Case Studies

Jay Song Studio

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Jay Song Studio is the purpose-built home studio of audio recording engineer and music producer, Justin Newton, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Justin is my brother and I’ve enjoyed working with him on various iterations of his professional branding over the years, including jnTracks Productions, Railroad Avenue Recording, and his current business name Justin Newton Audio.

Seeking to brand the new studio as a destination for great music records, Justin chose the new name as a play on his first initial and the idea of a songbird. Together we developed an elegant, flexible, and unique logo system based on this songbird-audio concept, refreshed and relaunched his website under the Jay Song Studio moniker, and even developed a simple introductory video to promote the new studio.

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Logo & Brand

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The primary Jay Song Studio logo comprises an abstraction of an audio waveform in the shape of a silhouetted songbird, with the brand name trailing in its wake. Contextual flexibility is achieved using multiple “lockups” (arrangements) of the “Jay Wave” logomark and the “Jay Song Studio” logotype, of which both pieces can also be used independently.

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CONCEPT PHASE — Early concept sketches inspired the visual idea of the audio waveform in the shape of the silhouetted jay, but the final design concept did not emerge before thoroughly developing several other, similar but distinct design directions.

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LOGOMARK — We explored numerous approaches for conveying the abstract visual combination of a jay and an audio waveform. The final shape is both simple (to afford scalability) and original (to promote brand ownership), all while remaining objectively recognizable as both a bird and a sound wave, according to a small group of polled viewers.

LOGOTYPE — We simultaneously experimented with typographical iterations, with the goal of visually integrating the logotype with the audio waveform metaphor without over-sacrificing readability. Our final selection accomplishes this with vertically elongated letterforms, and implied small-caps and drop-caps, to help parse the words without spaces. Subtly rounded corners complement the smooth curves of the Jay Wave logomark.

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COLORS — The Jay Song Studio brand colors come directly from the existing Justin Newton Audio brand, which remains the business name behind both brands. The implementation of the brand colors further enhances the visual metaphor of the audio waveform, as it is typically rendered in professional audio software.