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Branding a Global Amusement Operations Company

Posted on September 12, 2018

ICON Global Partners is an international amusement operations company that personally guides owners, investors and operators through the entire design, development, implementation, servicing and maintenance process. Their main focus is in developing markets, and they work with clients who aspire to be world-class in a time when service and safety expectations are continuously increasing.  The company is lead by two industry leaders, Chris Perry and Tim Mow.

ICON came to Visual Lure for branding guidance and logo development, graphic design services, and WordPress website design and development. Below is some of the work we completed for ICON:

 


 

Initial Brand Exploration

When we are creating a new brand from scratch, exploring and defining the brand is an important first step before any design work is completed. This can be done through conversations or by filling out a brand framework form.  Here is ICON’s brand positioning and messaging:


Brand Promise:

Proactive, transparent, personalized (hands-on) service from concept to opening, and beyond.


Brand Positioning:

  • Helping the leisure and amusement developer to success by listening and providing comprehensive support and technical assistance throughout the development process.
  • ICON wants to be the company of choice for those aspiring to achieve international standards of safety and service for their amusement facility in developing markets.
  • ICON is an operations speciality company for amusement facilities that aspire to be world-class in developing markets.

Master Positioning Statement:

  • What: The only amusement operations speciality company
  • How: that will hand hold (lead) through the entire process
  • Who: for owners/investors and operators
  • Where: in developing markets
  • Why: who aspire to be world-class
  • When: in a time where service and safety expectations are increasing globally

Target Audience:

  • Owners and investors of potential amusement facilities and mixed-use developments globally
  • Existing operators looking for assistance with a future redevelopment or looking to improve their operation
  • Amusement suppliers/manufacturers that are involved in projects which have not yet defined who the operator is
  • IP companies (Cartoon Network, Cirque du Soleil) that are involved in amusement operations that would like to have clearly defined design and operating standards for their brand
  • Hotels that are adding aquatic elements and want to ensure they are safe and operationally efficient

Brand Mission:

ICON’s brand mission is to help others who (aspire, have a desire, have a drive, want, aren’t afraid of the journey) to become (iconic, world class) in their market.


ICON’s Thought Process:

  1. Where can we lead our customers (so that our competitors can’t follow)?
    By developing strong relationships and partnerships that are built on trust, transparency and hard work. Personalized, client-centric commitment focusing on direct interaction and solving potential issues before they become problems
  2. How can our brand help customers help themselves?
    By working hand in hand, we are teaching people how to think differently
  3. What new forms of value can we deliver?
    Working hand in hand in partners in an economical way (by being based in the region) By being more than an operator and representing our clients in our own areas of expertise
  4. How can our brand become a platform for creating customer opportunities?
    Volume of key clients in region. Building brand awareness by the success of client base
  5. How can our brand become a richer context of living?
    Safer, more enjoyable facilities, with better service. Partner for future projects with an easier path of development/openings. By taking the stress burden off of the owner and/or driving higher profits through experience, knowledge and efficiency.

Brand tone of voice (Brand’s personality):

  • Confident
  • Personal/Genuine
  • Local
  • Helpful (solution focused)
  • Passionate

What does ICON do better than their competition? What makes ICON different?

  • ICON is based in their target region (Southeast Asia, which reduces travel costs and makes us easier to communicate with vs. having to speak with someone in North America or Europe)
  • ICON is personally involved vs. passing the work to a project manager or hiring someone other than the leaders of the company
  • ICON’s operators have recent operating experience in some of the most recognized water parks in the world.
  • ICON is not afraid to get their hands dirty and work with clients onsite
  • ICON offers multiple solutions through their own resources (one-stop shop)
  • ICON prefers a client representative approach in which they will interact with other consultancies on the client’s behalf

 

Final Logo Design

Here is the final logo. It features a globe made from waves – as water parks represent the core of their business. We also added a swoosh/splash under the mark to give it a sense of playfulness and motion. The typography is heavy and arched from the bottom to give it an “iconic” feel, and gradients give is a sense of depth – making the mark a little more fun, which is what this company is all about.

