Latter & Blum
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Latter & Blum was founded in 1916. The Merrick family bought the firm in 1986 and subsequently acquired other, smaller, brokerages across the state of Louisiana. As a part of the 1000watt team, I supported the project to help unify these companies under one brand.
c r e d i t
Creative agency: 1000watt | Creative director: Patrick Sanders | Designers: India Myers & North Bryan | Strategist: Joel Burslem | Copywriter: Larry Werner
Louisiana is rich in culture, diversity and regional pride. I worked with 1000watt to develop an identity system for Latter & Blum that was as bold and vibrant as the people it would represent while still maintaining a classic, chic, and approachable profile.
I drew inspiration from the regional flags we saw as we traversed the state and historical elements from previous iterations of the Latter & Blum branding to develop our core 3x3 grid system and updated the color palette the original Latter & Blum color palette from traditional to electric. I transitioned their primary navy into a striking cobalt; pulling inspiration from blue and white china, fired up their original red, and warmed the stark white to a soft cream.
Latter & Blum calls itself a “family of families.” There is a sense of constantly pushing forward, adding to what is, and creating new opportunities. To honor the company’s history and its’ commitment to its future, we re-interpreted the fleur-de-lis we saw throughout New Orleans to create a company seal, naming it the “fluer-de-plu”; fleur-de-lis+.
To further highlight Latter & Blum’s classic chic appeal I used the fluer-de-plu we developed to create elegant patterns reminiscent of Kate Spade and other luxury brands. There are two version of the pattern: ordered and organic. The ordered pattern’s structure and repeatable nature makes it applicable for a wide variety of applications, but the organic pattern is more expressive and works as a visual representation of Latter & Blum’s new tagline “Always Building”.