After reviewing the brief and some initial exploratory meetings and discussions with the client, we undertook a phase of research. This allowed us to get a more in depth insight into the industry, allowing us to spot design and execution trends and also identify opportunities that we could look to capitalise on.
There were elements from the existing brand that we wanted to retain: We felt it was important that we keep the logo and the dark green colour that were already used across the brand. These were both working well to convey the right messages, and reflect MFL’s established, knowledgeable and capable reputation. They would also ensure a clear connection between the old and new especially with its well established client audience.
There were other areas that we knew needed thought and development in order to deliver a dynamic and cohesive visual identity. MFL had historically been overly reliant on property photos in its communications so an alternative visual was something to explore. In addition, we felt there was an opportunity to use the new identity to better explain the MFL client journey making it more accessible and engaging to audiences.
The final concept uses icon style illustration to give the brand a more unique look. The yellow contrasts boldy with the green, causing a striking, memorable visual. The delicate line drawings again re-enforce the idea of sophistication, elegance and structure. The illustrations sit along a dotted line, representing the different stages of the process that a client will experience with MFL. Conversation/personal experience….searching for great opportunities/deals….and expert knowledge of the industry, leads to a great find…..the deal is made….for the property. This lays the foundation for more personalised client journeys allowing MFL to tailor and adapt these depending on the specific client or requirement.
Since the new identity has been launched, we’ve undertaken a range of deliverables in the new style which have included a new website design, client brochure, business stationery, promotional items and email bulletins as well as more bespoke items like their acrylic tombstones (which are given to clients upon the successful completion of a deal).