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Adding a little bit of fun to your next pres with Fockups

We all know how mock-ups help sell a design or get a concept across the line. It helps clients understand how things may look in the real world no matter how stylised or fantastical the scenario. While we’re aware that the life of our brilliant…

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Brand name renaming, 3 ways to rename.

Brand naming can be hard, but it’s easy compared to brand renaming. Brand naming: coming up with a strategic, relevant and available name for a new company, product or service is challenging. Engaging stakeholders and bringing them on a journey, getting buy-in on preferred options…

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The importance of simple differentiation

The simplest branding trick. Living in the northern suburbs we see these pink cement trucks lots. My girls love them, shouting out whenever they see them. They always bring a smile to my face and clearly demonstrate the real power of differentiation. It’s let down…

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Are Adobe and Pantone playing for colour?

We were surprised to open Illustrator the other day and get a warning that the Pantone colour palettes would be vanishing from the app. There’s always been something clunky about the way Illustrator handled spot colours, but I always thought it was more to do…

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Vampr, the music social brand we created is going for crowd funding

A couple of weeks after the successful funding of How Now, the ethical milk brand we created, another of our brands is chasing crowdfunding. Vamper, the largest music social network wants to become LinkedIn for creatives. Josh and Baz came to us a couple of years ago…

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How Now brand chasing the ethical dairy dream through crowdfunding

Fund the How Now Milk Brand Our friends Cathy and Les from the Ethical Dairy Company owner of the magnificent How Now Milk Brand are chasing funding for the next stage of the ethical milk journey. It’s a great opportunity to put some money behind…

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For the love of colour : 8 cool colour inspiration sites

Creating the best mix of colours has never been so daunting. From print to digital, books to apps, the decision to finalise a particular colour palette for your project can be overwhelming at times. Colour combinations are a tricky business so why not gather the…

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Chain restaurants inspired by independents

Popular UK restaurant chain, Wahaca, has rebranded to appear more like its independent competitors. When I first visited London in 2005, I was shocked to find a chain café or restaurant on almost every corner, and struggled to find a local independent option. Fast forward…

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More than $13,000 raised for local Melbourne charity StartOut

We are delighted to announce that our annual charity event, Art with Heart 2018 raised $13,407.25 for StartOut, a local health promotion charity providing regional outreach and mentorship programmes for young people of diverse sexuality and gender (DSG). Through funds raised, StartOut will be able to pay for the…

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Adidas inspired by London Underground design

You can now wear the iconic London Tube symbol on your shoes thanks to a new collaboration between Transport for London (TfL) and adidas: adidas x TfL Inspired by the design of the London Underground, there are now limited edition adidas trainers dedicated to each…

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10 annoying things designers do

Designers can’t help it. It’s not our fault. We like to judge. We are picky. We like to openly criticise design, even if no one asked us our opinion. It’s in our DNA. We seriously can’t help it, fact. We are a collective who are…

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All Hail the Pantone

  Everyone in the design industry is aware of the Pantone name and most probably even have a Pantone swatch mug gifted to them one xmas. The perfect gift for their “designery” friend or partner. Pantone is the universal language of colour which steers the…

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Carnaby Street Rhapsody

  Although it’s still only October, Carnaby Street, located in the heart of London, has already unveiled its 2018 festive light display, with another amazing and creative design. It is always exciting to see what fashionable Carnaby Street will do. The theme tends to be …

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Art with Heart 2018 – A TRUE Success

Last night we hosted our annual charity event, Art with Heart, with all proceeds going to StartOut, a local health promotion charity providing regional outreach and mentorship programmes for young people of diverse sexuality and gender (DSG). StartOut has developed a unique online mentoring program purely from…

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‘Art with Heart’ is on tomorrow

Truly Deeply’s annual charity art exhibition is on tomorrow, Wednesday 24th October, don’t miss it. Once again we’ll open up our studio to share local art and raise money for a local charity. The event showcases wonderful art from painters, sculptors, digital artists and others,…

