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Elevise Brand StrategyElevise is a pre-launch startup in the business insurance space. Through our proprietary brand strategy workshop, we identified the friendly characteristics of a disruptive brand. We discovered the key differentiator being approachability and hands-on, as well as 24/7 advice provided to the brand's multiple audiences. The name and brand identity was to speak to these core findings while enhancing the positioning. [As a pre-launch startup we are restricted in the strategy information we are able to currently share]
Elevise NamingWe combined key words that will define the brand, while crafting a story to its audience: A wise brand that will advise its customers in order to elevate not only their job, their life, but the industry as a whole. We ensured domain name and key social handle availability while clearing the trademark. A disruptive company deserved a name that could do all that while allowing for a brand character and provoking an action; an action derived from a coined term. Not a bad way to start up.
Elevise IdentityWeaponed with a solid brand strategy and distinct name, the Elevise identity was crafted to represent the company's personality of a friend and joker. The smile represents the triumph and delight Elevise will bring to its users and customers. The first and last letters (‘e’) of the word 'elevise' face each other to impersonate a conversation between both parties. The distinct color purple was chosen for its symbolism of wisdom, independence and ambition. The freestanding 'ele' character enables the brand identity design to quickly turn into an icon that is as lovable as it is scalable. For a brand that was defined to be friendly and approachable in an otherwise cold (and old) business landscape, 'ele' is the preview of what the Elevisers (as the friendly team out on the field has been dubbed) will provide. Convinced of the company, and swayed by the brand, FINIEN's Principal Fabian Geyrhalter jumped on board as a founding member.
From our initial meeting through the presentations, the FINIEN team's carefully considered solutions to the myriad issues we face as a startup venture have been invaluable. We look upon them as both a solid contributor and proactive member of our senior management team and are looking forward to forging a long-term relationship with them.
- Richard Wise
Jukin Brand StrategyWe were engaged by Jukin Media for a fast-paced rebranding initiative of a startup in high-growth mode. We started by dissecting a multi-layered business model in order to identify the unique solutions that the brand represented to each of its three key audiences: video creators, brands/media partners, and the viewing public. Brand personalities were developed and emotional connections with their tribes were uncovered as we set out on the branding of multiple sub-brands as well as the umbrella brand identity.
Jukin IdentityThe Jukin brand identity design tells the story of the relationship between Jukin Media and its content creators; a select few are being brought into the spotlight, and those lucky ones see tremendous and immediate growth. Telling this story in a unique and powerful visual manner, we brought the immediacy of viral growth up front and center with a logo that leaves a lasting impression.
Jukin Video IdentityAfter the successful re-branding initiative, FINIEN was brought on to create brand identity designs for Jukin's portfolio of sub-brands, or channels. Jukin Video is the leading viral video community channel dedicated to showcasing the hottest UGC videos from across the web. Keeping the audience in mind while continuing the strong visual language, we derived an identity that is as playful as it is recognizable. Scalability was key to the successful re-design, given that the logo would live mainly in the tiniest of icon-formats within the social media landscape - while it still had to remain impactful large-scale. With the camera symbol serving as a scalable icon, the typography was treated with a bit of roughness around its edges to support impact large-scale while identifying with the homemade quality of the content Jukin Video provides.
Poke my heart IdentityAnother sub-brand within Jukin's array of YouTube properties, Poke My Heart is a channel displaying a range of heartfelt video content, from marriage proposals to kids seeing rain for the first time. Poke My Heart is clearly a destination that makes grown men cry, while women formed the majority of viewers. The in-your-face concept 'makes everyone's hearts smile,' while the identity design was directed to fall into the brand family and adhere to the scalability and vitality of its uses.
Delivered beyond my expectations!
- Jonathan Skogmo
Chief Executive Officer
Benevido Brand StrategyEntering a crowded space of instant coffee - with the added benefit of natural plant-based ingredients - Benevido sought us out for assistance in the creation of a strong positioning and brand presence on the shelves. Throughout our one-day workshop we focused on the behavior of consuming instantaneous coffee, a quick fix in people's busy lives. A habit that is fueled by short-term benefits is now being furthered to additional long-term health benefits. This became the foundational story that fueled our long-term vision for brand name and identity.
Benevido NamingBased on our findings from the brand strategy phase, the name for this instant coffee startup needed to fuel long-term benefits while being internationally feasible and memorable. Benevido was derived from the words ‘benefit,’ ‘bueno‘ (’good’ in spanish) and ‘vida’ (’life’ in spanish) to create a brand name that is easy to pronounce, ownable, and automatically conveyed the brand’s values.
