Red&Grey

Welcome:

Red&Grey is a design and branding agency. We make our clients stand out with clarity and creativity – helping their brand to grow.


Creativity:

Established in 2003, we’ve worked on a variety of creative projects – big, small, complex and international. Our clients come from a wide range of sectors located in Ireland and around the world.


Awards:

Our creative work has won several awards from ICAD and the IDI. In 2014, we were awarded a Special Outstanding Contribution to Design in Ireland Award for Pivot Dublin.

Process:

Our process is collaborative, research-based and concept driven. Our process connects our Irish strengths (conversation, storytelling, empathy) and our skills as designers (curiosity, imagination and play).

Services:

Branding
We create thoughtful, engaging brand identities with a tone of voice and visual that expresses who you are and inspires people.

Design for print
Bringing your brand to life through print, campaigns, and advertising. Communicating with creativity and clarity to create effective branding.

Design for online
We design customised websites, social media and digital items that are both engaging and functional, helping you connect with your audience.

Design of spaces
We design carefully considered immersive spaces, exhibitions, events and signage to enhance the value of your organisation.

Brand research
Discovering everything there is to know about your business, that makes it successful: knowing it inside out. Here we are digging for gold, to uncover your ‘why’.

Brand strategy
At the heart of every great brand is a defined purpose. Here we give you a compass to strategically position your brand to allow it to meet its goals.

Naming
We create memorable meaningful names that have the power to directly affect your brand’s perception.

Art Direction
We like to collaborate with experts which helps to elevate the project and your business.

Clients:

We enjoy working with like-minded clients. We believe the quality of our client relationships reflects the quality of our work. We like to collaborate with clients, share ideas and co-create.

“Working with Red&Grey is always a pleasure. They are one of the most professional teams I have worked with. They combine strategic and profound thinking with the power of design. They see things from a holistic point of view and are able to capture this in simplistic yet powerful designs and brand identities. What is most telling about them, is that they really worked with me in redefining our company’s new brand strategy.”

Rutger Bonsel, Stamicarbon

Members:

We are members of the Institute of Creative Advertising & Design (ICAD), Institute of Designers (IDI), the 100 Archive and Ibec: Small Firms Association (SFA).

Contact:

(01) 405 3915
hello@redandgrey.ie
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branding

Stamicarbon

Stamicarbon is a global chemical engineering company who design the technology to create fertiliser from the gas extract, Urea.

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Challenge
As the world market leader, Stamicarbon design, license and develop Urea plants for the fertilizer industry. Also, they apply their expertise, knowledge and experience for many solutions, technologies and processes. For this project, Stamicarbon required help aligning their overall company vision and clarity with their product range. Consistency was required across their branding and their communication needed to less complex.

Solution
We worked together with design strategist, Paul Hughes, on finding the organisation’s brand essence. We held a series of brand workshops to help the company clarify its’ values, purpose, products and mission. “Pioneering to make the world a better place by enabling it to feed itself” was the key message from the workshop.

Approach
After the brand workshop, we focused on the human and technical of the business (the people and the industry). We commissioned custom photography capturing the company experience which showed the scale of the operations in Europe, Asia and Africa. An important part of the brand identity was the product names, which needed to reflect the essence of Stamicarbon. We created a new product and services naming and labelling system which help clarified everything, making it easier for customers.

Services
Strategy, branding, photography, product naming, product system, art direction.

Value
“Working with Red&Grey is always a pleasure. They are one of the most professional teams I have worked with. They combine strategic and profound thinking with the power of design. They see things from a holistic point of view and are able to capture this in simplistic yet powerful designs and brand identities. What is most telling about them, is that they really worked with me in redefining our company’s new brand strategy.”
Rutger Bonsel,
Stamicarbon

Collaborators
Strategy by Paul Hughes
Photography by Matthew Thompson

Irish Whiskey 360°

Irish Whiskey 360° is a new experiential tour that shows the process of Irish whiskey making from all angles and all perspectives around Ireland’s finest distilleries.

