This is a great before and after because the before logo is not a bad logo. It’s recognizable and punchy! Unfortunately, the reason it’s recognizable and punchy is because it’s stolen. This client is proof that trademark infringement will not be tolerated, even if you’re not in the same industry.
Can you guess who’s trademark their trademark was infringing upon?
This is an old Ryan/Smith job that went through a lot of rounds of edits. The inside was actually black (the background of the photo) and it, surprisingly, survived the injection of colour. This one was actually approved and printed. Yay for me. 🙂
This is the 2007 Annual Report I designed for the Ottawa Mission. I love the cover. I designed the cover and the client loved it. They did not feel the need to direct the art before the onset. They let me choose the pictures and only gave me the simplest of criteria regarding logo, date, etc.
Then, on the other hand, there is the 2008 Annual Report. I don’t think it fails necessarily as a design solution. However, everything was directed. From the colours to the photos and the necessary inclusion of a quote. I struggled with a different person than the previous year to create a forced creative solution. I lost the client the following year and was exceptionally disappointed. 😦
I honestly didn’t know what to do here. The client handed me the copy and it was a page and a half of bulleted points. I decided that it would look best as an advertorial, wrote the copy, shot the photos and laid out the flyer. The client was thrilled and I breathed a sigh of relief!
Engineers Canada is a client of Ryan/Smith. This is a concept I did for their stationery after R/S redesigned the Engineers Canada brand. The one they selected was good. However, in my opinion, this one was great! 🙂
If you go to the website and read the copy it will take you about three seconds to find 5 typos. There are hundreds. Of course R/S offered to check for spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors but the client refused to pay extra for our keen eyes. So, as it stands, one of my only designs for web is riddled with misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation.