After more than ten years of designing all aspects of the visual communications for The Garden group during which it has achieved a booming but organic success and recognition, we were entrusted with strategic brand positioning and realigning of all their emerged brands — from The Garden Zadar open-air lounge bar, iconic The Garden Festival, Barbarella’s Discotheque, to The Garden Tisno resort and a newly established strategic project — The Garden Brewery.

Throughout the years, name The Garden established itself as a recognisable and strong brand, yet it was never used, designed, or communicated as such by the client. From The Garden Festival’s branding, on the other hand, emerged illustrated bird characters which became an instant point of emotional connection and identification between the brand and the audience. Individual brands had differring visual identities, tailored to their needs, with only a hint of familial connection between them. What was unique though is the special feeling of “experiences for friends and family” that became the essence of the brand platform.

ClientThe Bird LtdServicesbranding, visual identity design, graphic design, UX/UI and web design, environmental graphics, signage, packaging, merchandiseAssociatesStudio Jakob (architecture), Domagoj Kunić (photography)Year2015–2016Linkthegarden.hr

New brand architecture and visual identity

New brand architecture and visual identity took all that into consideration, establishing new hierarchy, parent brand The Garden sporting a family’s coat of arms, standardised naming of individual brands and a unifying but flexible identity system. The birds from The Garden Festival became the main vehicle for the new logos, although in a new, more refined form.

Visual identity applications

The new system was implemented across the brands and channels to simultaneously communicate a strong and unified presence.

The Garden Brewery

The Garden Brewery — a new craft brewery that was to be launched in the midst of a blooming craft movement and severe market competition — emerged as the most prominent new endeavour of The Garden. It had to communicate all of the values The Garden carries while standing out and bringing a breath of fresh air in the craft beer market.

In line with the new identity we designed a range of functional signs important for the overall functioning of the venue on top of branded graphics that tell the story within the interior and on products.

The first series of cans that launched The Garden Brewery comprised of two beers, Adriatic Pale Ale and Session Ale. The simple packaging visuals aimed to introduce the brand and reinforce its visual language, preparing the stage for future releases.

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