Early voting began this past weekend in New York State, and in the upcoming weeks Americans will continue to cast their ballots in the 2020 election. In the midst of a global pandemic we will vote to choose the leaders who will shape our future at the national level and local level. It is crucial for Americans to make their voices heard by making a plan to vote either by mail or in person.
OtherWisz Creative has always offered a full range of design services. As such, it is necessary for our team to continually adapt and grow to meet the needs of our clients. For instance, this summer we produced more video production work, animation, and package design to meet demand from our clients.
Over the past few months, our studio has emphasized our environmental branding and exhibit design work. This is because we see the continual evolution of our company lies in branding physical spaces, creating wayfinding signage systems, displays, and interior design. As a result, we are launching a new division of OtherWisz called OW|EN (check out our new website here!).
We are excited to announce that OtherWisz Creative has been officially certified by both the City of Buffalo and Erie County as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). As part of the directory of certified WBE’s, OtherWisz has greater access to businesses in need of our services within the city and county networks, opening us up to new opportunities. But enough about us – how can this benefit your company?
As a pandemic sweeps through the country, many events, concerts, and other large gatherings have been cancelled in order to adhere to health and safety guidelines. However, some organizations have found that hosting a virtual event is a good alternative to simply calling off their plans completely. Recently, OtherWisz has helped a few of our clients prepare event campaigns that will draw interest even without the benefit of a physical platform.
Barrett Industries is a leader in providing innovative infrastructure solutions throughout the United States. In 2019, the company celebrated 40 years with the Colas Group. This milestone inspired the company to start an employee focused campaign called the “40 Weeks of Barrett.” To recognize the important contributions of their employees Barrett asked OtherWisz to design a commemorative coffee table book to give to their employees.
Many business are persisting during these uncertain times and we are helping them to adapt, continue operations, and reach their customers in ways they hadn’t previously. This often means enhancing a company’s digital strategy or giving their customers a safe way to purchase products online with limited personal contact. Here are some examples of how we have helped a couple of our clients— specialty sandwich shop, Joe’s Deli, and Buffalo’s only co-op garden market, Urban Roots – continue to provide their services in new ways.
In our recent campaign for HOME, we designed bus advertisements and a set of brochures to spread information about the organization’s services, tenant rights, and landlord guidelines. HOME’s mission is to serve Western New York through the advocacy and enforcement of fair housing laws, education, and the creation of housing opportunities. The organization works with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, so it was necessary for the brochures to be translated into five different languages for accessibility.
In an effort to reach a new target audience, Rigidized Metals was looking to reposition their textured metal panels for interior applications with a new brand identity. Rigidized asked OtherWisz to come up with a name that would stand alone and appeal specifically to the interior market. Since interior products are used for different purposes than the exterior and industrial applications, it was determined that the mood of the new brand would be focused differently in order to stress the aesthetic appeal of the product line. With that in mind, we were looking to create a brand for their interior wall panels that is modern and complimentary to Rigidized’s other products: RigiGrip®, Contrarian Micro Textures, Vipertex®, etc.
Principal of OtherWisz Creative, Mark Wisz, discusses the influence of his work and education in a six minute PechaKucha presentation through the visual lens of famous album art from his own collection. Mark recalls his childhood and his love for music and how album cover art — the design, typography, logos and visuals — weighed heavily on his decision to become a graphic design artist and how it shapes his perception of design to this day. The format of PechaKucha’s 20×20 presentation format allows the presenter 20 slides with only 20 seconds each. In other words, Mark had 400 seconds to tell this story!