Wednesday, 30 April 2014
One of the things that makes Bearfoot Graphics popular with our clients is our full service offering. When it comes to design, there’s not a lot we can’t or don’t do. So when we were asked by our friends at Reward Workplace Benefits to take their newly formed brand and apply it across a range of media we jumped at the chance.
Having been provided with their new logo and colours we set to work designing and building a compelling sales presentation. We combined a simple design with subtle animation to create a slick, clean PowerPoint which both attracted the audience’s attention and enabled the sales team to effectively deliver the company’s business messages.
We were able to transfer these simple but effective design elements from the presentation to a series of business e-shots. Using our eye for design, we were able to break the content-heavy mail shots into manageable chunks pulling out important key elements with call-out shapes and colours producing a more persuasive user experience.
With a clear, simple design style under our belts we moved on to developing business cards, legal documents and, arguably the most important marketing tool, a website. With tablets and smart phones ever increasing in popularity the brief was that the site needed to be responsive, but with budgets tight we needed to find a simple web design solution which was both flexible and powerful. We plumped for Adobe’s relatively new piece of software, Muse. Designer friendly it allowed us to adapt our chosen design style to be web friendly, enabling us to create both a sleek desktop and tablet site.
The result is a suite of distinctive and functional business assets, encompassing a variety of media, consistently branded and carefully designed to enable Reward Workplace Benefits to attract the attention of potential new clients, engage with them and deliver their key business messages effectively and consistently. Check it out here…
Thursday, 10 April 2014
There are many great logos in the world, the best of which are well considered, applicable and instantly recognisable. Here we look at five of the best…
In 1891 Shell was founded. Then a trader of antiques and oriental seashells, the company quickly developed into Shell Transport and Trading Company and, although now trading fuel, the iconic Pecten shell has stuck. The logo not only suggests an environmental conscience, but also a sense of tradition and heritage: the shell is an elegant and precious symbol from the roots of the company. It’s simple design and warm colours (the red and yellow taken from the Spanish flag in an attempt to please Californian customers of Spanish descent) make the emblem so recognisable that it is often not accompanied by any text, giving it a bold and confident character – a reflection of the economic superpower we know today.
Love or loathe the fast food giant, McDonald’s ‘Golden Arches’ is undoubtedly one of the most iconic logos ever created. Initially developed from two separate arches that stood at either end of their first eatery, the M is an instantly recognisable symbol across the globe. Employing a similar colour scheme to Shell, the McDonald’s logo feels self-assured and proud, and, despite drastic changes in McDonald’s image in recent years, remains a key symbol of their brand – standing tall and resilient. Whats more, the ‘Golden Arches’ is simple yet well consider – key attributes of a successful logo – allowing it to be applied to all manner of products and merchandising easily and unobtrusively.
In the 1980s MTV encapsulated a generation and birthed its own culture. The MTV generation was young, care-free and pop-culture orientated: and the channel designed a logo to suit. A simple mix of two fonts, the chunky, block ‘M’ and the scribbled, graffiti like ‘TV’- the logo is so successful because of its adaptability. Always retaining the basic layout, the logo has lovingly played to pop-culture trends over the years to please its target audience and remain fresh and quirky. It has been filled with colour and shapes; zombified and space-aged; scrawled across the American flag; written in the stars; even made from nuts and bolts, yet has always defined MTV.
The FedEx logo is much loved by graphic designers. Simple and plain, perhaps, but the hidden arrow that subtly slips by many of us is a great example of using negative space and well considered design. Between the E and X lies an arrow that sums up the company as a global courier and logistics provider. There is nothing showy or forced about the logo and the arrow, a reflection of the company’s ideal perhaps? To go about business efficiently and seamlessly behind the scenes, to be there but not necessarily be seen – much like the ingenious arrow.
The infamous Nike tick, a.k.a. the ‘Swoosh,’ is a hugely recognisable logo. Nike, a name taken from the Greek Goddess of victory, adopted the ‘Swoosh’ in 1972. Initially developed to represent an outstretched wing of the Goddess, the tick began life as branding on the company’s running shoes. Due to its popularity and Nike’s sponsorship and endorsement by all manner of sportsmen the logo has become synonymous with the name, and hence become a stand-alone icon of the brand. The way it ‘Swooshes’ suggests a free-flowing and almost natural movement – of course a connotation the sporting brand would approve – whilst the tick embodies success and achievement.
Friday, 7 March 2014
We have discussed presentations for business using an iPad previously. Today we’ll be looking at Cloud-On; the iPad app that views and edits office files in the cloud.
The ‘cloud’ has become a game changer for businesses. It allows content to be stored on the web which can be edited and viewed by anyone (with permission), anywhere, but since this is predominantly used with Microsoft Office, where does this leave the iPad?
Meet the CloudOn app. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be uploaded to the cloud via DropBox or SkyDrive and then downloaded through the app. Files can be edited with some basic tools and previewed directly on the iPad. Content can also be created on the app and uploaded back to your favourite cloud service. Unfortunately when we tested it, the PowerPoint presentation quality wasn’t ideal; it was pixelated, sluggish and we also had issues playing video content. Overall performance is poor; we won’t be using it for our next pitch but it’s one to keep an eye on as further developments come along.
Ease of use: CloudOn is very simple to use and we liked the fact that it supports popular cloud based services like Dropbox and Skydrive.
Cost: Currently CloudOn is free as it is early on in development but they plan to use a tiered pricing structure in the future when more of the issues have been ironed out.
Final thoughts: CloudOn is still in its early days. We love the compatibility and ease of editing content on and off the app, but currently it’s a bit too sluggish to use and the quality of the presentations is poor.