lululemon Manifesto Poster Design:
10th Anniversary

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The trend setting lululemon manifesto design marks its 10th anniversary this month. The pop-culture icon still stands as one of the most highly used, loved, referenced, imitated and iconic pieces of creative work that FreeBird Agency team members have done. The FreeBird Agency contributors have made a lot of amazing work lately, but this classic still remains relevant today.

It’s been tweaked and morphed into a lot of different designs and ideas by various designers internationally over the last decade, but here is the 100% real deal, unedited, 2004 poster design in all its ORIGINAL glory: (more…)

D&J Homebrew

There is craft beer and then there is seriously CRAFT beer. The latter half being exemplified by my wife and I running an extremely tiny nano brewery out of our house to supply the neighbourhood with the finest in homebrewed libations. West Coast Pale Ales, IPA, Belgian Farmhouse and Stout styles are the main specialties, but we’re certainly not limited to those. We use as many local (Pacific Northwest) and organic ingredients as we can.

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Me being me, of course every brew has a custom label. The label designs are born out of artistic inspiration (post-punk poster art meets modern design) and necessity (cost effective black and white photocopies). To honour the DIY street poster tradition they are all wheat pasted on the bottles as well.

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What to Look for When Choosing a Creative Agency

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Having spent the last 20+ years running a creative agency I have had a lot of successful, and a few not so successful, client relationships. Time and time again the clients that are the most enjoyable to work with are the ones who consistently bring out the best work from our creative team. By reverse engineering my life as an agency executive I have been able to come up with a few simple tips that I believe will help you find an agency that’s right for you.

1) Find an agency who produces great work. An agency is only as good as it’s latest work so find a team who consistently produces amazing creative time and time again. For some agencies there can be a lot of turn over and the designers who produced their best work are long gone. Ask who is going to be working on your account and find out what projects they have worked on. Also ask who on their team will be working on your account and what kind of experience they have. It’s important that your agency is able to translate your brand’s vision into powerful creative that builds your brand and drives your sales time and time again. (more…)

How to Build a Powerful Brand in 5 Easy Steps

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Building a powerful brand is a lot like going on a road trip. By understanding where you want to go you can then plan out the steps needed to take you there.

The following is are a few of the key steps that we use when creating a new brand. It’s a process that we developed over the last 20+ years and it has proven time and time again to be a powerful tool when working with both young start ups as well as large international brands. When creating a powerful brand we spend about 20% of our overall time into the first 4 steps. You will find this time spent to be invaluable as it helps to crystallize your vision for the brand and it ensures that your end creative is on path to get you where you want to go.

1) Start by understanding and communicating your short and long term goals. Years ago when Chip Wilson started lululemon he told me that he wanted his yoga startup brand to be as big a Nike. This meant that we needed to take a much different approach to building his brand than we would have if his goal was to be just the top yoga company at the time. We still needed to be true to the yoga community, but the brand image that we created for lululemon needed to resonate with a much much broader target market than it would have otherwise. At FreeBird Agency we start every project by first coming to understand what our clients short and long term goals are and then we plan our path to achieve those goals accordingly. (more…)