It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Cheesy.

Today marks the third time I say goodbye to Alphabet Arm, and each time it’s harder to do. But it also marks two years on and off of doing what I love with a group of people that have truly become my family. I came to Boston for school, clueless as to just how many great colleagues I would meet and how many great opportunities would come my way. I consider myself extremely lucky to have picked up a position at this studio, especially one that had such an important role in shaping who I am. Who knew that being a designer could be as much talking about music and throwing a pinky ball as it is making a logo? This experience has opened up to me the idea that designing isn’t a job, it’s a way of seeing and interacting with the world around us. Every small chat we had, every joke, every game, it was all inadvertently teaching me who I was and what being a designer could mean.
Now I’m graduating, moving out of the city, and taking my career in new directions that would never have been possible without first following my path through Alphabet Arm. I am grateful for all that Aaron, Ryan, and the rest of those who came and went have given me, and it’s an appreciation that will remain with me throughout my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better job, and I wish everyone the best! – Matthew Kaiser



Breathe Deep…

Branding,Recent Logo Projects | Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Alphabet Arm recently had the pleasure of working with Sage Tonic, an innovative, natural treatment system focused on adolescents. The practice features alternative and complementary treatments for some of the most common day-to-day medical conditions. Sage Tonic identifies each condition and provides remedies based on each of the five senses. They have designed an easy-to-use sensory platform that includes integrative medicine therapies supported by research and clinical data. We were asked to develop a logo that reflected their company’s modern methods, while still alluding to the ancient techniques from which their healing practices are inspired.
After proposing a variety of directions, the logo that Sage Tonic decided most resonated with their vision was an “ST” monogram inspired by ancient East-Asian name seals. The winding form is meant to feel ethereal and calming. It locks cleanly into the symmetrical geometry of a diamond. To contrast this rigidity, we introduced a slightly textured quality. The final color palette makes use of earthy (and sage-y) tones to speak to its antique influences. Stay tuned for business cards, packaging and a set of info cards!

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