Malk

novemer 2018

Scope

Branding
Merchandise
Stationary

The Challenge

Just a Blank Canvas

Malk was born out of a desire to create a unique and holistic brand identity for a beverage company. When initially coming up with business ideas my first thought was a coffee shop, but upon further consideration I decided I wanted to work on a path less traveled. I wanted to make a brand that would stand out and prove itself as a viable alternative to coffee while still existing in a similar market. This prompted me to think of niche beverages that don’t get much individual attention.

The Solution

Have a Cow

Milk was the obvious solution. A very refreshing drink that millions of people enjoy but is not often seriously considered. As a kid there was a milk shop that was very close to where I would play Football (Soccer) on Saturday mornings, and every Saturday after practice we would go to the milk shop and drink the most refreshing glasses of milk, it came in all the usual flavors and I could never stop at one glass. When creating the name for this hypothetical milk shop, I was looking for something sassy and confident. A name that would be clear, but also make potential clients curious – Malk.

Color

Cow, meet milk. Milk, meet cow

In my logo experiments I landed on a fun, but punchy color palette that tied the colors of chocolate and strawberry milk together, while also referencing cow's udders and hides. The range of values allowed for the logo to have a light, dark, and mid-range value allowing each of the colors to carry significant visual weight and contrast. This progression of color values also allowed for a further layering of shapes and textures to create a consistent visual system that uses abstract color blocks that flow like liquid.

hex
RGb
cmyk
#FFFFFF
255-255-255
0-0-0-0
hex
RGb
cmyk
#FFE9E9
255-233-233
0-10-4-0
hex
RGb
cmyk
#FFB4B4
255-180-180
0-37-18-0

Typography

Friendly, with a little sass

Because the logotype was created out of custom letterforms and I didn’t have the resources to expand that into a complete bespoke typeface I needed to pick a type partner for headlines and titles. For this role I wanted something that was still bold, but with more of a friendly and sassy feel. After lots of testsI landed on Shrikand regular – the fun curves and whimsical serifs helped match the tone I was going for. To accompany this, I needed an easily legible sans-serif that still maintained its humanity. Because Gill Sans MT had been a source of inspiration in the Logo, I thought it made sense to keep it as a part of the identity.

Merchandise

Adding Practical Functionality

The obvious next step was expanding the identity into more practical use cases. I created menus for the physical store, marketing collateral, and some merchandise. Each of these graphics helped me to expand the visual style of Malk by playing with the interactions between typography and the system of liquid abstractions. These produced some really fun results that helped to round out the tone and the messaging of the brand. While I had a specific tone and attitude in my mind from the earliest stages of the project it didn’t fully come to life until I started copy writing for the marketing materials and merchandise. The fun loving, no-nonse, milk lover, that I didn’t know I needed was finally able to materialize.