Restaurant Brand

Build it and they will come. Good movie. Bad marketing plan! But it seems as though restaurants are among the most guilty of this flawed approach. Maybe it’s the romance of owning a restaurant. Maybe it’s the substantial investment required to get up and running. It definitely has to do with the tiny margins involved… Read more »

Scarcity in Branding

It’s not a new concept, but it seems that many people have forgotten the power of scarcity in building a strong brand. Those people are NOT Russian River Brewing Company… Pliny the Younger comes out this February and people can not wait to stand in line to get their fair share. I have a different… Read more »

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Picking a creative agency is tough. I get that. TIV Branding is built on the fact that we meet deadlines and exceed expectations. A lot of agencies don’t roll that way, but the place it shows itself most clearly for potential clients is not where you might think. It’s not the pace at which they… Read more »

Reflect Rethink Rebrand On Wooden Blocks. Business And Inspiration Concept

The new year always inspires a certain level of introspection. There’s something about starting fresh with 01/01 that makes you take stock of the past 12 months…now add in the new decade, and things are about to get deep. But if you’re stubborn like me, you don’t like to make a change because someone else… Read more »

Creativity in Process

My title used to be “Creative Guy,” (rollover my photo on the team page and it still is) so being creative is literally my job. But as TIV Branding has evolved and grown, my position has changed from being more hands-on with my creativity to more of a guiding role. I would assume that’s what… Read more »

What a Style Guide Can and Can't Do For You

Early in my career, I did a lot of freelance work for SF agencies. I can’t tell you the number of style guides that were sent my way in preparation for new projects. What I can tell you is that they were substantial documents. I received style guides for major car companies, spirits brands that… Read more »

If Another Person Says They Want the Nike Swoosh, I Quit

I don’t quit. In fact, I took a break from writing this to have a client meeting and they mentioned the swoosh. Still writing. That said, any brand designer can attest to the fact that there are certain examples that will inevitably come up at some point during a branding project: “I want packaging like… Read more »

The Power of Objectivity

The trend to build in-house creative teams continues. But don’t worry, we’re not looking for day jobs. We’ve watched the ebb and flow of this approach through the years and despite what you’d think, it has little effect on our business. Weird? Not really, because even companies with substantial in-house teams almost always have a… Read more »

Brands in Context

Every morning my 12-year-old son comes to me to do his hair. He’s very capable of doing his own hair, but it gives me the opportunity to have some rare face-to-face time with a pre-teen. It’s a chance to casually check in with him, so I continue to oblige. Our son was lucky enough to… Read more »