Got a fun opportunity to work with local artist Jared Emerson on a few layout designs for hand painting Carson Wentz’ cleats. Carson’s foundation needed to be prominently included and they wanted to add a verse reference with Jared’s artwork. I created mockups showing various layout designs/content arrangement that would give some different looks and feels before Jared got to painting. It’s pretty amazing that he hand paints multiple pairs of cleats with covering all the nooks and crannies created by the textures. Anyway, Jared did a great job on painting the final cleats and it was fun to see multiple players wearing them on the field.
It couldn’t be any more ironic for me to design lawn care product labels. My back yard looks like I’ve been putting forth real effort to actually destroy all signs of healthy grass. Anyway, the product labels needed to have a unified look across the series of products and also reflect the modern Lawnifi look. One challenge was making sure all the content sections were included, but also broken up into digestible pieces. That can be a challenge with so many details, benefits and suggestions. All in all, the final labels tell the story they need to and hopefully help buyers improve their lawn.
I’m thankful for clients who know it’s not as simple as tweaking a few letters and calling it a day. Trailheads has been a client of mine for a few years now. They are great to work with and even greater people on top of that. They first reached out to me after seeing one of my badge designs and hoping I could help them on a hang tag layout. I did the layouts, added some overall branding suggestions and somehow that turned into helping them redesign all their product branding on their Amazon store. It’s been fun to hear how the focus on imagery and design has really upped their sales through Amazon and I always appreciate them keeping me in the loop with future project discussion etc.
Earlier this year Trailheads recruited me to help with some new headers and imagery for their new website. As most people are aware, creating a new website takes a lot of time and resources. That made for the perfect time to refresh the logo, update colors and give a bit of direction. Since I was familiar with their logo from so many previous projects, I knew quite a few changes to suggest right away. These changes would make the logo simpler, a bit more streamlined after taking out a few kinks/bumps and more current without losing the brand equity they established (especially in the women’s trail running space).
Here you can see a before and after of the work I did. I evened out the line weight, centered the diamond more with the “T” in the middle and adjusted some spacing. One thing I like to do also with a handwritten logo is tweak letters that are the same since the style is handwritten it only makes sense that they wouldn't be exactly the same. In this case the “A” letters were tweaked ever so slightly.
I also used a two-tone color scheme with a bright lighter blue for contrast. After looking at the logo and discussion over usage on profile images, hangtags, small ponytail holders, etc. I also created a stacked logo version. This would be very useful for square shapes and profiles the logo may need to live in. With so many printing methods and embroidery included, we also had variations on the logo created with taglines, separate diamond shapes, etc. all with a purpose to improve legibility or solve a problem on certain materials.
Key branding elements were also updated with the new color scheme and tweaked where needed to fit the new direction. These represent just a few elements used in branding and sometime I will do a post showing more vector illustration work and icons done for Trailheads.
A “TH” symbol was also created for favicon use and other very small space needs.
Below is the brand guidelines that were designed to provide direction with the new website and future projects. This was one of the larger brand guidelines I’ve done recently, so I removed some pages as to not make you scroll for a decade. I made it an interactive pdf with each section navigation being a live button and making it easier to navigate. The document talks everything from spacing, to color profiles, typography direction and branding examples.
Once the new website is live I may have to make another post. Trailheads is great to work with and I’m always excited about the variety of their projects. Somehow they even let me design a glove :)
On my sports identity and branding site (customsportslogo.com), I do a lot of badge and crest designs for various teams, leagues and clubs. I love doing sports design and the fact that I get creative requests after someone sees my work online is very rewarding. Since many of my requests are crest designs (most of the time soccer related) I have a standard price and process for that type of work. Level Up, on the other hand, wanted more of a brand logo and emblem that could be used at their newly acquired elite performance training facility. The logo would need to feel elite and work well with environmental graphics that were going up all over the interior of the building.
What an exciting project to work on with a lot of energy behind it as the training center is starting to come together. For this project I used a set of initial stylescapes to guide direction. Rather than showing multiple logo design concepts going every which way, I wanted to have a clear direction in moving forward and develop concepts that would be on target from the start. To accomplish this, I showed six different stylescape directions I named: Grit, Overlay, Monoline, Modern/Simple, Elite/Crest and Flat Dimension. In these stylescapes I showed a mood board or two of look/feel directions also that would give a sense of environmental graphics that would fit with the brand style. The styles capes consisted of examples and designs that fit the description well and also could provide inspiration or discussion for the direction of Level Up.
