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FILES.com Brand StrategyWhen Action Verb contacted us to spin off its organization, collaboration, and file logistics cloud platform into its own brand, they already secured the powerful name Files.com. During a one-day Resonaid brand workshop, for which the remote client team congregated in our Long Beach, CA, office, we crafted the soul of an otherwise transaction-oriented site, used by over 2,000 enterprises and SMBs, including Target, UPS, Leica, DirecTV, GoPro, and Marriott. 'Files are things that matter' became a theme and the mission statement amplified that sentiment: 'We are on a mission to empower you to unlock the potential of your files through secure tools for organization and collaboration in order to propel your productivity and accomplishments.' Because humans are creators and creations deserve to live and be shared. Weaponed with Files.com's Brand DNA of 'clarity,' we went out to set that idea into a visual manifestation in the form of a multi-faceted, powerful icon.
FILES.com IdentityThe FILES.com identity design uses an iconic pinwheel to symbolize the constant movement of propelling productivity, collaboration, and organization within the could platform. Simple triangle shapes are a subtle nod to the shape of a corner document fold. An all caps bold sans serif font was matched with the friendly icon to provide confidence and stability within the identity. Bold reds were chosen not only for the representation of leadership, courage, and determination but to strategically stand out in a sea of blue competitors. No shade of red is alike to further represent the diverse documents and users that files.com secures.
PocketNote Naming and TaglineWe knew this name demanded to be simple and easy to recall. Given that PocketNote provides quick clarity and insight, we imagined the user reaching for their phone in their pocket when they are in sudden need of an answer. It is the little black book, the notebook, the holy grail to helping entrepreneurs through their challenging startup journey. 'Startup Smarts' turned into a 2-word tagline adding personality and meaning.
PocketNote IdentityThe PocketNote identity design tells the story of the relationship between experts and those seeking their advice. A strong, simple sans serif typeface was chosen for its bold legibility and cleanliness. The reverse of the rounded edges that flows through the icon and typeface gives off a playfulness to resemble the duality action of a Q&A. The two perfect O's that represent the expert and the startup founders are taken out of the typeface to come together and form spectacles; a metaphor for the essence of what PocketNote does: to provide clarity and quick insights to founders, startups and the questions that keep them up at night.
CO-OP COOPER IdentityCO-OP Financial Services' machine learning platform is designed to detect and fight fraud faster than ever before. The COOPER identity shape was derived from the CO-OP brand mark to instill familiarity and connection. Multiple lines make up the shape to emphasize COOPER's multi-level approach to utilizing machine learning and AI. The thumbprint metaphor showcases customization as well as security. Lines open in various areas with rounded edges to bring an organic, human feel to the mark.
APARAVI Brand StrategyAPARAVI, a Santa Monica-based data retention solution provider, reached out to us to define their brand platform. Through our one-day brand strategy workshop, we defined the brand's core values and identified core messaging points, such as the company's belief in ‘zero-button’ data retention and compliance. The findings created messaging clarity, focus and were used to build company culture. For us, the findings were key to crafting the name and brand identity in the subsequent phases of our engagement.
Aparavi Naming and TaglineThe word apparavi is Latin for prepare, fit out, make ready, equip and provide. We shortened the word by a letter for future name recognition and ease of spelling and by doing so we successfully secured an ownable name. APARAVI is memorable and tells a story that describes the offering without being so descriptive to not allow for any pivots or future brand extensions. The tagline "Zero Button. Zero Worries." made the brand strategy actionable to a B2B audience.
Aparavi IdentityThe APARAVI brand identity design revolves around its icon representing data storage; the mark has the flexibility to change in between two states, which showcase open-format (open state) and security (closed state). The orange top right corner hints towards not only the APARAVI 'A,' thereby connecting it to the type treatment of the brand name, but also the expandable, open storage formats and tiers of access that APARAVI is designed for. The orange line that extends across the letter A of APARAVI symbolizes the ability to easily manage user and data access through the software.
If you are looking for a 'no BS' branding agency that delivers, stop looking. Fabian and his team are amazing!
