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visual design / ux / visual identity
As a co-founder of Proudsugar, along with Javier Rincon, we established some core concepts in our culture book, the main core value being "Of the Highest Quality".
This concept means the understanding of quality as a sum of a large number of elements, such as effectiveness, beauty, communication, ease of implementation, loading speed, etc. These elements must have enough quality each one by itself to allow in turn, with the sum of them, reach the concept "Of the Highest Quality".
Our clients had to be able to perceive and understand in a fast and effective way our hard work, perseverance and determination in achieving that concept.
As a co-founder and designer, and in addition to the work done for our clients, my work for our agency was all the visual identity and visual design, as well the development of the website (wordpress), ux/ui, and of course, all the work that you have to do as a co-founder!! :)
THE PROCESS & OUTCOME
Logo: the inception
I subscribe the idea that the communication of any logotype, isotype, or imagetype (communally understood all under logo) should be associated with a specific idea or concept representative of the brand, whether it may be more or less abstract, more or less figurative. The designer has also the possibility to go deeper and may show not only one but more levels of deeply embedded communication.
When the logo is able to go further and transmit not only a description of the name or work, but the concept of the company, values, meaning or "soul", and do so in an attractive, elegant, consistent and with significance, the memorability is printed at a higher level in the mind of the viewer, working as an active advertising agent. As Paul Rand said, "design is the silent ambassador of your brand".
Under these precepts, the Proudsugar logo began to be developed. But this presented some additional difficulties: our name had nothing to do with our business (being a case similar to Apple Computers). On the other hand, the graphic representation in a logo (and in an adequate and contextualized way) of elements such as "sugar" or "proud" was in itself a challenge that added more difficulty to the project.
Logo: concept & style
To solve that, I started a process in which I tried to transmit both concepts: low level (graphic representation of the name) and high level (occupation of the company: growth, improvement, etc.)
In this process I began to make a parallel between the concept of "proud" with those of "improvement", "growth" or "expansion", linked these last ones to the business objective. But nevertheless, there was still the representation of "sugar", and how to link it to the concept of "pride / improvement", just commented.
After different ideas, the solution came to show two cubes of sugar, but the second larger than the first, alluding to growth and improvement.
Related to style, clearly had to represent the values of Proudsugar: it had to be elegant and attractive, clear and simple, but resounding and forceful. In addition, it had to adequately respond to the need for easy implementation and easy recognition on a small scale.
So, the outcome is a logo that tries to represents the values of the brand, very usable in any circumstances, simple, flexible, attractive and contemporary, representative, memorable and with a clear significance on the purpose and the soul of the company. And also representing the name! :)
The idea behind the cards was create something innovative, to stand out of the rest, and create a positive reaction when somebody receives one of them, but of course being as functional as possible. Also to take advantage of the concept that shows the logo, reinforcing the brand image while being fully transversal across mediums.
So the idea was impress and impact at first sight in order to keep the viewer’s attention; in a second step, to send a message to showcase the purpose of the brand, and eventually to work as a regular contact card, containing all the useful information.
Audits and other material
Naturally, these precepts were adapted to other areas like all the brand and image material, presentations, audits, business material, administrative stuff, etc. The objective was to create elements as useful as beautiful, with great power of communication.
As an example, here we have the audits template. The cover illustration for the audit shows an image that tries to represent the work of Proudsugar with the clients. Two flags in the summit of the mountain, with the Proudsugar logo and the client logo (the logo is changing depending the client) showing where we want to arrive together. A cableway, showing the way. Inside the document, a special attention to the usability was taken into account (typos hierarchies, visual elements, arrangement, etc)
In all of our different websites, the intended principles were great communication and powerfully visual elements. A clear and powerful copywriting, combined with appealing visuals and a proper UX structure that indicated a clear and perfect mixed capability to achieve the client’s objectives, being the outcome powerful websites, regardless of style or fashion.
Along with the website, we created a landing page in order to offer a free website review; in this case, along the great communication and powerful visuals, we included humour as an added element; this works perfectly well as a tool when it is done in the right way and with proper adjustment to the purpose.
The landing page is like a typical 50's advert, keeping all the classical elements expected to see in these kind of adverts. But always keeping in mind that the purpose is to have a functional page, and for this reason all the elements have a purpose, although some can be more emphatic than others.
The differentiation of this style (not usual to see nowadays) works as a hook in order to keep the viewer interested and intrigued, but the selection of this style is not only because it’s unusual these days: the base of this 50's style (the font's weight and typos, the visual cues, the speech, the mood, the illustrations...) work perfectly with the UX and the flow and the outcome is a page than is not only pleasant to see but works properly as a landing page. The result being very effective.
Illustrations and visual elements
In the page "Illustrations", along with other works, you can see more of work done for Proudsugar, like our mascot "Proudly". Feel free to visit it! :)