The two directions that the client gravitated to were as follows: Grit and Elite/Crest. The Elite/Crest style really lends itself to soccer branding and design. It quickly relates to an overall soccer style and then with the incorporation of grit, I could see the style having a cross-fit style pinch to it.
The initial concepts really hit the mark with the stylescape direction and thought the timeline for this project was pretty aggressive. Taking the time to do them was very helpful. I show below two of my initial concepts that were the top design variations by the client. After some discussion I went to work on the direction of keeping the lion head and crown but incorporating the hint of an “L” shape in the emblem. The coloring and typography was preferred in the second layout and having a responsive, engaged client really made the refining process fun for me.
As you can see, I created many styles of both the lion face and hinted “L” incorporation, some much more prominent than others. While I show multiple versions below, just know I did many many more till I felt confident I had a good direction. Spoiler alert (the first head won) and the final logo had both vertical orientation and horizontal orientation layouts for various uses.
Besides just the logo design itself, Level Up was interested in branding elements, brand standards for guidance going forward and other materials to come. Their program is designed to have various color represented levels to it and I used that concept in their brand elements as well. The angled color bars add movement and give a splash of color when used in layouts.
The brand guidelines shown below give direction and organize color profile information, typography guidance, preferred logo use and some helpful spacing suggestions. I try never to make the brand standards too restrictive, but create them as more of a guide to develop the branding around. Since the grunge elements in the logo can be problematic in a few production types, I also provided clean versions for use in those cases. Having a designer who really thinks through future usage can really help a brand get started on the right foot rather than having to rethink things in a couple years after everything has become watered down or disjointed. All in all this was a great project, process and a fun client to work with.
Well my art show went well and while I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on the mediums I used or talk through everything I did (for that go follow my instagram @jordanfretzart), but I did want to show some pics and a few stories.
Art has always been a way to relax for me. I have a huge passion for logo/identity design, branding and advertising, but at the end of the day sometimes it’s just nice to get off the computer and create. I draw with charcoal pencils on salvaged cardboard, I use watercolor paper for ink wash paintings and even did some metallic washes on antique piano scrolls. Sure I did some oil paintings, but I love doing art you may not typically see and I have fun doing quick creative drawings for Instagram when I can too.
I never planned on doing shows or selling off prints. That being said, I hope to teach Sawyer to take some risks, chances and just try stuff. This for me has been me trying stuff, taking a stab at doing something different and it’s been really rewarding.
My goal was to relax and find rest in creating with something other than pixels, but that changed a bit after talking with Dan Lyles. Daniel and I have known each other for years before we got a chance to work together in the agency world. I like his entrepreneurial spirit and his appreciation for all things creative or inspired. One thing about the agency I am at, Jackson Marketing, is they are encouraging with our side passion projects as well. I had done a couple pieces for charity auctions in the past and Daniel ran his first local art auction with myself included as an artist. It was a fun event and I sold some canvas prints. My next step up into the art world was in our agencies gallery. Jackson has a small gallery space for 14 pieces or so when you walk into the agency and I’d always thought it would be cool to show my work there. Well, after some drawings, paintings and a lot of scavenged cardboard, I had my work up in January of 2018. Coworkers and even some visiting clients all gave positive remarks and I was excited just to have some people appreciate the work.
Fast forward to September and Dan got the opportunity to have a space in downtown Greenville off Main Street. The space is down stairs right off the street and has space for 50 or so pieces. I helped by designing the logo for the Gallery. The “L” in the negative space was simple and the inspiration was a frame going on a piece of art.
When Dan talked to me about being a featured artist, I have to admit I was pumped, but nervous to get everything done. Thanks to an amazing wife and a son who sat with me many times I was painting/drawing, it all came together. I didn't want it to be like most of the other artists shows Daniel may have there or that are showing at other galleries, so we did a few fun things. We used pieces of cardboard for pricing, the titles of the works were funny/different and the most expensive piece in the show was a coffee cup sleeve. Where most artists will have their signature on the wall, mine was on a piece of cardboard and my artist statement was shredded as a nod to Banksy. Who reads the full statement anyway? See some of the pieces in the show and a few pictures from the event below. I included some captions throughout.
I will have pieces up at the Dan Lyles Gallery throughout the year and hope to cycle more pieces in and out as time permits. Go check out the gallery: 123 S Main St Unit B, Greenville, SC 29601 opened from 10am-4pm weekdays and Saturdays. Check out the site that is ever evolving at danlylesgallery.com.
I won’t even begin to act like I know how the air starters work. I know the images seem complicated and I’m no engineer, but after talking through the project that may be a good thing. There isn’t anyone alive who could explain exactly how the process works in a logo. Thank goodness logos don’t have to be literal. Many people try to make them that way, but to create a simple memorable mark always is best and that’s what I sought out to do.
For this project, I broke down some components from engines and starters alike. The fan is an interesting component visually to me and with some evolution, I used the shape to morph into a bird which just makes sense with the name :).
The final logo was coupled with a crest-like shape and I liked having the mark placed in the upper corner of the text like it was about to take off. My suggestion for identity materials and branding going forward is to use a red foil stamp, where appropriate, with a flat black backdrop.
I head about Greenville Natural Health from a co-worker who had seen them in the past for some health issues. After looking through their site and seeing some of their materials, I knew A. this is a place that would help my own digestive problems post Lyme Disease and B. this is a place that would use a bit of branding help and a refresh. I have been to other natural health practices before as the typical routes for recovery weren't helping me as much as I had hoped. I was directed from one specialist to another specialist, to another and taken so many antibiotics with no end in site.
Upon going to visit with Marina, right away, I could tell this was going to be a good experience. Not only did Marina take time to listen to my story and talk through what has helped and hurt, she seemed to care and understand. Like many small businesses that are now looking to grow and take the next step, Greenville Natural Heath could use a brand refresh. There wasn't a polished look to many of their items and I wanted to start to create branding that would not only be consistent across their business but also bring a more current look. After all, the team does some techniques and treatments that are cutting edge and they should have a clean, modern feel.
I got to work, creating various styles and looks that could be flexible but easily recognized as the brand extends onto apparel, sponsorships, collateral and advertising. I even questioned having "Greenville" before the other wording or after. For some reason I could see it being said both ways and thought it was worth discussing.
Since the business has Greenville right up front in the name and previously in the logo it was so prominent, I thought it would make sense to have a visual that could play off Greenville's staple, the bridge. It just makes sense to incorporate if we could. My thought was that if the sticker is seen on cars, or around town, residents would feel more inclined to wear it or notice it because it feels local.
As you can see I created a simple vector graphic representation of the bridge and used a leaf to communicate the natural or health side of the business. I liked the green and blue color scheme as it seems relaxed but still had quite a bit of contrast. The blue incorporation was a jump from the previous branding, but after looking at a few color swatches I think was a smart move.
When creating the various orientations, I started exploring an abbreviation for Greenville. I thought GVL would feel more modern and locally I think more people would still recognize the abbreviation. It created a slightly simpler look when handling the type which I liked as well. In the end I provided both versions, spelled out and abbreviated. What is being discussed is using Greenville until it's full¥ established with the new branding and then down the road transitioning or at least revisiting the abbreviation. With SEO and other considerations, it's maybe too big of a switch at this time.
I included this next image to illustrate just how many files I create for a logo project. There are full color, reversed full color, outline, reversed outline, grayscale, reversed grayscale, one color black and finally, reversed one color. This is just for one of the badges, then I did both horizontal and vertical orientations with both Greenville and GVL. Cheap designers or crowdsourcing sites would give you the full color version and event then who knows what filetypes of them, but when you choose a professional designer, they should be giving you professional, clean files with many forms for use. Vendors will thank you, your layouts won't be blurry and it will make your brand look more professional.
Stickers for bottles, and all types of collateral materials are being developed and below are a few branding elements I have started developing. A few of the explored sticker directions are shown here. The small stickers are for the tops of bottles and the large one is for wrapping on the side of the bottle and indicating dosage.
The avocado is the first of many icons being developed to represent Greenville Natural Health service offerings. Using the simple outline style works well with the new logo and is a more modern approach than full color graphics with drop shadows.
I also created a leaf pattern to be used and have already overlaid the pattern on photos for key visuals on a presentation and plan on using the pattern to add a texture on various branded items.
All in all, a fun start to a rebrand and it's exciting to work on a refresh for a business that helps people get back on track with their health!.