwork from Rose Haserodt and Breana Kulkin, two graduating students, this invitation and program were designed to be precious objects, using nice paper and a yearbook format to encourage people not to throw away something that they might wish they'd kept in a few years.
Team: Nolan, Rose, Breana, CIA Office of Marketing + Communications
Jennifer is a hoot to work with. She gets to travel around, picking out beautiful clothes and objects to sell at her boutique in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. When it came to designing her identity and storefront, the tone of the work was a no brainer. Using colors sampled out of a photo of peonies, her favorite flowers, we created this beautiful, elegant, but very personal system for the store, Makers.
When the Cleveland Art Association approached us to design the invitation suite for their annual meeting, we were told to have fun with it. We did. Paring a vibrant and eye-catching pattern with a bold red, we set the tone for their event as an exciting, modern appreciation of art and design.
Team: Nolan, CIA Office of Marketing + Communications
The International Women's Air + Space Museum is located on the shore of Lake Erie and is the only museum in the world dedicated to the plight of the aviatrix. We took a very in-depth approach to their rebranding project, designing everything from business cards to their exhibit spaces.
When Friends of Euclid Creek asked us to create a stationery suite for their first annual fundraiser, we couldn't say no. The organization, which protects Cuyahoga County's Euclid Creek and all of the life within its watershed, encouraged us to use color and pattern in a way that would make them stick out from the rest of the work that usually comes out of that sector. We also got an invitation to the dinner, which was super sweet of them.
Whether it's a dinner party with friends or a 400-person wedding, your event should stand out from the first time it's mentioned. These are some invitations and save the dates that we've created over the past few years. Some are standalone dinners, and some are parts of larger suites.
What's better than a taco/tequila joint? One that travels to you. Cleveland is getting a taco truck, courtesy of one of our better known restaurants. This is some early concept work for that and no, unfortunately I couldn't convince them to make their truck a Chevy Nomad with a trailer.
The perfect opportunity to fuse design, papercraft, and sailing, this handmade book teaches the up-and-coming sailing student. This exercise in informational design and technical copywriting affords people a quick reference for some versatile and basic knots, whether you're mooring a sailboat or hanging a chandelier.
While chemical engineering is pretty cool, the day-to-day of office work is not. This chemical engineering company on Cleveland's east side asked for something special for their lobby, so as part of a design team with Vocon Architects, we delivered them a dimensional wall with backlighting, different finishes, and a whole lot of pizazz.
Team: Nolan, Arlene, Laura, Hillary, Vocon
Did you know that seven U.S. states have the cardinal as their state bird? An exercise in minimalism, this poster distills the complex and distinctive markings of each state's bird to an easily-readable and comprehensible chart.