WaterPower Canada – Rebrand & New Website

WaterPower Canada - Responsive Web Design

Who: Founded in 1998, WaterPower Canada (WPC) is the national trade association dedicated to representing the interests of the waterpower industry. Its 50+ members span the breadth of the sector and include waterpower producers, manufacturers, developers, engineering firms, organizations and individuals. WaterPower Canada members represent more than 95% of the waterpower installed capacity in Canada, advocating for the responsible development and use of waterpower to meet our present and future electricity needs in a sustainable manner.

How: WaterPower Canada (formerly HydroPower Canada) approached Baytek with a new name and the need for a new website. The new name meant a chance to completely rebrand the association and help put the industry back into the minds of Canadians – it does, after all, generate more than two-thirds of Canada’s electricity. After a key messaging session, we set about a complete rebranding exercise. The idea was to include more of a Canadian presence to the logo mark, while still retain elements that really defines the industry itself. The result is a modern, unique mark that is simple yet embodies what WaterPower Canada represents.

Working with Baytek was a real pleasure; from the planning phase through to execution, they made sure we could get a hold of them quickly and worked with us with great flexibility to ensure the final product was as we envisioned. The team has great creative ideas, is able to guide teams through sometimes complex decision making while always being pleasant and responsive. Well done!

Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin
President

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CAPCORP – Rebrand & New Website

CAPCORP Website - Responsive

Who: Founded in 1981, CAPCORP has since become one of Canada’s leading independent financial services companies. Their clients range from large national organizations to the individual investor. Their success is derived from a commitment to developing and maintaining quality, long-standing client relationships. Their  independence allows clients to access products offered by most insurance companies, trust companies, and other financial institutions in Canada. Their longevity attests to our reputation as a solution-driven company offering expert advice and lived experience to business owners across the country.

How: As a long time client of Baytek’s, we knew CAPCORP intimately. Even so, we facilitated a key messaging and strategy session to really understand where CAPCORP wanted to be. From there, we developed a corporate brand and website that allowed them to stand head and shoulders above the competition. As part of the rebrand, we also took all of the corporate photography, including abstract imagery and headshots.

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Coachman Apartments – Rebrand & New Website

Coachman Website - Responsive

Who: Located within the highly desirable Golden Triangle District of Ottawa, Coachman Apartments offers affordable urban rentals to those looking to experience the downtown-living lifestyle. Bordered by Elgin Street’s restaurants, bars and boutiques to the east, and the picturesque Rideau Canal to the west, the location also boasts parks, nearby transit and historic landmarks such as Parliament Hill and Confederation Park.

How: Beginning with an involved strategy session, we discovered the key audiences for Coachman and built out a brand and website that would engage with them and result in new inquiries. With a focus on elegance, we moved from the image of the coachman to the horse – the beautiful beast that is pulling the coach. Combined with the modern typography and colour palette, we have put together a brand that defines the downtown-living lifestyle.

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CAPCORP – New Corporate Photoshoot

CAPCORP - Corporate Photoshoot

This week we had the pleasure of doing a corporate photoshoot for CAPCORP, one of longstanding clients (see HealthPlus) and who we are currently developing a new website for. As well as headshots of all 15 members of the team, we also took some great shots of their recently renovated space. Below you can find a sneak peek of a couple of the images we took, and keep your eye out for the launch of the new CAPCORP website coming soon!

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Branding vs Logo Design

Branding vs Logo Design

OK, I’ll confess – this is not really a battle. More of an explanation. Being a company that offers branding services, we get a lot of questions about what branding is and how it differs from logo design. The fact is that logo design is part of branding – a large part of it, but still, just a part. A lot of agencies will offer logo design as a service, on par with web design, graphic design, print design and so on. There is nothing particularly wrong with that, but it’s not our philosophy. We feel in order to create a truly great logo that works for a company, you first need to establish the promise and the expectations that will reside in the target audiences. You can’t do that by jumping headfirst into logo design and offering up three designs for your client to pick from. That’s like fighting the competition with a blindfold on.

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Carefirst Solutions – New Brand & Website Launch

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Who: Carefirst Solutions is a new social enterprise management consulting firm that was established as a subsidiary of Carefirst Foundation. Their mandate is to promote excellence and innovation in the non-profit-health sector through the spread of integrated health solutions, sound strategy and business operations, and methods of continuous improvement.

