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Strategy

Good Supply Branding (Project)

Jacknife was tasked with creating a recreational cannabis brand for a well-informed, enthusiast audience. From our research, we identified that in contrast to all other segments, these smokers have the greatest amount of knowledge and experience in the category. As the highest proportion of current users (and the highest spenders), they have the most experience…

Woolwich Dairy Rebrand (Project)

Woolwich first came to us to improve its on-shelf brand presence: the challenge arose because products were spread across three in-store areas, with no cohesive look or continuity across SKUs. The ask was to re-name the brand and re-design its entire identity, including the creation of a strategic brand platform, packaging, promotional materials, web presence,…

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Inagene Branding (Project)

The team at Inagene approached us to help them position a new pharmacogenetics brand that, led by renowned scientists and experts in the space, makes it easier for patients and physicians to find the safest and most effective pain management options through a comprehensive genetic test. Because Inagene had to speak to two distinct types…

RIFF Branding (Project)

Jacknife was challenged with developing a recreational cannabis brand for a younger, more urban, and highly creative demographic—who is also highly resistant to traditional marketing and has a great BS radar. So we created RIFF: a platform revolving around creativity, collaboration, and pushing boundaries. After getting to know our audience, we fully immersed ourselves in…

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Solei Branding (Project)

Aphria, one of the largest Licensed Producers of cannabis in Canada, had approached Jacknife to create its first recreational cannabis brand. Working with consumer data and segmentation reports, we quickly understood that our target consumer—largely suburban women who still held some stigma about cannabis—needed a cannabis offering positioned like a true CPG brand that they…

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General Assembly Branding (Project)

When the founder of a new fast, casual and gourmet pizza restaurant set to open right across the street from us approached Jacknife to help brand his new venture, we were all in. The vision for what became General Assembly aimed to celebrate the art of hand-crafted food thoughtful design while embracing the power of technology. As…

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IGNITE – Empowering Students’ Union (Project)

Humber Students’ Federation, a student-led organization operating in the sphere of student life at Humber College and sister university Guelph-Humber, came to Jacknife with a mission for a complete rebrand. Despite high favourability and job approval ratings from the student body, the HSF brand suffered from an institutional visual identity and name that, in the…

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Evelo Biosciences Branding (Project)

With the need to reach elite investors, the team at Evelo had tasked Jacknife with crafting a strong strategy and visual identity for the next wave of their brand. The ask was to help elevate the brand and to tell the story of the change that’s coming in the market—and how Evelo is leading that…

Aphria Medical Branding (Project)

In the process of working on several recreational brands for Aphria—a Canadian Licensed Cannabis Producer—we were tasked with helping re-focus and re-brand their Medical business as well. Our task was to give the Aphria Medical brand a more sophisticated, trustworthy appearance and brand positioning. We got to work by aligning on a strategy that makes…

8Plus – Architectural Hardware (Project)

8Plus, an architectural hardware supply and consulting agency, had approached Jacknife about a branding and positioning project that would refresh their current identity and position them as a market leader. We worked closely with the team to uncover business insights, goals, and competitive advantages that helped us create a strong positioning, and build a robust…

Kilberry – Leadership Advisors (Project)

The Kilberry team approached Jacknife to help elevate their identity to reflect their premium clientele—which included C-Suite management at companies such as the NBA, Under Armour, RBC, amongst many others. The ask was to showcase world-class executive advisory services in a way that stood out and reflected the first-class services their clients receive. We knew…

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Ted Rogers School of Management (Project)

After 10 years on the scene, the Ted Rogers School of Management was facing a reality where their excellence in education and student success was consistently demonstrated, yet not aligned with the university’s core values. With the goal to build their reputation, as well as to acquire the highest quality of students and faculty, TRSM…

Now that technology distribution has virtually touched every industry, how resilient is your company’s brand? (Journal)

by Cameron Wykes, President at Jacknife Design Inc. When I ask prospective clients to name three of their brand engagement touch points, without fail, they start naming advertising initiatives. It was my wise friend Will Novosedlik who said that “engagement comes from the interaction with a brand, not the ad… and all you should expect…

Branding a Challenger (Project)

As Jacknife began work with TruShield, a small business insurance provider, we immediately came to understand the challenges of the emerging brand operating in a noisy, highly commoditized market. The existing brand needed an overhaul to create a more appealing, consistent and systematic offering if it hoped to cut through the clutter to attract new…

For Better Living. (Project)

It’s been a banner time for advocates of medical cannabis. Federal legislation created a new market essentially overnight triggering a ‘green rush’ in the Great White North. Despite the legal status of the category, a lingering stigma surrounding marijuana had many of the early entrants trying to legitimize their place in the medical community. A…

Elevated Office Solutions (Project)

Tayco is a leading office solutions provider who needed to demonstrate a more progressive, innovative brand expression to stand out in a crowded landscape. Tayco has always offered great value for customers, but were perceived in the market at a “Tier B” brand. The ask was to build greater awareness with key influencers while starting…

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OLG Brand Refresh (Project)

Ontario’s Lottery & Gaming (OLG) marked the 40th anniversary of Wintario, the first provincial lottery game in Ontario, in May 2015 at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. The event also doubled as a soft launch of the newly unveiled OLG corporate brand derived from a brand position that simply and boldly embodied the positive values of…

Booktrack Visual Identity (Project)

Booktrack is the ebook brand with a twist. Every book available on the platform has its own original soundtrack; score and sound effects that sync to your reading speed while you read. More engaging than audiobooks, a new spin on traditional reading experiences, Booktrack is a new entertainment medium that enables people to read, create…

Evolving the Graphic Creation & Evaluation Process (Project)

How does a leading winter sports brand develop internal systems to improve its connection with an increasingly global audience? That’s the position French sports equipment manufacturer Salomon found themselves in, particularly in the Alpine category. Despite efforts to engage stakeholders and mine as much relevant data as possible, a chasm between the brand and it’s…

Re-branding Mr. X (Project)

Mr. X—an award-winning visual effects company that’s behind well-known favourites like Pompeii, Robocop, and Fight Club—has been around for over 10 years. Their business is understandably niche, and their site, along with their branding, was quite dated—which, for a visual company, didn’t reflect the incredibly evocative nature of their work. They knew they needed to…