Creativity is Magical, Not Magic

 

It should go without saying that the most powerful expressions of creativity are those which are effectively communicated to audiences outside ourselves.  In fact, our ability to creatively collaborate and interact with one another as a species is a hallmark of what sets us apart from other creatures on this planet. 


How to Make Your Brand Work for Millennials

 

Innovation is perhaps the cornerstone of our modern society, and for good reason. Innovation helps us progress; it heals us, enriches us, and entertains us. It connects us as a people in ways prior generations could never have dreamed. But all too frequently, marketers with raw ambition aim to catapult their campaigns into fresh, new territories simply to be the newest or the most different, all without a clear motive in mind.


“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

 

Innovation is perhaps the cornerstone of our modern society, and for good reason. Innovation helps us progress; it heals us, enriches us, and entertains us. It connects us as a people in ways prior generations could never have dreamed. But all too frequently, marketers with raw ambition aim to catapult their campaigns into fresh, new territories simply to be the newest or the most different, all without a clear motive in mind.


The Year Of Making Brands Work

 

We believe that the only way to predict the future is to create it. And at our core, we are an agency dedicated to the creation of positive change through strategic brand development.


Five Ways to Deliver an Optimal Brand Experience During the Holidays

 

The holidays are, of course, the busiest shopping time of the year. That means they’re also the time when consumers have the most contact with brands. In October, SDL published a report that found that 90% of holiday shoppers expect consistent brand experiences. How can you optimize your branding and offerings to engage consumers, and, in turn, sell your products? Here are five key elements to making your brand experience consistent — and excellent — this holiday season:


Context Matters

 

You won’t reach the people in your market if you don’t understand them, and you won’t understand them unless you pay attention to their context. Context is the compass that guides all successful branding and marketing. It’s about delivering the right content to the right people at the right time.


Our Top 4 Resolutions for 2014

 

2014 Resolutions

The team here at STARMEN is always busy strategizing, and such was the case during our recent New Year kickoff meeting. What made this year's assembly particularly interesting is that we decided to take it a step further, going public with our resolutions. Some may call it a risk, but we like risks, and have a fabulous creative and technical team to help us reach these goals.


Creative Versatility Shines As STARMEN Wins Three Silver Awards at Two International Competitions

 


STARMEN's Story Featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal

 

Our Story Featured In The Los Angeles Business Journal

MARKETING: STARMEN ditches fixed-rate jobs for retainer relationships.

Story by Subrina Hudson, Staff Writer


STARMEN Bestowed With 3 Wins From 2012 Davey Awards

 

daveyawards

Our creative, hard-working team is proud of the 3 awards that STARMEN recently received in the 8th Annual 2012 Davey Awards. The wins were announced earlier this month in New York by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the organization behind the Davey Awards.  


Branding Lincoln, the Movie

 

Lincoln Movie Branding

As an Illinois native and history buff since the 3rd grade, naturally I've had a fascination with one of the greatest political figures in American history, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln

When I found out Steven Spielberg was planning to make an epic film on the last days of his intense life, I knew it was going to be something big, iconic, something I wanted to be a part of, well... I got my chance. Entertainment Weekly released this first photo of Daniel Day-Lewis as 'Lincoln'. First, I was amazed at the resemblence of Day-Lewis' as the commander in chief and then excited because it was exactly the iconic image I knew would make for a great movie poster.

Click below... see the "one-sheet"! 


Defending London's Olympic Logo

 


STARMEN Named #1 Web Design Agency In L.A.

 

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Executive Director of STARMEN Speaks as Panelist at AIGA’s Professional Series

 

AIGA’s sold-out Professional Series talk, ‘The Importance of Studio Culture & Identity,’ was held at Continuum’s work-space in Venice Beach.  The discussion brought together STARMEN’s Executive Director, Armen David, as well as Braven Greenelsh, Candice Brokeshire, Michael Stinson, and moderator Eduardo Braniff (CEO of Imagination the Americas).


The Power of Influence & Creativity

 

As design professionals, we spend considerable time each and every day thinking about influence.

Of course, we’re continuously developing new strategies for how we can help our clients generate influence. Yet, we also devote much thought into how consumers influence others in an increasingly connected world.


