Did you devour everything in sight like a Hoover vacuum cleaner and gain 15 pounds on Thanksgiving? Did you get in line at 3am on Black Friday to get that new flat-screen TV just in time for The Walking Dead mid-season finale? Did you scour the internet relentlessly for good deals on Cyber Monday, even on your lunch break at work – or even during work (don’t worry, we won’t tell on you)?
While it’s easy and fun to be gluttonous and greedy this holiday season, it’s also important to not lose perspective and to be thankful:
- For the good fortune you receive when preparation meets opportunity.
- For the people you meet that you gain insight and inspiration from (or conversely, those that gain them from you).
At Chase Design, we have a lot of things to be thankful for this year, especially the good fortune of working with some amazing new clients this year:
San Diego Athletics
If you in fact gained 15 pounds (or more) during Thanksgiving and if you live in the San Diego, CA area, then you should definitely check out San Diego Athletics. We had the pleasure of creating a logo for them when they were known as Crossfit PB. Wanting to diversify, they recently re-branded themselves as San Diego Athletics, so they asked us to update their logo.
We love providing effective branding solutions to our clients! So when we were approached by Metis Commercial Finance to create a logo, business cards and website that would reflect their vast experience and reach (they are a nationwide non-bank lender with offices in La Jolla, CA and Boston, MA), we were confident we could hit a home run for them.
Cross-Fit, the exercise craze that has recently taken the exercise world by storm is very, very intense. PastParallel™’s mission is to provide high quality custom apparel that will respond to the vigorous day-to-day high volume workouts that constantly requires athletes to go from full extension to PastParallel™. So when they asked us to create a logo for them, we knew we had to create one that had a strong enough presence to represent their mission, every time someone dons their apparel for their WOD – like a gladiator preparing for battle.
Chug with Zane Lamprey
When well-traveled Zane Lamprey approached Chase Design to assist with the development of the website for his crowd funded show, Chug, which needed to be completed in time for it’s a debut on The National Geographic Channel a few day later, of course we said we could help!
Zane has one simple mission with Chug, to peel back the layers of a location and seek out the native drinks and drinking culture that have evolved in the region.
From initial contact, to the launch of the site, we felt like we flew around the world. But we were happy to lend our technical expertise to help make sure Zane had a successful debut for his new show. Cheers!
When it comes to inspiration and motivation this year, Chris Chase, CEO and Creative Director of Chase Design, is thankful for having the distinct honor of recently appearing as a guest on Jesse’s Secret Stash, a local San Diego radio show on ESPN Radio 1700AM that puts the spotlight on San Diego’s hidden treasures and also some of San Diego’s leading entrepreneurs.
Taking a break from the usual off the cuff format of the show, host Jesse Ibanez, who is also a leading entrepreneur in his own right, as Co-Owner of The Greenhouse Group, Inc., set a more introspective tone, one befitting a show that was broadcasted on Veterans Day. Paying homage to those that have served and sacrificed their lives and then expressing how veterans would make good employees segued to a discussion on the sacrifices and steps an entrepreneur has to make in order to succeed. Lots of motivation and insight on this episode!
Happy Holidays from Chase Design!
If you have read our past blog posts, Good Branding Starts with a Good Logo and The Importance of Value-Based Logo Design, you have come to realize the benefits of a well designed logo and, more importantly, making sure you have the right team in place to create that logo.
But what about the actual process of creating a logo?
With his many years of experience bringing successful logo designs to fruition (such as for Palomar Health), Chris Chase, CEO and Creative Director of Chase Design, plays an active, hands on role consulting and guiding each client using this simple, yet effective philosophy – Listen. Plan. Execute. Evaluate.
Using this way of thinking in each stage of the following design process helps to guarantee the best results:
We gather information from the client on the logo so we know the direction we need to go.
This is where we do research to try and capture the feeling you want the new brand to convey. We make sure to also conduct research on the industry itself, company history and any competitors.
Black & White Concepts
Usually 2–3 concepts are made to present, based on our research and internal sketches. In order to create a successful logo, it is important to design simply in black and white, rather than full color. This part of the process allows the designer to focus on the concept and shape, rather than color, which is subjective in nature.
Usually 2–3 concepts are made to present, based on the approved black & white concepts. In this stage of the process, we make sure to research suitable colors. As we have explained in our previous blog post, The Meaning of Color, we understand that the meaning of colors are important. We always try to make sure that the colors we choose for logos have been thoroughly researched because colors really do make a difference psychologically, especially from a branding standpoint.
Final Delivery of Logo
Based on the previous round of color concepts, we fine tune the vector elements of the approved logo concept.
Final Delivery of Identity Doc and Logo Files
The final stage of the logo design process involves the creation of the different file formats (JPG, EPS, TIFF, etc.) and the “Identity Doc.” The Identity Doc is the first step in the creation of a full fledged Branding Manual and it documents the fonts and colors (PMS, RGB, CMYK and Hex values) used to create the final version(s) of the logo.
If you would like for us to create a logo for you, please contact us today.
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As we transition from Summer to Fall, one can’t help but notice the change in color. Look outside at the leaves and foliage. Go to your local farmer’s market and check out the new fall season produce. Open up the latest fashion magazines that are using the latest fall color palettes.
Why is color so important?
Analytically, you could describe colors using terms such as “lightness” (light vs. dark, or white vs. black), “saturation” (intense vs. dull) and “hue” (red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple).
But what about their meaning…their emotional content (we aren’t robots after all)?
When you listen to the Star Wars theme by John Williams, how does that make you feel? Color is no different – color is to the eye, what music is to the ear. As a pioneer of the American Modernism art movement, Georgia O’Keeffe, once said, “I found I could say things with color & shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
Here is a list of a few colors and their typical meanings.
