The Austin Stone Brand (2019)

Services Provided:

Brand Design
UX/UI Design
Digital Design
Print Design
Marketing Strategy
Brand Standards

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Harmonizing Legacy, Sub-Brand Identities, and Modern Design in a Comprehensive Rebrand for The Austin Stone

The Austin Stone, a large multi-location organization in Austin, TX, with over 20 years of history, required an ambitious rebrand to unify their organization, sub-brand identities, and modern design considerations. As Design Team Manager, I led designers and project managers in developing a scalable, flexible, and memorable brand identity, working closely with the organization’s leadership.

Explore the brand standards we developed for The Austin Stone in The Austin Stone Brand Standards.

The Austin Stone Digital UX deck example 01. Sub-brand Identity System

The Austin Stone Digital UX deck example 02. Brand Overview

User Research: Understanding the Target Audience and Brand Legacy

We conducted extensive user research, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups, to understand the target audience’s connection to the existing brand and their perception of the organization. We also analyzed the organization’s history and sub-brands to identify core elements that resonated with the audience. This research informed the creation of a new brand identity that balanced modernity with respect for the organization’s legacy.

Testing: Iterating Based on User Feedback

Throughout the rebranding process, we involved stakeholders and users in gathering feedback and ensuring the new brand identity met their needs and expectations. By conducting concept testing, prototype testing, and user acceptance testing, we validated design decisions and made data-driven refinements to create a brand identity that resonated with the target audience.

The Austin Stone Brand Whiteboard 01. Brand System Testing

The Austin Stone Brand Whiteboard 02. Brand System Iteration and Revision

Cross-department Collaboration: Creating a Unified Brand Experience

As Design Team Manager, I led collaboration efforts between departments like marketing, communications, and product teams. This close collaboration ensured the new brand identity was effectively communicated and consistently applied across all departments, resulting in a unified brand experience and a smooth transition to the new brand identity.

Design: Developing a Comprehensive Design System

Our team developed a comprehensive design system that harmonized the organization’s history, sub-brand identities, and modern design considerations. We created a new logo system, brand guidelines, and digital presence based on a simple hexagon shape, resulting in a modular design system that accommodated various sub-brands while maintaining a consistent visual language.

The Austin Stone Digital UX deck example 03. Brand Logo Lockups

The Austin Stone Digital UX deck example 04. Brand Logo Guidelines

The Austin Stone Digital UX deck example 05. Sub-brand Color Palettes

The Austin Stone Digital UX deck example 06. Sub-brand Identity Display

Deployment: Implementing the New Brand Identity

We collaborated with the organization to roll out the rebrand across all digital and physical media, updating websites, social media profiles, printed materials, and signage. We also provided training and support to the organization’s staff and sub-organizations, ensuring consistent implementation of the new brand identity.

Results: Increased Brand Recognition and Cohesive Brand Experience

The comprehensive rebrand of The Austin Stone has been well-received by stakeholders, leading to increased brand recognition and a more cohesive brand experience across all channels. By focusing on user needs, cross-department collaboration, and a scalable design approach, we’ve successfully delivered a rebrand that captures the essence of The Austin Stone and supports its mission moving forward.

In 2023, we revisited the brand standards we developed for The Austin Stone and created a fresh, modern, mobile-first UX/UI language for the organization. See the final product of these standards at austinstone.org.

For a case study examination of these UX/UI standards, see The Austin Stone Digital UX.

Designed with Ben Johnson, Nick Galuban, and Jeremy Andrew for The Austin Stone