Category: GRAPHIC DESIGN

24
Nov

Drink Baotic

BRIEF

Paul and Isatou, were two very special people with a very special project. They were founders of a new company called ‘Hippo & Hedgehog’ and were in the process of bringing their breakthrough new product ‘Drink Baotic’ to market. Drink Baotic is a new African-inspired drink which originates from the Baobab tree in The Gambia, it has a unique flavour but more importantly and because of the ’superfood’ properties of Baobab – a multitude of health benefits – it is a pre-biotic drink, dairy free, gluten free, packed with nutrients and exceptional for ‘gut health.’

The company itself was incredibly interesting with both Paul and Isatou working closely and giving back to the communities of The Gambia. We were asked to create a new brand theme, identity design and packaging designs for 4 flavours of Drink Baotic – Original, Banana, Orange and Strawberry.

SOLUTION

The loft team were thrilled with the opportunity to create such an exciting new brand – many, many visual and cultural themes were explored but there was a real emphasis on a ‘modern African’ theme. We wanted to capture the beauty and novelty of African culture but in a contemporary way – so we studied fine-art, textiles, even modern interpretations of ancient scribes to properly embed ourselves in the Gambian culture.

We eventually used a combination of traditional marks but re-interpreted in a modern way to develop the Drink Baotic visual identity – each mark was symbolic of something to do with the culture of Drink Baotic such as the ingredients of the drink or its benefits to customers, etc.

The identity was conceived as a painted interpretation of the words ‘BAOTIC’ with the t and i being abstractly re-interpreted as a mother touching her child on their face. Finally, all of the materials were re-formatted for a wide range of further uses for digital, social media, etc. There has been a wide range of new packaging designs created too.

RESULT

Everybody involved was delighted with the final results. Most importantly, Paul and Isatou, who as you can see have been on quite a journey since the release of the product – they’ve met the unmistakable Founder of Virgin, Sir Richard Branson and Founder of Innocent Smoothies too – Richard Reed. Both who also seem to be fans of the brand we’ve co-created.

The company has gone from strength-to-strength since we worked together, winning a range of awards and being featured nationally for their successes.
At the loft, we are delighted with the final design, and a special thanks must be given to Marek Brol who led this project with distinction.

24
Nov

Alistair Walker Whisky

BRIEF

We were absolutely thrilled and delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Alistair Walker for the packaging design of his new whisky ‘Infrequent Flyers’ and the creation of his new brand ‘Alistair Walker Whisky.’ We had indirectly worked with Alistair for several years as he was one of the owners of BenRiach, before he and his father had sold the company to Brown Foreman.

Alistair would be creating an ‘independent bottling’ company with Alistair Walker Whisky and would be focussing more on rarer expressions. His first whisky ‘Infrequent Flyers’ would come in both single malt and single grain variations with a wide range of casks from different distilleries.

SOLUTION

Alistair asked for a retro feel to his new whisky which we were more than happy to provide – we explored many ideas exploring items like postcards to old flight tickets but eventually settled on an illustration of a classic propellor aircraft flying over some mountains.

We created a range of other items for Alistair including a bespoke age statement, a wallpaper-like wraparound for the tube of the whisky and a crest-like logo for Alistair’s own brand himself.

RESULT

A tremendous success, Infrequent Flyers is a real hit, particularly with real whisky lovers and we continue to work with Alistair to this day.

“Coming up with a design for both our company logo and our flagship brand (Infrequent Flyers) from scratch was no mean feat; The Loft were great to work with, both creatively and in terms of execution. They delivered an end-result that I am delighted with, and which many of our customers have been very complimentary towards. Importantly, their ‘after-sales’ service has also been exemplary – they are always happy to help with those little details.”

Alistair Walker, Founder of Alistair Walker Whisky

15
Nov

BBC OWN IT

BRIEF

We were thrilled and delighted to be given the opportunity to pitch and eventually win some creative work for the BBC. All our clients are wonderful in different ways, but there was something rather special about being given the opportunity to work with ‘Aunty.’

We were asked by BBC Scotland to look at ways to raise awareness about smartphone privacy for younger people (particularly younger teenagers.) We currently live in a time where various companies have unprecedented levels of access into our lives through our smartphones and this presents challenges, in particular, to younger people.

SOLUTION

We were given a wide range of stories, examples and facts into how smartphone devices, digital channels and social media platforms make use of our data and we were asked for creative ways to bring that information to life in ways that would appeal to a younger audience. We carried out a wide range of research and creative exploration – creating a number of different storyboards – around some of the examples given.

Alongside the team at the BBC Scotland, we came up with what was almost a comic script with the smartphone being shown as a ‘baddy’ in a range of compromising scenes – we had Mister/Mrs Smartphone swimming in money, shamelessly selling merchandise and brewing ingredients in a cauldron. All excellent for generating awareness but in a fun way. The scenes were constructed using the ‘BBC Own It’s’ unique typeface and building on the graphic style they kindly provided us with.