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Challenge
Drinks Ireland is the representative organisation for alcoholic drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland. They wanted to create a new brand that connects the whiskey distilleries around Ireland and develop awareness both nationally and internationally. Ireland is the home of whiskey and in the 19th century Ireland was the global powerhouse of whiskey production. But this all fell apart in the 20th century and by 1980 there were only two working distilleries left on the island of Ireland.

Solution
Together with Drinks Ireland and the Irish Whiskey Association, we created an adaptable brand identity that can be used for multiple audiences and contexts.

Irish Whiskey 360° is a connected circle of Ireland’s much-loved distilleries. In three hundred and sixty degrees it encompasses Irish Whiskey distillery experiences, the Irish Whiskey process, the people and the pace of life across this much loved Irish industry. Irish Whiskey 360° – One shared spirit. Many unique characters.

The brand, film and dynamic identity system were specifically designed for both Irish and international markets. Inspired by traditional iconography, Irish rain, poetry and people this is a system created to grow and adapt with the whiskey industry.

www.irishwhiskey360.com

Services
Branding, naming, copywriting, film, photography, website.

Value
“Drinks Ireland – Irish Whiskey Association worked with Red&Grey to develop a new brand and platform for Irish whiskey tourism. The result was IrishWhiskey360°, a dynamic and exciting proposition which responded brilliantly to the brief and the wishes and hopes of our members. We found the team at Red&Grey to be responsive, creative and most importantly, ambitious. They bought into our ambition and made it their own, and they delivered on that shared ambition with a brilliant concept and design that we believe will help promote Irish whiskey tourism in Ireland and around the world.”

William Lavelle
Drinks Ireland, Irish Whiskey Association

Collaborators
Photography: Matthew Thompson
Typography: Bobby Tannam
Copywriting: Gai Griffin

Olann

Based in Cavan, Olann was born out of a desire to create a range of sophisticated colours on ethically sourced yarns.

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Challenge
The process of producing quality hand-dyed yarns is never rushed, but rather slowly developed to be highly desirable, inspiring and harmonious. Made with love by knitters, the luxury wool sells internationally in London, Paris and New York. We need to create branding and packaging that captured the essence of the brand.

Approach
We visited their workshop in Cavan and worked together with the owners to create their new branding. We clarified their vision and highlighted what was unique about their story. Small is good, individual is good.

Olann inspiration is taken from their surroundings in rural Ireland. Our creative approach was also inspired by this beautiful rich landscape and their colourful wool dyeing process.

We collaborated with illustrator, Tom Abbiss Smith, to create a series of digital collages inspired by nature and the yarn making process. Photographer Matthew Thompson also filmed a short film at their studio in Cavan. The film can be viewed here.

Together these elements created a dynamic brand identity built around the needs of the client that was flexible and contemporary. We produced a range of packaging labels, a promotional booklet and marketing materials.

Services
Branding, packaging, design for print, animation.

Value
“As a startup, we needed a design company to capture and visualise our brand’s DNA. Red&Grey not only brought a fresh re-design to our company but also helped reorient how we can best communicate our brand to others. Their process is collaborative and user-driven in nature. They delivered a professional service within the agreed budget and timeframe. They were outstanding in their creative delivery and went well beyond our initial brief and expectations.”

Jess Kavanagh, Olann

The business made it through to Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur final in 2018, placed second runner up. Olann exports 99% of their hand-dyed yarns around the world and has grown to its’ staff of seven employees. They are in the process of moving to a new larger studio to help with the demand.

Collaborators
Illustration by Tom Abbiss Smith
Film and photography by Matthew Thompson

International Literature Festival Dublin 2019

Ireland’s premier literary event, International Literature Festival Dublin, gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral.

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Challenge
The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) holds a series of diverse events in many unique spaces across the city. With over a hundred writers and dozens of events, there is something for everyone to discover. The festival’s goal is to enrich lives, provoke new thoughts and broaden experiences through literature.

