Sunday, October 16, 2016

Brand Design - Convenience R’ US (Formerly Ezy Fuel SA) Project

Hi Friends,

I hope you’ve all been keeping well?

My it has been some time, since I last shared work with you all. I didn’t realise this, until I began preparing this post. I therefore, apologise for showing a seemingly lack of activity, but I reassure you that this is far from the case.

Throughout this year and some of last year too, I’ve been quite elated and hard at work, having been given the opportunity, by a few respective clients, to design varying content for them. As much as it is exciting, to be given such work, understandably I haven’t been able to share it, not until I’ve been given approval to, once they have decided to publicly release them and that some projects are still ongoing.

Therefore, I am proud and excited to finally share with you, one of these projects. The logo that I designed for Adelaide petrol station and convenience store business, ‘Convenience R’ US’.


CONVENIENCE R' US (Revised Name)-Formerly EZY FUEL SA-Second Logo-Final 'Adopted/Chosen' Design


The logo, is actually a transformation of an earlier design, of which the prior one was finished several months ago. The first logo was praised by the client, but the reason for the alteration, is that the client decided to slightly shift the focus of his business, more towards being a convenience store and offer petrol, through his partnership, with company Liberty, after becoming a franchisee of them. Consequently, the business name also changed, where by the first logo, reflected its former name in the design. However, the overall ethos and symbolism of the logo has not changed, which is why there are similarities between them.

The message behind the business that the client obviously desired to have portrayed, is a proud reflection of his culture, family and commitment, to delivering a great experience, through an immediate service, provided to customers. The client’s name is Shahab and is of Persian descent, which means ‘shooting star’ in his language. Hence, the significance of a shooting star like design, being present in both concepts; along with the subliminal gesture of the designs, reflecting an ’S’. It is not only the beginning letter of his first name, but last name too.


CONVENIENCE R' US (Revised Name)-Formerly EZY FUEL SA-First Logo-Final Design-Concepts


Originally, the business name was Ezy Fuel S.A. and so the letters ’E’ = Ezy [Ref. Behind The Scenes (BTS) Diagram 1, Annotation (ANTN) 1] ’F’ = Fuel (BTS Diagram 1, ANTN 2) and ’S’ = Shahab (BTS Diagram 1, ANTN 3) were used in an abstract manner, to portray a unique shooting star, much like a constellation of sorts, for the first logo. Additionally, since the service that the business provides, is in petrol and a convenience store, naturally the nature and gesture of a shooting star, relates to his customers too, which would mostly be motorists. Thus, my decision to design the logo, with swiftness in mind.

CONVENIENCE R' US (Revised Name)-Formerly EZY FUEL SA-First Logo-Final Design-Behind the Scenes
 

During that time too, two variations of the first logo, were being decided upon. Ultimately the one with he yellow background, was the ideal choice for the client, due to colour theory that suggests yellow is a subliminal enticement for hunger, which was novel to him, as another means to encourage customers to his business. However, I thought I would still share the other variation, as both him and I still admire them both. Furthermore, by happy accident, another variation was produced, when I photographed the logo, off of my computer screen, using my phone. The energy emitting from the computer, created a moiré effect or pattern over the top of my design, which seems appealing to me. So, here are some bonus designs, for you to peruse.


CONVENIENCE R' US (Revised Name)-Formerly EZY FUEL SA-Second Logo-Final 'Adopted/Chosen' Design-Behind the Scenes


The second and final adopted logo, is as already stated, an adaptation of the first design, with the obvious change being the emission of the letters ‘E’ and ‘F’ (for reasons, as described earlier). Since the business is now called Convenience R’ US and with the adjective ‘convenience’ driving the brand, the letter ’C’ (which is obviously used, to reference the word) (BTS Diagram 2, ANTN 1), is reflected in the curves that connect each point, of the large five pointed star. Also, the stroke which trails from and signifies the star, as a shooting star, in a stylised way, was intentionally designed in this manner, so that its contour, which follows the right edge outline of the large star and continues, ending at the tip of the right hand farthest point of it, embody the form of an ’S’ (BTS Diagram 2, ANTN 2). Moreover, to drive the motif of the brand further, the client desired for the form of the star, to also portray a figure in movement i.e. sprinting, leaping etc. which is why I designed the shooting star, in this fashion. As in my mind, it abstractly resembles a figure - the star, leaping over a bar, hurdle or sprinting and breaking through a finishing line tape - the trailing stroke. In addition, the client desired to see more ties to his family, be portrayed in the logo, specifically his children and so the three smaller stars (BTS Diagram 2, ANTN 3), are intended to represent them. Conjointly, during the briefing of this final concept, an idea was generated that would add purpose and significance to the already clever strategy, of using yellow (as previously explained), for the logo. This would be, a more authentic reason, to use ‘blue’ for the logo. But, unlike what was used before, this time a very specific tone would be adapted. And so the idea was, to adapt the tone of blue, from the Lapis Lazuli stone, a culturally significant mineral, of the client’s Persian culture.

