konnectDesign Wins Big — with Communication Arts

Communication Arts Design Annual publishes the best in visual communications from around the world.   A global competition, approx. 7,000 submissions with only 140 projects awarded. Our stunning wine label series for Ca’ di Pesa, will be featured in the 2013 CA Design Annual early this Fall. This honor could be equated to the “Oscars” of Design.

Ca’ di Pesa is dramatically positioned in the famed Conca d’Oro of Tuscany’s Chianti, minutes from Panzano, Italy. When Jonathan and Jessika Auerbach, owners of the villa and accompanying vineyard, approached us to brand Ca’ di Pesa, it was clear the aesthetic would be guided by the region’s beautiful landscape. The Riserva highlights the villa’s iconic four-pane window at night, in a salute to the four Auerbach daughters. Created with custom diecuts, as well as various foils, the labels capture the dramatic beauty and changing light of Ca’ di Pesa. We are thrilled to share these award winning labels.




Jason/Stephens Winery Branding























For Locals Only – Pasadena’s first micro distillery

Stark Spirits engages konnectDesign to create the branding of their maiden collection. Prost!



















Jessica Cosmetics – fresh new colour ads from konnectDesign






La Culina – restaurant identity

A first glimpse of our branding efforts for the latest eatery in Naples, California.

Grassi Wines’ Website Unfolds

We’re thrilled to share this storytelling website with you. Pay it a visit here and be sure to give the home page images the rollover that they deserve.









Freedom B.

GINA B. is an emerging fine jewelry brand launched by Newport Beach designer Gina Hueston –konnectDesign was engaged to bring the brand to life.


123 Refills – Rethink How You Ink

We created this branding a few years back for the ink cartridge refill company, 123 Refills. As fresh as it continues to be, we thought that it should be shared with the world once again.













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The Glen Centre – building community since ’78

911 konnectDesign!  We were brought onboard to continue building the branding for this upscale, yet earthy boutique shopping center. We’ve had a blast helping The Glen Centre with everything from creating banners and signage for their Farmer’s Market to the directory sign that follows – a bit of a tribute to the owners’ father. He built the Centre in Beverly Glen from the ground up back in 1978.


konnectDesign Shines with Interior Designer David Phoenix

David Phoenix has earned his reputation as one of the country’s most influential interior designers, with 20 years of experience. He is known for his celebrity clientele… now we have become stars in his eyes. In David’s words, konnectDesign was the first design firm in 20 years to “get him.” The new logo is just the beginning of our rebranding for David Phoenix Interior Design. More to come…david_phoenix_logo

Smoke Drink F*k — konnectDesign’s award winning book cover

Esme Oliver hates her job and just broke up with her “perfect on paper” boyfriend on the eve of her 40th birthday. Fed up, she decides to go to Italy. Instead of Eat, Pray, Love, Esme wants to Smoke, Drink, F*k. When she meets a young Italian chef he inspires her to do that and much more.  ”If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don’t actually live longer: it just seems longer.”  — Clement Freud



Artfully Polished Living — cosmetics brand refreshed by konnectDesign

Known as the “First Lady of Nails,” Jessica Vartoughian has held a position of respect and even star quality in Europe for more than 30 years. When approached by JESSICA Cosmetics for their Global Rebranding, we decided that the company needed to be brought back full circle to its European roots. The campaign, Artfully Polished Living was born: an illustrative, timeless, euro-chic approach, featuring watercolor paintings by Parisian artist Aurore de La Morinerie. Bringing the campaign to life, we created show-stopping, environmental graphics for JESSICA’s 2012 Cosmoprof Trade Show Exhibit in Las Vegas… next stop Bologna, Italy.



























Branding Project for 940 E 2nd Street Loft Development

We were asked to brand a new loft space located in the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District; everything from naming and logo development, through sales brochures, signage and web design. How could we say no — it’s the classic Spreckels Sugar Warehouse! The brand — inspired by vintage railroad signage — exudes a modern elegance with a touch of the past. konnectDesign is giving an old landmark a new place within the energetic landscape of the Arts District.


























Cup4Cup Loves konnectDesign

Lena Kwak of Cup 4 Cup hired konnectDesign to further brand her Gluten-free flour, with a consumer-based website. Under the mentorship of Chef Thomas Keller, Chef/Owner of The French Laundry, Lena refined the proprietary blend of gluten-free flour, and they set about making it available to a larger audience. Since Cup4Cup’s release in 2011, Lena was honored in 2012 as one of Forbes ”30 Under 30″ innovators, a Zagat  ”30 Under 30″  honoree and a Martha Stewart  ”American Made” Award recipient.

