• Brand Strategy
  • Identity System
  • Print Collateral

Martin Commercial Building Business Communities.

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Reintroducing a family name to Mid-Michigan.

Chosen to reposition Lansing’s real estate leader and one of its most visible companies, which was founded in 1962, we helped Martin create and adopt a new strong and highly differentiating brand.

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  • Brand Identity
  • Campaign Design
  • Digital Design

Wieland Excellence In Construction.

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Highlighting the “Big Gold W.”

Wieland builds projects across the US and beyond. We built the brand that travels with them, because they don’t trust us to pour the concrete or weld the building frames.

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  • Campaign Design
  • Photography
  • Print Collateral

Lansing Symphony Orchestra 87th Annual Season Campaign

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Reinvigorating the brand of a time-honored symphony orchestra.

We’ve partnered with this cultural cornerstone of Mid-Michigan for nearly 10 years to grow attendance for and celebrate its broad and respected body of work, including its MasterWorks Series, Pops Series, Chamber Ensembles and Jazz Ensembles.

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  • Brand Identity
  • Environmental Design
  • Digital Design

Klavon's Pizzeria and Pub Handcrafted, Artisan Pizza

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Differentiating an upscale sports bar and pizzeria.

People flock to their nearest Klavon’s for the incredible pizza and other delicious, scratch-made offerings. Oh – and their staff? Nicer than a room full of kindergarten teachers.

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  • Naming
  • Brand Identity
  • Digital Design

Marana Group Data. Documents. Distribution.

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Reimagining a 42-year-old logistics brand.

Headquartered in southwest Michigan, and serving clients worldwide, these problem solving folks can deliver 16,000 fresh apples around the country in days or get that dangerous car off the road faster than the apples can hit the ground from the tree. Almost.

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  • Brand System
  • Campaign Creation
  • Print Collateral

Capital City Film Festival 2019 Your Festival. Your Formula.

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Highlighting a festival’s inclusivity and flexibility.

Lansing, Michigan’s annual, multimedia showcase of independent films and live touring bands grew to include over 70 events, including the screening of more than 150 films, in its 9th year (2019). As a founding and ongoing sponsor, we’ve led CCFF’s branding and marketing activities, providing brand-new and original, award-winning campaigns each year. CCFF was recently named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine!

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  • Brand Identity
  • Print Collateral
  • Digital Design

Virid Group Cannabis Staffing and Training

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Crafting visual language for a cannabis consulting firm.

Leave the cannabinoids and terpenes talk up to the experts at finding high quality candidates for growing businesses. From growers to budtenders, this training, staffing, and consulting agency for Michigan’s growing cannabis industry will hand pick the right fit.

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  • Book Design
  • Editorial Direction
  • Publishing

Flower House Detroit Art Installation, Photography Book

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Recreating a once immersive and fragrant art installation.

Flower House Detroit is the visual and personal journey of project photographer Heather Saunders. Highlighting the project’s inception, preview, exhibition, and aftermath, this Michigan made book celebrates the gift of finding beauty everywhere – even in the most unexpected places.

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  • Naming
  • Brand Identity
  • Exhibit Design
  • Digital Design

FLOW Exhibit Impression 5 Science Center

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A creative exercise in simplifying fluid dynamics.

FLOW, a brand new exhibit at Impression 5, explores fluid dynamics with two stories of hands-on, interactive components and activities. Kids and parents alike can study the science of a vortex, power a giant water-shooting flywheel, play with water jets, and much more!

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Brave and creative branding and design.

Founded nearly 25 years ago as a one-man operation, Traction is now a thought leader and expert in brand creation and positioning. We’re a passionate group of creators that believe in the power of community, branding, and eating dessert. While our roots run deep in Michigan’s capital city, we continue to serve clients from all over the United States.

Our Capabilities

  • Research
  • Brand Strategy
  • Naming
  • Brand Identity
  • Brand Activations
  • Digital Design

Our Team

  • Camron Gnass, Principal, CD
  • Caitlin Courval, Client Services
  • Kameron Chauvez, Designer
  • Gerald Westlund, Designer

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Keep Lounging

Two more logos selected for the international LogoLounge Book Eleven out of 35,000 worldwide submissions.

05.01.2019 — Awards, Features
Facebook.com

Most Awarded Agency

Awarded 23 total Mid-Michigan ADDYs, including overall Best of Show, 3 Best of Category, 3 Judges Choice and 12 Golds.

02.25.2019 — Awards, Features
Facebook.com

Kicking Goals

2nd community-owned, free-play, LED lit, mini turf field offering the community a chance to play soccer comes to life!

01.11.2019 — Giving Back, Lansing
BeaconSoccer.org