Windsor-Urban web design showcase, three pages from the site displayed in an overlapping composition.

Windsor Urban symbol and type logo and trademark, two colours bright orange and dark grey on white. The symbol is a stylized pool of light drawn in coarse halftone dots that form a radial glow from the centre out within an implied slanted oval shape. Windsor Urban name is set as a unit, in clean extended sans-serif Eurostile font, the words differentiated by a colour change from dark grey to orange. Company rename and rebrand. Brands for New Zealand companies, Christchurch New Zealand.WindsorUrban is an established Christchurch manufacturer of urban lighting and urban furniture. At the start of 2012 MagentaDot Brands took on the project of redesigning the firm’s outdated, Web 1.0 style site. But the project gradually developed over the first few months into a complete company name change and rebrand—a career highlight of significant scope, depth and complexity that engaged all of the tools in my multi-disciplinary designer’s tool kit. It has also been a highly successful project that has seen a website that used to be buried on page 10 of a Google search for ‘Urban Lighting, New Zealand’ rise to now rank first or second.

The company was originally named ‘Windsor Heritage’, however it became clear as the research and development of the redesigned website progressed that the company had grown, product lines had expanded, market conditions had changed, such that the heritage ‘Victorian / Edwardian’ style of the name and logo was a company brand image that no longer reflected who they were or what they did. I raised this concern with the business owner and the marketing manager and found that they and the sales team had similar reservations and agreed a company name and rebrand for growth was essential and best timed to launch with the redesigned website.

The change of company name was a natural course correction for the firm that required careful consideration and planning to be sure of achieving a successful outcome. More…


 Credits


Client: WindsorUrban: Lighting | Furniture
Category: Industrial engineering, Diversified industrial
Company renaming and rebranding: MagentaDot Brands
Web Design firm: MagentaDot Brands
Web coding, CMS customisation, Web-app coding: Limelight Online – Christchurch
Web app design: Steve Campbell (WindsorUrban), Shaun Waugh (MagentaDot Brands)
Using CMS to populate and manage the site:
 MagentaDot Brands.
Disciplines: Brand and identity systems design, Digital illustration, Photography, Project management, Rename, Rebrand, Signage and display, Technical writing, User experience design, Web design, Web content management.

Category:
Brand and identity systems design, Copywriting, Corporate communications design, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Logo, Manufacturing, Photography, Promotional design and advertising, Search engine optimization, technical writing, Urban furniture manufacturing, Urban Lighting manufacturing, Web design

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