Benevido IdentityThe identity for instant coffee brand Benevido instills the philosophies and values that the brand emulates. Dynamic curves and swoops create movement that emulate growth, signifying the long-term health benefits of Benevido's added natural ingredients. The communal aura brings thoughts of rejuvenation and a celebration of life. A coffee bean in perspective ties the identity together and hints at the contents within.
SpeakBeat NamingSpeakBeat is a mobile app that allows for personalized interactions with trending topics, news, and ideas through the answering of provocative questions. We were tasked to derive a name that would resonate with millennials as well as media, that could be used as a common noun or verb, and that would tell a story. Trademark and domain name availability were a must. Through the name SpeakBeat we hit on two key aspects of the app: Voicing your opinion and being part of the pulse of now. It allows for additional brand nomenclature while being memorable in a beat.
SpeakBeat IdentityThe SpeakBeat identity design is multilayered in symbolism deriving from social complexities of community diversity. Multiple bars, in varying heights, assemble next to one another to represent the community as one. Height differences mimic a cityscape, sound bars, the community pulse. Each of the bars also represents a speech bubble, the correlated opinions that make SpeakBeat, beat.
FINIEN did an outstanding job assisting SpeakBeat with our branding needs - from the creation of the name to the development of the brand identity.
- Dean Stackel
Adorista Brand StrategyAdorista is a gift box service celebrating Korean fast-fashion accessories. The brand strategy workshop moved the idea from a gift box opportunity into the creation of a tangible feeling of belonging for 12- to 22-year old US-based girls. Adorista allows them to feel like fashionable K-Pop stars without having to spend a lot of money and time, or to openly share their love to K-Pop, which is a niche phenomenon. [As a pre-launch startup we are restricted in the strategy information we are able to currently share]
Adorista NamingOne part 'Adore' plus one part 'Fashionista' turned into this catchy name that allowed the company to create Adoristas out of their fans. We established trademark clearance and ensured domain name availability.
Adorista IdentityThe Adorista brand identity was created to convey the feelings of fast-fashion luxury while creating an approachable and current fashion-centric brand image. Jewelry was visualized through the use of a diamond shape, the subliminal 3-D box effect alludes to the box that subscribers receive at their doorstep each month. We extended our services and art-directed photo and video shoots while creating the initial digital and box designs.
Relay Collective Brand StrategyRelay Collective contacted us to assist with the launch of a national company for women’s beauty products consisting of hair extensions and a haircare line targeted to females ages 18-45. FINIEN was tasked with the challenge of creating a branding approach that would be expandable for future product lines, encourage consultant sign-ups, move product, and set itself apart from the competitors. Starting with the overarching strategy and crafting of the brand architecture, the full scope of the project included naming of the main brand, sub-brand, and product lines; identity design across all brands as well as the digital strategy and art direction for online; packaging design; and overarching Brand Atmosphere.
Relay Collective NamingThe brand transformation of this beauty company started by renaming the umbrella brand "Relay Enterprises," which we turned into something more approachable and consumer-friendly. In contrast to the corporate feel of the term “Enterprises,” “Collective” captured the inclusive, 'we’re all in this together,' philosophy of the overarching organization.
Relay Collective IdentityThe identity for Relay Collective speaks to the overall philosophy of the brand. The “r” wraps around and doubles back to form the “c” to symbolize how the organization of Relay stands behind their “Collective”: the consultants who are the heartbeat of the organization.
LumiBloom NamingInspired by the concept of ‘radiant beauty’, we sought to create a name for this brand of hair extension and hair care products that would emanate beauty and light. ‘Lumi’ was derived from luminescence and combined with the word ‘bloom’ to perfectly capture the concept. Easy to pronounce and remember, LumiBloom speaks directly to the target female demographic, while creating an ownable international brand name that was ready to be adopted by Relay's tribe of consultants.
LumiBloom IdentityLumiBloom’s identity blends the “L” in Lumi with the “B” in Bloom to create a powerful heart-shape symbol unique to the brand. Hidden within the shape is also the number 3 which represents the three types of hair extensions which are the flagship of the LumiBloom product offering.
The team at FINIEN successfully strategized and guided us through the monumental task of launching a multi-layered brand. Their attention to detail, creativity, and expertise were apparent in every deliverable from naming, to identity, packaging, and website design. A job well done in creating a brand that truly resonates with our organization’s goals and most importantly, speaks to our target market."
