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General Assembly

Where Pizza Meets Art and Technology

Scope

Brand Identity Naming Packaging Branded Environment Visual Identity

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.

General Assembly's logo.

The vision for what became General Assembly aimed to celebrate the art of hand-crafted food and thoughtful design, while embracing the power of technology. As self-proclaimed pizza aficionados, we knew this was a match made in carb heaven.

Closeup of a group of people around a table eating General Assembly's pizza.
Assorted lineup of General Assembly's business cards.

We got to re-immersing ourselves in the QSR world we know so well, understanding what consumers want from the fast and casual category, and what well-loved spots already exist on the scene. We knew we had a unique opportunity to position General Assembly as the leader in this segment within Toronto and Canada. In doing this, General Assembly would compete in Toronto’s sophisticated food scene and capitalize on the fine fast-casual pizza market opportunity.

Cover of General Assembly's brand guidelines book.
Open page of General Assembly's brand guide.
An image collage of splatter black and white paint on a pink background, someone kneading pizza dough, and a display of General Assembly's menus.

The downtown lunch destination is a crowded space, so we knew we had to ensure this newcomer would win the hearts (and wallets) of anyone walking by.

 

We understood the hallmark of this brand would be quality, transparency, and simplicity, with a goal to become a staple gathering place for its community. And that’s how we created the name: General Assembly.

 

Once we had the name down, we got into the next phase: the look. We created a visual identity, early interior direction, packaging, uniforms, and merch designs inspired by artful organic brushwork, and the bold, classic modern tone and strong geometric shapes of the Art Deco movement. We also knew that because our customers are busy and often on-the-go, this restaurant needed an easy-to-spot, convenient takeout section apart from the main restaurant. We created signage to make this area appear distinct and stand out to those who needed a quick, easy and simple experience in picking up their food.

General Assembly's logo on glass.
Neon sign of General Assembly's logo.
General Assembly's counter in its restaurant and menu behind it.
Two images of stacked General Assembly's pizza boxes and another image of people taking a slice of pizza.
The back of a head of someone wearing a baseball hat with General Assembly's logo.

Since General Assembly has launched, it has emerged as a staple in its community, quickly becoming the go-to spot for lunches and dinners, and bringing new energy to an area that needed it. We think that speaks for itself.

A server carrying General Assembly's pizza and someone eating General Assembly's pizza.
Closeup of brown napkins with General Assembly's logo.
Closeup of General Assembly's stacked pizza boxes.
General Assembly's take out sign outside its restaurant.
Restaurant front of General Assembly.

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