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 together with a broad visual language that express who you are and inspire people to think, feel or act in a certain way.

Design for print
Bringing your brand to life through print, campaigns, and advertising. Communicating your brand across platforms projecting a cohesive, tactile and integrated approach to connect and encourage buy in.

Design for online
We design customised websites, social media and digital items that are both functional and immersive, connecting with those that matter most.

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

Brand research
Discovering everything there is to know about your business, that makes it successful: its 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
A core speciality, we create memorable meaningful names that have the power to directly affect your brand’s perception and ultimately its – copywriting.

Art Direction
We believe wholeheartedly in collaboration and work in earnest with complementary experts to activate your brand to achieve the best outcome possible.

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).

Studio sketches

Doodles, sketches from projects.

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Drinks Ireland

A report championing Ireland’s best-loved drinks brands.

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Challenge
Drinks Ireland is the Ibec sector that represents the interests of alcohol drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland. It is globally unique as it represents all categories of alcohol products in one umbrella organisation through its various trade associations (Drinks Ireland Beer, Drinks Ireland Cider, Drinks Ireland Irish Whiskey, Drinks Ireland Spirits and Drinks Ireland Wine).

The alcohol industry in Ireland is worth over €1.4 billion in export and sends its’ product to 140 markets globally. The industry supports over 92,000 jobs and contributes over €2 billion to the economy. Irish breweries, distilleries and gin schools are visited by over three million tourists each year. As an industry, it continues to grow and thrive.

Solution
Our concept for the review was to showcase the many varieties of drinks across all sectors. We did this by creating engaging imagery of colourful drinks. We collaborated with photographer, Ros Kavanagh, who took a series of overhead images. The photographs featured a large variety of drinking glass – from cocktail glasses, shot glasses, pint glasses to wine glasses.

We overlayed these images in the report with statistical pie charts. The annual review was to highlight the main statistical information on the drinks industry, along with updates on the key issues affecting the sector.

We also made a short promotional film for the launch of the review at Ibec. Click here to view

Services
Design for print, art direction, film, photography.

Value
“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.”
William Lavelle, Drinks Ireland

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

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