- Adrian Knapp
Chairman & CEO
CO-OP THINK Brand Identity Suite
As part of our ongoing creative brand strategy engagement with CO-OP Financial Services, we were tasked to craft an overarching suite of brand identities for the inspiring THINK program: THINK – the year-round online thought leadership hub, THINK Review – The Magazine for Credit Union Intrapreneurs, THINK Prize – The innovation challenge, and last but not least the annual THINK Conference. Each stands tall on its own, while easily identifiable as a brand family.
Mister Maginsky Brand StrategyIntroducing a patented innovation to a product that has not seen major disruptions in decades made this brand launch trickier than others. Through a Resonaid™ Brand Foundation workshop help by Principal Fabian Geyrhalter in Vienna, the positioning was established: We believe that male underwear should be logical and geared towards the male anatomy, which is why today, our underwear is different. It separates and thereby liberates, what has always been separated by nature yet barbarically trapped by human fashion. To establish this positioning we needed to create a brand with a unique voice and identity that was just as bold and authoritative as the brand vision.
Mister Maginsky Naming and TaglineWe crafted a person to reflect the wisdom and particular need for organization. Meet Mister Maginsky, the mentor you never had, the father-figure you want to sip whiskey with, the man that re-invented underwear, magically so. Order, notes Mister Maginsky, equals hygiene, and both should be top priorities in every gentleman’s life. "You're welcome" became the brand sign-off on all brand communications.
Mister Maginsky IdentityMister Maginsky is the brand, the voice, the character and the inspiration. The signature logo is a reflection of him: bold, calculated, articulate and free-flowing. The thick stroke signifies his bold confidence. As if it were dipped and signed in fresh ink, the logo portrays the importance of craft and authenticity within the brand. The black and white nature of the designs boldly disrupt an industry known for color and fanciful imagery while adding a seriousness to the innovative functionality that Mister Maginsky represents.
$5 Dollar Traffic School Brand StrategyThe founders of this California online traffic school approached FINIEN to strengthen their brand focus in preparation of a re-branding, which was also handled by us. $5 Dollar Traffic School provides a great online traffic school experience at only $5, as the name suggests. During our one-day Resonaid™ Brand Foundation workshop, we honed in on value, quality and experience, both from the student point of view as well as the brand legacy Five Dollar earned over 20+ years. Competitor brands using the $5 component created consumer confusion, so we decided to include 'The Original' in the name as well as to add 'Since 1998' as part of the visual brand.
$5 Dollar Traffic School IdentityGiven that $5 Traffic School truly is only $5 (unlike others on the market) it was important for the identity to feel bold, authentic and true. The identity's seal-like characteristics are to emphasize just that - a stamp of authenticity. A fat typeface was chosen for the numbers to resemble the all-familiar characteristics on the $5 bill. The true color of 'money green' is used as the primary color to heighten the confidence of $5 Traffic School being true to its name.
$5 Dollar Traffic School TaglineHoning in on their key differentiator and the fact that the company firmly stands behind what their name suggests, we crafted the tagline "True to our name." Another strategic move to educate the audience and stand out from the copycats in a highly competitive industry.
Wind River Foundation IdentityThe Wind River Foundation brand identity design is carefully crafted to remain neutral to both tribes and to signify strength and heritage. The icon celebrates the return of the bison to the Wind River Reservation, which has deep cultural significance. The bison represents strength, survival, adaptability, respect, honor, and perseverance, but the icon also hints at a modern locator pin, signifying that the Foundation is location-based. Through its positive upward motion, it shows the impact the Foundation strives to have on the community. The bold, thick, and all-upper-case typography underlines the strength of the community and Foundation alike. The earth-toned color palette was picked to represent the land and its nurturing river.
Wind River Foundation TaglineTalking to a diverse group of audiences, from tribe members to donors and the government, WRF required an all-encompassing tagline that was actionable and empowering. "To inspire, facilitate, and support" describes the complex platform WRF provides in such a swift manner that it serves double-duty as an elevator pitch.
Center for Expanded Families Brand StrategyDuring the Resonaid Strategy Intensive we derived the friendly brand personality and strong core values while crafting a powerful story for CEF, a hub for key influencers in the lives of children affected by a change in parenting roles, that provides awareness, education, guidance and support to develop emotionally stable children. It does take a movement to craft the world's next generation.
