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About

Two NID designers, Priyanka and Anoop, came together in 2008, and Design Stack was born. Specialising in branding and graphic design, Design Stack is based out of Mumbai and services clients across the country. A highly specialised, 14-member team works on a wide variety of challenging projects.

Design thinking is at the core of what we do and our aim is to achieve harmonic resonance between the brands we work on and their consumers. We use structured strategic planning tools coupled with intuitive free-thinking to arrive at optimal solutions for our clients. We work with large corporates and boutique startups with the same passion and energy. That is the hallmark of our output.

Priyanka Bhasin

Founding Partner

Priyanka Bhasin specialised in Communication Design at the National Institute of Design, followed by a programme in New Media from the Vancouver Film School. With a strong foundation in design strategy and experience in emerging media, she set up and continues to grow Design Stack.

Anoop Patnaik

Founding Partner

Anoop Patnaik graduated from NID with a degree in Communication Design. As an independent consultant with various retail and corporate brands, from ITC to Westside to Sahara, he helped modernise their identities for an evolving consumer. He set up and continues to grow Design Stack.

Yateesh Srivastav

Brand Strategist

With experience spanning three decades in fields as diverse as strategic planning and insurance operations, Yateesh has worked with established companies like Lowe, Ambience Publicis, Yes Bank, Centurion Bank of Punjab, and Aegon Life, where he was COO, before consulting on brand strategy with Design Stack.

Sukhita Aiyar

Content Development

Sukhita Aiyar specialises in Written Communications. For over two decades, she has worked in the corporate, not-for-profit, arts and education sectors, and draws on these disparate experiences when writing for clients across media and industry.

Our services

Positioning and Design Strategy

Our thinking starts and ends with the brand and the audience. Using structured research, small dipsticks or creative brainstorming workshops, we articulate the ethos of the brand into a single-minded positioning and springboard to create a strong and distinct visual identity that resonates with the customer.

Brand Asset Creation

Once we have created a distinct identity, we warehouse all the brand assets – logos, colours, fonts, signature graphics, etc. – into a comprehensive brand identity manual.

Brand Expression

Brands today are attempting conversations across media – both traditional and new. The expression of the brand has to be flexible enough to adapt across media, whether it’s signage, a brochure, packaging or a digital user interface.

Brand Communication

In addition to the visual identity, brand assets and brand expression, we work with some select clients in extending the identity into a holistic communication package, including visual expression as well as tone of voice.

Our process

01

Engage

Brief in hand, we immerse ourselves completely, analysing the brand and the competition to define an identity benchmark. Design-thinking tools, from persona-building to free association and plotting customer journeys, are employed in intense brainstorming. The output: a strategic brand positioning statement, including the target audience persona, benefits and values, to arrive at the identity brief.

02

Ideate

Springboarding from the strategic Engage stage to the more freewheeling Ideate, free-listing and discussions in small groups explore alternate routes true to the positioning. This is like a scrum, and ideation without limits or boundaries is encouraged. All groups present visual ideas and the best ones are shortlisted for execution.

03

Execute

All shortlisted options are developed into a complete visual identity kit, which comprises all brand assets (the brand-mark, font families, colour palettes, signature graphics, etc.). These are then validated for adaptation across media, physical and digital. At this stage, ideas may be rejected before final options are presented to the client.

Clients

Corporate

  • Apeejay Group
  • Dabriwala Group
  • Godrej & Boyce
  • Mahindra
  • TATA

Lifestyle

  • Dastkar
  • Evoluzione
  • Future Style Labs
  • Future Group
  • GTN Textiles
  • India Circus
  • Portico
  • Tata Trent

NGO

  • Sightsavers
  • Magic Bus
  • Save The Children Fund
  • Film Heritage Foundation

Wellness

  • Soul Tree

Publishing

  • Penguin

Hospitality

  • K Hospitality Corp

Finance

  • Mastercard
  • Evolvence Capital
  • Milestone Group

Technology

  • Blufin
  • Hermes Online
  • Myscreen India

Travel

  • Cox & Kings

Durables

  • Asian Paints
  • Elpro Electric

Education

  • Global Indian
  • International School

Media

  • Walt Disney India
  • Times Group

Recognition

ID Awards, LA

  • Save the Children Fund, Anti-Child Labour Campaign
  • My Screen India, Brand Identity Design
  • Asian Paints Colour Spectra Pro, Packaging Design
  • Chimp Store, Brand Identity Design

Kyoorius Awards

  • From Darkness into Light, Publication Design, In-book winner

CII Showcase

  • Asian Paints Edutones, Publication Design, In-book winner
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