Approach
A new look was required for the festival branding and 2019 campaign. We worked together with ILFD to create a new visual language that was constructed around the concept of challenging literature. We had real fun producing this festival campaign which featured a series of readers lost in their book.

For this fun project, we made a series of oversized books and mini books in various shapes and sizes. Each book was designed to fit into a specific format, such as a tall book for the tall flags and a very long landscape book for a billboard. The resulting photographs and films formed a unique language for the festival.

The new logo we created, was designed referencing the hippocampus, a mythical sea-creature who carried Poseidon’s chariot across the sea and land. Dublin’s hippocampus can be seen on Grattan Bridge over the River Liffey as ornate lamps on the cast-iron bridge. The hooves of the logo were replaced with quotation marks to signify the literature. The new branding appeared on t-shirts, totes, bookmarks and postcards.

Services
Branding, design for print, advertising, signage, merchandise.

Value
The 2019 festival was described as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, attracting readers of all ages.

Collaborators
Mischief making by John Waid
Film and photography by Ros Kavanagh

Hummingbird

Hummingbird invests in exceptional entrepreneurs.

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Challenge
They help start-ups scale from zero to category-defining multi-billion dollar businesses across 3 continents. Based in London and Antwerp, they are early-stage seed investors in exciting global projects. They have successfully transformed companies such as Deliveroo, Showpad and Gram Games. They required a rebrand to help them to attract the next generation of brilliant entrepreneurs and exceptional founders.

Approach
We worked together with Hummingbird’s team to discover their brand essence. They value emotional intelligence as much as data, growing internal culture as much as growing revenue, and forming strong, personal bonds with founders. They are adventurous, persistent and curious.

We developed their new branding to give the organisation a more contemporary, innovative and professional feel. Inspired by nature, the brand identity is based around the speed and agility of the hummingbird. We used abstract shapes such as triangles to represent birds and circles to symbolise nectar.

To bring this dynamic brand identity to life, we worked with animator, Alex Dobbin, to create motion graphics for the website home page. Photographer, Matthew Thompson, also took portraits each team member at Hummingbird’s London office. We designed their website which features custom photography, vector illustrations and motion graphics. The website also features an investor portal so users can view the latest and best new ideas from around the world. The site can be viewed at www.hummingbird.vc.

Services
Branding, design for online, website, animation.

Value
Hummingbird is now in the top 100 early-stage venture capital investors in Europe in 2020. Hummingbird Ventures focuses on building the tech companies of tomorrow by empowering exceptional entrepreneurs with swift access to essential advice, radical candour, funding and organizational design expertise. 80% of their investments have gone to early-stage companies.

Collaborators
Typography by Bobby Tannam
Photography by Matthew Thompson
Animation by Alex Dobbin

Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s first long-distance driving route – working its’ way from the West coastal road to the wildest stretches of the sea coast.

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Challenge
Tourism is a critical component of the West of Ireland’s economy. The region faced a major challenge with international tourism numbers and its share of holiday visits to Ireland dropping significantly over the period 2007-2010 – performance which was exacerbated by the impact of the global financial crisis and Ireland’s challenging economic circumstances at the time. Urgent action was required.

Solution
We created a brand and awareness that attracted national and international visitors to the area. For the Wild Atlantic Way to be a success, we need each community along the route to take ownership of their own part of project whilst remaining part of the overall vision. Our goal was allow space to integrate their ideas, stories, pride, culture and personality into the brand identity.

Approach
This project involved several partners and communities working together to promote tourism. We collaborated with the strategy team, and clarified the brand story which focused people, places and stories. We designed a flexible logo that represented the road, the land, the sea and the wildness of the region. The colour palette was inspired by nature. The graphic language includes stone textures, topographic lines and weather symbols. The photography is broken into macro, mezzo and micro shots to show the scale of the region. The idea behind this kit of parts is to create a consistent texture to the identity while allowing freedom for the tone of voice and visual to change depending on the author and their use for it. It is a living identity, one that has the ability to adapt and change with culture, people, nature and the West coast of Ireland.