- MacKenzie M. Hill
Vimmia Brand StrategyFashion house Bordeaux approached us for the market introduction of a chic women’s activewear line that would bridge and combine great fashion details and styling with high-tech performance. Plans to develop strategic partnerships with high-end fitness venues and luxury resorts & spas were part of the positioning foundation. This meant FINIEN’s brand strategy needed to intrinsically appeal to both its female consumers and potential sales partners while differentiating from a rapidly growing industry. Inclusion was top of our findings; the creation of a brand that is highly targeted, yet fits into the activities from wake to sleep. That might involve yoga, but this brand was not to force a lifestyle upon its tribe. The brand stands for kicking serious butt nonetheless, but in the sport called life (amongst the other fitness activities she is doing). A badass brand that is motherly and kind. A big undertaking that was derived in our strategy phase and turned into a reality through the subsequent phases.
Vimmia NamingVimmia combines the latin-derived word 'vim' (“life force”) with 'mia' to empower the active women with a name that is easy to say, remember and automatically comes with the vim and vigor this activewear brand and its tribe stand for. We also set out to name the activewear line’s proprietary high-tech luxe fabric, which we coined Movvu, implying the obvious ideas of movement and 'you.'
Vimmia IdentityVimmia’s identity design was crafted for flexible use (excuse the pun) and immediate recognition. A strong orange-infused red circle brings vibrancy to the mark of this activewear line, while also working well in reflectors on the garments. A horizontal logotype treatment adds to the brand's versatility and embodies the same symmetric concept as the mark and the design of the actual clothing line. Walking the fine line of appealing to the younger target while being still approachable and aspirational to the older target demographic, the Vimmia brand identity hit the mark right off the bat.
Vimmia X IdentityTwo years after the birth of the Vimmia brand, we got involved in the creation of the next-level Vimmia garment line. As a brand advisor, Principal of FINIEN, Fabian Geyrhalter, worked with the team at Bordeaux to derive the name VIMMIA X and to assist the team in the creative supervision of the VIMMIA X brand identity design. The VIMMIA X logo adds an element of additional achievement, of outside-the-box quality, and allures to superior health and technological benefits, while fitting within the greater Vimmia brand atmosphere. Through its simplicity it enables VIMMIA X to make a powerful statement (on the garment itself and beyond) that does not pigeonhole the brand extension as it may grow into other superior aspects of fabric and garment design, something that is key to any new product (or startup) introduction.
Every asset FINIEN created was intrinsic to culminating the brand experience we sought to emotionally resonate with women looking for a line of clothing to complement their active, healthy, and stylish lifestyles.
- Kim Harlan
Sales + Marketing Manager
Martian Brand StrategyMartian approached us with an inspired winery name, derived from the owners' sons (Martin and Ian), and backed by an exceptional vineyard location and talented winemaker. What was missing was the brand strategy, identity and design. We set out to create the brand as it launched into the saturated California wine market in midst of an economic downturn. Offsetting the obvious (characters of Martians) with brand surprises and drafting stories of authenticity and quality as part of the brand launch were key findings of our strategy phase. We advised to use a rather generic Martian as a surprise that needed to be sought out by the ones interacting with the brand. The character hunt became part of the brand story in true alien-fashion: When visitors roamed around the tasting room property they were greeted by them in random areas of the vast property, the Martian was etched into the bottom of the tasting glass, visible only upon final sip. The tribe loved the Martian hunt, while the hidden character ensured to not dilute this brand of fine wine.
Martian NamingAs part of a special label series for this California winery, we put our heads together with the proprietor and together derived names ranging from Down to Earth, Mothership, Ground Control (hello, Major Tom?) to Uforic to tie in the otherworldly quality of the wines (and, yes, the name) with the qualities of the grapes.
Martian IdentityThe typography-based Martian Ranch & Vineyard brand identity used an existing serif typeface that was redrawn by hand to lend an authentic, organic, and otherworldly feel to it. The deep red wine tone seemed especially fitting as the name itself recalls the red planet. The Martian character appeared nowhere on the label, only on the cork once the bottle was opened (Martians playfully handing each other refills).
FINIEN's creativity and attention to detail are invaluable to the success of our winery. From brand identity through design their service is unparalleled.
- Michael Roth
FINIEN re-launched Opal’s brand through all Brand Atmosphere touchpoints, creating a brand image that allowed the firm to compete on the national level of real estate investment and management. The brand identity design was the key asset, showing monumental strength and alluding to a three-dimensional element of impact and openness. The trustworthy typography and color mixed with the overall modern feel for this identity (created in 2007) ensured to stand the test of time.
The identity re-design for the Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, a Vienna based production studio focusing on documentaries, was a family affair (Nikolaus is the brother of FINIEN's principal). The identity design represents the studio's critically acclaimed cinematic style and focus. Fans of his films quickly turned into fans of this icon as it translated the emotions otherwise captured by his moving images.
