Zade Film Co Rebranding an award winning videographer
Zade Cross is an award winning videographer specialising in high-end global weddings. He approached design studio Superfried to develop a brand strategy that would reflect the level of service and expertise he provides.
After conducting the research and discovery phase it was clear that a fine balance must be found for the brand positioning. Weddings are an established, traditional celebration, but it was essential that the new identity was modern and open minded to reflect his customers. It was also integral that the company should reflect the high-end sophistication of the events he captures.
For this particular project I started with the logotype since typography would be key in establishing the personality of the brand. Since the company is also named after the owner, it would almost certainly be referred to in its shortened form – Zade – so the remaining descriptor - Film Co – would be set-up as a strapline. To target the sophisticated, luxury market, high-end fashion brands were a target reference.
Although typically considered traditional, heavily tracked, uppercase, serifs would be adopted for the lettering. This would establish a strong presence, whilst also creating an aspect ratio to compensate for the short word. To modernise, the characters were heavily crafted. Variation in stem weights was minimised, more in line with the contemporary feel of a sans serif. For a softer, more approachable feel the serifs were rounded. Serifs were also omitted on the middle stem of the E. On the A the crossbar was lowered, increasing the counter, to ensure better on screen performance at small scale and balance with the counter of the adjacent D. For sharp contrast, a light weight sans serif was modified for the remainder of the name – Film Co. When adopted, the stapline scale would be flexible to ensure legibility in any given scenario.
With the logotype complete, to ensure typographic consistency, a second, lighter version was re-drawn for use on black. This helps to compensate for the optical effect of white type and graphics appearing heavier on dark backgrounds.
Continuing with the sophisticated approach the palette restricted to black and white. This would ensure any colour and energy would solely emanate from one source – the events. To enhance the impact and focus further, a rule was employed to make the monotone palette work harder. Black and white photography would be placed on white backgrounds. Conversely, for enhanced contrast full colour shots would be placed on a black background. This discipline led to bolder, more dynamic layouts for brochure content as the rule required greater thought and attention to detail.
With the palette and logotype in place research began for a suitable serif typeface pairing. Unlike sans, serif fonts can often lack multiple weights. Often this is not a problem, but the copy in this instance would be placed on white and black backgrounds – the latter leading to type looking far heavier. To counteract this a lighter font can be employed for dark backgrounds to ensure greater typographic consistency. This consideration led to the selection of Ivy Ora which is available in two styles – display and text – each containing five weights. This provided considerable control – Ivy Ora Light Display / Ivy Ora Thin Text on black vs Ivy Ora Regular Display / Ivy Ora Light Text on white.
Although the logotype worked well for general use, it was felt a marque would be beneficial for social media and the development of additional graphic language. Starting with the initial Z numerous styles were tested, but they failed to reflect the service he provides. Perseverance led to the idea of splitting the letterform in two, with Zade documenting the joining of both partners. With the logo in place, experimentation could begin to develop brand led graphic devices and patterns.
With the identity system and guidelines complete, it was now time to apply Zade's new brand to his website.
- Brand Strategy
- Bespoke Typography
- Graphic Design
- Web design