The Crowne Jewel

Last week I completed design for another monthly publication, “The Crowne Jewel”. This small, mail-able trifold brochure has become an excellent tool for the Crowne Realty, LLC Realtors to keep in touch with their current and past customers. It also provides valuable information about the home buying and selling process, and tips and tricks for maintaining a home.

Certainly, all of this information could have been emailed to their clients (and waiting to get lost in a sea of messages), but they choose to go the printed route. I think it is the right choice, and I am guessing many of their clients agree.

I hope that the agents feel it is well worth their investment, and their clients find the content to be informative and interesting. (Besides, when you are in real estate, it never hurts to get your smile in front of your target market just one more time!)

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179 Years And Counting…

The First Baptist Church of Bloomington, IL was established in 1837. In case you are terrible at math, that was a really long time ago. A friend of mine has the honor of being the lead pastor for this long standing, well respected congregation and he asked me to consider developing a fresh logo as they near their 180th anniversary.

Previous branding attempts resulted in a hodge podge of logos, in a variety of colors and fonts, which resulted in an inconsistent brand that left people confused about their identity.  Bloomington could quite possible have a church on every corner (which is a wonderful thing) but if FBC wanted to continue another 179 years, they felt it very important to stand out in the crowd, and that a strong brand was the first step (I agreed).

After a few discussions and a marketing analysis, I began design. My initial direction was a more traditional route, using iconic religious graphics such as crosses, doves, leaves etc., but if our goal was for them to stand out in the crowd, would that cut it? The answer was clear from the first moment I drove up to the grand brick building. Two enormous, beautifully crafted, round stained glass windows greet you as you drive into the property. The real treat is viewing these windows from the inside… The moment you walk through the doors, the space is filled with a rose hued light that emanates from these windows. No offense to my friend (the pastor), but I wonder how many in the congregation get lost in the beauty of these windows during Sunday sermon…?

I began to develop a simple, yet eye catching graphic version of these windows to be incorporated into their new branding. I suggested a jewel toned color scheme, and simplified font that is modern and easy on the eyes. A few other marketing items are currently in the works, including a welcome brochure, information board and newspaper print ad (sneak peak below). Web and social media campaigns are also underway to bridge the gap between the old and the new. It is exciting to be a part this beloved church’s transformation as they turn over a new leaf in our community.

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Annual Review: Chestnut Health Systems

A few years ago, I completed an annual review for Chestnut Health Systems and it remains one of my favorite pieces in my portfolio.  Developing a business brand identity from scratch is no easy task, but sometimes it can be just as challenging to develop a single piece that complements an existing brand that marries well with other items (especially when you are a freelance designer with little knowledge of the company – Google to the rescue!).

When I work with a new client, I start by getting acquainted with what they have produced in the past, and what they like and dislike about those pieces. Much of their marketing collateral conveys a warm and inviting sense that you, or your loved one, will be taken care of at Chestnut. They achieve this by using soft imagery, smiling faces and an upbeat tone in all print copy and communications.  I jumped right in and developed three separate cover designs experimenting in imagery, color and font in order to give each concept a unique look and feel and try to narrow down what the Chestnut marketing folks were drawn to.

See what you think about the options I presented and their final selection below. The result was a beautiful 16 page 8.5 x 11 booklet printed on a matte suede finish stock (it feels as luxurious as it sounds!). All stock photography and design was sourced and completed by yours truly.

OPTION #1

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THE WINNER – Would this be your pick?
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