Colony Branding by Studio Ensemble

There’s nothing better than seeing two epic designers, and Shillington teachers join forces on a creative job. Shillington Manchester teachers Steve Waring and Martin James Power recently combined their 20 years of design experience to design together under the aptly named moniker, Ensemble.

One of their first major jobs together has been to brand Colony, Manchester’s latest co-working space.  They worked closely with Colony’s owners, property developer and management company Northern Group, to craft a diverse and distinctive brand for the co-working space on Cutting Square that would stand out and appeal to the local creative industries.

Speaking of the completed brand, co-founder Steven Waring said, “With a flexible brand system, the working title and process behind ‘Colony’ connects to the concept of a breeding ground to join, nurture and cultivate talent in the heart of an industrious city.

Colony is an identity that reflects the diversity of people and the culture, aiming to create a place where people can grow and interact.

The two-storey space was a blank canvas and needed its unique brand identity to be rolled out across everything from its interior design and signage to marketing materials and website.

Martin James Power, co-founder of Ensemble, explained, “The co-working sector has become infested with soulless, clinical spaces aimed to please everyone from management consultants to artists. Northern Group knew it needed to do something different and gave us the freedom to develop a brand to speak to a specific audience of creatives.

That meant we could create a brand with personality, focus and, most importantly, attitude.

To find out more about the project and Ensemble, go to their website and follow them on Twitter for regular updates. 

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