TED Talk: Taking Inspiration from Mess

Creating something good out of a mess can be difficult… but the advantages to our problem-solving are immense.

In this TED Talk, Tim Harford tells the unusual story behind the best-selling solo piano and Jazz album of all time. The artist, Keith Jarrett, created a breath-taking experience, one that is still being enjoyed some 41 years later, out of a less than ideal situation.

What we can learn from Jarrett’s performance, and the other examples Harford provides in his speech, is that approaching a problem from a different angle has unforeseen and often extraordinary consequences. Stepping out of our comfort zone can do wonders for our work!


What’s in a name? Branding, Rebranding and Brand Refresh

Your name and logo are, generally speaking, the first things people see and associate with your business. But they are only a small part of a Brand.

Branding is the process of creating a visual identity (logo, images, graphics, color palette) and a written identity (tag line, body copy, messaging, marketing catch words, language) that should be memorable or identifiable to the public. Branding is your company’s public “face,” or how it is seen, judged and considered. Because of this, it is important to incorporate your company’s goals, culture and other main message into the branding. Your brand should encompass who your company is and what sets you apart from your competition.

Rebranding can be seen as creating an entirely new identity for your business. Sometimes change is necessary, and this is a great way to reinvent yourself. This process generally incorporates a completely new design and messaging to alleviate any disconnect that has developed over time. Although this process is often used by companies experiencing public relations issues, that is not always the case. Ownership changes. Audience changes. Times change. A company sets a new course. Whatever the reason, Rebranding is a great option for brands looking to start a new chapter.

A Brand Refresh is different from Rebranding in that it updates a brand that is already successful, and takes it up a notch by refining it. You maintain visual connection to the previous design, while creating one that is more representative of your present messaging. This can mean simply changing colors, refining the logo, adding messaging or tightening the overall visual face.

No matter if you are looking for Branding, Rebranding or a Brand Refresh, HGD has qualified designers and writers to assist you at any point in the process. Whether you are still trying to piece together the perfect name that is vibrant and sentimental, deciding on a color scheme, or refining your current logo, we are here for you!


Balanced Design

How do you follow-up a truly expansive project? By helping to conceive, design and launch a new line of products that “align” with the client’s mission, of course.

HGD partnered with Fabulous Frannie to create yet another one-of-a-kind project. This time around, we suggested a product line that could extend the use of their essential oils if tailored to a new market. And thus the 7 Chakra Essential Oil collection was born.

While they were hard at work formulating exquisite blends to help balance their client’s minds, bodies and souls, the HGD team set out to create the perfect packaging and accompanying brochure.

HGD developed a “unique” look within the brand identity for the packaging and suggested that a mini informational pamphlet be included with the oils to inform customers about the product’s uses and benefits. Our copywriter happens to be a trained “Aromatherapist,” so we were able to provide more information than would be possible on the label or packaging alone—sometimes it’s best to think INSIDE the box.