On January 14th, 2023, Whitestone celebrated 10 years as a business. This milestone led to the creation of the Whitestone 10 Year Anniversary Campaign, which recognizes our success as a business over the past decade and will be highlighted throughout this monumental year. The campaign focused on the milestones Whitestone has achieved and incorporated our core ethos of Human, Collaborative, Contemporary, Original, and Reliable.
Our art department designed a chapter of our logo and brand standards that sits alongside our heritage logo and brand standards to highlight the anniversary. This chapter is a nod to the past achievements of Whitestone.
The design team at Whitestone met with our President, Joseph Sommer, to brainstorm ideas for the 10 Year Anniversary Campaign. Joseph and the team decided that it was important to highlight the stone in the company name, Whitestone. They discussed the major milestones Whitestone has achieved and the need for a clear visual that presents these milestones. A major milestone has been the evolution of our brand logo
The lighthouse was the original logo for Whitestone. The lighthouse represented the family and human values and shined a light forward towards future endeavors.
Years later we rebranded the logo from the lighthouse to the first version of a stone. The stone was chosen to represent the commitment and pledge we make to provide an easy and enjoyable purchasing experience while producing quality custom branded products for our clients.
While the original stone logo served us well, we eventually grew out of it and felt the vibrant shades and clunky geometry were keeping us in a startup lens. Our current logo keeps in mind our brand motto, “No Two Stones are Alike” by showing three unique stone shapes. The stones change color and shape based on our clients individual brand identity.
From there, each designer was tasked with presenting their ideas for the anniversary campaign to the entire team. They each created a unique pitch which included new imagery, photography, typography, social posts, branded merchandise, and a clear story line to embody all that Whitestone stands for.
There were many important stepping stones on the journey to be where we are today, 10 years in business.
The design team pitched their ideas to the staff, who had the opportunity to vote on their favorite of the campaigns. The winning campaign became the theme for our 10 Year Anniversary Campaign. This process gave every team member a voice and a clear understanding of the branding for our big celebration.
The Whitestone Anniversary Campaign is modeled after the cairns stones and the practice of scrapbooking. Cairns are heaps of stones set up as landmarks or monuments.
Throughout the ten years of Whitestone’s existence, there have been many monumental experiences that have defined the company’s journey. The practice of scrapbooking is also a method of preserving monumental moments of a lifetime.