Marino Institute of Education Strategic Report

Marino Institute of Education Strategic Report

Marino Institute of Education Strategic Report 2021-26.

The report’s focus is on how ‘Education Transforms Lives’, and how enabling people from all backgrounds of life (for example, from disabilities to financial hardship) to further education, will empower them and give them greater opportunities in life.

We co-created the report in collaboration with Laura Macaulay at NavigatebyDesign. We used a gradient colour system throughout to indicate the transforming aspect of this report, with bright images of the students, lecturers and the lovely Marino grounds. The report is a complex piece of work, developed with MIE over an extended period of time.

We worked carefully in communicating a large amount of information in an easy-to-read digestible manner, maintaining the professional feel that an education body like Marino Institute would like to convey, in a clean and fresh style. It was also important to maintain the Marino brand colour palette and showcase the college grounds, societies, people and facilities. The report is flipped in half between an English and Irish language version of the report. The printing of this report is FSC Certified, supporting sustainability and the environment by using paper when printing that is FSC approved.

The launch event for this important body of work took place in the Nagle Rice hall on the beautiful grounds of Marino in North Dublin, hosted by TD and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris. Everyone was very happy with the design of the finalised printed report and the success of the launch event.

 

A Good Mood Food Packaging Design

A Good Mood Food Brand Packaging Design

A Good Mood Food creates flavoursome and healthy dips, made with real ingredients, locally sourced. The branding is based around the idea that when you eat healthy, you eat yourself happy, as you are nurturing your mind and body by feeding it with goodness.

The packaging communicates this happy and fun vibrancy that the dips brings to the consumer with the big smile, showcasing the tasty dips within. The strapline ‘Eat Happy’ further emphasises this. Each flavour is easily distinguished by colour – linking with the colour as the main ingredients inside – such as deep pink for the ‘Beetroot’ flavour and warm yellow for the ‘Curried Carrot’ flavour. There is also a new green ‘Garlic’ flavour coming soon.

Each artisan pot is lovingly crafted with ingredients sourced locally. They carefully select the best produce from nearby farms, which is then expertly seasoned and blended with rich local yogurt to create indulgent dips that are made from over 50% vegetables. The leaves placed over the ‘o’ in the typography of the logo, link to how there are healthy, local and natural ingredients used in the dips.

The benefits and unique selling points are clearly highlighted with icons, such as how are the healthy dips are Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Made in Ireland, encouraging consumers to buy local, as a growing trend is how people in Ireland want to support local, Irish businesses and the environment which reduces the carbon footprint by purchasing products made by local businesses who source local ingredients. The cardboard sleeves are recyclable and can also be kept as a keepsake, as the inside of the packs feature tasty recipe suggestions which are handy to stick on the fridge! This further reduces waste as the sleeves can have a longer life.

These tasty dips are made with love in West Cork. They are available in SuperValu stores in Cork, to purchase online at Farmsy and in local Farmer’s Markets such as Rohu’s Country Market in Cork. Find out more on their website.

A Good Mood Food partners with Food Cloud to maintain a Zero Food Waste business, they work with their local branch to help redistribute any extra products among the community. This prevents disposing of any extra waste. Food Cloud help provide over 5 million meals yearly to people in need resulting in 2,450 tonnes of food being redistributed and received by charities across Ireland. This is just one of the ways A Good Mood Food operate to keep their business sustainable and care for the community. It helps to ensure that every time their products are purchased, a local business is being supported.

As a group, the packaging of the tubs together look like a group of smiling, happy characters – full of energy and life. A Good Mood Food create food that feels good. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for tasty recipe suggestions.

 

*Photography:
Brendan Ryan Photography & Emma Jervis Photography
Photo Styling:
Clare Lynch & Betsy Gach

 

 

Saltrock Dairy Packaging Design

Saltrock Dairy Brand Packaging Design

Saltrock Dairy is a contemporary fresh brand, bringing milk to consumers in a new, innovative and sustainable way. Saltrock Farm pasteurise their own milk from their family farm, cutting out unnecessary food milage to bring customers their ‘Daily Dose of Dairy‘. The milk is non-homogenised, local and farm-fresh.

Milk and milkshakes are available to be dispensed via self-vending units, in branded trailers at local Farmers Markets. The customer takes one of the retro bottles of Saltrock Dairy (or several bottles) and fills it up via the vending unit, then when it’s empty, they wash it and bring it back and refill it. This concept is innovative and contributes to a circular economy as customers bring their bottle back to re-use and refill each time and it doesn’t need to go through the processing of recycling plants.

This message is clearly and cleverly communicated in the logo and brand packaging, with a milk drop dripping from the letter ‘K’ in the typography of the word ‘Saltrock’ in the logo, dropping down to the bottle below. The brand is retro, edgy and unique – bringing fresh and traditional milk to consumers in a new and innovative way. There is a grain texture within the font, to communicate the natural and farm-fresh aspect of the milk. On the back, there are droplet markers which indicate the amount left in the bottle, to make it easy for users to tell when they need to refill. This is also helpful when working out measurements when baking.

We worked with Saltrock Dairy on designing the branding from start to finish, to include the logo, the brand guidelines to include the brand colour palette and typography, the packaging design of a range of bottle sizes, the wooden branded crate, the vending unit and the trailer graphics. The client and her daughters were a pleasure to work with, adding their energy and enthusiasm to bring this innovative new brand to life.

 

See more about how the self-service vending unit works here. Saltrock Dairy hails from the foot of Tara Hill in Gorey, Co. Wexford and can be found in nearby locations. Give them a follow on their Instagram page to find out where you can next spot the Saltrock Dairy trailer.

