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Accel-KKR bought European Episerver and American Ektron in December 2014. After the merging of the two companies there was a need for a new brand, one that could represent the future ahead.

Essen International partnered with the new global organization in the creation of the new brand, EPI. Our common ambition was to create a tech-brand with a purpose far beyond the clichés of its industry. Essen International repositioned EPI as an ambassador of ‘people-first technology’ and built an identity that is as people-focused as it is progressive. Essen International then helped to launch the new brand in both Stockholm and Las Vegas.

The new brand was well received by the organization, its partners and customers. It is a brand to lead the industry by empowering its users, us. A brand that enables us to instantly realize our ideas.

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Working with the Avalia Immunotherapies team Wink developed a strategy, a brand story and then its brand identity for global presence. At its core the essence of the brand is Science Amplified. Avalia’s technology is like no other immunotherapy in the world. It was critical for them to stand out to counter the competition and the negativity around what immunotherapy was and actually is in the eyes of Avalia. As a brand they only develop immunotherapies backed by the best research institutes, scientists and commercial partners with a focus on in-depth pre-clinical development. The brandmark and visual language not only expresses the perspective Avalia has to develop its immunotherapies but also represents its ambition to reach more people with serious unmet medical needs in cancer, infectious disease and allergies worldwide. The new brand has to appeal to a broad audience from pharmas, investors, researchers and clinicians – each being a crucial factor in the development of its products and building credibility.

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So 9, which translates to ‘Number 9’, is the lucky number in Vietnamese culture. Situated in Waterloo, Sydney, So 9 restaurant serves up authentic Vietnamese street food in a refined, minimal and contemporary setting. The brief was to design a brand and store that was an homage to the client’s own Vietnamese roots as well as their Australian upbringing. The restaurant melds together traditional street food cues with a pared back interior inspired by the client’s love of fashion and Scandinavian design.

The interior has been designed around the preparation of the cuisine, with cooking stations for different traditional menu items, bringing the diner into the cooking experience. Detailed joinery creates implied boundaries providing intimacy whilst keeping the space open and a variety of seating styles allow for multiple dining experiences. Subtle references to Vietnamese style is made through forms and materials, however the interior presents a new environment to experience this artisan food.

BrandWorks engaged illustrator Beth-Emily to create several pieces of art for both the interiors and the menu. Beth-Emily’s quiet, spacious and reflective style speaks to the concept of families, journeys and collective memory we wanted to highlight in this project. This is also reflected in the carefully crafted type which features custom built diacritic accents.

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Bath Spa Alumni is a 60,000 strong community with a history spanning 163 years. The association includes alumni, former students and staff, honorary graduates, friends and benefactors who attended Bath Spa University and its predecessor colleges. Bath Spa Alumni approached Oak to develop an expressive toolkit which could help unify their external communications and be a a useful asset to help enrich marketing materials. Designed by Oak.

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Gant, owned by Switzerland’s largest retail group Maus Fréres was established in the US in 1949 as Gant shirt makers. High-class tailoring skills made Gant shirts a cornerstone of the East Coast look that spread around the world in the 50s and 60s. After all its success in the late 20th century, Gant entered the 21st century with an ageing customer base jeopardizing the future success of the brand. We saw an opportunity to rejuvenate the brand, attracting a younger target group, and gaining larger share of wallet by shifting the core of the brand from recreational coastal living to sophisticated cosmopolitan living.

Essen International had the ambition to reinvent a brand that had lost its halo. We wanted to elevate historical values that had not been manifested or communicated enough. Essen International‘s ambition was to transform Gant into a true lifestyle brand with a hero product at the heart of the brand. We also set to streamline its treatment of visual assets, shifting from decorative elements that were given logo status to one strong visual identity viable enough to be applied to any given unit – apparel especially.

The result was overwhelming. We launched a new global platform with a corresponding visual identity, both very much appreciated and accepted by the
owner family, the management team and 30 international partners.


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