The East Lansing Art Festival needed a brand to help move the arts marketplace, corporate sponsorship, and promotional reach to the next level.
Beginning with poster design, Board Member Lauren Ciesa applied his deep understanding of the event to create its visual identity. Helping move the festival into the 21st century, we designed the festival’s website (elartfest.org). It includes artist application as well as visitor information, all accessible on multiple platforms. Nodding to the past, the award-winning 50th anniversary poster introduced a new logo.
Results The last 25 years of strong identity work has been vital to the festival’s Top 100 art fair ranking, effective promotions, and strong organization.
Floressence Surfaces is a new branch of an established Mid-Michigan company featuring high-end natural and manufactured flooring materials. Ciesa Design named, branded, and built the website for the new company.
Pure Michigan Travel
Michigan.org, the nation’s most visited state tourism website, needed to better reflect its brand, redefine tourist interaction, and display true-to-life travel/destination information.
Fresh homepage content and bold imagery entice site use, while enhancing the “Pure Michigan” brand. Built-in anticipated searches direct visitors quickly to relevant interior pages. Links within slideshows prompt learning more about destinations.
Results Users can now easily access the 12,000+ attractions in the database from home or on the road. We delivered the project in six months to coincide with the national marketing campaign.
The MEDC’s rebranded website needed to better promote Michigan’s business opportunities to start-ups and firms poised to expand.
Our design solution assimilated input from site selectors, regional partners, business leaders, internal subject matter experts, and state agencies. Parallax animation of photography and text engages visitors and leaves them with a memorable experience. The user-friendly site selection database provides access to 10,000+ commercial property listings. The back-end code creates seamless interaction across platforms and devices.
Results The redesigned site effectively showcases Michigan with easy navigation to a wealth of information and tools.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a large organization with an equally large and intricate website. The Chamber’s previous website was analyzed, and the content and functionality were reorganized into a more efficient and user-friendly interface.
Ciesa Design developed the website using Drupal as the content management system and best practices in responsive design.
MSU Department of Art & Art History
The Department of Art, Art History & Design at Michigan State University has a proud legacy of excellence in the visual arts.
Ciesa Design was selected to create an engaging web environment that would serve as the virtual canvas on which faculty, students, and alumni would educate, learn, and share. The site utilizes a balance of thought-provoking environmental images, a well-organized information architecture, reasonable content flexibility, and a feature-rich content management system designed for ease of use by the AAH&D staff. The new site portrays the contextual essence of the character and creativity embodied by the AAH&D community. A visually stunning and highly functional web environment, the AAH&D site properly represents and positions the department’s multifaceted philosophy and programming.
Such Video, one of the region’s most creative teams, wanted a new website.
It was exciting to join creative forces with Such, who is often a partner on other projects. Working through the design process together, we focused on goals, not technology for its own sake. The resulting bold, clean, and efficient design carries their brand throughout the presentation of people, services, and their very diverse portfolio. Minimal in words and visually stunning, the site showcases their award-winning work in a way that lets it speak for itself.
The owners of SPIN Bicycle, a full service bicycle shop, wanted to convey their brand and establish themselves as the premier cycling store in Old Town Lansing.
The bicycle chain. So simple So essential to getting from here to there. We transformed this bicycle part into a bold, simple yet elegant chain “S.” The design won the firm’s first national gold AAF (formerly ADDY) Award. A 3-D version of it hangs above the storefront.
Results This strong identity has helped SPIN grow from a part-time start-up to a full-time business in its expanded location.
Turner Street Outdoor Theater
A first-time summer venue for the Capital City Film Festival, the Turner Street Outdoor Theatre needed to promote four outdoor events.
This was a chance to have fun, and we did. Working collaboratively, four designers each created a “ticket” to promote one event. A partial image of a main movie character appears on each ticket. Stacked vertically together, the four tickets combine visually to create a playful and intriguing figure. The image worked successfully as a poster, on the web, and on street banners.
Results The image created excitement and successfully promoted attendance at the events.
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