Creative Thinking...

means two things, thinking about what you see + visualizing what you think

 
 
 
 

Good design creates an expression of thought and emotion while serving a purpose to answer a question. Creative thinking brings together artistic creation and the practical world of commerce. The best brands connect to the audience on an emotional level creating value as they develop into an asset. 

A design concept can be described as the creative solution to a design problem. If it doesn't solve a problem then it becomes self-indulgent, pointless talking. Graphic design is intelligence made visual. The process is as exciting as the outcome.

Executing the design with color theory, typography and photo manipulation also determine the spirit of the message and visual voice linking the product to the audience. This actually communicates who you are, what you do and why you’re doing it. The  Power of a Good Logo  can mean the difference in standing out in a crowd of competition or becoming lost—while reflecting an "owned" quality.  

 

 
 
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Creative thinking requires three abilities:

PROBLEM SOLVING—the formulation of concepts and solutions

CREATIVITY—to see possibilities in any given problem or situation

VISUALIZATION—the representation of concepts in visual form

 

Develop the concept

A concept can be defined as the creative solution to the design problem or objective for the website, print or multimedia project. It is the underlying rationale expressed through style, color, image and font selection. Everything—ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING should have a reason to exist, or it is just extra and can create a disconnect from the primary purpose.

Creating a strategy statement clarifies the idea or design and puts it into words. Essential as part of a business plan proposing the idea to an owner or investor. A well-written concept statement sums up the idea providing a clear visualization and is made up of 3 - 4 sentences. The Building a Strategy will start the process. 

 

CREATIVE THINKING STARTS HERE...

 
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Step 1 

Ask questions and begin with Building a Strategy

Gather information, background questions on history of company or organization

Define the product, services or idea and list anything related to the project

Review past projects or collaterals

Establish goals

Discuss uniqueness, talk it all the way through

 
 
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Step 2

Get to know your client, identify team players

Brainstorm, discover likes
and dislikes

Determine criteria

Review corporate structure

 Determine ultimate decision maker

Significance of color, message and tone

 

 
 
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Step 3

Summarize input to develop a logical flow of content and images

Play with ideas or change directions

Sketch out roughs, write it out

Let it rest + review with fresh eyes

Share with others 

Edits + revisions

Produce + launch

 
 
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We are passionate about our clients and their projects, rarely working on stand alone pieces but incorporating them into something much larger. The best relationships happen in team settings with open communication. Answering the “why” question and zeroing in on unique, owned qualities providing the core foundation for all good design solutions. By clarifying these objectives, creating a list and developing a strategy—great design produces great results. Building A Strategy is a great place to start.