Brand Identity Design & Consulting

“I engaged Special Modern Design to do branding and a website for my consulting services. What a great experience! Karen is not only talented, but intuitive – and has an uncanny ability to capture both your personality and your product offering in the branding process.

I get tons of compliments on my branding and my website – mostly from really bright people! Most recently, I had a potential client tell me that my website was the best she had ever seen from a consultant.”- Janet Davas, Hatch

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2000
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Los Angeles, CA
headquarters
  • 637 Milo Terrace
    Los Angeles, CA 90042
    United States

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Los Angeles Modern Committee

Branding and Design by Special Modern Design

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Taryn Rose

Branding and Design by Special Modern Design

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Reading Cinemas

Branding and Design by Special Modern Design

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Music Reports

Branding and Design by Special Modern Design

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Lace Your Face

Branding and Design by Special Modern Design

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Cake Monkey Bakery

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Special Modern Design

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Point C

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Fertile

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Hatch Consulting

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Branding & Marketing for Bakery

"Their designs are spot-on every time."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
July 2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Special Modern Design produces marketing collateral for a bakery to achieve a unique identity. In addition to a website and in-store signage, the team designed a logo, business cards, and packaging.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Lisa Olin
Owner, Cake Monkey Bakery
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Special Modern Design created a unique logo that appeals to a wide audience. The team manages projects efficiently, producing impressive deliverables on-time—even for last-minute projects. They support the collaboration with valuable design insight, which has established a valuable partnership.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the owner of Cake Monkey Bakery. We have 2 retail locations as well as a wholesale division and mail order department.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Special Modern Design?

When I first founded the company, I hired Special Modern Design to design our logo and then our business cards, gift box packaging and website design. I continue to engage their services for our marketing artwork, packaged goods, and all branding for our retail stores.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal for the logo design was to help give our company a unique identity and convey a sense of whimsy without being too "on the nose". Karen at Special Modern Design nailed it on the first round. Our logo then helped inform how we would design the packaging branding materials and in-store signage. We wanted something recognizable and that's what we achieved with the design.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was new to the business so I googled logo designers in our area and Special Modern Design's own branding attracted me right away. We had an initial meeting and I felt that Karen really understood what I was trying to achieve.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

The process began by filling out a very detailed profile/questionnaire from Special Modern Design. This questionnaire was very insightful and turned out to be very instrumental in helping me write a business plan and define the kind of company I was trying to build. Karen was very hands on and had a personal approach that I appreciated. She's great at taking feedback and turning that feedback into exactly what I need! She delivered an amazing logo, business card, marketing postcard, gift box packaging and a gorgeous website. They then designed all of our in-store signage for our retail locations.

What was the team composition?

I worked one on one with the founder of Special Modern Design and had very personal service. She handled everything for us.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The logo that Special Modern Design created for us has had tremendous appeal to both customers and the press. We have been featured in national and local publications as well as tv shows. The logo has been used as a sticker on our most popular item and is recognized citywide in stores and cafes.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We continue to have an open line of communication with Special Modern Design and they are always great about fitting in last minute projects with great results. They value our feedback and are happy to incorporate our notes.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was most impressed by the way that Special Modern Design just always knows what we're looking for, despite the fact that we may not be able to articulate it well! Their designs are spot-on every time.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I honestly don't feel that they could have done a better job! I will continue to work with them as our company grows.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Branding & Web Design for Social Enterprise Consultant

"The quality of the final product is remarkable."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2014 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Special Modern Design designed a website for a social enterprise consultant. The team was also responsible for branding the client to create a unique identity.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New Orleans, Louisiana
Janet G Davas
Principal Owner, Hatch, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The branding successfully captures the client's company message and has received positive external feedback. Special Modern Design produces quality designs that meet the needs and requirements of the client.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the sole proprietor of my consulting business.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Special Modern Design?

As a start up, I wanted to stand out.

What were your goals for this project?

To have a unique design and website that would convey my services in a creative and unique fashion.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was familiar with her work through a friend/colleague.

Describe the project in detail.

Special Modern Design took me through a complete branding process - resulting in a super looking logo with collateral materials and a unique and top notch website.

What was the team composition?

I worked with principal owner Karen Barranco.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

What a great experience! Karen is not only talented, but intuitive – and has an uncanny ability to capture both your personality and your product offering in the branding process. I get tons of compliments on my branding and my website – mostly from really bright people! Most recently, I had a potential client tell me that my website was the best she had ever seen from a consultant.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Very effective.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The quality of the final product is remarkable.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Not that I can think of.

5.0
Overall Score One of the Best!
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Always patient with my schedule!
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Industry standard
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Great Outcome
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Great Designer!