DON CARVAJAL CAFÉ
Coffee Brand | The Bronx, NYC2021 (Ongoing)
Don Carvajal is an agricultural startup and specialty coffee roaster with a goal of bridging the gap between good coffee and fair-trade farming through honesty, transparency and sustainability. Birthed from a college project, the company currently operates out of The Bronx, NY and aspires to foster a rich culture of community uplifting through coffee and sustainability. The company is Black and Latinx owned and seeks to prioritize giving back to communities, locally and internationally where their coffee is sourced, while creating jobs and new opportunities in underserved neighborhoods.
The ObjectiveDon Carvajal Café had a speedy beginning since being created in college and jumpstarting not too long before the pandemic. Their brand identity was quickly put together due to them being focused on getting started. Since steadily growing in recent years, it’s come time to create a new identity that not only feels pleasantly modern, but fluildy and simply represents the principles of which it stands and the place it holds to the current and target audience. Here’s what we came up with.
After meeting for a couple of discovery sessions, we charted some buzzwords and characteristics that we wanted to see emulated in the identity and the voice of the brand. This would be the starting guide for designing the elements and will allow us to refer back anytime we need to be reminded of the direction we’re seeking to go in.
User Personas are then created which permits us to further target an audience and visualize our ideal consumers’ demographics and buying behaviors. While these people may be fictional, the buyers they represent are not. These may be simplified for quick consumption or written in depth to be added to a brand manual. They can be referred to at any time to remind us what and/or how we should be running the brand and how to make the best decisions to retain them as buyers and consumers.
Logos and BrandmarksHere’s where the real fun begins! Since this was a rebrand, I did have something to begin working from. The client was very set on keeping the mascot, his grandfather and the original Don Carvajal, as the face of the brand. I was given the icon on the left as inspiration to work from and began figuring out how I could not only simplify it and make it better, but how to best recreate it for it’s future applications. We opted for a silhouette styled one-color illustration and emphasized his wise sweet smile along with his signature farmer’s hat in an attempt to hone in on the friendly, trustworthy and authentic characteristics of the brand.
These lockups were created by centering The Don Carvajal icon and pairing it with wordmarks and layouts to achieve the clean and digestable lockup the client was in search of. The typography is meant to compliment the icon rather compete with it in order to not only share the space it occupies, but still allow The Don to shine. We opted for a few different layouts to have depending on the application, such as stationary, bottle caps, stickers, and social media.