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The dentist is one person no one really fancies. Isn’t that true for most of us, out there? Not many cherish or take delight in the idea of going even for the “routine check-up”. That was considered to be the fundamental problem when coming-up with a whole new campaign for The Tooth Company, a multi-speciality dental care centre in Hyderabad. As a result, NH1 Design, a boutique design studio in Gurgaon, chose a completely new approach–one that would turn out to be more friendly and communicative, on the whole- while spearheading the designing process.

The Challenge

The task wasn’t just to create the brand identity of a dental chain; it was, rather, to bring about a change in the behaviour (and so also psychology and approach) of people towards oral care. “How do we get people to start going to the dentist again?” was the question that was looked at being answered through the new campaign. The base idea or concept, therefore, was to create a brand that brought about a sense of reassurance in people towards dentists, in effort and awareness towards maintaining oral care. What was essentially needed was a brand language that comforted people, so as to replace the fear within them of going to the dentist.

The Essential Logo

Since The Tooth Company follows the ‘Let&’s Talk’ philosophy, communication playing a rather key and vital role in reducing anxiety in the time of toothache, the brand identity composed of quotation marks that form the shape of a tooth, thereby merging teeth care and communication. There’s not much a good, healthy and positive communication cannot solve.

Enhancing the Overall Experience

The Tooth Company aims to reduce patient anxieties through experience design. The minimalist design was thus made to combine with the freshening and renewing vibe of the colour green, purified air, suspended natural aroma, calming music, carefully chosen soothing colours, as well as noise cancellation headphones and eye masks to relax during the treatment.

The Final Solution

In this way, the ambience, look and feel of the place was made to alter the experience of the customer, trying to make a time of ache as less trouble as possible. After all, the way one perceives something is how one experiences it, isn’t it?

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Recently everything has shifted to online from shopping, to work, to manage money and because of this the risks to our digital security and safety have increased exponentially. To make digital lives less risky and more secure, Conran Design Group, UK, has brought to life an entirely new visual and verbal identity ‘Clario’ that humanises, personalises and simplifies cybersecurity. Here we understand how they made it a success.

Clario Visual Identity

The Project Brief

‘Clario’ approached Conran Design Group to bring a fresh perspective to humanizing, personalising, and simplifying the cybersecurity industry through re-branding. Conran needs to develop the company’s core brand message, bringing a fresh sense of approachability to the subject of cybersecurity and create a visual and verbal identity for the brand that brings humanity to the consumer interaction. Translate this through to the product interface design to create an industry-changing user experience.

Clario Visual Identity

The Challenges

The main challenge was combating cybersecurity’s reputation for being complicated, impersonal and fear-inducing. Conran had to deconstruct those preconceived notions of anxiety and complexity through branding and design. One specific challenge was naming the brand in an oversaturated market. Conran needed a name that exemplified the originality of the brand’s new approach to cybersecurity tech. They landed on Clario to signal the clear and intuitive nature of the brand’s offering.

The Solution

Conran found that through designing more informal and intuitive product interfaces and incorporating more people-centred photography, consumers were challenged to think beyond utility to get to the personal nature of cybersecurity needs. Clario’s logo is open and approachable, with an informal tone playfully communicating human connectivity through typeface, colour palette, and design. The branding is anchored by an increased focus on direct and down-to-earth use of language, dispensing with security jargon, and returning the focus to the person on the other side of the software.

Outcome

Clario shaped a new consumer-focused brand identity and experience, offering their customers a bold and human-centric alternative that reduces anxiety and returns digital control to them for good. Clario actively reinvented the role of a cybersecurity company, challenging the notion that tech must be complicated and thus alienate consumers from their Internet safety plan. Instead, Clairo personally guides their customers to manage and maintain their technological autonomy, all with the help of a human-centred design approach.

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Whether it’s a cultural transformation, differentiated customer experience, or tech-enabled innovation, every business needs to evolve with today’s rapidly changing world. Landor is helping its clients using the brand to transform their business for the new world challenges.

