Archive for 2011


22/11/11_Colin_Scottish Parliament

We’re just back from the install of our Design & Democracy exhibition for the Scottish Parliament. The exhibition features graduate work from Scotland’s four art schools. It opens this Friday so be sure to check it out if you’re in the capital.

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19/10/11_Colin_GSA 2012/13

Stand are proud to unveil the brand new Glasgow School of Art prospectus - but don’t call it a prospectus! Completely redesigned for 2012/13 to communicate the art school’s offering in a magazine style format featuring great articles supported by striking typography and photography.

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07/10/11_MaggieC_Solripe rises again!

Scotland’s fizzy sleeping giant, Solripe is back. Stand have developed great new packaging for the range that includes 2 litre, 500ml and 330ml PET formats. Expect to see the range looking fabulous on shelf at store near VERY soon.

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22/09/11_MaggieC_Bottling the Deveron!

We’ve just redesigned the packaging for Deveron Spring, 100% Scottish Water! Our roving onsite reporter up in Macduff has just sent us shots of the first bottles flying down the line at the Sangs Bottling Plant! Keep an eye out for them appearing in the shops soon!

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09/09/11_Colin_Grampian Fasteners

Stand recently completed the brand identity design for Grampian Fasteners - a leading supplier to the global oil and gas industry. Stand also applied the design throughout packaging templates as well as a fully-realised trade show design with custom water-bottles to give away - keeping people connected.

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08/09/11_Colin_Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Following a four-way pitch, Stand were delighted to be awarded the brand design brief for the creation of the new brand marque for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). The name change was borne out of a requirement from the organisation to reflect the full disciplines the academy now offer.

The brief was to create a marque that would:

• Link to the concept of different strands making up the whole

• Capture the idea of movement and energy

• Keep traditional focus/heritage with a modern edge reflecting the uniqueness of the organisation.

Stand set out to create a marque that captured the variety of courses on offer at the Conservatoire. We started by trying to find a constant - a visual link between the disciplines. We found this link in the visual language of multi-track sequencers. Software such as Logic, Final Cut Pro or GarageBand use multiple lanes of information to capture performances. We immediately caught onto the notion of channels (bass, drums, vocals, video, scripts and scenes) representing the various department disciplines - which all come together to form the overall performance - the Conservatoire.

The final marque is a vertical representation of these multi-track lanes, forming the letters R, C and S. This is intentionally discreet. The grid also represents Glasgow - the Conservatoire’s home. Customised serif typography was chosen to balance and soften the geometric nature of the graphic and this sans/serif interplay is applied throughout the brand literature.

As the brand design developed, stakeholders found meaning in different elements of the vertical blocks - each representing a different discipline of the Conservatoire. We believe that the identity means something different to each individual.

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05/07/11_Colin_Time flies!

Wow. Where have the past 6 months gone? Infact, where did the last year go? Needless to say that we’ve been extremely busy at Stand working on lots of exciting new projects for our lovely clients. Our website and blog have been badly neglected so we’re going to try and find the time to fix this before the end of the year. We can’t wait to let you see what we’ve been upto.

09/02/11_Colin_Going Underground

Hot off the press! We recently completed an exhibition design for Summerlee Industrial Museum in Coatbridge. It’s called Going Underground - The Coal Revolution and it opens on Friday. I’m just back from the install this morning and it’s shaping up very nicely. Be sure to get along and check it out.

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19/01/11_MaggieC_Like a Phoenix rising from the Snow

We are proud to reveal our innovative packaging design for Glenfiddich’s limited edition ‘Snow Phoenix’ - a unique Single Malt Scotch Whisky  borne out of the collapse of warehouse roofs at The Glenfiddich Distillery.Follow a period of heavy snow in January 2010, four warehouse roofs at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown buckled under the weight of the snow.  In wintery conditions and temperatures of -19˚C, distillery staff swung into action – working round the clock to clear the snow.  Inspired to overcome this adversity, a range of rescued casks were married by the team at Glenfiddich to create the unique expression, Snow Phoenix.Stand was briefed by the Innovations Team at William Grant & Sons to design bottle labels and an outer pack that reflected the uniqueness of this one of a kind product.  We reflected the drama of the event through use of photography, colour, typography and innovative tin packaging.  The outcome has been successful beyond both our own, and our client’s expectations.Commenting on the final design, Katrina Wateridge, Innovations Manager for William Grant & Sons said:“We are delighted with Stand’s interpretation of Snow Phoenix. Their design truly encapsulates the historic event at the distillery and the reaction so far has been unprecedented. Snow Phoenix is already in high demand the world over”.
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06/01/11_StuartG_New Starbucks logo

New Starbucks identity

Starbucks is a brand that tweaks my somethings, it means something to me.

First view of the new id left me a bit non-plussed and actually pretty disappointed, BUT - (thinking about it for a couple of minutes) actually I think it makes a whole load of sense  - simplified and bolder - siren becomes hero - it was a  bit recessive before. Green is the colour of Starbucks - black has gone - probably means that they can save some money on print and give them a wee CSR angle. New ID feels like it’s coming  early seventies America, which is obviously where Starbucks is from, so it’s got authenticity, fresh new modernity and stand-out - I’d wear the t-shirt. Only downside is that I’m not sure that losing the word ‘Starbucks’ makes a lot of sense (losing coffee does), I’d like to see how it rolls out across all point’s of connection - LIKE  how does it work on outlet fascia and more importantly, how does it work in its expanding grocery portfolio?

Look forward to seeing more.