*As seen on RTE’s The Late Late Show.

 

*A big thank you to Brendan Ryan Photography for the brand photos and Betsy Gach for assisting with the photo styling.
As featured on The Late Late TV Show.

Oat in the City Brand Packaging Design

Oat in the City Packaging Design

Oat in the City is an Irish oat drink brand. The product range includes a 750ml Original oat, a 750ml Barista drink and a 250ml dairy-free Chocolate flavoured drink.

The packaging design features an illustration of a unique character ‘Eoin the Oat’. Eoin the Oat is a down-to-earth authentic chap. He is a cool, fun oat. Each flavour has a different version of the oat character and also a different colour – blue ‘Original’ – the townie lad, green ‘Barista’ – the country bumpkin and brown ‘Chocolate’ – the cool dude. The colour variation and alternating versions of the character allow for easy flavour recognition and to bring a quirky, fun appeal to the packaging. The product benefits are highlighted on the front of the bottle, such as it is Dairy-free, Vegan, Gluten-free, and Extra Creamy, with Milled Irish Oats. Each bottle features a unique barcode to fit with the brand style.

We wanted to communicate that this is an authentic oat drink – therefore, when developing the brand name, the word ‘Authenticity’ lead on to the similar sounding ‘Oat in the City’. The name and brand story were developed to play on the expression of ‘spreading your wild oats’ in a humorous way – ‘Eoin the Oat’ likes to travel around the country spreading his wild oaty goodness with this oat milk drink. The illustrations feature a cityscape in the background, representing how Eoin is always on the move. The brand strapline is ‘Irish Farmers Milking Oats’, as the client wanted to communicate the local and authentic roots of the drinks range. Oat icons are used to denote this also.

Oat in the City stands out from competitors on shelves not only from a design point of view – from a nutritional and sustainable aspect also. It contains only 0.3 grams of sugar per 100 grams, whereas some other oat drinks contain up to 0.5 grams of sugar per 100 grams. It retains a lot of the goodness in the finished product, compared to other oat milks. Oat in the City use all of the Oat and retain the oats natural fibres, beta glucans and protein. It has no added sugar and is low in natural sugars. This makes it a sustainable choice, as food waste is one of the leading causes of climate change. The process by which most commercial oat drinks are made results in the stripping away the parts that have the fibre and the protein, so that you’re mostly getting oat sugar. Oat in the City stands above competitors as it isn’t made in this way – it retains more of the oaty goodness, making it a healthier choice, creamier in taste and reduces waste and therefore is better for the environment.

This is a fun and playful brand and has already received a lot of media coverage nationwide, with Eoin the Oat slipping in to the hearts (and fridges) of Irish consumers.

Keep an eye on their Instagram page to find out more about where Eoin the Oat is!

Available in Fresh stores, Donnybrook Fair, Nolans and SuperValu stores. See more on the Oat in the City website also.

*A big thank you to Brendan Ryan Photography for the brand photos and Betsy Gach for assisting with the photo styling.
As featured on The Late Late TV Show on RTE.

 

Muckross Creamery Brand Packaging

Muckross Creamery Brand Packaging

Muckross Creamery is an Irish ice cream brand range, hand-crafted by the Fleming family. Their strap-line is ‘From Cow to Cone’ – communicating the freshness of their delicious ice cream.

Catherine and John Fleming live with their lovely family of six children, and of course… all their friendly farm cows, on their charming farm in Muckross, Killarney. John Fleming is a fifth-generation dairy farmer. His family have been farming in Muckross, Killarney since the 1840’s. Their mouth-watering ice cream is made using their own fresh milk, fresh cream and free-range eggs. Being a farm-based enterprise in Killarney, they source all the fresh ingredients and supplies for each scrumptious flavour of their artisan range locally, to support the local economy. Their short supply chain and values of commitment to quality and sustainable production contribute to the great taste of their ice-cream.

 

When they reached out to Clare Lynch Creative on re-branding, key aspects they wanted to convey were the natural and fresh qualities of their ice cream. Therefore, featuring one of their resident, friendly farm cows in their brand and packaging design was a natural progression. It was important to implement this in a well-crafted manner, to denote that they are a quality brand range of ice cream.

Further to that, the colours from the fresh ingredients used in the ice cream were used as an inspiration source to form the colour palette for the brand, along with the traditionally-associated dairy colour of blue – but freshened up in a slightly brighter and modern tone, linking with the summery feeling associated with ice cream.

 

Muckross Creamery Ice Cream Brand Identity & Packaging Design

The brand typography has a traditional feel to it – with a bold, rustic font selected and hand-tailored for the bespoke brandmark along with hand-written descriptors; to support the values the client wanted to convey of how the ice cream is hand-made on their farm with fresh, local ingredients. The grain texture and the hand-drawn fruit silhouettes on the packaging further support and highlight this. As their brand story is an important aspect to the brand, it is featured on the packs with a photo of the family (which has since gained a new little member!). Muckross Creamery is a Listowel Food Fair winner for it’s flavoursome and tasty ice cream, and this key USP is highlighted on the packaging. The cute tubs are earthy and recyclable, which adds to their popularity, both as it communicates the rustic, traditional qualities to consumers, and also to how they are a conscientious and sustainable company.

 


You can follow them on Instagram @muckrosscreamery

Katie’s Kombucha Brand Packaging

Katie’s Kombucha Packaging Design

Katie’s Kombucha is a healthy probiotic drink, which is good for the gut and immune system. It is a delicious, refreshing vegan soft drink range, made with love by Ballymaloe-trained chef, Katie McCann.