Client: Millennium IT

Services: Visual/Brand Identity

The Brief

The task was to determine how Millennium IT, a local information technology stalwart could create a new, differentiated frame of reference for itself? The brand MIT has a strong legacy of being a visionary player in the local market and it now sought to infuse new energy into the brand, striking a chord of relevance across stakeholder groups. The context was that technology disruptions, new market entrants, the emergence of new categories, are placing new demands on clients today to be nimble and deliver a seamless end-user experience. Business needs are ever-changing and clients require higher-order of flexibility from their IT partners.

The Solution

A new brand positioning was created for the brand that was all about harnessing the team’s passion for delivery and agility to bring a fresh perspective in its approach to not only addressing but exceeding its client expectations. This positioning was brought to life with a unique and distinctive visual identity system that drew inspiration word ‘millennium’ and created a dynamic identity that celebrated the brand’s future-forward, agile orientation towards its clients, always solving for what is vital for them.

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The Design in 2020! Each year starts with many predictions, anticipations and a lot of hope for bad things to go out and good things to come in our life. The year 2020 has already started with eventful initial months and may hold more surprises in coming times. To understand what’s coming from the design perspective, we featured some of the best design projects from last year. Also discussed a few broad questions like how minimalism will affect our designs or what all an illustrator to keep in mind to be successful and much more.

 

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Rusbury is a great example of how to brand a sweet and savouries store in today’s contemporary times. Sukkrish AADDS, a Bangalore based creative agency founded by Shreesh Shankar, gives an interesting twist to the branding (visual identity).

Visual Identity

The Brief and Challenges

Rusbury is a sweets and savouries brand operating out of Bangalore. The brand needed a unique visual identity that would help it stand out from the clutter. The identity also needed to appeal to both, the existing customer and their target audience.

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The Solution

When you think of a sweet and savouries store the image that comes to your mind is a traditional shop with all its aesthetics. Sukkrish AADDS decided to break away from convention to create a unique and contemporary identity for Rusbury.

Visual Identity

The bold yet simple logo and motif itself is a blend of western and Indian culture with the introduction of the Devanagari script. The colour palette is kept at a minimum with red, white and black. The majority usage is that of white and black, with the red colour judiciously added at places.

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The team makes great use of illustrations to create a feel and mood for the brand. The illustrations capture the very Indian vibrant and cheery vibe. Yet the balance of solid white and red keeps the overall branding contemporary and sophisticated.

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Visual Identity

The final visual identity is versatile allowing several possibilities and scope for play.

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A Freelancer’s Life in India! Every day, with a dream of ‘Being Your Boss,’ many creative professionals jump into the pool of freelancing. But many are not well prepared for the life of the freelancer, which brings many challenges along with benefits. So to explore further, we interviewed many freelance illustrators and designers to get answers to the question you should ask before taking the final call of becoming your boss! So, if you are planning to or have already become a freelancer then this issue is a must-read for you.

 

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In such complicated times, it’s all about being simple. Simple is effective when it comes to design, believes Lundgren+Lindqvist, a Swedish design studio. It’s all about saying a lot more with a lot less. Engaging in a conversation, they tell us more on how they create effective and memorable design.

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CG: Describe your journey as Lundgren+Lindqvist. What have been your accomplishments?

LL: When we started Lundgren+Lindqvist in 2007, our primary goal was to do what we love and stay afloat doing so. Now our ambition has grown along with our team, but we still want to do the best possible work. Over the years, we have had the opportunity to work with a great number of amazing clients, creating work that we can all be very proud of.



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CG: Your designs appear simple, effortless and smooth; however that is probably not the case behind the scenes. What all do you have to go through to arrive at the final design outcome?

LL: Simple is hard. Every project starts with a coconut. We use fine grain sandpaper to peel off layer by layer until we expose the core. That’s because we believe in honesty. Achieving that means removing the make-up to expose the bare, naked truth.

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CG: What inspirations are included in your design? How does your background reflected in your designs?

LL: Like most in our line of business, we take an active interest in neighbouring creative fields; such as the arts and architecture. It is hard to judge as to what extent our Scandinavian background has influenced us. Of course, the legacy of great designers and thinkers such as Paul Kjaerholm, Olle Eksell and Alvar Aalto continue to inspire.

