Category Archives: Websites

ArtRise elevates our cultural horizons

ELIXIR Design-ArtRise Projects web

Marnie Burke de Guzman is an orches­trator of cul­tural engage­ment. She cre­ated ArtRise to steward large-scale cul­tural projects into being, much in the way that a pro­ducer makes a movie ‘happen.’ Today’s audi­ences yearn to expe­ri­ence cul­ture beyond the con­fines of exhi­bi­tion space. Marnie is a skilled shep­herd of teams, a forger of alliances between cul­tural insti­tu­tions, civic orga­ni­za­tions, artists – and the audi­ences themselves.

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Front Porch Farm is over-the-top delicious

ELIXIR Design-Front Porch Farm wine

Front Porch Farm is a bas­tion of bio-diversity. We could describe the owners as bespoke farmers, since most of their prod­ucts are grown to order for fine restau­rants and spe­cialty gro­cers. And we could describe the farm as a “Noah’s Ark for food,” since the owners are zealous about sus­tain­ability. Their dream is to raise all the ingre­di­ents for com­plete meals of deli­cious­ness – and they’re already making wines to accom­pany them.

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Stand & Deliver Teaches us the Art of Communication

Longtime client Peter Myers of Stand & Deliver enlisted Elixir to design and launch a new web­site in con­junc­tion with the release of his book As We Speak. The dynamic con­sulting group includes experts from the realms of the­ater and media. Through highly cus­tomized work­shops, either in person or via the web, they coach busi­ness­people all over the world in the art of com­mu­ni­cating more effec­tively. Stand & Deliver is ded­i­cated to the idea that making your­self heard is not simply a matter of volume, but depends on three crit­ical com­po­nents: con­tent, state and delivery.

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Opening New Doors for Opes Advisors

Looking to repo­si­tion itself in the finan­cial mar­ket­place, Opes Advisors came to Elixir for help shaping their brand and per­cep­tion via new mes­saging and a visual lan­guage. Opes is an inno­v­a­tive finan­cial advi­sory firm that inte­grates wealth man­age­ment and mort­gage ser­vices to help clients make better finan­cial deci­sions throughout their life­times. Its founders have insight from first-hand expe­ri­ence on how real estate is an essen­tial com­po­nent of good finan­cial health. Their exper­tise and life expe­ri­ences spurred them to build a com­pany of immense integrity and unprece­dented approach to finan­cial plan­ning, one that con­siders the impact of finan­cial deci­sions now and into the future.

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Joining the Beauty Army

Elixir was recruited to design the web­site for Beauty Army, a new sub­scrip­tion ser­vice of pre­mium sam­ples for the beauty obsessed. For just $12, mem­bers receive six sam­ples of makeup, hair– and skin­care prod­ucts, and more each month. What really sets Beauty Army apart is per­son­al­iza­tion — once you dis­cover your unique Beauty Profile you can hand select which sam­ples you’d like to receive or let Beauty Army’s team of renowned industry experts choose for you.

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New vistas for prAna

Elixir is excited to be working with prAna on their brand visual lan­guage, to be unveiled soon in all chan­nels: new web­site, retail graphics, pack­aging, and the company’s first direct-to-consumer cat­alog. The 17-year old brand, based in Vista, CA, is a long­time pur­veyor of apparel & acces­sories for yoga and climbing, as well as activewear — all with a bohemian bent.

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Elixir has com­pleted the first phase of revi­sions for Sweeping enhance­ments to the site’s global nav­i­ga­tion bring the spirit of Sundance cat­alog on line. Elixir also brain­stormed a new cre­ative direc­tion for the home and cat­e­gory pages, to be imple­mented down the prover­bial road.

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A cage of one’s own

Communication Arts selected Elixir’s logo for Castor Architecture for their 2008 Design Annual. CA received almost 8,500 entries, selecting only 240 for pub­li­ca­tion (including 16 trade­marks). Elixir also designed the sta­tionery system and website.

Prior to starting his prac­tice, Daniel Castor spent time in Rome, making many ana­lyt­ical draw­ings of Bramante’s Tempietto — many of them sug­ges­tive of the bird­cages he col­lects. As the archi­tect com­ments, “Tradition is a beau­tiful cage with an open door. We are free to come and go as we please.”