[MEL21]




Key Dates

18 March - Launch Deadline
15 April - Standard Deadline
1 July - Final Deadline
8 July - Judging
15 July - Winners Announced
10 August - Awards Presentation

Alexander Spencer | Branding, Digital Design & Collateral [DRAFT]





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Project Overview

Alexander Spencer is a leading accounting and business advisory firm in Melbourne. They enjoy a proud history built on enduring client relationships across almost seventy years. They were evolving into a more sophisticated business and needed a brand that matched this evolution.

They approached us to create a visual language that would furnish them with the confidence to grow as a business. At the same time, it was vital that, as an established institution, they provided reassurance amongst their existing clients that they would continue to be nurtured during this evolution — that they would grow together.

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Alexander Spencer

Project Creator

Principle Design

Project Brief

At its inception, in 1952, the firm was known as Alexander Spencer. However, soon after they changed the name to AS Partners due to partnerships within the company

The name ‘AS Partners’ had significant brand equity and a loyal client base; so changing their name was a concern. Through our in-depth strategy, we visualised where the business was heading and determined their brand would resonate better with their target market if they went with Alexander Spencer. It felt more humanistic and also paid homage to their impressive history.

In business almost seventy years, Alexander Spencer had time to work out what mattered to them as a company. This was distilled into four core values — honesty, dynamism, selflessness and relentlessness. We built a strong brand story based on these values, employing a thoughtfully designed logo icon as the conduit. The icon comprises a quadrant within a circle, with each quadrant representing one of their four values. The large circle represents how Alexander Spencer protects their clients’ personal equity and provides continuity in their business. The small-to-large circle represents growth and their expertise dealing with both small and large businesses.

Our secondary language further fortified Alexander Spencer’s brand story. The use of continuous lines in their iconography set helped cast Alexander Spencer as a business that values an ongoing relationship with its clients. The rich colour palette provided a sense of trustworthiness and security —essential qualities for a business that deals with people’s finances.

Project Innovation/Need

We managed to maintain the maturity of an established business while also shifting their position to a more contemporary light. We also infused humanism into a business whose industry isn’t often heralded for this trait.

Design Challenge

The challenge we faced was merging market needs with the partners’ needs. The market needs included trustworthiness, education and a good knowledge base. The partners’ were more focused on creating a cool and contemporary brand with a sophisticated flavour that allowed them to be seen as more than accountants.

Effectiveness

The rebrand for Alexander Spencer was embraced by their clients and community and feedback was highly positive. They have also had an uptick in clients and have been able to expand the business which we factored in during our strategy stage, ensuring we created a brand that was capable of growth.




This award celebrates creative and innovative design in the traditional or digital visual representation of ideas and messages. Consideration given to clarity of communication and the matching information style to audience.
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