Logos Define Candidates As Well As Businesses

 

2012 GOP Canidates

In celebration of Independence Day, here's a look at how the 2012 GOP candidates are treating their brand like a business.  

Could you imagine if George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Abraham Lincoln had a campaign logo? They ran for political office in the early age of marketing when, absent today's vast media, a good campaign slogan could literally make or break a candidate.  It would certainly be hard to create a logo that matched Lincoln’s catchy slogan “Don’t swap horses in the middle of a stream.” 


Starbucks Evolves Logo Into Lovemark

 

Starbucks New Logo Coffee Cup

The world's largest coffee company, and one of its most beloved brands, just stirred up a bold new roast of its identity.  Starbucks unveiled an updated version of its iconic logo, which had remained unchanged since 1992. The simplified logo focuses on its mermaid symbol, and removes the company name from around the border of the "Siren." That's right, Starbucks no longer feels the need to reinforce its name.


Gap Drastically Changed Their Logo - Will This Change Their Entire Brand?

 

gap new logo before and after comparison

We at STARMEN are not ones to jump on 'bandwagons', whether the subject matter is politics, celebrity gossip, sports, or business. However, we're all aboard the latest bandwagon traveling along Gap's tracks to logo disaster. Gap’s new logo and branding campaign have widely been referred to as the “Gapgate controversy,” a questionable attempt at designing a new logo, and an even more tasteless approach at trying to market it. There has been way too much recent attention around the new Gap logo, and as a result, we've decided to come up with our own visual ‘solution.’


Facebook Marketing: Criteria for Success

 

8 Criterion For Facebook Page Marketing Success

Social media marketing has become a hot topic amongst brand marketers and businesses who are looking to establish themselves within a social network. As a means to promote their products and services at low cost, a lot of marketers are turning to Facebook. But it's knowing how to use the platform, currently the most popular social network out there, that really makes all the difference to your bottomline.


STARMEN Web Pick: VisitPhilly.com

 

This week we are so excited to share this excellent example of a successful website redesign for the city of Philadelphia. Philly's very own Happy Cog Studios was commissioned by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation to refresh the outdated site, now available as an archive at gophila.com. The original site launched back in 1997, and over the course of a decade, it had become one of the organization’s most important marketing vehicles.


Reviewing the New Look for Microsoft MSN

 

During the Internet boom of the late Nineties, MSN rose to become a popular and admired search engine. The company seemed to have it all right: a brand identity that correlated with that of its parent company, Microsoft, an appealing television ad campaign, and plenty of funds to support its place in the online community. 

Flash forward ten years, and the site, logo, marketing, consumer connection virtually everything about the brand has evaporated. MSN had quickly fallen behind the emerging Internet giants Google and Yahoo!, and never quite seemed to catch up. The problem is that the MSN brand has lost the connection it once enjoyed with its audience, and social media is where this is perhaps most true. So, even with a new logo and added features, is it too little, too late for MSN? 


Follow STARMEN on Twitter

 

Now you can get all the latest, up-to-the-moment happenings from STARMEN, and around the design world. No matter if it’s thirty seconds or 140 characters, we create ideas that don’t just talk, but get talked about.


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Our New Site Launches Today!

 

As an award-winning creative agency specializing in brand design, we are proud to announce the redesign of the STARMEN web site. But ‘redesign’ doesn't really cover it. We’ve made more than an aesthetic adjustment or surface-level change, we’ve ‘refreshed’ internally and externally. The new starmenusa.com reflects our new ideas, fresh thinking, and innovative approach to our clients’ brands, as well as our latest design work. 


Microsite. Macrohelp.

 

In response to the devastating January 12th earthquake in Haiti, the team at STARMEN Design Group has rallied to spread the word, and make it easier to support American Red Cross relief efforts through the creation of a donation microsite. Urgency is needed to assist those affected by this disaster, especially the thousands of abandoned children who are now without homes. Join us, and show your support by donating to the less fortunate during these tragic times. Be a part of the solution, and provide help for the relief effort through the American Red Cross today!

View the microsite, and donate here. Your donations and support are greatly appreciated!


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