If you follow me on instagram or facebook you know that I am a donut fanatic. You might also know that I am pretty picky about my donuts too. There are only a few places that I am loyal to. Thankfully, we live near one of my favorite donut shops, Donut Day. Yes, I said thankfully, when I really mean my added fluff is composed of mostly yummy donuts.

I am a regular donut customer and have been going to Donut Day for years. A few years ago, I offered to trade donuts in exchange for redoing Donut Day’s Menu. Let’s just say that the menu was in desperate need of a makeover and it didn’t look nearly as good as their donuts taste. I thought it was time to spruce things up so that their signage could match their amazing donuts.

Fast forward 4 years or so and we are finally giving Donut Day the logo they’ve been desperately needing.  Donut Day is run by a lovely husband and wife team. They make some of the best donuts that I have ever eaten. However, they don’t see eye to eye on decorating or shop ascetics.  I’ve been able to be a buffer and  assist in helping them develop a brand. They are in the process of opening up a second retail store and need a way for people to know they are the same company.  I can’t think of a better way to build brand identity that with a color, a color palette, consistent signage, etc.

Here are some of my original logo concepts. . . When I went in to check out the new shop, I didn’t know that it had already been painted. I’m not going to lie, a little piece of me died inside and I secretly wanted to cry. In one of our meetings we had discussed using bright colors. In my head, I was thinking of light, airy, soft colors like pinks, teals, and yellows. To my surprise, the shop had already been painted burnt orange, chocolate brown, and has dark brown hard wood floors. Everything was really dark and fall like. Since the walls had already been painted twice, we decided to stick with the existing color palette. Obviously, I gave my two-cents, but at the end of the day, color is something that is easily changed.

Here are the original color mock-ups. . .

How do they make you feel? Do you feel really happy? A little drab, huh? We were not feeling these colors either. Like I mentioned before, color is really easy to change out. I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal to see these logos in my original color palette (the one that was in my head, anyways). I went ahead and recolored these in a softer palette. The change is like night and day.

In my opinion, it should be fun to get donuts. It should be a happy and up-lifting event, not drab and boring. I mean these little gems taste amazing and they should be celebrated. Here is my final branding for Donut Day. I am really happy with how it turned out and so are they! I can’t wait to finish all of their menus, donut box design, and business cards. I will try and be better at sharing my completed work. That is my goal, but then again it always is. . .

I would love to know what you think about these logos and if you have a passion for donuts I want to hear about it!

xo

Can I just start out by saying I am beyond excited to be working with the Happy Family brand?! Though I was not paid to participate, Happy Family was generous enough to give me a couple bags of  their new Happy Tot Best Friends toddler cookies and these “blank” cookie jars. My kids begged me to break into these adorable, organic puppy-shaped cookies. Emerson, our 4 year old, literally asked me about 10 times if it was “time” to open them yet?! He was so excited when I told him it was finally “time” to open them.

We have some major dog lovers at our house and these cookies were a fast hit. The kids loved them because they are shaped like puppies, and I loved them because they are organic. So, it’s a win-win.  As a Mom of four kids, it’s important to me to feed my children food that not only tastes great, but that is also good for them. It’s also my goal to let them be kids and have fun with their food. These puppy shaped cookies meet all of my criteria. Did I mention that they come in two delicious flavors? You can choose between Chocolate Pumpkin or Honey Buckwheat. Both of which are equally delicious.

In celebration of National Best Friends Day in June, Happy Family gave us the task to decorate two cookies jars. One for our little ones and one for their bestie. How cute is that?

At first, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Since I have a vinyl cutter, I decided using vinyl lettering would be the best route. Plus, I already had several colors on hand. I wanted to try and stick with the Happy Family brand identity, so I used reds, oranges, yellows, and greens.

Though I love the puppy shaped cookies, I didn’t want people to think these were dog treats. Now that I am thinking that through, I suppose it would be sort of weird for dogs to eat treats shaped like dogs. Haha! Can you tell it’s late and my humor is questionable at this point?

Okay, back to my inspiration. . . I started thinking about what goes well with cookies. Everyone knows that milk is a cookie’s best friend. Why reinvent the wheel on this one? So, I had milk + cookies, now what? Since we are celebrating National Best Friends Day, I thought the saying, “We go together like Milk and Cookies” would be the perfect fit. I put my own special spin on it and added the word “organic” in there. Did I also mention that these cookies are also gluten free.

I designed this little saying and then cut it out in vinyl. Then, I simply applied it to the cookie jar. It was that simple. I also bought a cute bottle and filled it with milk and added “organic milk” to the side. I used a bit of twine to add a little texture. The benefit of using vinyl is that I can remove it at any time. I’m a women and I am fickled, and I reserve the right to change my mind. Vinyl lettering allows me to do just that.

Did I mention this is a competition?  You will get a chance to vote for your favorite cookie jar design and the winner will receive a $300 Visa gift card. Now that would certainly buy me a lot of Happy Tot Best Friends toddler cookies, right? Please feel free to vote for the design that you like the best, even if it’s not mine. Don’t worry, I won’t cry over spilt milk. Are my jokes getting better? Haha! Now go out there and vote on the Happy Family’s Facebook page.

 

 

Do you remember our Lucky in Love Uniquely Portland Styled Wedding shoot? It was an epic collaboration of 18 of the top wedding vendors in Portland. We all joined forces to give ONE Lucky Couple over $20,000 in wedding services to help them celebrate their big day! We selected our top 10 favorites and now it’s up to you! You get to VOTE on the winner.

Please meet your Lucky in Love finalists! Only one couple will win. Directions on how to vote are below the finalist profiles.

The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1000 from each of the following vendors, with the total prize value well over $20,000!

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography Floral: Swoon Floral Design Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals Cake: Artisan Cake Company Videography: Moving Picture Weddings Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory Hotel: Hotel Deluxe Bartending: Mint+Mirth Caterer: Artemis Foods Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design Transportation: PDX Pedicab Music: John Ross Music Photobooth: Happymatic Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

 

To vote, please leave a comment on this blog post with the couple’s names.

Really want them to win? You may go to each of the links below to vote for your favorite couple, for a total of 30 votes!

To vote via other vendor’s blogs, click each of the links below and leave a comment with the couples names. Krissy Allori Photography Mint + Mirth Bridal Bliss Modern Moments Designs Something Borrowed Nimbi Design Artisan Cake Company West Coast Event Productions Moving Picture Weddings The Gerding Theater at the Armory Swoon Floral Design Jein King Makeup

To vote via vendor’s FB pages, click each of the links below, like the vendor’s FB page, find the couple you want to win, and leave a comment on their photo (note – comments on the main album will not count, only on individual photos, and votes will only count if you have liked the vendor’s page). Krissy Allori Photography Mint + Mirth Bridal Bliss Modern Moments Designs Michelle DeCourcy Swoon Floral Design Jein King Makeup John Ross Music Something Borrowed Nimbi Design Artisan Cake Company West Coast Event Productions Moving Picture Weddings The Gerding Theater at the Armory Happymatic Photo Booth PDX Pedicab Artemis Foods Hotel Deluxe

Voting rules: You may vote for your favorite couple once on each of the pages for a total of 30 votes. Multiple votes from the same person on the same link will not count. For a FB vote to count, the page (not just the album) must be “liked” AND a comment must be made on the specific couple’s photo. Please direct any questions to luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com.