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10 ways to stay creative in chaotic times

We’re always looking for inspiration on creativity as I enjoyed this talk from author Austin Kleon, writer of Steal like an Artist and Show your Work. It forms the basis for his new book Keep Going. He talks about 10 ways to keeping moving forward,…

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4 website inspiration galleries – Part 2

So the brand is done, the visual language nutted out and press applications approved. The one thing left to finish is the website, a beast, a force to be reckon with and will take no prisoners. Sometimes you find yourself stuck at where to begin,…

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Brand Story and Identity key to the London Bridge Placemaking

  Having recently returned from living and working in London for 3 years I’ve been keeping up to date with the happenings, particularly in one of my favourite areas, around London Bridge. Working almost next to The Shard, I was able to spend many lunch…

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Mailchimp goes bananas with its rebrand

The iconic Mailchimp brand was already lovely with its scripted font evolved from the original design by the talented lettering artist Jessica Hische. You can see the logo revision process here, jessicahische.is/monkeyingaround. The new rebrand created by Collins, evolves Mailchimp yet again to be a…

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The Silo Art Trail : Australia’s largest outdoor gallery

Patchewollock, Fintan Magee Considered one of the world’s top places to road trip due to the never-ending open stretches of road, outback Australia is a dream come true for those wanting to venture off the beaten track. Now there is another reason which combines both…

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Art with Heart 2018: A True Cause

  Our annual art exhibition Art with Heart, which will take place on the 24th of October, is now open for entries from the design community. This year’s theme is ‘True’ in recognition of our selected charity StartOut, a local health promotion charity providing regional outreach…

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A place brand in the making.

  Maker Park is a proposed adaptive reuse park that will revitalize an unused industrial site on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Conceived by a group of community activists, the initiative will transform the seven-acre site formerly known as the Bayside Fuel Terminal into a hub for…

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Nike puts brand values first with Kaepernick campaign

Are brand values are more important than brand value? Nike this week rolled out their 30th anniversary ‘Just do it’ campaign featuring the ex 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In a move that will define the brand for the future, Nike have made an incredible brave move.…

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Truly Deeply rebrands Ultrasound Training Solutions to Zedu

New proposition, name and identity for leading ultrasound educator and trainer.  The new brand proposition provides Zedu with a compelling new brand story, messaging, personality and a new inviting tagline that encourages their learners to “see the difference, be the difference”. This was further reinforced…

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Adidas shoes are garbage

The UltraBoost sneaker from Adidas’ Parley ocean plastic collection   After the recent controversy with Coles supermarkets back flipping twice on providing single use plastic bags for free, here’s some good news stories on brands getting it right when it comes to the issue of sustainability.…

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A Night with the Blokes in Wagga Wagga, brought to you by Tomorrow Man

Each year us folks here at Truly Deeply hold an annual art exhibition known as Art with Heart which raises money for a wonderful local charity. Last year we had the privilege of donating over $21,000 to the amazing team at Tomorrow Man, an incredible…

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Aston Martin’s audacious brand gesture

Aston Martin has announced the ultimate collectors toy with the news they are going to make 28 Goldfinger DB5 reproductions. Aston Martin is working with EON Productions and Chris Corbould the special effects wizard whose resume includes Star Wars, Batman and all the Bond movies…

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Embracing our inner guru

Another week, another mindfulness session here at Truly Deeply… time out as a team from the deadlines, phone calls, and busyness, to take a breather and reconnect. A chance to try something different, see into another world, maybe stretch ourselves out of our comfort zone.…

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6 Inspiring Hand Lettering Artists

Beautiful lettering created by Pellisco An art form that was heavily used during the early centuries in illuminated manuscripts, hand lettering is still strong on the design scene and hopefully here to stay. You probably walk past hand lettering on a daily basis, from artisan chalkboards…

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Lego moves to become a sustainable brand