Center for Expanded Families IdentityThe identity design signifies the key aspects of CEF: to create loving expanded families. The ampersand stands for the expanded family as well as for creating more love, more awareness, and support. The similar structure of the heart and the ampersand symbolize the essence of pulling out the love within expanded relationships. The heart is visually 'expanding' out of the ampersand. The two icons intertwine to represent the communication and collaboration CEF provides through our guidance. A bold, wide, rounded typeface was chosen for the name because of its friendly and approachable features, just like the service CEF provides.
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
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 NamingWe were tasked to derive a name for a mobile app that allows for personalized interactions with trending topics, news, and ideas through the answering of questions. The name was required to resonate with millennials, be used as a common noun or verb, tell a story and that trademark and domain names were available. With SpeakBeat we hit on two key aspects of the app: Voicing your opinion and being part of the pulse of now. It also allowed 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 and the pulse of the community. 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' (spanish for 'mine') 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
Reveleer Brand StrategyHealth Data Vision (HDV) is an Inc 5000 company that provides software to manage quality improvement, risk adjustment, and compliance initiatives for the healthcare industry. When HDV approached us, they knew a full re-brand was necessary to signify the big change from a service-based firm to a technology provider. Through the in-person brand strategy workshop the new brand's why, how and what was being clearly defined in a single day. The product description gained clarity as 'a hyper-connected platform,' while the mission 'to provide transparency, choice, and control within government-sponsored healthcare' created a bigger purpose that is rooted in the newly derived brand DNA of 'community.' The reason of existence, or 'the why' of this Glendale-based brand, was summarized in one powerful statement: 'To accelerate insight-based healthcare.' The resulting brand summary empowered internal and external communications as Team Health Data Vision was getting ready for the brand re-launch, while it formed the strategic foundation for the next step in our brand work: Deriving a new name for the fast-growing brand.
Reveleer NamingHealth Data Vision needed a name that signified their move away from service-based into a full-fledged technology company. A short name was sought, one that had the .com domain and trademark rights fully available. A name that communicates the brand's mission while providing the starting off point to a greater brand story. Reveleer was derived from the word 'revelation' (the surprising and previously unknown fact), which speaks to the platform's mission to accelerate insight-based healthcare: To reveal insights and to revel in steering the government-sponsored healthcare industry towards transparency, choice, and control. An easy to recall, easy to spell and easy to pronounce name that hit home for all team members, and today seems like it's been there forever.
Reveleer IdentityHaving derived the name Reveleer, which talks to the brand's offering, we now sought to focus on the Brand DNA of 'community.' The identity was inspired by the sociable weaverbirds who fully embody the idea of community: The birds are protectors, creators and natural architects who build the world's largest compound community nests. This became a metaphor for the Reveleer platform and its communal drive. The three birds represent the brand's three core values: 1) think customer first, 2) make every moment matter and 3) foster community, while also signifying the connectivity (and, again, community) aspect of Reveleer. A lowercase font was chosen to represent the friendly personality of the brand, however, still coming off as a strong leader with the bold-colored icon choice. An italic typeface and forwards moving icon were designed to mimic the notion of acceleration behind Reveleer.
Wurrly Brand StrategyLos Angeles based startup Wurrly is a free mobile app that transforms your smartphone into an on-the-go music studio with a fully customizable recording artist experience. We worked with Wurrly through our one-day brand strategy workshop to derive the brand's personality, values, and better define the story. As sometimes is the case in these magical days, we also derived the tagline that day: RAISE YOUR VOICE; a line that speaks to the empowering opportunity for artistry and social sharing that Wurrly promotes.
Wurrly IdentityA dynamic brand identity for this rapidly growing startup that mixes music and tech to bring the ultimate karaoke experience to the app store. Based on the findings of our Resonaid™ brand workshop, we crafted a mark that touches on the universal nature of music and the concept of the 'whirl' as it evokes its musical feel. The brand radiates the idea of 'connecting people through song' - and the icon needed to ensure it does that in a manner that is easily understood by the target, while making it scalable for its key usage in an app and social media environment. The brand icon set the stage nicely for a startup that is seeing tremendous adaption by its tribe.
Fabian is extremely detail oriented and personable, he ran us through a branding workshop thereafter designed the logo. He and his team are easy to work - they listen and then think outside the box in a creative collaborative way. I found the entire process highly rewarding and would recommend them to anyone.
- Nadine Levitt
Founder & CEO
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.