When it comes to health, the gut is a key area to begin with, known as the body’s ‘second brain’ – it is trusted to support the body to fuel our happiness, health and wellness. The drink is alive and contains a community of healthy bacteria living inside which is beneficial to our bodies. When you feel alive, you can create what you love and love what you create.

Katie’s Kombucha is naturally fermented in small batches and is a naturally functional food. There are two flavours launched to date – ‘Raspberry’ (flavoured with 100% Wicklow raspberries) and ‘Apple & Dandelion’ (flavoured with 100% organic apples). It is unpasteurised, sustainably produced, vegan, gluten free and has recyclable packaging. Katie’s Kombucha refreshes, rebalances, replenishes the body.

Some key factors Katie wanted to communicate with the brand was her passion for creating kombucha, how it is a healthy product that’s good for you and that it’s wholesome and natural.

As Katie and the passion she has for what she does is the essence of the brand, the design outcome created for the brand packaging design uses the silhouette of a woman, representing Katie. The silhouette of the woman (Katie) has the fruits which the kombucha consists of intertwined into the shape of her hair, in a natural and organic style.

To make the word ‘kombucha’ easy to read for those unfamiliar with it, the three syllables are in a stacked block reading ‘KOM-BU-CHA’ to make up the brandmark. The hand-tailored font in the logo is earthy and rustic, communicating the natural ethos and ingredients of the kombucha. A texture with a subtle grain has been integrated with the typography and silhouette to further accentuate the wholesome qualities of the brand.

Each favour is differentiated by colour (guided by the fruits each contains), along with it’s own fruit icon. There was a third flavour ‘ginger’ created, to be launched at a later date. A hand-written font is used for the flavour descriptions, further emphasising the hand-made and personal process to how Katie’s Kombucha is created. An additional detail created is the unique barcode, showcasing the silhouette of leaves and berries. A hand-drawn heart icon highlights the feature that the kombucha is 100% Vegan.

Another key factor to consider when designing the kombucha was Katie’s highly conscientious nature in relation to being sustainable and the environment. Therefore, she chose a uniquely-shaped bottle which is easy to recycle and we ensured to work with the printer to use the earthy, recycled paper stock ‘Shiro’ rather than a sticker to make them easily re-usable and recyclable. They are then sealed with a tamper-proof seal.

Katie loved how the results communicate her brand essence and values, with strong visual impact on shelves in stores and has received much positive feedback on the new packaging from her customers and on social media. It’s sales have grown to a wide range of stores such as many of the SuperValu’s throughout Dublin, online deliveries stockist Neighbourfood, 3FE cafes and a number of other unique stores and cafes around Dublin and Wicklow.

 

 

Please enjoy the below video with sound and follow Katie’s Kombucha on Instagram @katiekombucha

 

 

 

 

See the positive feedback I received from Katie here.

Design: Clare Lynch Creative
Photography: Brendan Ryan Photography
Photo Styling: Clare Lynch.
Video: Shane Caffrey

 

Marino Institute Annual Report

Marino Institute Annual Report

Marino Institute of Education is an Irish College of Education, an associated college of Trinity College Dublin, focused on providing education courses. Established in 1905, the college became a recognised provider of teacher education in 1929, with a proud heritage as a provider of higher education for more than one hundred years. It’s degrees and diplomas are awarded by the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Clare Lynch Creative was contracted by Marino Institute to create their 2018-2019 Annual Report. They required the style to be clean and modern, with a fresh new look. The institute is set in the grounds of Lord Charlemont’s Estate, on Griffith Avenue, and offers state of the art facilities in this unique setting and the client wanted the report to showcase images of the campus and the student life. They also required a version of the report in Irish (Gaeilge), with the overall report incorporating both versions, back to back.The result is fresh and visually engaging, showcasing the institute’s activity for the year in a clear, attractive and easy to read manner.

The client was easy to work with and really pleased with the final outcome.

Tales for Tadpoles Bookmark Range

Tales for Tadpoles Bookmark Range

Tales for Tadpoles Bookmarks Set

This set of bookmarks was designed for Tales for Tadpoles, a children’s bookstore on Drury Street in Dublin city centre. The bookstore features classic tales in picture books and related merchandise.

The brief was to design a set of bookmarks, to display at the counter in-store and to give as a takeaway for customers with their purchases, as a friendly and useful reminder of the store and to show appreciation for their business.

The monotone images used on the bookmarks are the much-loved characters from classic tales (available for public use as out-of-copyright). They have been intertwined with the ‘T’ from the Tales for Tadpoles logo to create strong brand association. Each bookmark features a unique tagline, linking to the joys of reading and the pleasure found in the world of books. The colour palette is soft pastels, in-line with the brand colours and to appeal to the target audience of children. They have been designed for customers to cherish as a keepsake and to encourage repeat business, as customers can collect a different bookmark with each purchase until they have acquired the full set.

The client loved the results and they have received positive feedback from their customers.

 

Flying Squirrel Vegan Cheese Packaging

Flying Squirrel Plant-based Cheese

Flying Squirrel are a range of delicious, plant-based cheese alternatives, new to the market. The brand packaging and identity is fun, happy and vibrant; showcasing a quality, sophisticated product.

The artisan producer, Colm Farrell, grew up in the Irish countryside where he where he first fell in love with nature and animals and gained an appreciation for the environment. He went vegan in 2014 and one food he really missed was cheese. He noticed a gap in the market for plant-based cheese that tasted good and began attending cookery schools in the UK and Germany, studying traditional, centuries old techniques of the craft such as culturing, fermentation, coagulation and ageing and developed a real passion for food and cooking. His hand-made artisan range is carefully crafted in his Dublin kitchen with love and passion, using traditional techniques. All Flying Squirrel products are dairy and lactose-free and are suitable for vegans, vegetarians and those making a conscious decision to change their eating habits for health, ethical or environmental reasons.

