Since I started working at RDE, I had been dying to re-do the corporate I.D. (click to visit website)
Client: Ripe Digital Entertainment
Project: Creative Direction and Design for Ripe Digital Entertainment Brand ID, Website and Print Collateral
Upon my arrival at Ripe Digital Entertainment (RDE), I had made it a personal goal to redo the brand identity and collateral. The poorly executed logotype, production value of the collateral, and the website’s usability and clutter had become a source of embarrassment. Considering the original “paisley” logo was based on a brand naming/identity I had done for a holdings company (same owners) I was personally vested in this identity, and was not happy with where it had been taken since.
Working the former VP of Marketing, I developed a creative brief that outlined the primary challenges, requirements, audience, and messaging for the new identity. Once we had the foundation for the thinking behind this effort, I called on long-time collaborator Dan Benderly to help make it a reality. Starting with a broad range of comps, we worked with the CEO to focus in on a logo direction that ultimately would work. From there we executed on the creative for the print advertising, website, business cards, buck slips, folders, etc.
I could not have been more pleased with the final result. The “Before” and “After” examples speak for themselves.
Designer: Special thanks to designer extraordinaire Dan Benderly, without whom this could not have turned out so well
Development: Pinacol and their Blazonco platform
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Pure Vacations is a custom luxury spa vacation service that provides discriminating clients with same experience you would expect from a five-star resort but in a private luxury home. I have had the originally called Pure Kauai, they were one of my first, and favorite freelance clients that I worked with directly. They were referred to me in 2003 as they were struggling to find a means to transform their fitness vacation business into a luxury brand. They had already had a design firm re-do their logo, and knew their website was a crucial sales tool considering their geography. By carefully listening to what their business goals were, and working through the process with open minds on both sides, I was able to architect, design and build a website that suited their purpose. Over the following year or so I would support them with email newsletter design and delivery as well as regular site updates.
In late 2004 they approached me again, not only to update their website, but also to work with them in developing their brand strategy and refreshing their identity. Working with a copywriter, who is now my wife, we did a thorough breakdown of the fundamentals and intangibles of their business. Once all involved had a complete understanding we created a new identity, all new copy, a brand hierarchy that could accommodate new franchises and a new website architecture and refreshed design. The end result has been a doubling of revenues year over year. Being a trusted luxury brand on one of the most beautiful developed islands in the world has brought them Hollywood stars and key real estate partnerships that have driven the business beyond the owner’s imagination. The client could not be happier. Aloha.
In 2006, due to the volume of changes and adding of two more franchises, I referred Pure Vacations to old time collaborator Pinacol to migrate their site(s) to a cms/template powered system based on the original design. The sites are now maintained by the client themselves.
Copywriting: Alyssa McCornock Reponen
Current Site System Backend: Pinacol
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Agency: Transistor Studios
Project: Website Art Direction, Design, Flash Animation and Development for Editing house
Client: The 7th Letter
Project: Flash Website Design and Art Direction for the launch of the underground apparel/lifestyle brand
Flash and DB Development: Kremsa Design
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Client: Bodega Winebar
Project: Architecture, Art Direction, Flash Development and HTML, as well as menus, business cards and other print extras.
Quickly approaching the launch of their Santa Monica location the owners of Bodega Wine Bar, former Chiat Day employees, came to me to help them develop their web presence. Being a multi-year winner of Citysearch’s Wine Bar of the Year, their website had become a top priority.
After multiple discussions with the client and long-time collaborator Peter Reid, I created a strategy and user experience architecture that would work best for the goals we had laid out. Then we delivered a selection of design directions that were inspired by their laid back way of serving wine and food. The client was so pleased with the results they not only wanted us to develop the site but to create their menus and related print collateral based on that chosen direction.
I’m a huge fan of simplicity and design that effectively communicates the unspoken qualities of the client. This little project does just that.
Design Direction: Peter Reid