RESULT

A tremendous result. BBC Scotland were delighted with the final results which was used as part of a campaign throughout their website and social media channels. The development of the characters and the use of human smartphones has been carried on by the organisation and are currently used to this day too.

25
Jul

AQUALISA CONTRACTS BROCHURE

BRIEF

Aqualisa is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium showers. Founded in 1976 and based in Kent, the company has been growing rapidly in a number of ways. One of their main successes were with ‘business-to-consumer’ customers who loved the Aqualisa style, quality and ‘ease-of-installation.’

However they were looking to increase their ‘B2B’ revenue and were planning to sell directly to home-builders. They required a brochure which would showcase the style of their products and the quality of the showering experience to end users whilst getting across the practical benefits of their products for contractors too.

SOLUTION

We carefully selected a range of beautiful images of the showers to showcase the style and quality of Aqualisa for end users. These included dramatic images of people using the showers, the showers themselves in a wet environment and stunning detail shots. Finally, clear graphics were used to demonstrate the ‘easy-assembly’ and ‘superior environmental performance’ of Aqualisa products. These were incredibly important considerations for home-builders.

RESULT

The final brochure was a huge success.

“Aqualisa has been working with the loft for several years now on a huge range of projects — everything from packaging concepts to brochure designs, sales-decks, photography and other marketing communications. The team provides creative solutions, sometimes to extremely tight deadlines, which has helped our company to drive forward with its own commercial objectives, essentially they are an extended part of our team. Highly recommended.”

Simon Cornelius, Senior Product Manager of Aqualisa

25
Jul

YES STRATEGIC PLAN

BRIEF

Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) is a Scottish charity that inspires and equips young people to learn and succeed through enterprise. The charity has been running for over 25 years and as a long-term client of the loft, we were delighted to be asked by their CEO Geoff Leask to look for creative ways to burn the new ‘three-year strategic plan’ into the minds of key stakeholders.

SOLUTION

An incredibly exciting project, we worked closely with Geoff to ensure the project would be creative, informative and memorable. We looked beyond traditional solutions like slide presentations, one-page plans and other traditional formats to create a set of unique cards that could be gifted to individuals both inside and outside the organisation. Short punchy cards that shared the main points of the plan.

For the design of the cards, we believed that the very people who would benefit most from the successful communication of the plan should be placed front and centre – school pupils, apprentices, volunteers, etc.

We had great fun working on set-piece photography of each of the different people involved, we combined them with eye-catching graphical backdrops and as a surprising twist – the backs of the cards make use of Young Enterprise Scotland’s own unique tartan. A final flourish was the beautiful envelope the playing cards were placed in when given to others.

RESULT

A strategic plan with a real difference. We are absolutely delighted with the final results as were Young Enterprise Scotland.

“When you approach a design agency with a wish, you never know where you will land with the ideas generated and ultimately the effectiveness of the suggested proposal for your organisation. Working with the loft I had no fear and no doubt about the innovation, the communication, the deadlines being met and most important having something that worked for us and our audience.

At the end of the day it is what the public perception is of what the loft created THAT IS IMPORTANT – in a nutshell they love our Strategic Plan in a set of playing cards and we cannot thank them enough for having their ideas and following through to production – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”

Geoff Leask, CEO of Young Enterprise Scotland

25
Jul

ALTIA SOLUTIONS PRODUCT BROCHURE

BRIEF

Altia Solutions are a rapidly growing software company based in Scotland. They serve a number of organisations both nationally and internationally, to help investigators achieve greater efficiency, productivity and accuracy with their investigations.

The company was looking for a new professionally designed, informative and ‘on-brand’ product brochure. A document that would help with the sales process and improve the quality of presentation of both the company and its products.

SOLUTION

We showcased each of the products on individual spreads and used a series of words – like an elevator pitch – to introduce them. We broke down the sub-brand identities to demonstrate what each element of the product does and included user benefits and key testimonials too.

We were asked to show that Altia have a solution for all investigator requirements so we used the front cover and positioned each of the various identities in a large circle with the Altia brand at the centre and the words ‘When The Results Matter’ underneath.

With a special spot UV front cover finish, for a super high-quality look and feel, this carefully crafted brochure has an exceptional finish.

RESULT

We’re very proud of the final results as were Altia.

“Working from the ground up and engaging everyone at Altia, the entire team at the loft have built a strong understanding of our business which they apply to new projects, subsequently presenting the end product remarkably quickly and accurately. Long may our collaboration continue.”

Paul Miller, Sales Manager of Altia Solutions

25
Jul

CRAFT WHISKY CLUB

BRIEF

The Craft Whisky Club is an online subscription service for whisky lovers, they source and deliver rare whiskies to members all across the globe. They also encourage a much richer whisky tasting experience by matching the appropriate foods to accompany rare expressions.

They wanted a campaign to promote Raasay’s ‘While We Wait’ expression and asked the loft to create something which would tell a compelling story.