Accompanying the final concept designs, is my ideation work, along with the research, theme boards as well. This is to demonstrate, my thought and creative process. Also included, are photos of the client’s business, with the logo contextually placed, throughout it. 

























CONVENIENCE R' US (Revised Name)-Formerly EZY FUEL SA-Ideation


CONVENIENCE R' US (Revised Name)-Formerly EZY FUEL SA-Research-Theme Boards


CONVENIENCE R' US (Revised Name)-Formerly EZY FUEL SA-Second Logo-Final 'Adopted/Chosen' Design-Contextual Placement


Finally, if you are interested and want to witness the brand in person, but more importantly, to support a local business, then please visit Convenience R’ US, located at 239 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, Adelaide, South Australia.

Again, thank you everyone, for your continual support and interest in my work. I hope you have enjoyed this post?

And of course, congratulations to the client, Shahab, in launching his business and I wish him ongoing success, into the future. Many thanks again, for the opportunity to design your brand.

Until next time, best regards,


Marc

Monday, January 18, 2016

Apology for Delayed Notice

Hi friends,

I hope you've all been well?

This is just a brief message to apologise for no notice on Sunday, about not being able to keep to my pledge last week, of showing new content then. The reason is simply due to being preoccupied, with a commissioned project.

Therefore, I hope to rectify this, by having new work to share with you all, by the end of the week. If not, then I should be able to in the following week.

All in all, thanks for your patience and best regards,


Marc

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Journal Ambience (JA) #25 - Science &/ Technology Illustrations no.2

Hi friends,


 
I hope you’ve all had a great start to the new year?
To commence 2016, what I intend to share with you, are illustrations that continue my series of work, dedicated to promoting advancements, in science and or technology.
Having said this and before I continue, I would like to note that I’m fully aware that I haven’t staid true to my pledge, in which I assured that work would be posted no later than Sunday 6pm ACDT, each week, of which I believe I am over due by two weeks? Therefore, I apologise for my absence and will do my best to not repeat this, or at most, keep it from happening, to a minimum short number of times. This has been attributed, to a combination of being preoccupied, due to events and errands that were tied to the festive season, the re-commencement of a commissioned job and other personal commitments.

Now that that’s been cleared, I will now return to explaining what is the news story that these illustrations are communicating. 


The context of this work, is in regard to the news, of a groundbreaking Chinese medicine trial for dementia patients, which could see the result, of curing those from the disease.
 
The clinical trial involves a herbal remedy, known as Sailuotong (SLT), which is a pill made up of a complex combination of ginko, ginseng and saffron.


Chief Investigator from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), Associate Professor Dennis Chang leads this scientific breakthrough and explained that it has taken ten years to reach this point of development.



For more information, follow the link below:

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/11/30/chinese-medicine-trial-dementia-patients

This news is courtesy of SBS World News, whom published and broadcasted it, on the 1st of December, 2015.



All in all, I hope you found this news interesting and liked the array of ‘thumbnail’ or pre-production compositions/illustrations I created, to communicate this scientific achievement.



As always, please like and follow my other domain at: 



https://www.facebook.com/MarcForzaDesign

I also do in fact have DeviantArt and LinkedIn profiles, but please keep in mind that they have yet to be updated properly. You can find them below at:


http://au.linkedin.com/pub/marc-forza/1a/681/b78
http://mforza1987.deviantart.com/
Lastly, please feel free to leave your constructive opinions and advice, in the comments section below and on the Facebook/blog domain.


Thank you.

Marc


Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Message of Thanks

Happy New Year in advance everyone! 


This illustration is an expression of my gratitude, for your continual support this year and a final piece to bookend the year with. 


All in all, I look forward to sharing more work with you, in the new year and wish you all the best for 2016.