We worked together in the naming process to define the name ‘Flying Squirrel’. It is inspired by the free-spirited energy of animals such as the flying squirrel, left to roam happy and freely in nature. This ‘cheese from trees’ is made mainly from nuts, and as squirrels are known to gather nuts, this is a further connection with the name to the cheese brand.

In the packaging, the illustration created depicts a flying squirrel character soaring over the natural outdoor landscape, connecting with how the cheese is made using 100 per cent natural ingredients and is naturally kind to the planet. We worked with Farrell to create a visual brand and packaging identity which best represents this philosophy. Although one of the key aims of Flying Squirrel is to provide a solution for consumers looking for a delicious alternative to dairy cheese, all cheese lovers can enjoy it. For this reason, the ‘v’ to signify it’s vegan appeal, is highlighted in a subtle manner within the ‘y’ in the brandmark typography. A small Irish shamrock symbol is included on the front of the packaging to signify its origin for consumers who like to buy local.

There are three flavours – Original (camembert) 150g, Almond 110g and Almond & Cheese 110g. Each have been separated visually using the brand’s colour palette and featuring illustrative taste cues. Each product has it’s own unique barcode, incorporating the squirrel character and nuts. Originally, we had mocked up plastic jars for two of the flavours. However, we then moved to glass jars, to become more environmentally friendly so that the packaging can all be recycled and have a lower carbon footprint. We art-directed the photoshoot with photographer Brendan Ryan, bringing out the bright, fun and vibrant essence of the brand, with colour paper backgrounds, linking with each flavour and the ingredients each flavour contains and taste cues, displayed around the packs playfully.

The combination of the elegant and clean typography with the vibrant and natural illustrations come together to create a fresh, memorable, and essentially, unique brand that consumers can align with. The results have proved successful, with market research showing that those purchasing Flying Squirrel in supermarkets are a mix of vegan and non-vegan consumers. Demand is high since its launch and it has already been requested for select health food stores and cafes.

See the positive feedback I received from the client Colm Farrell here.

 

***This project is featured on the Packaging of the World website and was a Gold Winner of the Muse 2020 Design Awards.


Follow Flying Squirrel on Instagram @flyingsquirrel.ie

Origin Chain Brand Identity

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Origin Chain Brand Identity

Origin Chain addresses a key consumer need: trust, offering blockchain-enabled software solutions to problems of real world asset authentication / proof-of-origin in export markets. In a distributed trust system this info-flow is called the value chain.

Origin Chain needed a brand identity created as they entered a more public phase of their company, where they would be business networking at events such as Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Innovation Arena’ at the National Ploughing Championships and tech summit event ‘Uprise’.

Not everyone understands areas such as blockchain, therefore they wanted the brand to be so well communicated that even a child could understand it, with the viewpoint that children are often quicker to absorb new technologies and communicate them to adults.

They have two sub-brands that sit under Origin Chain (Volunteer Passport and Verify by O.C.), and needed brandmarks for these in order for all three to work together as a family.

On reviewing Origin Chain’s needs and values, they wanted to be perceived as trustworthy, new-tech and user-friendly. Their software allows direct online transactions along a secure blockchain. These transactions are transparent and can be viewed by anyone.

A good way to envision this is to picture a value chain of a food item. E.g.; a banana you purchase with a barcode. On scanning the barcode, you can view the trail of where it has originally come from – from the farmer who picked it, to each input along the way, up until to the store delivery. It provides a sense of reassurance of knowing the root source of an item along the chain and be able to openly view it’s journey. With Volunteer Passport, it enables people in the volunteer sector to track and share their voluntary work. It enables a verification system, which allows one easy authorized and verified passport for all workplaces.

 

Factors considered were as follows:

  • Representing the links of a block chain as a strong, graphic symbol. The links also representing trust and security, a key value of Origin Chain.

  • The feeling of movement within the chain, emphasizing the interactive process of the blockchain technology.

  • Overlays of colours within the logo represent the transparency within Origin Chain’s software – the trust of anyone being able to see everything within the process.

  • Subtle hidden circles within the links represent eyes – the observing eye of the open visibility features of blockchain.

  • Closed links locked in to each-other to show solidarity of how when data is entered into a blockchain, it cannot be removed and is there forever.

  • Use of blue as the link colour, to further denote trust, the green tones signify the verification of the green light signaling approval.

  • For ‘Verify by O.C.’, the same brand style is used to create a tick of approval of the verification process.

 

The client was very happy with how the end result met the brief requirements, her feedback was as follows:

“I’m very pleased with how they look together. It’s been a real pleasure to work with you. As well as being a wonderful talent, you’re sort of unflappable too. The very best kind of designer in my book.”

 

*This work received a graphic design award in the International Design Awards with an Honorable Mention for brand identity.

Inishbofin Guide Book

Inishbofin Guide Book

Inishbofin Guide

This is a guide to Inishbofin, a small island off the coast of Ireland. Inishbofin has a population of 180 people and relies heavily on tourism. This project explored a way of attracting more tourists to the island. The concept behind it is to create a series of landmarks around the island, which honour Inishbofin’s history and culture. As Inishbofin is an eco-friendly island, they seek to achieve sustainable tourism that does not negatively impact upon the island’s natural environment, while at the same time benefits and supports the local community. Therefore, the concept was each sculpture would be created with eco-friendly, sustainable materials such as wood, bog oak, stone and earthy materials which would be in harmony with the local landscape and for each one to be clever and creatively designed. Some of the landmarks/highlights I thought of were the famous Grace O’Malley, the Cleggan Disaster, the island’s Flora & Fauna wildlife, the Patron Saint of Bofin, Cromwell’s Barracks, the White Cow (the island’s name) and Cockles & Mussels. I explored different ways in which these sculptures would be created. The idea being that visitors can interact with the sculptures and will want to find each one, to take photographs with them and tick them off their list of cultural things to see on the island. Beside each sculpture would be a small plaque which also naturally blends in with the local environment, which tells the story behind the sculpture.

