Grapeshot, a multinational software company with headquarters in New York, approached Fable&Co. with one clear goal – to develop a new brand identity that would help catapult them towards their ambitious long term goals.
After meeting at Cambridge University, founders Martin Porter & John Snyder spent four years developing their unique technology before launching Grapeshot in 2002, going on to open offices in Cambridge, London, New York, Chicago, Singapore & Sydney.
An intensive creative session included extensive research & strategic workshops, which enabled us to quickly comprehend the benefits of Grapeshot’s powerful technology as well as their valuable product offerings.
We discovered that by using their advanced probability algorithms, Grapeshot’s customers could effectively search for & analyse keywords on billions of webpages in real-time to reach the right audiences at the right moment. Grapeshot’s proposition is to enable brands, agencies & advertisers greater speed, scale & accuracy through Grapeshot’s advanced technology – ‘Live Context Engine’.
Our research led us to explore the meaning of the word ‘grapeshot’ in more detail, learning of its origins as a type of artillery – a mass of small balls packed tightly into a canvas bag that when assembled, resembled a cluster of grapes. On firing, the balls would disperse from the muzzle. Much like Grapeshot’s technology, this type of artillery was devastatingly effective.
Fable&Co. explored a subtle evolution of the existing logo by making it more balanced & uniform – rounding the individual letters, reducing the line-weight & increasing the spacing. This led to a cleaner, more professional & tailored word mark. The bold, eye-catching cyan (‘Grapeshot blue’) dot sits proudly beside the letter g – reiterating Grapeshot’s role in providing users with the relevant content & context at speed, in the right moment.
We drew inspiration from this unique, historical narrative when beginning to explore the new brand identity. We created an immersive ‘dot wave’ that represented the many billions of digital data signals & webpages that Grapeshot’s technology scans for relevant, contextual information. Fable&Co. produced a suite of 3D dot waves to be used throughout the brand identity, which provided a strong sense of scale, motion & energy.
- Brand Workshop
- Research & Brand Strategy
- Brand Positioning
- Brand Identity
- Corporate Stationery Design
- Promotional Merchandise Design
- Product Sourcing
- Interior Office Graphics
- Exhibition Stand Design
- Video & Animation
- Motion Graphics
- Product Interface Design
- Creative Consultancy & Project Management
Fable&Co. created ‘Endangered Words, a bespoke card game. This was used to help promote the brand to new & existing audiences at DMexco (Digital Marketing Exposition & Conference). This top-trumps style game was an engaging & inspiring give-away which educated recipients as to the importance of words. Each card contains a list of rare & unique words, along with their word scores based on differing numerical data – such as number of letters, syllables, scrabble score, frequency of use & letter value. The aim of the game is to compare these values to try to win your opponent’s cards. Grapeshot exhibited at DMexco in Cologne with the help of Fable&Co, who were also responsible for the design of the event stand & all associated event marketing materials.
With the Grapeshot London office home to sales & marketing employees, a photoshoot was conducted to capture natural & relaxed shots, with individuals & teams getting on with the task at hand. Energy, positivity, collaboration & youthfulness shone through in the images & complemented the new identity adding a genuine sense of humanity, personality & approachability.
Bringing Grapeshot’s identity in line with their ambitions, there was a need to introduce a bold, sophisticated & confident colour palette, whilst maintaining a sense of approachability & youthfulness.
The original Grapeshot ‘Cambridge blue’ was given an injection of vibrancy, transforming a less spirited colour into a bright, impactful blue that aids recognition through playfulness, whilst maintaining a careful balance of corporate professionalism. A dark, calming French navy brought an air of sophistication & assuredness, whilst a soft grey & bright white provided important balance, complementing these two strong colours.
Working with an ambitious, high-growth tech business presented us with an exciting challenge. We learnt just how innovative & powerful Grapeshot’s proposition is – the speed, scale & accuracy of the underlying technology is incredibly effective.
It was clear the current identity undersold their impressive credentials. Following intensive creative sessions & collaborative workshops, we developed a strong visual identity that brought a new sense of commercial professionalism, whilst retaining Grapeshot’s unique brand personality & culture.