Fashion + Flowers + Flair = Ko-Klee-Ko
When a young and upcoming fashion designer from Cape Town approached REX to create a brand identity for her clothing range, we once again fell in love with this world. The notoriously cut-throat and competitive world of fashion would take our branding process into a completely new realm.
A conversation kaleidoscope
Even the smallest company can benefit from a brand identity that is derived from the inside-out . Ask Myriad – a small business writing services company for whom we developed a new brand identity. They needed an identity that reflected its core substance, a platform from which it could market itself positively and with pride.
In 2006, Coca-Cola invited REX to participate in its 125th birthday celebrations, by joining a team of 125 artists from around the world taking 125 years of Coca-Cola marketing material and re-inventing it to create a series of fresh visuals inspired by the brand’s new global positioning statement – the Coke side of life.
‘X-ings’ or ‘Crossings’ was an exhibition that celebrated University Pretoria’s centenary year and it showcased the influence design has had on culture during this period. REX designed a poster which serves as a ‘graphic manifesto’. The poster features truisms, slogans and brand-slang generated on the topic of branding & culture along the way, set in a typographic language developed by hand, in our studio.
The Art of Science
REX has always believed that design can be used not only to inspire but to make a meaningful difference to business. As part of its project to express Markinor’s brand culture, the company embarked on an endeavour that resulted in the development of a revolving range of unique custom art works. Installed in the Markinor premises, these art works not only enhance the interior, but also serve to express the brand’s values, directly with people in the daily course of doing business.
Engaging the international market from offices in Johannesburg South Africa, and keeping the world updated and enthralled with all the latest news from Velocity – makes a website more than just a piece of corporate stationery… REX set out to make the new Velocity website a very distinctive gallery for its world class directors.
Waking sleeping giants
Creating a brand architecture for construction conglomerate ACICO delivered not only a visual identity for this Kuwait-based company, but birthed a common sense of purpose and shaped an organisational structure that has created new business opportunities for the company, both in the Middle East and around the world.
The great Homemakers makeover
Homemakers needed their brand to work a lot harder for the business. They approached REX to help them align consumer perception with their offering. The challenge lay in the fact that while Homemakers’ divisional brands – Homemakers Fair, Homemakers Expo, HomeTalk and Complex Living – had the same client bases, there was no synergy between them. REX needed to reposition Homemakers as a great home improvement ideas provider instead of the DIY company consumers perceived it as, and change the outdated styling to one that was contemporary, credible and consumer-friendly.
How can we help you?
When FNB enlisted the services of REX to help them design new graphics for its ATM interface, they got more than they bargained for. REX’s creative team approached the project in the way we approach all our work and started off by endeavouring to understand the bigger picture. What we discovered was an opportunity to deliver an unrivalled ATM interface to the market, but in order to do this we needed to do more than simply design new graphics.
Putting down roots and spreading wings
When research giant Markinor embarked on a brand rejuvenation exercise, they approached REX to help them establish a branding platform that would give visual expression to the company’s mantra of ‘roots and wings’. With a primary identity and new logo already in place, and people committed to being flag-bearers of the new brand, the organisation was well-positioned to roll out a visual identity that would encapsulate its vision and unique culture.
This brochure website was designed for Timesquare Advertising as part of a re-branding make-over for the agency. The website was designed to be a contemporary urban experience, sharing with the audience perspectives on what is happening on the streets and how market there with success.
A different kind of Animal(Farm)
Imagine creativity that is so uniquely innovative that it challenges people’s perceptions of what they think they know, that shows them a glimpse of things beyond the realm of what they believed was possible, and that takes them to a place where anything can happen. This is the world of Animalfarm, a creative consultancy run by Porky Hefer, who is arguably one of the most creatively brilliant minds in the business.
Hall of Fame
When top brands are looking for a safe pair of hands to create and produce an inspiring television commercial, they look to Velocity Films. A company that has won nearly every local and international advertising award for creativity and production excellence, the Velocity team includes the industry’s top creative talent and an unparalleled body of work.
After Bouffant was so brilliantly born and branded, it soon became obvious that the company needed to have direct contact and influence with the creative fraternity as part of the advertising industry… to participate in the generation of new ideas, new techniques, and new stories. A completely re-purposed website, developed by REX, helped to make this possible. Enjoy.
A Place in History
Constitution Hill has neatly carved its place in the new South Africa’s history. As part of the Johannesburg inner-city precinct which has seen a massive revival since 2001, Constitution Hill not only marks the invaluable historical sites where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner but now also hosts South Africa’s Constitutional Court.
Essentials for a life less ordinary
There are those who believe that to establish a global presence, a brand should position itself as being all things to all people, a hold-all solution that cuts across diverse target groups. But when Boubyan Bank embarked on a journey with us to revamp their brand for the world market, they discovered that it was their inherently unique qualities as an Islamic bank that would, at once, give them mass appeal and yet allow them to stand out on the global financial stage.
The thing that most excites the people at Spectrum about what they do is their ability to unlock the potential of visual content. These are people who are moved by all things visual and whose expertise lies in harnessing the power of technology to add intelligence to visual solutions. Inspired by this passion for ‘visual stuff’, REX used it as a starting point to build a brand and design a new visual identity for Spectrum, which is a long-standing client of the company’s.
Greatstock commissioned REX to develop a branding tactic that would help promote Corbis’ stock photography as a valuable resource to the creative & business industries. The solution came in the form of a one-of-a-kind deck of playing cards, decorated with mesmerising Corbis photography.
Increasingly REX’ work involves helping businesses to define who they are and redesign their business offering, by using branding as a vehicle to catalyse change and unearth potential for new growth. This was the case when REX took on a re-branding project for Global Access, a business-to-business broadcast corporation looking for a new lease on life..
M Design, an interior design outfit from the Middle East, has taken the regional market by storm with the work done for Wataniya Cellular, and so it happened that the business was soon outperforming its brand. So when the decision was made to revamp their brand identity, they turned to REX.
Smoothing things out for Cepacol
Cepacol competes in a tough throat lozenger market, where brands like Strepsils are already well-established and enjoy considerable consumer-favour. Fortunately, Cepacol has a key differentiator, namely the fact that it’s medicated and therefore delivers a soothing anaesthetic effect to the throat.