Taking visual cues from the Camino de Santiago, where there is the a subtle shell with an arrow showing the direction to walk, I designed an icon which would work in the same way for Inishbofin’s sculptures. It is a simple boat shape, where the sail is an arrow – the direction of the arrow indicates which way to walk to each attraction. These would be set subtly in stone around the island, to ensure not to impact the island’s beautiful and natural landscape.

The main piece was an A5, side-stitched booklet with a fold-out A3 map showing the location of each sculpture around the island in the centre-fold. It was riso-printed using a rigorous 7-colour process, with some lovely ‘happy accidents’ of colour offsets in the finished booklet. The cover was then debossed with the shape of the map. Each page uses modern typography and layouts. On researching the island, many people said how Inishbofin was a place that people come to get lost and find themselves in, enjoying the slower pace of life and the fresh sea air and nature. The expression ‘There’s plenty of time on the island’ is a commonly used expression. This inspired the name for this booklet, with the play of words ‘A Guide to Getting Lost’. I created an icon for each sculpture, which visitors can easily find on the map, and used some expressions throughout which represent the essence of life on Bofin.

At this stage of the project, I created a 3D wooden stylised map of the island, with laser etchings of the icons, and also created 3D-printed icons to represent each sculpture (although not aimed to be the finished sculpture design). For the numbers on the map, I tailored an old Irish Celtic font to create individual, unique numbers which still embody the Celtic feel, but with a modern twist. I then laser printed these personally-designed numbers on to wood, to have as physical items to display as part of the overall proposed exhibition display. The use of wood for the display stand added to the sustainability, eco-friendly culture with which Inishbofin is proud of.

Marilyn Mansion Branding

Marilyn Mansion Guesthouse Brand Identity

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Marilyn Mansion Guesthouse Branding

Marilyn Mansion Guesthouse is located in a beautiful, green street in Rathgar – one of the quietest area of Dublin, only 10 min bus away from the city centre. They have a fun, friendly, welcoming and calm environment.

Their unique point of difference is that their name and rooms are designed to celebrate some of Hollywood’s famous celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Marilyn Manson. Clare Lynch Creative worked with them on developing the concept behind their name by re-creating their rooms to highlight and pay tribute to these Hollywood greats, by using touches such as pop-art prints and graphics and movie-star style mirrors (Monroe-inspired) and gothic dark colour schemes with black, white and red finishing touches and accessories (Manson). This is a current work-in-progress on developing rooms one by one to embody this concept.

The visual identity incorporates the classic shape of the actual guesthouse, as a compact, memorable shape, which holds the ‘Marilyn Mansion’ name and uses a classic 50s-style script font and 50’s style classic pastel colour palette to create a dreamy, fantastical feel connecting to people’s love of Hollywood glamour and stardom. The business cards include a map as a practical, compact leave-behind sales tool for tourist offices in Dublin.

The client was very happy with the additional input and ideas that developed for their guesthouse, from working together on the brand identity.

 

BK Coaching Branding

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Brid Kehoe Coaching

Brid Kehoe Coaching are a holistic coaching practise who support clients in taking steps forward to change for the better and help them to uncover new routes to get there. They guide clients to improve wellbeing and focus, change career and much more through support, encouragement and introducing new creative strategies.

The arrow in this identity lockup represents how Brid Kehoe Coaching focus clients in an upwards direction in their life; the subtle smile and bright colours communicate the positivity and fresh outlook that they bring to all their clients.

The visual identity kit includes the stationery suite and brand guidelines featuring the photography style, visual language, typography and colour palette which maintain a consistent brand style through all BK Coaching’s communication and points of contact with their potential clients.

See also Brid Kehoe Coaching Brand Booklet and BK Coaching Client Toolkit is to follow soon.

*This work received a graphic design award in the International Design Awards with an Honorable Mention.

CashAnalytics Re-Brand

CashAnalytics Re-Brand & Brand Guidelines

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CashAnalytics Re-brand, Brand Guidelines & Marketing Collateral

CashAnalytics build software that solves problems using the latest cloud and web based technologies, that help large companies manage their day-to-day treasury, risk and compliance challenges in an efficient and controlled manner. They work with a broad spectrum of organisations ranging from mid-tier private equity backed companies to stock market listed multinational enterprises. They are experts in corporate cash and treasury management, compliance, software development, customer service and project management.

They liked their existing logo to some extent, but wanted a more modernised look and feel, to ensure their logo was contemporary and communicated how the services they offer use the latest software technology to create results in a fast time-frame compared to their competitors. To create this, the bars from the treasury building in the original logo were used to stand alone as a strong analytics symbol, along with the cleaner, modernised Futura typeface. This created a new, modern CashAnalytics logo, which still easily links to be an evolution of their previous logo. There is a secondary version of their logo, which includes their strapline ‘Cash and Liquidity Forecasting’, for more specific uses.

The brand was then further developed across stationery, infographics, web graphics, eNewsletters, eBooks, brochures, exhibition graphics and brand guidelines, to roll out the re-brand in a consistent manner across all CashAnalytics collateral. The client was very happy with the new streamlined result across all their points of contact with clients.

