PACKAGING DESIGN + WEB DESIGN + PHOTOGRAPHY
When Citystate was brought on to help further develop the Coda Signature brand we immediately connected with the important role sensory experience plays in the brand and drew on that to create new packaging, website and a design system that embraced and elevated this commitment to the senses.
Since its launch in 2015 Coda Signature has been focused on the absolute quality of the ingredients used for their range of infused cannabis edibles. A desire to showcase that led us to embrace ingredient photography and careful styling to give richness and texture to the packaging and web design. The new design system conveys the company’s continued focus on the sensory experience while elevating the consumer experience not only countering any lingering social stigma around cannabis but also inspiring a sense of delight.
Aloha, a startup nutrition and wellness brand, was looking to transition from an online only presence into national retail stores including Target. CityState’s Creative Director, Casey Coyle, worked with Aloha’s team to bring their new packaging design concept to life, maintaining their Hawaiian heritage, and creating a brand design system and color palette that had both consumer appeal and on-shelf impact.
BRAND STRATEGY + BRANDING + PACKAGING DESIGN
A historic New Hampshire farm decided to start their own line of tea's from the herbs grown on their farm. Their goal was to create a brand that felt both historical and modern at the same time, leveraging the history of the 100-year-old farm while shepherding a new era of community and engagement.
BRANDING + PACKAGING DESIGN
Forager Botanicals is a natural fragrance and beauty company located in Brooklyn New York. The vision of the brand was to highlight the natural origins of the products while also creating a modern and lux look. We hand painted all of the label designs for the perfume packaging and worked with a woodworker to forge the custom wooden top to create a brand that truly felt artisan and unique.
BRANDING + DESIGN
When proprietors wanted to launch a new dining establishment in the West Village they came to CityState to help craft the visual identity and the signage. The branding exploration helped further shape the concept of the tavern inspired by the areas pastoral history when in colonial times New Yorkers came to Greenwich Village as a retreat to the countryside, traveling a road called Monument Lane.
NAMING + BRANDING + DESIGN
CityState developed an approachable name, brand identity and packaging design for this boutique wine start up. We developed the tagline "Good Times Straight from the Vine" evoking the spirit of a brand dedicated to creating a community and engaging experiences. The brand partnered with numerous successful events including likeminded galleries and fashion brands across California and New York.
NAMING + BRANDING + PACKAGING + PHOTOGRAPHY + SOCIAL MEDIA
CityState Creative was tasked with concepting this up and coming California cannabis start up brand. We worked with the team on naming, branding, packaging, photography, web design and social media to create a brand that was both luxurious and playful — a disruptor in the newly legal cannabis space.
French beauty giant, Clarins, decided to create a multimedia blog called Beauty Flash Blog. Since its launch its consistently met its targets to expose more young consumers to the brand. Clarins wanted the blog to prominently feature brand films, and since its inception, CityState produces, and directs these films. They range from lifestyle pieces with style icons like Courtin-Clarins girl, to makeup application shorts. This brand film is one of our favorites - a street style piece shot out and about at New York Fashion Week.
BRAND STRATEGY + DESIGN + DIGITAL + CONTENT
CityState worked with Myriad Group’s Executive leadership to create a corporate identity for the popular chat app Versy. Specifically, we focused on creating an identity that reflected the current consumer expectations across Latin America, while also being highly memorable and accessible for a global audience.
CityState Creative worked with Prohibition Whiskey on the launch of their new artisan whiskey brand. The concept for the branding and label design was to focus on the secretive and exclusiveness nature of alcohol during the 1920’s when it’s consumption was prohibited.
Please enjoy these video highlights from the CityState team.
What do you get when you combine a makeup tutorial and a photo shoot? The video for Beauty.com, of course. CityState director, Jesse Hicks, shot and edited this short piece, produced by Legs, so that online commerce site Beauty.com could promote two looks for the holiday season. Bring together a stunning model, the penthouse of Milk Studios, and some highly skilled (if we do say so ourselves) shooting and editing, and the results are, well, beautiful.
BRANDING + DESIGN
When the proprietors behind Manhattan's favorite Japanese restaurant Morimoto decided to try a new concept bistro they hired our team to design impactful branding for the new asian fusion theme.
In Paris, Sandro stores line the streets like American Apparels do in New York. But the brand is posh- think more couture and less Terry Richardson- and in 2012 they opened their first NYC location. For the opening they commissioned a collaboration with Dree Hemingway, model, designer and great-granddaughter of one of our favorite authors. To celebrate the line and its new store, Sandro hired Legs Media to produce a short film, and Legs brought on CityState director Jesse Hicks to write and direct said piece. You can watch the Director's Cut of the film below.
CONSUMER INSIGHTS & QUALATATIVE RESEARCH
Grounded in culture, we explore consumer’s emotional and rational needs, motivations, tensions and barriers in order to uncover unexpected insights that elevate strategic and creative ideas that help brands become more relevant.
We create bespoke research programs that can include:
• Live groups and interviews (in facility or roving)
• Expert interview casting
• Ethnography deep dives
• Strategic discussion guides
• Shop Alongs
• Full and half day insight workshops with your team
• Film work: Documentary style film to bring insights to life
Sometimes our work tells not the story of a brand, but the story of an issue. Below are some examples of our work with non-profits and foundations that aim to spread messages that we find socially valuable.