Rad Workfor Rad People™
Located in New York City and New Orleans, The Collected Works is an independent design studio that crafts brands in motion. We’re a team of creative directors, designers, animators, and technologists with clients spanning across music, art, technology, and culture. We’re able to deliver exceptional results that you might only expect from a big agency, with the speed, efficiency, and flexibility of a boutique studio - with over a decade of rad work to show for it.
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a sneak peek at our approach
To initiate every project, we begin with an information gathering phase. In this initial step, we collect fragments of inspiration and potential design entry points. This involves a thorough discussion with the client, familiarizing ourselves with the product, and compiling design references related to typography, color, design systems, and overall aesthetic directions. The objective is to identify as many design opportunities as possible, which we will later group into conceptual directions.
Phase two is when we begin to cluster. We gather our fragments of inspiration and begin sorting into conceptual categories. Separate ideas start to gravitate towards each other, creating loose design ecosystems. Ideas are no longer separate and desperate, but connected in various ways. We deliver these clusters as separate design directions, opening up different creative worlds that we can flesh out and develop.
In phase three, we focus on a chosen design direction and expand from there. Here, the direction is further developed and strengthened. Connections between deliverables are fortified and clarified. Colors, typography, and design aesthetics are unified, culminating in a cohesive and dynamic identity system.
Lastly, our refined design ecosystem is delivered as a robust brand toolkit. The conceptual direction we’ve defined and expanded is solidified into brand guidelines, ready for use, alongside an organized folder of every asset, and our recommendations for deployment. While the design system might continue to evolve and expand in the future, the universe we’ve created is an exciting one, and one we’re thrilled to see inhabited.
it really works!
results guaranteed to rad
we love our results like we love our children
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We are currently looking for interns for Spring. The perfect candidate must have solid design foundations, impeccable typography, a strong work ethic, and a good sense of self-deprecating humor. You’ll also need to have killer Figma, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator skills, with bonus points for video, motion, creative coding, and development chops.
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