ICON logo design

Logo Explorations

Below are a handful of logo design explorations we presented. The client requested that we use a globe, and they preferred the color blue – because a majority of their business is water park related.

ICON logo explorations

Business Card Design

 

ICON business card design ICON business card design

 

Website Design

Designed and developed in WordPress, the new ICON website is a fully custom, simple, clean, and easy to maintain theme. Even though it’s a pretty simple layout, we added a wave to the sticky header so that it didn’t look like a cookie cutter theme. The site is of course fully responsive, rendering beautifully on any type of device or screen. Additional features include: easy to apply column short codes for layout flexibility, an RSS industry news feed automatically pulling from an industry news resource, and an accordion services section.

We also installed and configured WordFence for added security, and WP Rocket for improved load-time speeds giving the site an A rating on both GTmetrix and Pingdom.

ICON responsive web design

ICON website design tablet

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Package Design for Disposable Vaporizers

Posted on July 16, 2018

Nui is a California based cannabis company that will soon be launching two disposable vaporizer products. One called Sunrise – that has an uplifting feel, and Sunset with a more relaxing effect. Before coming to Visual Lure, they had worked with a handful of designers on multiple packaging options, but were unsatisfied with the results. During our initial conversation, they explained that they wanted the packaging to be ‘simple, upscale, classy and discrete’. They didn’t want it to look like a cannabis product. In one of the owner words: “if you saw it on someone’s desk, you wouldn’t know what it was”.

We approached the design in two ways, one simple and clean, and the other a little more eye-catching.

 

The Clean & Simple Design Options

Below are the two ‘simple & clean’ options we presented. We used a orangish-red color to represent Sunrise, and a deep purplish-blue to represent Sunset. We incorporated sun illustrations in both – one with arrows on them to show the sun moving up and down, and the other with the sun in different locations on the label.

NUI packaging design, full label 3

NUI packaging design, full label 2

Nui simple & clean package design options

 

The ‘Eye-Catching” Design Option

Even though the client wanted the design to be more subtle and discrete, it still needed to be eye-catching in order to stand out from its competitors. Below is our more ‘eye-catching’ design we presented. We incorporated tropical flowers as the company name, Nui – means great in Hawaiian. We also used a simple illustration of a sun, one above Sunrise and one below Sunset.

NUI packaging design, full label 1

Nui eye-catching package design option

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How did you find us?

On a side note: Are you a business owner? If so, do you know where ALL your leads are coming from? If not, you NEED to know. How else can you measure the success of your marketing efforts and dollars. This client found us on Behance, an online platform that showcases creative work from around the world. The cost for this lead: zero dollars. Only the time it took to prepare and place projects on our Behance portfolio page.

 

Logo, Branding and Website Design & Development for the St. Louis HERO Network

Posted on June 21, 2018

The St. Louis HERO Network is a non-for-profit online directory that promotes local first responder and military owned businesses. In addition to the business directory, users can find a help wanted section that features an up-to-date list of local police, fire and EMS departments that are currently hiring, training and classes that are offered by local fire responders (such as CPR and stroke life support), real estate listings, and a calendar of events. It also features a HELP A HERO section where you can make a donation to a local fallen first responder’s family.

The HERO Network came to Visual Lure to help build a website along with a logo and additional collaterals. The new logo features a badge, an arch, and a HERO ribbon. Icons were also included to represent the four types of members. The color palette was inspired and pulled from typical fire responder related colors.

As for the website, it was developed in WordPress using a fully custom, responsive designed theme. The back-end is extremely complex as it integrates e-commerce memberships, an approval process, member listings that can be edited, ad listings with payments, donations, an event calendar, database feeds that automatically organize and populate the directory, custom post types and more.

You can check out some of the designs below, or visit stlheronetwork.com to learn more about the network. The official launch date is June 22nd, 2018.

St. Louis Hero Network Logo guide STL Hero Network Business Card 2 STL Hero Network Business Card STL Hero Network Launch Party Flyer STL Hero Network Responsive Website

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Visual Lure Project Featured in St. Louis AIGA Design Show 23

Posted on June 19, 2018

Ever since I joined the St. Louis AIGA, while still studying Graphic Design at SIU Edwardsville, I would go to their Annual Design Show every year to see all the world-class design work coming out of Saint Louis. Eight years ago, I entered what I thought was one of my best logos, but it didn’t make the show. It discouraged me, and it wasn’t until this year that I decided to enter another piece. I am honored to share with you all that my project was selected, and one of my professional goals has been fulfilled.

When I received the email that read “Congratulations, your work has be selected to be in the AIGA St. Louis Design Show 23!” I was both excited and oddly relieved. I think the relieve came from a sense of accomplishment as I’ve had this goal for over 18 years. It also represents the second check mark off my “top three professional goal list”. While still in college, I used to dream of having a logo published in a book called LogoLounge, having a project in the AIGA Design Show, and lastly having work featured in Communication Arts.

To date, I’ve had 31 logos published in 7 different LogoLounge publications, and I can finally say that I’ve had a project in the St. Louis AIGA Design Show. I just have Communication Arts left. I share this not to brag, but to hopefully inspire other graphic designers as design really is a skill that is honed and crafted. You definitely need artistic skill and creativity, but everything else can be learned and improved upon with practice and dedication. A slight obsession with design, color, type and space helps, but if you have the foundation, you really can become a good designer. When I compare my portfolio coming out of college, to my work today, it really does confirm this statement.

This years judges included: Su Mathews Hale – a senior partner at Lippincott, Justin Ahrens – principal and creative director of Rule29, and Ilene Sandler – designer/owner of Treat Street Studios. You can learn more about the design show, and view all the winners  here: aigastlouis.com/23/.

About the Project:

Bear River Brewing is a branding project we did for a Tampa, Florida craft beer brewer. Visual Lure actually came up with the name which is based on his son’s, Barrett (which they call Bear) and River, hence Bear River Brewing. The logo depicts a bear rowing a canoe down a river carrying a huge beer bottle with palm trees in the background as a nod to Tampa. One of our favorite pieces is the beer taps which are shaped like canoe paddles.

Bear River Brewing LogosBear River Brewing Identity DesignBear River Brewing Packaging Design

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Logo, Identity & Website for a St. Louis Metro East Railroad Company

Posted on March 15, 2018

The Prairie Line is a St. Louis Metro East/Southern Illinois railroad, transportation and logistics company. Lead by a team of highly experienced partners, The Prairie Line prides itself on providing personalized service that often gets lost in the rail industry. Additionally, their ability to cut through red tape and deliver quick decisions (along with their cargo) sets this company apart.

Below you will find everything from the initial logo design options to their newly painted locomotives and custom WordPress website, all which Visual Lure designed.

The Logo:

The top left logo option uses a single line to make two “i”s tying the two word marks together, the top right option (which ended up being the final logo) plays off a line dividing the “P”, the bottom left logo features prairie grasses that make negative space in the type, and the last logo is a P created with a single line that also mimics railroad tracks. Below the options are the final logo lockups.

 

TPL logo options & final logo

Color Palette, Typefaces & Paint Scheme:

We selected a color palette inspired by colors of prairie grasses with clean, easy to read typefaces making sure signage and locomotive numbers are readable from a distance. The paint scheme was inspired by the curve in the logo and the placement gives the locomotives a sense of motion.

 

TPL color palette & typefaces TPL business cardsTPL locomotive paint schemeTPL painted locomotive

 

Custom WordPress Website:

We wrapped up this branding project with a fully custom, responsive designed WordPress website. The site features a sticky header and menu bar for convenient navigation, a couple custom sliders for the “what makes us different” and the “leadership” sections, and an auto-populated news feed that is fed from the fully integrated blog.

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