StealthGearUSA™ (SGUSA) designs and manufactures premium holsters for concealed firearms carry. They craft every holster from their hand-built molds for each unique concealment demand. Proven in the field by professionals and civilians alike, their gear is also employed by military units the world over.

Stitch Marketing & Research lead by Nate Heckman, partnered with MHC to help SGUSA reimagine itself as it made the transition thru early product success. Stitch’s brand immersion workshops covered all aspects of SGUSA’s business, including brand development, production, packaging, marketing and product development. The research captured key points and areas to put focus. From this we developed the creative brief, a document that outlined the initial direction for building the new identity.

We delivered a new logo and identity package that included the tagline creation “Made Ready”. With the foundation in place we then created product labels and packaging, sub-brand logo marks, set photography guidelines, and provided graphic and marketing support for the new product and brand launch.

Team Credit:
Nate Heckman, Stitch Research and Marketing (contract partner, brand research and workshops)
Jorge Naranjo (design and illustration)
BlackBox Productions (booth design and build)

 

Flyboys Aeroworks are a collective of Mechanics, Artisans, Apprentices and Engineers devoted to the restoration, reconstruction and conservation of World War II period aircraft and aircraft components. They specialize in restoring aircraft destined for static displays where authenticity without airworthiness is the exhibit’s objective.

Team Credit:
Michael Chinn (creative and design)
Steve Stadwiser (website development)
David Colbert (copywriting)
Kikki Avila (digital marketing, SEO, PR)

We originally kicked off our relationship with PatientSafe Solutions (PSS), named one of Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Venture Capital-Backed Companies in 2011, through a website development project in partnership local creative group Bulldog Drummond. Bulldog was responsible for the website design and we provided the website development and programming, including: interactive consultation, site wide template development, and custom programming. The website launch was a first phase milestone in the rebranding of this San Diego based company focused on patient safety.

After the website launched we re-engaged to support the product launch of PatientTouch, a handheld, pocket-sized technology that operates on Apple’s iPod touch® platform, developed by PSS. The device is designed to help hospitals ensure accurate clinical decision making, reduce preventable errors, and improve hospital compliance. Through internal reviews with PSS’s marketing department the product launch encompassed ongoing website support, email marketing campaigns, product photography, event literature, sell sheets, announcements, and tradeshow graphic support. Upon completion of the product launch we managed ongoing workflow that included creating new internal document templates for PSS’s PowerPoint presentations and Word Documents for internal usage.

Team Credit:
Bulldog Drummond (contract partner)
Fabrizio Scippa (creative and design)
Cody Small (design and production)
Steve Stadwiser (website development)
Marc Aguilera (color and output management)
Paul M. Bowers (product photography)

Manufacturing cast-stone furnishings is a full-time job. Add in custom design, retail customers, interior designers, contractors, and dealer requirements and you have a business that runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When founder Mitchell Brean asked us to assist in the expansion of its marketing efforts, Stone Yard had just expanded its product line to include many contemporary and custom pieces.

Our job was to capture and present the new works in a way that showcased their contemporary nature and novel carving and fabrication techniques. We developed the slogan “Live Artfully” in addition to handling all art direction of product photography. We devised a modular solution for the product catalog that allowed for easy expansion and use by its designers and dealers. The imagery we shot for the catalog was later translated into a direct mail and marketing campaign.

Team Credit:
Cody Small (design and production)
Mike Savacool (creative development – Live Artfully campaign)
Paul M. Bowers (product photography)

American Metal Filter Company (AMFCo)— a manufacturer with more than 30 years experience making washable metal, air, and grease filters— was being challenged to remain competitive in an ever-changing global market. Tapping into AMFCo’s rich history and heritage as a veteran owned and operated business, AMFCo was rebranded under a new banner. By internal interviews and analyzing competitive research we helped AMFCo define its mission, vision, and values. The new identity system featured a illustrated bald eagle, representing and reinforcing the quality craftsmanship and high level of customer service provided. Re-organization of the product specifications and marketing materials were critical to delivering products to its retail customers, contractors and dealers.

The rebrand included a logo and identity system, color and typographical guidelines, product photography, copy writing, advertisement campaign, presentation material including a custom folder, product data and sales collateral, and a direct mail package that included a sample filter, T-shirt, and introduction to the company’s new position.

Team Credit:
Terry Parish (creative and design)
Fabrizio Scippa (creative and design)
Jorge Naranjo (design and illustration)
Paul M. Bowers (product and location photography)

Founded in 1980, Voices for Children, a private, nonprofit organization, has recruited, trained, and supervised thousands of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) who advocate for the rights and well-being of abused, abandoned, or neglected children who pass through foster care in San Diego County and (since 2015) in Riverside County.

Team Credit:
Fabrizio Scippa (design and production)
Claudia Reinert  (design and production)

Urban Eats is a community oriented Gourmet Food Truck focused on Fresh Affordable Fare, delivering honest food using as many local ingredients as possible.

Team Credit:
Michael Chinn (creative, design, and illustration)
Steve Stadwiser (website design and development)

 

 

Well-Heeled, Inc., a premium salon and spa start-up, came to us to launch its exciting new concept; a premium salon and spa for the sophisticated male. In our collaborative process, our team developed two simple but powerful brand messages: ‘It’s all in the Details’ and ‘Be a Well-Heeled Man’. It was essential to have both a clear message and visual identity to guide the multitude of materials we would develop as the salon gained momentum to open its doors. Once a brand message and value statement were crafted, we created a timeless visual experience supporting the benefits of relaxation and taking care of yourself.

The first step was to create a logo and visual identity system. Next was the development of an integrated eCommerce website showcasing spa services, grooming tips, and consumer product sales and purchases. While the space was under construction we finalized the brochures, presentation package, gift certificate, thank you card, exterior signage, and assisted with interior space planning. Our final step was to launch an e-newsletter and advertising campaign to generate local buzz for the grand opening.

Team Credit:
Fabrizio Scippa (creative and design)
Jorge Naranjo (design and illustration)
Steve Stadwiser (website development)
Marc Aguilera (color and output management)