Toy brand introduces first sustainable pieces It’s the only plastic toy that gets a thumbs up from most sustainably minded parents I know. It’s great to see it making a move to becoming a sustainable brand. Lego has introduced it’s first sustainable pieces as the…

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Armpits – the latest advertising space trending in Japan

Wakino Ad Company is taking advertising space to a whole new level by promoting armpits    

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Bonds ad campaign breaking female stereotypes with ‘The Queendom’

New Bonds ‘Originals’ brand messaging on female stereotype’s in their recent ad campaign ‘The Queendom’ is an inspiring piece of brand communication strategy and a refreshing change in women’s underwear marketing. Powerful and playful, the ad is set in remote Australian ‘bushland’ known as ‘The…

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The retail brand who never used plastic bags

Finally, there’s movement on plastic bags We’ve been entertained by the carry on over plastic bags by the giant retail brands Coles and Woolworths over the last few months. While the brands themselves may see this as them taking a leadership roll in an overdue change…

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Ruby Red chocolate hits town: KitKat leads the frenzy

I’m a self-confessed chocoholic. Like most sane people I love chocolate. In Melbourne, we are spoilt with chocolate shops, chocolatiers and chocolate cafés just as common as bakeries. Even the shopping strip near my home in the suburbs contains a chocolate café amongst only a…

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‘Gilbert’: Commemorating an Icon

‘Type With Pride’ is a wonderful design project created by NewFest and NYC Pride in partnership with Fontself to commemorate the late artist, designer, and activist Gilbert Baker. Baker was responsible for creating the very first Rainbow Flag in the top-floor attic gallery of the…

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Federer and Uniqlo, an unlikely new brand partnership?

Things were remarkably different at Wimbledon last week when Roger Federer stepped onto centre court for his first appearance of the tournament, surprising us all by wearing new sponsor Uniqlo. Swapping his signature RF brandmark and ‘swoosh’ for the Uniqlo red squares in a lucrative…

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Colourful creations for Pride month

As June comes to an end, we thought we would showcase 7 colourful designs celebrating Pride month this year. Each year, the LGBTQ community use the 30 days of June to commemorate the Stonewall riots which occurred in June 1969. This particular month reminds everyone…

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No Stranger than the past: Behind the brand titles of Stranger Things.

  I remember sitting on the brown leather couch in my parents ‘den’ watching Goonies on our Rankarena television. It was the 80s and we had a shag pile rug on the floor, mission brown with green striped curtains and circular patterned orange cushions. The…

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Crayola brand takes colour to a whole new level

Crayola’s crayons are part of our collective childhood. The brand is constantly innovating with new pastels, markers (texters) and other child friendly colouring equipment. But their foray takes things to a whole new market and shows the value of a strong brand visual language. They’ve…

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Vale Anthony Bourdain

Like many people throughout the world, I was deeply saddened to hear about the recent death of Anthony Bourdain. A man with a desirable, dynamic and authentic personal brand, he was not your average celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and presenter. Bourdain introduced us to…

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The Accessible FormBox: Building a Community Through Product.

“We’re building a personal factory that makes creating products as simple as baking a cake.” – Mayku. A team of clever minds at Mayku, Somerset House, London have been busy creating a powerful product that has been designed to make vacuum forming more accessible. The…

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Choice, the evolution of a brand.

More than a rebrand. There’s been something interesting going on at Choice. More than a logo refresh, it seems the stalwart reviewer is starting to develop its activist side. While Choice is known for its product reviews and buying guides more than it’s disruptive activist…

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Repositioning of the Royal Brand

Repositioning the Royal brand so it remains relevant is no doubt a strategy the British Monarchy are comfortable pursuing if the recent wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and her presence in the Royal Family is any indication to go by. I was one…

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The first steps to creating a new brand. Part Two.

We’re constantly working with start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to get their brand up and running on limited funding. Wondering what they can do to guarantee value from the process and ways to use the budget as efficiently as possible. Over my next two blogs, I’m…

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The first steps to creating a new brand. Part One.