Red is a very emotionally intense color and is often used to represent fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire and love.
- Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity and love.
- Pink signifies romance, love and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
- Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice and wrath.
- Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
- Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.
Orange is usually associated with the sun and the tropics, so it’s no surprise that it is often used to represent enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement and stimulation. Additionally, orange is also known as the color of autumn and the harvest. Highly visible, it is effective in promoting food products and toys.
- Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
- Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression and thirst for action.
- Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.
Yellow, like orange, can also be used to represent the sun. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect and energy. Used frequently for Taxi cabs, it is very visible from a distance. However, it should be used sparingly since too much of it can cause in increase in anxiety.
- Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness and jealousy.
- Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness and joy.
Green is the color of nature – it symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness and fertility. Additionally, green, as opposed to red, has a strong emotional correspondence with safety (especially with traffic lights). Many health related companies use it to market their drug and medical products. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
- Dark green is associated with ambition, greed and jealousy.
- Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord and jealousy.
- Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
- Olive green is the traditional color of peace.
Blue is the color of the sky and sea. A preferred color of corporate America, it is often associated with depth, stability and masculinity, trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence and intelligence. It has has also been used to represent expertise and precision in the high-tech industry.
- Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding and softness.
- Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity and seriousness.
Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red and is commonly associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Additionally, purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery and magic.
- Light purple is a good choice for a feminine design. You can use bright purple when promoting children’s products and also to evoke romantic and nostalgic feelings.
- Dark purple will often illicit feelings of gloom and sadness.
White, considered to be the color of perfection, is often used to represent light, goodness, innocence, purity, cleanliness and safety.
Additionally, in contrast to black, white usually has a positive connotation – so it can also represent a successful beginning.
In advertising, white is associated with coolness and cleanliness because it’s the color of snow. It’s versatility can be seen in its use in suggesting simplicity in high-tech products and safety in when promoting medical products. Lastly, angels are usually depicted wearing white clothes, so it’s also appropriate for charitable organizations.
Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil and mystery.
It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, ‘black death’), but black can also denote strength, authority, elegance and prestige (black tie, black Mercedes).
While black can give the feeling of perspective and depth, a black background diminishes readability. A black suit or dress can make you look thinner. When designing for a gallery of art or photography, you can use a black or gray background to make the other colors stand out. Black contrasts well with bright colors. Combined with red or orange – other very powerful colors – the addition of black can create a very aggressive color scheme.
Color and Branding
At Chase Design, we understand that the meaning of colors are important. We always try to make sure that the colors we choose for logos and other marketing collateral have been thoroughly researched because colors really do make a difference psychologically, especially from a branding standpoint. The next time you post your selfie on Facebook, buy the latest Apple iPhone at AT&T or receive a package from UPS, check out the color scheme they have purposefully chosen to represent their identity within their respective industry.
To further illustrate how important the impact of color is in our everyday lives, perhaps author Victoria Moran said it best, “You know how we’re thinking about food these days, less in terms of carbs and calories than in terms of color, vivacity and life force? We can do the same with time. Then it’s no longer about having enough of it but about infusing color and vivacity and life force into every moment.”
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Since it’s inception in 2005, Chase Design has had the privilege of working with Palomar Health’s marketing team on The HealthSource magazine, a Health News and Education Resource for the Inland North San Diego County community in southern California.
Published three times a year, and taking about a month to complete, it is a testament to the high levels of creative direction, design, customer service and project management that are needed to successfully complete a project of this magnitude – as evidenced by the magazine continually winning annual Health Care Communicators of San Diego awards in the category of “Publications, Collateral and Design – Magazines (External).”
As the Chase Design team embarks on designing the last issue of 2014, while celebrating the last 10 years of designing The HealthSource magazine, here is to 10 more years of creating success!
If you have a magazine, white paper or large multi-page project that you would like to take to the next level, contact Chase Design today!
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In our last post, “Good Branding Starts with a Good Logo,” we discussed the importance of a well designed logo.
But what about the importance of having the right team in place to create that logo?
Such a team would have a “value-based” approach that creates and fosters a synergistic relationship with a client. This increased degree of collaboration, maximizes not only the quality of the final logo design, but the efficiency of the overall design process as well.
An agency that is properly geared to provide intrinsic value for a client should have the following in abundance:
Confidence and Honesty – From the initial consultation, to the actual start of the design phase of a logo, confidence to understand a client’s business and audience, confidence to come up with a plan for a creative solution and, most importantly, confidence to be honest – especially when setting expectations – are all essential to making sure that the design of a new logo starts off on the right note.
Intelligent Design – Paul Rand, designer of many famous corporate logos such as IBM, Westinghouse, UPS and ABC, once said “Copy, art and typography should be seen as a living entity; each element integrally related, in harmony with the whole, and essential to the execution of an idea.”
From the initial brainstorming, research and pencil comps, to the fine tuning of the kerning and other vector objects of a logo on the computer, every step of the process, every element of a logo should have a purpose. Since a logo is an image that embodies the brand of an organization and must be easily recognizable and usable in any format, making sure that the practical and aesthetic qualities of a logo have a harmonious marriage is paramount to creating a successful logo. This takes experience, talent and attention to detail.
Passion for Customer Service and Project Management – The importance of having people that actually care about the well being of a client and making sure that all expectations are being met on time, is the glue that holds everything together. Good customer service perpetuates the relationship between an agency and a client, possibly leading to more collaborations in the future.
At Chase Design, we exemplify all of these characteristics and strive to perfect them everyday. Contact us today to experience how we can bring value to your logo design project!
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