List of services
Brand strategy, branding, logo design, brand identity guidelines, brochure design, advertising, brand development.

Value
In the two years since its creation, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way has become a well established brand, won numerous awards and generated significant international awareness; targets that would take most other international tourism products years to achieve. The 9 coastal counties on the route from Donegal to Cork provided 3.6 million international bed-nights, worth €1.9 billion to the Irish economy.

Collaborators
Photography: Sean & Yvette
Strategy: Place Matters

PIVOT Dublin

The World Design Capital (WDC) is a city promotion project established to celebrate the aims and accomplishments of cities using design as a tool to reinvent themselves socially, culturally and economically. Pivot Dublin was Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital in 2014.

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Challenge
Each city entering the competition are given 44 questions to answer by the WDC committee. Our brief was to develop a theme/strategy, collate all content and produce a coherent bid document. We worked together on the submission with Dublin City Architects, Emma Curley Architects, Henrietta McKervey, Dr Linda King, Areaman Productions, and Gregory Dunn.

Approach
Dublin’s bid comprised of research, writing and design that focused on answering four questions: Why Dublin? Why Design? Why Now? Why PIVOT? The document included a vision for the future, an Irish design timeline and design essays.

The submission included a series of short films documenting conversations between designers. The conversations also featured throughout the bid book. We interviewed 25 designers in Dublin and started with the question, ‘If Dublin was a blank canvas, what would you draw on it?’.

The 416-page bid document had 30 different covers designed by a variety of creative Dubliners. We also included a selection of photographs, illustrations, projects and stories kindly submitted from the creative community. The website featured a blog which had contributors from around the world, www.pivotdublin.com.

View the bid book here
View the bid film here

Services
Branding, design for print, art direction, website, print management, exhibition stands, film, animation, signage, merchandise.

Value
Dublin’s bid was shortlisted to the final three from over fifty entries around the world.

Red&Grey was awarded a Special Outstanding Contribution to Design in Ireland award by the Institute of Designers in Ireland for our work with Dublin City Council on their World Design Capital submission for 2014, PIVOT Dublin. A special edition of the book was presented to Queen of England while on her visit to Dublin.

Collaborators
Research & writing by Emma Curley Architects
Research & writing by Dr Linda King
Copy by Henrietta McKervey
Film by Areaman
Photography by Gregory Dunn
Photography by Matthew Thompson

Oxford Sciences Innovation

Investing in cutting edge ideas, Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) help form the next generation of world-changing organisations.

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Challenge
They invest millions annually into research projects and new companies forming from the university postgraduate programmes. Their goal is to address the world’s leading challenges. OSI brings financial and human capital that enables Oxford University’s world-class science to go to market, and thrive.

Approach
At the beginning of the project, we clarified their brand’s key message – a history of success, a tradition of ideas, investing in legacy, leading practice opportunities, trusted discoveries advanced and collective research potential.

The brand identity system for OSI was formed around controlled experiments and an aperture that can be adjusted to show the vastness and details of the world through various lenses. The completed visual language is an adaptable system that can be used across multiple platforms and contexts.

To reflect the ever-changing nature of innovation we worked with a typographer, Bobby Tannam, to create a custom font that contains a variety of different version of each letter. The bespoke typeface was designed to reflect the scientific edge of Oxford University’s science elite.

We also commissioned photographer, Matthew Thompson, to take a series of portraits capturing the innovators and their workplaces. We also captured a beautiful series of dawn and dusk photographs at the university. These images feature across their website we designed which includes their full portfolio of spinout companies.

Services
Branding, art direction, website.

Value
OSI continues to grow and is now powered by some of the world’s leading organisations such as Google and Huawei. They’ve raised more than £600M from a diverse group of over 70 shareholders, brought together by a commitment to build thriving science and technology companies from Oxford University.

Website: oxfordsciencesinnovation.com

Collaborators
Typography: Bobby Tannam
Photography: Matthew Thompson
Web development by Loughlin McSweeney