We created the identity design for music production label Lazyhooks. You may know the guys behind this label better as Capital Cities, the band that broke our hearts and chart records with 'Safe And Sound.' The logo's simplicity strikes a chord through the apparent hook and its playful nature. A safe and sound logo, in other words. And just like with all big hits, it ensures to remain timeless.
The hexagon and cube shapes in the icon represent Onramp’s expertise and thought leadership across its holistic 'six-levels-of-insight' approach to big data solutions, while also having subtle references to organic molecular structures. These six levels were uncovered and developed during a one-day FINIEN brand foundation workshop. The open spaces in the top right corner of the icon speak to the bridge or “onramp” that is being created to clear a path from latent data to fully visible and interpreted bioinformatic data. As a startup in the biotech space, this robust identity equipped the company to enter the world of big data like a big player in the field.
The Mainstream IdentityThe Mainstream is a Los Angeles-based startup that serves as a commercial content platform providing users on-demand control over how they discover opportunities. The iconic identity serves the purpose of telling the story between user and advertiser through the shadow-play while creating the symbol of infinity for the endless stream of opportunities and possibilities within the platform. The upfront letter M ensures brand name recognition while allowing for scalability across the social media landscape. Not a bad mixture of ingredients for a startup that demands an iconic and meaningful brand identity.
Mindshare IdentityMindshare LA is "a mecca for intellectuals, artists, scientists and other forward-thinking characters looking for inspiration and connection." We felt right at home crafting an identity for this inspirational event platform. The bold mark represents the space where opinions are being formed, transformed, and likeminded individuals meet through shared thoughts. The typewriter font used in 'Los Angeles' is a nod towards the creator community it serves. Given the nature of the brand, the icon was created to adapt to on-screen, projections, and name tags alike; and it has stood the test of time for nearly a decade.
Don Joaquin Identity
Anticipating the arrival of its guacamole import into the US, the brand for Don Joaquin was inspired by the Aztec tradition and infused with modern ingredients to make it pop off the shelves. Authenticity was top of the list as we derived this iconic brand identity that blends tradition with a swirl of guac in the center of its medaillon-esque logomark. Soon after its introduction to the U.S. it found its way to millions of consumers through the aisles of Costco.
Co-opportunity Natural Foods Identity
Co-opportunity has been ahead of its time by providing natural, organic, and local foods to the Santa Monica area since 1974 (and it's a co-op - take that, millennials!). With the explosion of natural food markets around the area, it was time to make a change in brand image. We were tasked to create a unique identity that spoke to the brand’s values of better food and stronger communities. Given the nature of a co-op, we were faced by thousands of decision makers alongside the design process, so we had to ensure a home run with the community. The artistically crafted logo shows that there would be no co-op without the natural products and the people that farm and purchase it; the co-op would not exist - the word is white-on-white without the surrounding products. A home run it was, and the rollout across the store's brand atmosphere touchpoints clearly showed the adaptability and scalability of the newly crafted brand identity.
Grossman Design & Construction Identity
This identity re-design for Grossman Design and Construction was initiated to reflect the growth of the company. The use of its initials to create a modern three-dimensional structure was our solution to show craftsmanship and a focus on modern design while projecting the scale of projects that GDC was setting out to undertake.
Big Boom Media Identity
This identity was created for the brand launch of Big Boom Media, a startup specializing in SMS messaging advertisement. The brand image was created to show the explosive viral nature of Big Booms' work through a sleek, engaging, and ever-expanding identity design that was carried through various brand atmosphere touchpoints. Since launch, Big Boom Media has developed a reach of over 4 billion wireless subscribers, translating the identity's visual claims into tangible reality.
Bandito Brothers Identity
When we were approached by motocross legend Mike “Mouse” McCoy with a bold vision of creating a new kind of action-focused content creation and production studio, we knew that the brand identity would have to be something extraordinary. The sunrise, the banditos, the coyote, and the bike together turned into a legendary visual in and around Hollywood as the studio took off creating blockbuster box office films and commercials for Fortune 500s. While the visual and verbal language could have easily turned gimmicky and unauthentic, it was important to never slide down that path: Exceptional dedication to the brand atmosphere touchpoint designs through gold foil and other superior paper and fabric choices along the way ensured that the icon and its just as iconic typography became a symbol for out-of-the-box creativity and badass stunt performances.
Brand Identity Design in partnership with the team at Survios, a revolutionary tech company focusing on virtual reality gaming and immersive entertainment research and development. The symbolism will remain a mystery due to the confidential nature of this fast growing VR company, but give it a second and you might realize a few strategies that have been derived to equip this bold startup with the lasting icon it demanded.