Thank you 


Also, below is the original illustration that I intended to post on Christmas Day, combined with the celebratory message of wishing everyone a Happy New Years. But, I was unable to, due to various reasons.



Once again thank you all for your continual support and I looking to sharing new work with you in 2016.

Best wishes!   

Marc

Friday, November 20, 2015

Journal Ambience (JA) #24.4 - Advertising/Editorial, *Fan Art* & Life Drawing



Finally friends, the last piece of work I have to share at this time, is my fan art and or advertising/editorial piece that celebrates the entertainment franchise Transformers, particularly the creation of its famous protagonist, the Autobot Optimus Prime and the incredible artists, who brought him to life: mechanical concept artist/designer, Shoji Kawamori and voice actor, Peter Cullen.



I was intending to finish this in time for last year’s ‘Supernova’ convention, since Peter was a special guest (whom I also had the special opportunity of meeting), but unfortunately time escaped me. This has also been one of those pieces I’ve had in the archives for awhile, but haven’t showed it until this point, as I haven’t been too pleased with its execution. However, since the last couple of weeks, I’ve been refining it again, do I feel it’s pretty close to what I originally envisioned. Not to mention, previously I didn’t have Shoji included in the artwork, as I didn’t think of it at the time, so illustrating him too, as well as capturing both of their likenesses has been the reasons for the time lapsed in making this artwork. 


In addition to this closely finished illustration, I’ve also included all of the thumbnail ideations, I created that helped shape the composition, I eventually arrived at. 






 (Work in Progress)

 As for the thought process behind this piece, my main objective was how to best capture the personality and abilities of Optimus Prime and equally demonstrate how these two creative individuals, lent their skills to form this iconic character. Since Optimus’ archetype is a proud and noble leader, is large in stature and yet is mobile - by aptly transforming his appearance, I therefore decided to create him from a dynamic top down perspective, to dramatically emphasise his scale. For it is drawn as though he engrosses the page, much like Optimus’ demeanour. Additionally, since the character is the result of both Peter and Shoji’s visions, this perspective, helps to achieve the arrangement, of symbolising Optimus Prime, as the inception of their ideas, by emerging proverbially from Peter’s head - mouth and from Shoji’s head - hands. Ultimately transforming him into existence. Hopefully these ideals are communicated effectively and therefore understood.


Both Shoji Kawamori and Peter Cullen’s impact on pop culture and entertainment cannot be understated. Peter’s voice changed a generation, by lending his voice, to breathe life into what would become one of the most memorable and much loved animated characters of all time, in Optimus Prime. But he also has a long line of credits, which include popular animations, such as ‘The Jetsons’ and Voltron: Defender of the Universe’. Shoji’s work history is also impressive and highly influentional. Apart from designing the great cultural icon, Optimus Prime, he has also designed vehicles and robots (or mechs) for anime, which include Macross (Robotech in the U.S.), Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell, to just name a few and is responsible for creating the mechs, in the long standing, cult gaming franchise, Armored Core; amongst other game titles.



Shoji and Peter’s works can be found via their IMDB and Wikipedia pages and on various entertainment websites, listed below:



Shoji Kawamori:


- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0442828/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%C5%8Dji_Kawamori

- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=31
Peter Cullen:


- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0191520/

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Cullen
- http://www.supanova.com.au/previous-shows/adelaide-2014/peter-cullen/



All in all, hopefully I’ll have this piece fully completed, by the end of this week and I hope you have enjoyed all the content parts of this Journal Ambience #24.


Again many thanks for continuing to support me, and as a reminder expect work to definitely be posted, no later than Sunday 6pm ACDT, each week. 

As always, please like and follow my other domain at:

- 

www.marcforzadesign.blogspot.com


I also do in fact have DeviantArt and LinkedIn profiles, but please keep in mind that they have yet to be updated properly. You can find them below at:


- http://au.linkedin.com/pub/marc-forza/1a/681/b78
- http://mforza1987.deviantart.com/
Lastly, please feel free to leave your constructive opinions and advice, in the comments section below and on the blog domain.


Thank you.


Marc

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
From a young age, Marc Forza has always had a creative flair. He specialises in concept art/ design, graphic design, illustration and industrial design, with interests in fine art, consumer electronics, biomimicry, automotive design, branding and science fiction. Marc also enjoys creating portraits for clients. Marc shares his portfolio, process and development on this blog, as well as on facebook, at Marc Forza Design. I hope you enjoy what you see and return often. Thank you.