Logo Redesign + Branding + SquareSpace Website Design + Business Card Design
I've had the pleasure of working with Amy Beechy of Project Matters on several community projects through my past work at our county Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development office.
It was exciting to finally work on a very special one: her own. In the service and consultant industry, we often get caught up with putting our clients first and it's easy to put our own marketing on the back burner!
Amy came to me with the need to update her website. Her old website, although tidy was not 'clean' due to the table lines and lacked personality. Her current brand was not as recognizable as it should be. Moving forward, as I begun casting a vision for the new Project Matter's website, I really wanted Amy to look at changing up her brand. Previously, her logo honed a terrific font and layout but it lacked the right coloring to properly reflect her brand and image.
In order to find the correct color palette for the new Project Matters brand, I had Amy find pictures of things she was attracted to. They could be anything and everything. I put them all together on a mood board.
As you can see, I saw a very similar pattern form. Amy is very attracted to burnt orange, mustard, cool shades of gray and black which is what I pulled out for her new branding. She likes clean lines and rustic textures.
Amy's original colors were lime green and navy blue. For the new Project Matters logo, I kept the same font from the original design because it was perfect but I swapped out the navy and lime green for the new brand colors, resulting in a much better fit for the new brand.
For the brand's image, I looked for stock photos featuring soft tones of burnt orange, mustard and grays with rustic, industrial textures.
These stock images really set the tone for the Project Matters brand and website.
Headshots and lifestyle portraits are an important piece to the branding puzzle. I wanted to make sure Amy's updated portrait was professional but branded with the right colors and texture. If done right, your headshot can help set the tone for your brand. I met Amy at Debruler Images in Rochester, Indiana where we worked with photographer Dave Fincher on the right image. Dave nailed it and captured my vision perfectly.
For the Project Matters website, I wanted to keep the homepage clean and simple. Amy does contract and consultation work especially for non-profit organizations. I wanted to create a design that allowed potential clients to keep digging further to learn more about Amy's work but display her professionalism, organization and creativity up front.
Since Amy is attracted to rustic, industrial textures, I thought the brick pattern behind an opaque white background would set a nice clean stage but still allow for personality to shine through.
Each page contains an action item at the end that leads potential clients into the next step. Once we've learned about Amy's background, we then visit her area of expertise then onto past projects she's completed, clients she has worked with followed with client testimonials. We end the website visit with a Contact page that features the mustard colored chair. After discovering the services of Project Matters, one should feel relaxed and ready to reach out and hire Amy.
I love the mustard yellow featured in the header front. It provides a soothing atmosphere but paired with the capital letters, it shows that Amy is serious about putting 100 percent into each project she takes on.
Business cards and referalls are a very important marketing tool for Amy. I wanted to make sure that the atmosphere of her new brand was represented during that first impression.
The new business cards for Project Matters hone style and professionalism. Right away you find Amy's area's of expertise and services listed. We feature Amy's important contact information. I love how the card is branded but doesn't look cluttered.
I've enjoyed working with all of my clients but Amy truly stands out as one of my favorites. Her organization, passion and attention to detail when it come to her business is like none I've encountered. We make a great team!
On the flip side, I asked Amy about her experience working with OBS creative services.
"I was long overdue for an updated web site but dragging my feet to go through the process because I know it can be tedious. Not only did I need a website update but some tweeks made to my branding. I had worked with Kelly Whiteman Snipes in other capacities and recognized her talent and professionalism so when she started her own business, I was very comfortable working with her on my website. The experience was outstanding. Kelly has graphic design skills that are some of the best I’ve ever seen. She created a site that truly reflects my brand and my business. The process was organized, timelines were met, and I’m really happy with my new site, new logo, and new business cards. I highly recommend Kelly and I refer her services to fellow business owners on a regular basis! "
- Amy Beechy, Project Matters