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Union at the Union — one of a kind wedding invitations

She’s from East LA. He’s a gringo from the South Bay. When their worlds united it was truly meant to be, which made for an appropriate theme surrounding this couple’s big day. Her Latin roots inspired the use of Loteria (Spanish Bingo) cards, as well as cedar boxes that we had custom made and shipped from the Dominican Republic. Housing letterpress invitations, along with vintage postage stamps on the reply cards, the custom boxes were also a nod to the cigar roller who would be greeting the guests at the wedding reception… all details from a bygone era. Since the couple was to be wed at the historic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, it seemed more than fitting to title the piece, Union at the Union.














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New Brand Launch for IT Service

We were recently approached by a small IT company for a complete brand refresh. We established the name, SIDEWERKS, based on their business model of side-by-side support with today’s service industry. SIDEWERKS partners with a range of businesses, from high-end restaurants such as Katsuya and Obika to national restaurant groups and hotel chains.



Sip Sip Hooray

We are honored and pleased to announce that the label and packaging design for Jason | Stephens, the Santa Clara Valley vintner, has just received its second nod as an award winning label! And the nods don’t stop there, with our ever growing collection of award winners below…





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New Name = Fresh Perspective

Lisa McDennon Design is considered one of Orange County’s leading residential and commercial interior designers. With our help Lisa McDennon unveils the next chapter in her 11-year-old Laguna Beach-based firm. Formerly Lisa Rachelle McDennon Interior Design, the company name change signifies the fresh direction and perspective that the business will be taking. The new branding by konnectDesign helps to support their freshly renewed, focused vision. Check out the full site here.


Look who’s sixty. Look who’s in the 2012 PRINT Design Annual.

We were recently approached by Annica Howard, wife of composer, James Newton Howard, to create an invitation for his 60th birthday bash at the legendary Soho House. Combining the Edwardian aesthetic with a modern Hollywood sensibility, the piece sets out to change attendee’s minds about how conservative this Oscar nominated composer really is. Each invitation was screen printed on aged newsprint along with gold foil stamping, which turned out to be…well, golden!



“I Walk Because I Can”

Named after his late wife’s childhood imaginary friends, the Onny and Oboe Scholarship Fund was started by Mikey Tittinger to help families directly affected by a heart transplant pursue post-secondary education. We were asked to shape a blog destination for this awesome cause, which he will use to accept donations and document his 3,000 mile journey across America. Why walk? It’s basic. It’s human. Because crossing the country at 3 miles per hour pales next to a heart patient’s epic road to recovery. “I walk because I can.” Support a great cause here.


Crescendo Productions

We were honored to directly collaborate with Don Cheadle in creating his film production company’s new identity — introducing Crescendo Productions!

Check out the animation used on Showtime’s House of Lies.


2010 Honda Civic Tour with Paramore

Every summer, Honda Civic teams up with a well-known rock band to put on a cross-country tour of epic proportions. This year’s band was Paramore and we had the incredible opportunity to work directly with them – designing everything from the logo and promotional posters to skinning a one-of-a-kind Honda Civic SI Coupe and matching scooter. The end result was a concept that fit the personality of the Honda Civic Tour yet also captured the band’s quirkier, edgier style. Not an easy task, but definitely a fun one.

Check out the video here!





New Brand Launch for Mergers + Acquisitions Firm

Augeo, a mergers + acquisitions firm, approached us with a need for brand positioning / strategy, as well as a fresh identity to stand apart in their competitive market. Much more Augeo work to come soon!



Canyon View Cashmere Branding + Website

We just wrapped a branding project for luxury cashmere importer Canyon View Cashmere which included a website, logo, and photo shoot art direction and styling.


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Paramount HR Re-Branding

We’re excited to announce our extensive re-branding of Paramount Pictures’ Human Resources department including an employee handbook, orientation materials and a company-wide intranet site. Here’s a sample of the work — please visit our website if you’d like to see more:


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Shedding Tears

An oldie (but a goodie,) this web marketing motion graphic, was used to promote a memorial concert.

Check out the animation here!

We’re Published!

We’re thrilled that our identity design for John DeMerritt Bookbinding has been recognized in the Communication Arts Design Annual, Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual, How Magazine’s International Design Annual and Graphis Letterhead 7. We’re equally as honored that the identity is featured in the following books: Letterhead & Logo Design 11 and in Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design, which also includes our environmental graphics for eHarmony’s corporate headquarters and Jason Stephens Winery logo/identity.










John DeMerritt Bookbinding identity includes business card, letterhead and envelope













Environmental graphics and signage design for the walls of eHarmony’s corporate offices
















Logo/Identity for Jason Stephens Winery

Bridgid Coulter Tags

We have just completed a brand identity for designer Bridgid Coulter, which included these nifty hang tags. We were also given the opportunity to design and build the website. Check that out here



Tony Garcia

Look what just landed konnectDesign and client Tony Garcia an honorable mention in the 2008 Creativity Annual Awards >>>