MakeMake founder and Academy Award Winning Editor Angus Wall described his multi-armed entertainment studio as a 25 year-old startup. Over the course of two-and-a-half decades, Angus grew the roster of editors at Rock Paper Scissors while also adding a collective of 5 companies to expand the suite of production services. Individually, each company is an industry-leading outfit in its own right, but together, they were a fractured entity. Lacking the language to define their ecosystem, they approached us with a need to re-position and unify their message to the outside world.
Forming the collective story of many companies coming together under one studio banner
To understand how 6 companies could be presented as one organism, we had to know the inner workings intimately. We defined a foundational ethos that supports and respects the individual companies while simultaneously uniting them. A naming process followed, grounded in foundational research and storytelling, that culminated in a clear winner: MakeMake.
Architecting a digital home for a community of brands
With MakeMake newly identified as the umbrella studio, our goal was to present a unified story for the collective while also retaining separate experiences if users sought to navigate directly to a company sub-website within the group. We decided to wrap the digital experience in a user interface that functions like a fanned-out deck of cards, always accessible when opening the menu.
Though there is a singular URL framework, each sibling company can stand alone as a self-contained website experience. Legacy clientele of an individual brand can directly visit and experience that company’s site as its own singular offering, while the new design story illustrates that each company is now part of a larger studio.
Bringing a symphony of voices alive in harmony
The work we did to define the internal values, voice and tone, and the positioning of the new studio informed the About Copy we wrote for each brand within the MakeMake family. We then designed a content marketing program that would present a united brand narrative from the studio while also allowing each company to maintain their own unique identity.
Functionally, there’s a centralized editorial program on the website, spidering amongst the different company verticals with appropriate diplomacy. The individual social channels can all post freely with brand guidelines in place to make sure those independent voices are syncopated.