We’re constantly working with start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to get their brand up and running on limited funding. Wondering what they can do to guarantee value from the process and for ways to use the budget as efficiently as possible. So over my next two…

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Truly Deeply rebrands Hyperdome shopping centre to South.Point

New name, strategy and identity for major Canberra shopping centre Working together with key stakeholders, we helped refine and reposition one of Canberra’s main shopping centres. The new brand positioning, name and identity is now helping to re-engage the local trade area and excite tenants…

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Ryan Gosling hates Papyrus

Move over Comic Sans, Papyrus has now risen to the status of worst font in the world. Ryan Gosling championed this argument on Saturday Night Live, where he trashed the use of Microsoft Office’s font in Avatar’s title design. In the skit, Ryan tracks down the…

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Google’s Material design promotes uniformity

Looking at the new launch videos for Google’s new Material design, I can’t help but feel they are locking the platform into uniformity. For all the talk of tailoring the look and feel of your apps brand, the tools provided seem at first glance to…

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Truly Deeply creates a brand for Cammino shoes

Brand identity, naming and packaging for handmade Italian leather flats. Working collaboratively with the brand’s designer, we unlocked Camminos true differentiation. A unique blend of Italian provenance, quality leather and artisan craftsmanship is at the heart to the value proposition. This was then brought to…

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A legal imperative to rebrand and differentiate

It’s been a busy month for new business in Truly Deeply, which we’re all loving. Lots of new clients, new projects and interesting branding challenges for us to tackle. But one new business meeting in particular stands out at the moment, not because the size…

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Red lipstick as a powerful symbol of unity and advocacy

Loving this inspirational story of Elizabeth Arden; an entrepreneur, a women’s advocate, and a champion for holistic beauty, whose beliefs seem more relevant today than ever before. Along with the symbolism of her brand’s signature colour; from the iconic red door of the first salon, to…

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The woman behind the mac icons

Starting at Apple in 1982, Susan Kare’s first job was to design a Mac System Font. Something bold in order to stand out and take over from the thin jaggedy placeholder font being used. At the end of that first day Kare had worked on…

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Magnum campaign achieves the sophistication the brand yearns for

Just as summer here finally ends Magnum has revealed a European wide campaign for the Summer that achieves a kind of sophistication the brand has always reached for but never quite got. Mainly due to the simplicity and style of the illustrations of Thomas Danthony, which…

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Reflecting on AGDA’s ‘Design Means Business’ event series.

What does BUSINESS + DESIGN mean to us? On the 22nd March, some of us here at Truly Deeply nestled our way into the Clemenger Auditorium at the NGV – pen and notebook in hand – eager to soak up what the speakers at AGDA’s…

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Finding the rhythm in life

Last weeks post was a bit heavy, so here’s something light and beautiful to inspire you. A little bit of Monday eye candy. A short film by Páraic Mc Gloughlin called Arena: A brief look at the earth from above using the patterns and rhythms we…

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Supporting Artist and Truly Deeply Design Alumni; Sahil Silk Roy

We love supporting our creative community and promoting their exceptional talent, in particularly multi-disciplinary artist and Truly Deeply Design Alumni Sahil Silk Roy’s latest artistic venture as co-curator and one of the exhibiting artists in Undercurrent II. Opening this Friday night at BSIDE Gallery in Fitzroy,…

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Inspiring minds: on creativity, original thinking and work life

Sharing some inspiring TED talks to get you thinking in different ways… enjoy!! Your elusive creative genius Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of…

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Innovative new typeface opens doors for information-equality

It is always amazing coming across ideas which make you wonder ‘how has this never existed before?’, take for example this new braille typeface created by the clever Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi. The typeface, aptly named Braille Neue, is a collection of both English and…

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Brand leadership for Australia

Brand leaders Every great brand we’ve created or worked with over the years has had one thing in common: great brand leadership. That is the individual or individuals who have the vision for what they want that organisation to be and use brand to tell…

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