Opinion by Richard Baird.
The Coalition for Engaged Education, formerly New Visions Foundation, is an LA based organisation, led by Dr Paul Cummins, that helps vulnerable children and young adults to realise their potential through an approach to education that respects and inspires them. CEE recently worked with design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity that would mark the organisation’s new national ambitions.
The result, a logo that is both wordmark and icon, stationery and posters bound by a broad colour palette and uncoated papers, is described by Blok as reflecting CEE’s process of transforming and uplifting, and emphasises the system of support it provides its students. Emotive language complements this approach by turning CEE into a verb, with the intention of giving voice to its beliefs and to the students’ own hopes and dreams.
Lucky 21 is a film production company, located in the US city of Dallas, who bring a “contagious energy and tireless drive” to the industry and have a production team and director roster that includes the talents of Jeff Bednarz, The Chartrands, and Tom Ryan, some of whom have worked for big brands such as TGI Fridays, AIG and Home Depot. Lucky 21 recently commissioned design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity solution, which included type, pattern, material and language choices, that would help the company to establish a strong brand personality and better position them to move into and take on the competitive Los Angeles market.
“The Vine is a wine agency in Ontario, with an exclusive and focused portfolio of wines from Italy and California, and an impressive reputation for service and professionalism.” Design agency Blok conducted an “in-depth mining of the brand revealed four key values: distinctiveness, character, authenticity and artisanal” which became the “pillars of the identity”. “The visual vocabulary strikes an elegant balance between the company’s values, the heritage of the wineries that it represents, and the highly contemporary vision of its founders.” – Blok