Polski Bread Packaging

Polski Bread Packaging

 

POLSKI Bread was created by authentic Polish bakery Inter Europol, exclusively for Tesco consumers. Known for their taste, purity, and authenticity, they’re the largest clean-label bakery in Poland, producing real slow-rise sourdough bread and other bakery products using traditional stone-baking methods for over 30 countries worldwide.

The brief was to design a new packaging brand for a range of Polish bread to be launched in Tesco stores across the UK. The main target audience is consumers who love Polish food, therefore it was important to ensure that the branding made a clear, instant connection to Poland, for strong shelf stand-out.

Some factors considered to answer this brief include:
– Using the colour palette of the Polish flag (with colour variants per flavour) / the use of white to represent its’ clean label benefit.
– Packaging shape designed to reveal the bread’s natural goodness.
– Featuring the Polish bird mascot – with wings formed from grain, a bread-shaped body and a baker’s dough-shaped hat.
– Simplified folk-art style ‘Wycinanki’ illustration.
– Traditional Polish typography in a modern style, containing an earthy, grain texture signifying the bread’s wholesomeness.
– Consistency across four different shaped packs, for strong brand impact.

The result is engaging design, carefully tailored to their target audience.

 

*This work received a graphic design award in the Frēsh 18 Design Awards.

 

*Featured on The 100 Archive and Packaging Design of the World.

BK Coaching Brand Booklet

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BK Coaching Brand Book & Marketing Collateral

Brid Kehoe Coaching are a holistic coaching practise who support clients in taking steps forward to change for the better and help them to uncover new routes to get there. They guide clients to improve wellbeing and focus, change career and much more through support, encouragement and introducing new creative strategies.

The arrow in this identity lockup represents how Brid Kehoe Coaching focus clients in an upwards direction in their life; the subtle smile and bright colours communicate the positivity and fresh outlook that they bring to all their clients.

This booklet was designed to communicate BK Coaching’s brand mission and values of their aim to improve their client’s lives by helping them to choose a direction which leads them towards their goals and to find happiness in their lives. Brid Kehoe Coaching work on one-on-one coaching sessions with individual clients and also work with groups, both in the work environment and in youth work, empowering people to grow and become the best and happiest version of themselves. This booklet evokes and carries across the same feelings of joy, passion and enthusiasm for life that the BK Coaching brand represent.

See also Brid Kehoe Coaching Brand and BK Coaching Client Toolkit is to follow soon.

*This work received a graphic design award in the International Design Awards with an Honorable Mention.

Esri UK – Design of Educational & Promotional eBooks

Esri UK – eBooks Design


01: Making the Connection

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02: Geospatial Intelligence

 

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03: The Internet of Things

 

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04: Operational Intelligence

 

Esri UK ‘Bring Meaning to Maps’. Their technology combines maps with data so that you can see the world in a smarter way. They do this using powerful mapping software ‘ArcGIS’. ArcGIS connects people with maps, data, and apps through geographic information systems (GIS). It is a location platform that’s accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world at any time. Esri’s software is used by leading brands, government, defence, utilities and tech start-ups throughout the world.

Esri UK came to Clare Lynch Creative seeking to create a range ebooks to easily explain what they do and what they have to offer to both their existing and potential customers. These ebooks provide information about how their software works, along with up-to-date industry information and relevant key case studies. This content is displayed throughout the ebooks in an easy to follow visual style – using infographics, large imagery, block quotes and icons.

eBooks and online content are becoming more and more popular today, as it’s so easily accessible to everyone and also can be more cost-effective to businesses as opposed to printing and postage costs, so it’s great to work on such relevant digital projects with Esri UK. You can find out more about them here.

The ebooks have been highly commended to date, the client’s comments on the latest ebook were:

“Thanks – it looks great to me. It’s emerged as an excellent high quality piece of content that will prove very valuable.” – with the copyrighter we collaborated with adding: “The end result looks superb, I am very pleased with it and I think Esri are too.”

NZ Channels Branding

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The aim with NZ Channels was to create an identity for a company who provides an online media and television network of all the towns and cities in New Zealand. NZ Channels provides videos, links and information on past and upcoming events in each town.

The viewer can go online and watch televised events in the town that they are interested in, whether it is their hometown or a town they will be visiting. The website also provides various other information from each town so that it is an easy online information source.

As it online-based, and a transfer from one media source to another, I chose a pixelated look for this logo. It is also designed to be open to animation as it will be seen in an interactive media platform.

 

*Freelance whilst at UGP Design

Inukshuk Brand Identity

Inukshuk Brand Identity





Inukshuk Secure Pathway provide technical and operational requirements of the security industry to deliver secure alarm systems and telecommunication pathways to their clients.

The client wanted to use an inukshuk as an element in their identity to represent the safe and secure telecommunication pathways they provide, as an inukshuk is a symbol of ‘safe pathways’ and a marker to guide people in the right direction. It symbolizes Inukshuk’s service.

I chose a muted and earthy look and colour palette to establish that that Inukshuk are a trusted, down-to-earth brand and the strong directional lines to denote the guidance they offer. I designed the brand identity and website look and feel for this brand.

 

*Freelance whilst at UGP Design

Elevate Executive Selection Branding

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Branding

Elevate Executive Selection provides high-end recruitment services to it’s clients. The service offered by Elevate is innovative, professional, sincere, and results based. I created a brand that was high quality and professional, denoting the feeling of being specialized and selective, highlighting it’s point of difference from other recruitment agencies.