How: As an organization operating in the health space, Carefirst Solutions’ philosophy is to promote excellence and innovation in the industry through the spread of integrated health solutions, sound strategy and business operations, and methods of continuous improvement. We wanted to reflect this in the brand and the website. The idea of connections and systems are seen in the logo mark, and the website itself pushes the boundaries of design in the health sector.  The colour palette was chosen to represent the compassion and understanding that Carefirst Solutions brings to the table.

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Field Effect Software – New Brand & Website Launch

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Who: Field Effect provides leading-edge tools and services to help create networks that are resilient in the face of today’s cyber threats. We help CIOs, CSOs, IT administrators and analysts, as well as small and mid-sized business owners address the tough day-to-day problems in developing, deploying and monitoring secure networks.

How: As a new company without too much in the way of branding, Baytek was chosen by Field Effect to complete the logo design and web development process. The result is a modern and fresh brand, and one that puts them head and shoulders above the competition in the cyber-security industry.

Field Effect - Responsive Website Design

“If you’re looking for a passionate, clever, and capable design team, you’re looking at them. We really valued that Baytek not only prompted us to think about important branding elements we hadn’t considered – but wowed us with their delivery. These guys care about what they do, and from design to implementation across multiple technologies and platforms – know how to do it.”

Andrew Loschmann
President and CTO

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HealthPlus – New Brand & Website Launch

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Who: HealthPlus allows you to make claims as a deductible business expense while providing customizable benefits for yourself and your dependents, and to your employees and their dependents. HealthPlus is built to be flexible – it can be your only plan or supplement your existing plan.

How: Baytek was hired to completely refresh the HealthPlus brand, and develop a custom website and claims management platform. The site is completely responsive, including the administrative platform. The result is a modern rebranding and a beautiful web design.

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Dow’s Lake Dental – New Brand and Website Launch

Dow's Lake Dental Logo

Who: Dow’s Lake Dental is a new dental practice established by Dr. Haissam Dahan and Dr. El-Hawary, both graduates of the renowned McGill University dental program. With a combined experience of over 18 years of professional practice, Dr. Dahan and Dr. El-Hawary look forward to serving the downtown Ottawa area with compassion, convenience and efficiency. Utilizing the latest dental technology and techniques, Dow’s Lake Dental is proud to offer a variety of family, cosmetic and sedation/TMJ services. Conveniently located in the heart of Little Italy, the practice boasts easy access by bus, O-Train, bike and plenty of street parking for those travelling by car. With convenient opening hours, direct billing to insurance companies, walk-ins welcome and service in English/French/Arabic, there’s never been a better time to show your smile!

How: Dow’s Lake Dental, as a brand new clinic, needed everything – a brand, direct mail ads, exterior sign designs and a website. Luckily they found us and it was a perfect fit! For the logo, we created a unique mark that was fresh, fun and simple, coupled with a modern font that was clinical yet approachable. The colour scheme was also of utmost importance, to not only use the familiarity of the medical/dental blue and green, but to use shades that are fresh, modern and speak to the key audiences. The idea behind the logo is to present a dental practice, but with a unique twist. With the tulip representing DLD’s unique twist (atmosphere and personality), we grounded it with the use of the tooth to highlight exactly what DLD do – so one can look at the whole logo and it be automatically recognizable and obvious. Constructing the whole logo mark from circles meant there was a perfect symmetry to the logo, and at the same time a beautiful simplicity.

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Data Expedition – New Rebrand and Website Launch

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Who: Data Expedition, Inc.® (DEI®) is the creator of the world’s first and only high-performance file transfer software that is completely free of legacy transport bottlenecks and vulnerabilities. Since 2000, DEI has been providing high-performance data transport solutions to the world’s largest companies across nearly every industry and continent, including media and entertainment, health care, legal, military, and oil and gas. The company’s patented MTP™/IP technology uses unique flow-control and error recovery algorithms to achieve high network efficiency across all IP networks. Companies using DEI’s solutions achieve the fastest, most reliable, and most secure data transport available at a fraction of the cost to our nearest competitor.

How: Data Expedition, Inc. came to Baytek in need of a complete brand refresh and a new product website. With little to no branding before, Baytek built the brand from the ground up. The logo mark itself represents data and fast movement, using the upwards facing arrow and 3D box look to create this feeling. The colour palette draws inspiration from exploration and travel – the different horizons give the feeling of time passing, and using gradients we have recreated this emotion. For the word mark, we modified the first four characters of ‘Expedition’ to give it a unique look and mimic the logo mark. The lines of the E and the arrow created from X enhance the feeling of speed and moving forward. The CloudDat website is a WordPress based site that is fast, dynamic and beautiful.

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