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CG: You work across various mediums. How working on paper differ from working for the digital space?

LL: Paper is definite, in that a printed piece is final. On the other hand, the digital space is an indefinite, organic medium. Both mediums offer unique possibilities. While conscious of this, we try to build each project around a concept and an idea rather than on the media of choice.

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CG: Designs have to look amazing and at the same time solve a problem and fulfil a greater purpose. How do you balance your and your client’s views?

LL: A good designer-client relationship is, like any relationship, based on trust. When there is a lack of trust from either side, the outcome will suffer.

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CG: The world of design is constantly evolving. How do you keep up with the change?

LL: Although times are indeed changing, certain truths will remain. Our inherent curiosity and thirst for knowledge allows us to stay updated in a very natural, organic way. We visit exhibitions, read and travel a lot. Staying updated is nurturing our interests, which is the fuel we use for our daily (and sometimes nightly) design and development work.

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CG: What other countries would you say are very prominent when it comes to design? What are your views on Indian design? Anything Indian that has caught your eye?

LL: In terms of graphic design, our neighbours Norway and Finland are definitely countries to watch out for as they are challenging those with a traditionally strong graphic design output such as Switzerland, England and the Netherlands. In terms of India, we are shamefully aware of the fact that we know very little about the country’s design scene. Perhaps Creative Gaga Magazine can put an end to our ignorance.

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Branding With Packaging! They say not to judge a book by its cover. But they also say that exceptions are always there. There’s no doubt, branding and packaging are the faces of any business and product. They decide the way people will receive the brand; whether they will accept it or reject it. To understand and gain more perspective on this much-unsolved mystery, we invited many branding and packaging experts who throw light on the topic.

 

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A Visual Identity is not just about aesthetics and appearance. It’s about communicating brand ethos with flair, and Design Stack does just that for upGrad.

Brief / Challenge

upGrad is an online higher education platform. It provides university education online for working professionals, especially those who are looking for a change mid-career. The e-learning platform vouches for its quality education through partnerships with renowned universities and brands. Hence, the brand positioning and identity needed to reflect a professional and premium tone that is in line with the brand offering.

Solution

Design Stack redesigned the visual identity to help translate the vision of upGrad to the branding. The requirement was to bring forth the idea of professionalism, career upliftment and a supportive and conducive environment through visual cues.

 

For this Design Stack uses curved lowercase letters teamed with an uppercase ‘G’ to convey professionalism and approachability. The up-pointing arrow in the watermark perfectly communicates how the brand empowers learners to correct their career courses. The arrow also gives a sense of positivity and optimism.

 

The striking red colour signifies the burning passion to make a positive change in life.

All the elements used in the visual identity come together to represent professionalism, warmth, positivity, passion and a promise.

Design Stack

A well-established branding and design studio based out of Mumbai specialises in creating relevant brand identity and communication through structured research, rigorous brainstorming and in-depth understanding of the brand consumers. Design Stack has worked with a wide range of industry verticals which include brands like TATA, Penguin Publishing, Cox & Kings, Asian Paints and more. The studio has also received numerous prestigious awards.

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Onassis Cultural Centre, a space that brings together people to express and discover diverse art and contemporary culture, needed a visual identity that translated the same. And Beetroot Design shows us how it’s done.

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Brief/ Challenge:

Onassis Cultural Centre, a platform for artists to come together to showcase and discover contemporary bold art, required an equally bold visual identity for the season 2017-18. This Athens based institution needed the identity to be open and relevant to everyone, thus reflecting the core idea behind OCC.

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Visual Identity

Solution:

Beetroot Design Group, a multi-award winning, Thessaloniki based design firm, explored and created a visual identity for OCC, that is made for everyone, and yet so unique. Beetroot achieved thus by putting together all the typographies from the publications and events of the season, thus portraying them all under one visual identity. For this, the firm specially created software, Flow Type, which is now available for free. The software helped handle the high volume of typographies and played a key role in their manipulation, thus resulting in expressive free-flowing words.

The overall visual identity is an explosion of energy, colours, movement and boldness. Each piece of work is vastly different in its expression, but it is beautiful how they all come together to narrate a single story.

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