Another strong value Elevate wanted to portray towards it’s target audience is a feeling of optimism, fun and a brightness towards the future, whilst still maintaining a corporate feel. This is all tied in very well together with the unique brandmark created – a clean, simple and strong representation of what Elevate stands for in the current market.

Arriba Wine Packaging Design

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Arriba wine is tempranillo, a full-bodied Spanish wine label. The client was interested in incorporating a bull in to the design for the label, as he wanted a strong association with it’s Spanish roots and strong, fruity taste. The look and feel of this label is strong and direct.

The word ‘arriba’ has meanings including ‘come on’, ‘hurry up’, ‘let’s go’ – all very action-based words. I have designed the font to represent this along with the lively, energetic spirit of the Spanish – an urgent movement which contrasts strongly with the strong, steady bull but compliments the bull’s fiery charge. The lid draws on the Spanish colour palette – overall a modern and contemporary wine label.

 

*Freelance whilst at Design Dairy

Home & Clean Packaging Design

Home & Clean Packaging Design

Home & Clean were sourcing and developing new lines of household cleaning products for everyday use to be sold in Irish market and needed to develop a quality brand range of packaging to support this. The target market were middle-class consumers who are price-conscious and quality aware so the products needed to appeal to this audience and be focussed on being recognised as being good value for money, whilst also being considered as a good quality, strong and credible brand.

Considerations with the Home & Clean packaging were to create a soft and friendly look, to add warmth and brightness around the home and emphasize the clean and fresh results that the products can bring in to any household. The colour range, typography and illustrations create the look and feel to support the desired outcome of a fresh, bright quality brand packaging and products for everyday use in the household. The client was very pleased with the results;

The design is just what I wanted, outstanding. I am very happy. Many Thanks.

Dynamic Media Solutions Brand Identity

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Brand Identity, Livery Design



Dynamic Media Solutions are an innovate and leading company in Ireland that provide services such as vehicle wraps, environment wraps, in-store digital wallpaper, print and signage.

They specialize in vinyl wrapping of everything from vans and buses to building exteriors and tunnels. They are a new and fresh company and they wanted to portray this in their branding. They wanted to stand out in the marketplace and be an easily recognized brand.

Their ethos is a can-do, flexible and innovative approach. Using their initials as a brand-mark, I created a logo typeface that generates this feeling of movement and also re-enforces exactly what they do. I used the mesh pattern which makes up vinyl as a graphic element on the stationery. The result is a clean, professional brand with it’s own unique personality, with a graphic style which has the potential to easily be translated onto other mediums such as posters and advertisements in the future. The client was very happy with the result.

Joe Lynch Electrical Brand Identity







A unique and stylish identity for Dublin based electricians, Joe Lynch Electrical. The J and L letters from the owner’s name where used to create a strong graphic brandmark which symbolises a bolt of electricity and also re-directs the focus to the company’s name. The colours used were bright and fresh, and veer away from the typical blues and reds used with electrical companies, making JLE stand out in the marketplace.

The website is strong graphically and drives clear messages to the visitor of the available electrical services.

The website has effective SEO which drives new customers to the site on a regular basis, whilst also being a good touchpoint for existing clients.

www.joelynchelectrical.com

Fame Campaign Case Study Brochure

Fame Campaign Case Study
Brochure


The Fame Campaign was a competition run by Bravo to encourage small Irish businesses to compete to win €150,000 of outdoor advertising resulting in brand exposure and recognition – also known as the ‘Make Me Famous’ competition. The winner was Paddy O’s Granola.

The campaign helped to catapult his brand in to the public eye, with sales being quadrupled from 8% to 35%. This brochure was created to highlight the success of the campaign, using detailed research from the Irish market research company Figureheads.

The Fame case study’s two main goals were to show the success of the campaign and how well outdoor works as an advertising medium. Therefore it was to be used as a sales tool.

Taking this into consideration, I decided to make the book feature large images strongly – really highlighting the strong visual impact of an outdoor advertising campaign. I also made the market research statements large and prominent, using the range of the Bravo colour palette and simple graphics to re-enforce the message on each page.

The result was a strong and effective, visually appealing brochure, which clearly delivers the message of the success of the campaign using strong imagery and typography, simple icons and then beautifully printed & saddle-stitched on to an earthy, uncoated stock to give a matte finish, tying in with the winner’s wholesome identity and also the Fame Campaign theme of building up small Irish businesses through the natural medium of outdoor advertising.

 

**The case study was short-listed in The Media Awards 2013 and came second place, with the feedback within the industry highly commending the innovation of the overall campaign concept, the implementation of the winning advertising campaign and this solid piece of research displayed to a high quality standard in the overall case study brochure as above.

 

*Completed whilst working for Bravo Outdoor Advertising

Kokako Packaging

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Organic Bars Packaging






These Kokako bars are a new addition to the popular NZ-based, well-established Kokako food and coffee range for their café and other wholesale outlets. The client wanted to continue to use the friendly kiwi kokako bird used in their branding for these organic, healthy bars.

The characters I created for this range provide a friendly and fun feel, along with bright, diffrientiating colours, to attract attention on the store and cafe shelves. This brand has a quirky style to it and this is represented here also.

Displayed are the colourful and friendly healthy Kokako snack options, photographed having fun in their natural environment.

 

*Freelance whilst at Design Dairy

dublinbikes Promotional Brochure

dublinbikes Brochure




dublinbikes were celebrating their fifth birthday and are constantly looking for new ways to grow to expand their success. To mark their 5th birthday, they saw an opportunity on the mud-guards of the bikes where they could partner with a sponsor / partner to feature their brand on them, which would be an excellent advertising opportunity for a potential sponsor, as dublinbikes have become a strong presence in and around central Dublin.