SOLUTION

This campaign was about much more than whisky.

The value of Craft Whisky Club is the creation of an entire experience for it’s whisky-loving clientele. We wanted to communicate that experience for ‘While We Wait’ and decided to create an art-directed, set piece image which would include each of the ingredients from the tasting notes of this rare whisky – peppers, liquorice, dried fruit, creamy blue cheese, cherries, brambles, grain and salt, etc.

They were all formed like a clock with a meticulous attention to detail, the lighting was designed to shine through the glass to create a shadow and each of these different cues were all created to mimic the sundial image used on the label and create a true representation of the final whisky expression.

RESULT

We enjoyed working alongside David Nicol, founder of The Craft Whisky Club, to create an exceptionally strong image.

“The process we went through to derive the While We Wait concept art was very enjoyable indeed. The invite to attend at the inception and final stages made me really feel a part of the process and collaborating with the loft team on the details of materials, shadow and final photography made me really feel my needs were catered for. Every time I look at the results I feel a real attachment and pride.”

David Nicol, Founder of The Craft Whisky Club

14
Jun

SOCEX 2017

BRIEF

The Serious and Organised Crime Exchange (SOCEX) is a forum which connects the law-enforcement community, giving them an opportunity to meet and discuss the most important issues of the day. The loft had helped to create the initial brand and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the organisers for the 3rd year in a row for the design of the 2017 brochure.

We were asked to be bold in bringing the main theme of the conference to life – harm and impact on communities – whilst building on the SOCEX visual identity.

SOLUTION

Previous publications had seen use of a network graphic to connect the different people in the brochure and this was carried on for 2017. We complimented this with vivid photographs for the page backdrops – each bringing the different conference themes to life.

We made widespread use of a hooded figure to symbolise the effect crime has on communities which was particularly helpful to the event organisers as it avoided the risk of stereotyping race or gender.

RESULT

The brochure was incredibly well-received by both the client and also the delegates of the conference. The loft has continued to work with the organisers of SOCEX.

“SOCEX, Serious and Organised Crime Exchange. As a concept, the Conference title can spring up many images — whether coming from the dark world of blockbuster thrillers or gritty police dramas on TV. The loft managed to capture the seriousness of the subject matter being discussed across the two day conference while providing a document which will have a life long after the conference itself, capturing the core elements of the event in such a way that attendees and their colleagues will return to it as a vivid reminder of what took place.”

Martin Jack, Managing Director of Think Different Events and Co-Founder of SOCEX

14
May

NETWORK RAIL GREMLINS

BRIEF

A unique event with Network Rail deciding to close Central Station and show a midnight viewing of Gremlins as part of their ‘Million Makers Challenge for The Princes Trust.’

We were responsible for designing an advertisement and online communications as part of this landmark event.

SOLUTION

A dream brief, we meshed together the appeal of Gremlins with the obvious character of Glasgow Central Station using one of the most symbolic parts of the station, the clock, as the focal point of the poster.

The Gremlins? Well they do get up to mischievous things, don’t they? One of the most entertaining points of a successful evening was the worry of a Gremlin popping out of the station clock during the screening of the film.

RESULT

An absolute hit with the people at the event and on social media.

“The creativity of the loft has been first class. We were blown away by the work they produced for us, and their friendly approach and customer service made them a pleasure to work with. Suffice to say we are looking forward to working with them again on future projects.”

Nicholas Prag, Customer Relationship Executive, Network Rail & Million Makers Challenge

14
Apr

PETEX

BRIEF

Petroleum Experts (PETEX) provide engineering solutions through software products for the oil & gas sector. Their digital tools are used by production companies throughout the world and we were delighted to be the first creative company to work with them in over 20 years.

We were asked to design ‘a visual representation that an engineer in Timbuktu could understand’ for their Digital Oil Field (DOF Suite.)

SOLUTION

We carried out an almost forensic level of investigation to properly understand what the ‘Digital Oil Field’ was and its value to customers. We explored a wide range of potential messages before deciding that the software helps ‘companies better understand the commercial potential of their oil field asset.’ These words were the basis for further creative ideas.

Several ideas were mocked-up and the selected concept was based on the inside of a telescope with each lens representing the five layers of their software. ‘A Clearer View’ was adopted as a tagline and a secondary advert was produced for a ‘desert’ scene in addition to the original offshore image.

 

RESULT

The client was delighted with the final results and one of the most satisfying elements of the collaboration were the creation of glass paperweights, featuring the new advertising, and given at PETEX’s 25th Anniversary dinner.

“The team at the loft created an image that visually captured the remit we set – our business, our industry sector and a technology message – in a visually attractive way. Their team spent quality time with us to understand the spirit of what we wanted to be captured and then, through several iterations, came up with the final images which we are very satisfied with. These images are used in publications, product brochures and on our website”

James Woodrow, Petroleum Experts Limited