Strong branding makes your distinctive presence shine. It’s the welcoming open door for your specific audience and all the world.
Brand equity—the present and future value of your brand—accrues in people’s hearts and minds based on their imaginative associations with your branding, their experiences with your business or organization, and the fulfillment of their needs by your products and services. Branding is more than a logo. It presents a complete “look & feel” for your enterprise, including name, taglines, messaging, logo icon, logotype, auxiliary graphics, images, family brands, and color palette. Branding supports and informs all of your internal and external communications, as well as your ongoing strategic planning.
Christine Walker uses strategic envisioning and hands-on visual storytelling—dynamic visual and verbal processes—to elicit clear vision and authenticity for evolving the distinctive presence of your brand. She brings her skills as a visual strategist, designer, artist, and writer to create strong new brand identities or build on classics.
CORPORATE & NONPROFIT BRANDING & COMMUNICATIONS
Join in Beneficial Banking: OneCalifornia to One PacificCoast Bank
In 2006, Christine was asked by a forward-thinking team of stakeholders and executives to lead the identity development and branding for their new and innovative community development bank, OneCalifornia. Starting in fall with the team, nearly year before the bank officially opened in the summer of 2007, she used visual and interactive facilitation to draw out imaginative participation and consensus for the branding program. As a consultant, she designed and evolved the branding for a wide range of applications in print, online, media, and facility design to establish the “look and feel” of OneCal and created messaging for “Building on One Success at a Time” in a new approach to socially-responsible banking to benefit the community, and subsequently created all the marketing communications for the next several years.
In 2011, after the merger of OneCal with Shorebank Pacific to One PacificCoast Bank, Christine led the re-branding to build on the socially-responsible philosophies of both organizations, designed an integrated look to carry forward the branding equity of both banks, and created new messaging for “Beneficial Banking.”
The bank has continued to grow through acquisitions and mergers and expand its reach. It was named by B Corp the Best in the World for 2014. In July, 2014, the Bank rebranded to Beneficial State Bank. Christine was not involved with creating that phase of branding but avidly supports their mission and success!
Turn to Pivot Learning Partners
An educational reform nonprofit had begun as BASRC in 1995, evolved to Springboard Schools, and, in 2009, needed a new name and brand to message the organization’s growth and focus on change. Christine Walker led a team of executives, managers, and stakeholders in the identity development and rebranding to Pivot Learning Partners. Incorporating a variety of visual, narrative, and participatory processes, she elicited imaginative new directions for naming and branding, created flexible and rich branding graphics, and gained consensus for the new look and messaging. The challenge was to retain the thread of recognition and exuberance from the old brand into the new, while positioning the new distinctively from the former and developing a broader, more versatile branding program to serve the organization’s expansion.
Share the Spirit and Legacy of a Wine-making Family
“Tell it again!” chorus Phillip and Cheri Marcucci’s grandchildren—Martino Fava’s great-great-great grandchildren—when they sit around the Marcucci dining table and listen to the old stories. Phillip is a history buff as well as vintner. The family knows that farming your own land is a good life, and the newest generation is learning every step. Marcucci Farms & Fava Brothers Vineyards began as the dream of Phillip’s ancestors, Martino and Lorenzo Fava, two Italian immigrants who in the 1880s left their home in Lucca and settled in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California. Inspired by this delightful family, their farm, and history, Christine developed the branding for the Marcucci Farms new line of wines—Fava Brothers and Four Cousins. She also wrote the narrative copy for use in web and print marketing.
Step into Bliss
The owner of start-up Bliss Organic Day Spa had a clear sensibility for her business when she approached Christine to design the branding. An earlier attempt with another designer had resulted in a design that did not align with the owner’s strong aesthetic. In facilitating a new branding process, Christine developed a visual “palette” of forms and colors, helped the owner articulate and refine her vision, and created a new logo design and branding elements for business papers, signage, advertising, and website.
The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County had a strong logo but did not have an integrated look throughout their branded communications. Christine built versatility into their branding to cohere the different programs of the organization while retaining their distinctive qualities. She also created live meeting capture visuals at the 2010 Nonprofit Conference, including keynote speaker and world café groups, and created a followup webpage and narrative.
Nurture Foster Children
The Children’s Village of Sonoma County wanted a distinctive, upbeat look for their communications, but their black line art logo didn’t offer a strong branding platform. Christine designed a colorful and contemporary new look for their annual reports and seasonal funding appeals, incorporating the old logo until they were able to source a different logo, which followed the colorful look.
EVENT BRANDING & COMMUNICATIONS
Gather Global Synergy for Change
For the Global Synergizer conference held at IONS Earthrise retreat center in Petaluma, California, in fall of 2010, Christine developed the branding and event graphics, served as visual recorder for the conference, and created follow-up information design based on the conference visuals. Conference facilitation by Tomorrowmakers—Gail Johnston and Matt Taylor.
Celebrate Book Arts and Sustainable Community with Bibliophoria
What is a book? Where is its future? How does technology shape our relationship to words & images, thinking & imagining, ideas & culture, community & local economy? Bibliophoria 2011 explored these questions in two months of events focused on book arts—traditional bookmaking to contemporary artistry and new technology. As the creative “spark” for Bibliophoria~Celebrate Book Arts, Christine Walker facilitated the creative and organizational meetings, developed the branding and website, and directed the Children’s Book Writers conference and Art of the Picture Book exhibition. For Bibliophoria 2014, she’s again a volunteer “sparking” the vision and helping to organize and manifest events.
CREATING CLASSIC THEMES
During the course of several years as a creative consultant for the University of California Athletic Department, Christine Walker built on classic themes of Cal Blue & Gold and Cal Bears to create logos, posters, billboards, programs, and marketing materials. She conceived of campaigns, painted bears, art directed photo shoots, and wrote and designed a variety of print publications. These many years later, her bear paintings reside in homes of Berkeley alums and have been reproduced on collectibles.