They decided they need a brochure to use as a sales aid / point of reference to companies and agencies that they were aiming to approach. The brochure needed to hold a USB stick featuring the presentation with further information on the package which was on offer. This brochure needed to look different and be visually appealing to display how unique this advertising opportunity with dublinbikes could be.

As an important factor of this brief was to stand out as unique from a standard brochure, the shape was an important factor in achieving this. To highlight further attention to what dublinbikes were offering, the bike’s shape and materials were key in creating this piece. The brochure features rounded corners, drawing similarities with the round shape of the wheels of the bikes, whilst still leaving the actual brochure shape area large enough to feature the text and images that needed to be included.

The aim was to draw attention to both the mudguard and the presentation, therefore the die-cut out centre circle really draws the eye in to mud-guard shaped USB containing the presentation. The front and back cover design feature spokes which again connect with the theme of the bike and also draw the eye further in to the centre of the piece, highlighting the unique selling point of the branded mudguard-shaped USB displayed within. Throughout the brochure, landmarks of Dublin are depicted on each spread, with illustrations of various commuters on bikes highlighted in Spot UV throughout to enhance their attraction to the target audience, while keeping other areas with a clean matte finish.

The cover is made up of a metallic mirror board which has a number of benefits including connecting with the metallic spokes of the bikes, being highly appealing and different visually and being of strong enough support to hold the USB key, which is held in place on the back cover with a small glue dot. The font chosen for the headlines connects with the typography used on cycle tracks around Dublin.

The result is a bright, fun brochure and strong sales tool which succeeded in easily attracting the attention of the potential target audience and gaining a sponsor – Coke Zero who are now a proud feature of dublinbikes.

 

*Completed whilst working for JC Decaux

WebDoctor.ie Branding

WebDoctor.ie Logo & Website Template

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webdoctor.ie are a safe and affordable Irish online doctor service that conveniently delivers prescriptions to your door. Customers can simply fill in an online consultation for their desired treatment and it is conveniently posted to their homes or prescriptions can be used at any Irish pharmacy.

The aim was to create a clean logo and website template with plenty of whitespace and less content for a clear user experience, as webdoctor.ie aims to create a simplified process in seeking medical aid so the logo and branding needed to represent this.

Their mission is to provide a dedicated team with the highest quality of medical care.

The final logo chosen uses the universally-recognised medical square cross symbol to create easy association with what the company does. We kept the ‘.ie’ within the logo to re-enforce the message of it being an online-only doctor service. The main brand colour chosen is a soft green tone to form an immediate connection on first impact with the medical field.

The result is a clean, professional, direct logo and website template which potential customers can connect instantly in the service webdoctor.ie offer.

Some of the nice feedback from the client:

“Many thanks for your great work!!! And thanks for being so responsive, we’ve already recommended you to some other people! We think you’ve done some great work, really looking forward to working with you much much more!”

Oisin Kim – Director, webdoctor.ie

Royal College of Surgeons Promotional

Royal College of Surgeons
Promotional & Marketing Collateral

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The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are responsible for setting the highest standards in surgical care and training in Ireland and are an internationally recognised medical school with over a 200 year heritage.

Clare Lynch Creative works regularly with RCSI on a range of material to help streamline the look and feel of their brand collateral to ensure consistency across the visual assets and communicate each brief in a clear, contemporary and unique manner.

This collateral ranges from promotional and advertising material, invites, calendars, programmes, annual reports to an array of miscellaneous internal design collateral. They are a pleasure to work with.

Displayed here are two recent pieces designed for RCSI, a Human Resources booklet for their 2016 Open Day and an information factsheet, featuring infographs to visually communicate the roles of their specialists.

Campbell Rochford Branding

Campbell Rochford
Branding & Guidelines





Campbell Rochford Branding & Guidelines

Campbell Rochford is a specialist Financial Services Recruitment company focussing on the recruitment needs of Banks, Insurers and Finance clients and candidates. Their aim is to grow the business incrementally each year by monetizing the goodwill and experience of previously working with select Financial Services clients.

The new logo needed to reflect a serious, professional company, one that gives a feel of a well-established firm with a reputation to match. Campbell and Rochford were names of late relatives of the company founder and the name was chosen to carry their legacy forward.

Some of the original logo concepts Clare Lynch Creative developed focussed on representing this unique heritage story of Campbell Rochflord, incorporating the C and R from the words Campbell Rochford to create a strong graphic corporate symbol and a recognisable brandmark.

As development continued with the client, we decided to take another direction playing on the word ‘great’ using a direct connection with accounting and the ‘greater than’ mathematical symbol to form a graphic element.

Campbell Rochford represents all that is great. They work with great staff and help people and companies connect to become greater. The strong graphic corporate mark created in the logo symbolises two entities being connected by Campbell Rochford (who are the centre-point in the connection). It also doubles-up to represent a positive step forward symbol for candidates / clients alike.

The overlapping and linking of the shape & colours in the symbol here represent the links and connections constantly flowing with Campbell Rochford and their clients and candidates. This symbol is a strong brandmark which evokes the feel of a quality and established company, keeping it simple and clean with a sophisticated feel. The font used is modern and clear, with a touch of elegance and the colour palette chosen convey the values Campbell Rochford aim to represent of trust, professionalism and confidence.

“I’m delighted with how my logo turned out and having shown it to people since, everyone was really impressed. The logo really helped my website and I’m glad it looks a lot more professional as a result. I also ordered my first batch of business cards so thank you very much for your advice in this regard on the print”.

Gerard Quinlivan – Director,
Campbell Rochford

See past projects in the archive section…