Power In Together

Salal CU teamed up with media company Digital Brew to produce an animated short video that captured the heart of Salal’s brand message. The video itself was placed as a paid ad on YouTube, while silent shorts were versioned our for Facebook and Instagram, leading traffic to both Salal CU’s home page as well as a custom splash page tailored to new members.

Miscellaneous Logo Design

An example of the freelance brand and development work I participated in as a self-employed graphic designer.

Coil Studio

Coil was a labor of love that sprung from nothing. The concept of a “coil”, a sinuous center of movement on the verge of release, connected a single, unifying concept across all of these systems of movement. It also told a broader brand story of what it meant to be deeply committed to the work of growing self through the physical body, drawing mental images of being on the verge of change and leaping forward into the unknown.

Credit Card Designs

Salal Credit Union underwent a refresh of their brand, and part of this refresh was to update the visual aesthetic and align it to new brand values. Our card designs are one of the few tangible elements that members can see, hold, and use everyday when accessing our products. Having these cards be a proper representation of brand voice is a key factor in our brand strategy. Our cards needed to reflect that voice; that we’re human, inspiring, adventurous, and smart. 

Salal Credit Union

Salal Credit Union’s history as Group Health Credit Union, and a previous re-brand in 2014, had set Salal up as strategically serving healthcare professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest. However, with the legalization of cannabis in Washington state, and the opportunity to begin financing solar panel installations and home improvements for homeowners, Salal saw itself moving in very different strategic directions than the organization previously planned for. Because of these quick shifts in who Salal was serving, the brand needed a strategic makeover in order to be used effectively.

The process began with a brand audit, focused on discovery around the ways the existing brand succeeded, and where it was no longer relevant. Using board member, credit union member, and employee feedback and input, I led our internal team through the process of iterating and building out brand pillars: Archetype, Values, Mission, Vision, Purpose, and Positioning. Once established, the voice and visual systems followed.

Finally, our team custom shot and animated training videos that helped bring our new brand identity to life, and developed an internal training website that took employees through interactive modules dedicated to each brand pillar. Employees were introduced to each module via an email drip campaign that opened a new module each week, offering bite sized opportunities for our employees to learn a lot of information over a slightly longer period of time.

Web Design – Salal Credit Union

Salal CU’s existing website was 8 years old, which justified not only a re-design, but also a total overhaul of how information, UI, the UX, and design supported organizational strategy.

We approached re-mapping the site first around a topic cluster concept, in that each business line and meaningful cluster of information was structured as a content pillar. The goal was to strengthen cross-link relationships in order to increase site performance while also making it easier for a user to find and act on what they needed. The site’s primary focus was conversions and sales, with secondary goals of informing existing consumers and brand storytelling.