From a small studio in Sacramento, California, Confluence works with a wide variety of organizations to create award-winning brand and promotional communications. We use strategy and creativity to tell our clients' stories, to motivate audiences, and to help solve business problems. Our work process is low-key and collaborative.
Tim Collom Hardbound Retrospective
On a journey that began as a hobbyist painter in recovery, Tim Collom has become a widely collected and beloved artist, deeply involved in the Sacramento community. He has been a friend and a client of mine for over 20 years. So when he brought up the idea of creating a milestone publication for his art career, we both realized I was the right guy for the job. I am both a writer and designer. I was an early fan of his art, and I have been there with him all along the way.
I am proud of the result: a 150-page hardbound retrospective that captures the first ten years of Tim’s career. It is filled with rich, beautiful images, and tells his unlikely and inspiring story. Read more about this project.
Rainforth | Grau | Architects
Since 1984, RGA has designed 40 Northern California public schools. They are at the forefront of sustainable architecture, and designing learning environments that engage and inspire students. Confluence recently redesigned their brand and proposal.
St. Francis High School Branding
Modifying and expanding a 75-year-old brand has to be undertaken with great care and deliberation. Take a look at the new Brand Guide that Confluence developed in collaboration with a talented team of marketing pros.
The Patience Project
Sometimes work you donate provides the most satisfaction. Developing The Patience Project logo for a student-founded non-profit was one of these. Read more.
Jacks Urban Eats Promotional Cards
Jacks is one of Sacramento's popular local restaurant chains, offering a farm fresh take on the traditional cafeteria. Confluence helped develop the Jacks brand in their early years. Recently we reconnected, helping them as they launched their first LA location, their 15th overall. Read more.
Demas Law Group
The lawyers at Demas have compiled an impressive record of courtroom wins and high-dollar settlements for their clients. They are successful for several reasons: expertise, tenacity, client focus, and because they understand the human dimensions of their work—contrary to the stereotypes of their profession. Read more.
Flintridge Proper Restaurant
This L.A. area restaurant turned to Confluence to design their brand—an identity that combines the casual comfort of a neighborhood place with the richness and elegance of a top-tier food and cocktail concept. Here's what we came up with.
Dunnigan Realtors Ad Campaigns
For over 50 years Dunnigan Real Estate has remained a boutique firm focused on high quality service. These two campaigns highlight the advantages of their smaller size and legacy, and also that they are well positioned for Sacramento's high-growth future.
Tim Collom Marketing
Tim has made a name for himself in Sacramento as a top real estate agent. It is a pleasure to work with a guy like him who understands the value of brand and marketing. Here are some of the ways in which we've told his story.
EPY Pilates Rebrand
This low-key, friendly studio is where other Pilates instructors in the area come to learn and get certified. With so many trendy, new fitness places flooding the market, EPY realized they needed a brand refresh. We modified their name to be more relevant in the marketplace, and developed a vibrant new brand that accurately reflects this "little studio with a big spirit."
You can't do marketing and communications in California's capital city without working for an industry association or two. The CAAA is a membership association for attorneys who represent injured workers. Confluence is proud to have designed their 50th anniversary logo, as well as their quarterly publication. Read more.
Hiring Confluence is a cost effective way for developers, landlords and retailers to preview architectural design and landscaping elements before engaging an architect or contractor. Check out before and after images from recent projects.
Magic Power and the Moment of Belief
This isn't another long-winded celebration of 'branding' from a self-satisfied marketing guy. There's more to be gained from looking at the contrary side, the underbelly of branding. Read more.
Links | Readings | Art | Culture
A catch-all for interesting things, found objects, sacred texts, historical curiosities. digital ephemera and more. From the absurd to the profound, it's all about breadth. Have a look around.
My Stories & Writing
Over the past twenty years I’ve done a lot of professional writing for clients. More recently, I've reconnected with writing on the personal side. Here are some of those stories and non-fiction pieces. I would love to get your reaction.
Your Grandfather Drank Hamm's:
Brands, Ancestors & Ephemeral Time
An old photograph prompts this meditation on what brands mean in our lives and their role in our most cherished memories. Read more.
Confluence Opens Drive-Thru
The expanded 24-hour-a-day offering will allow us to be “more responsive in today’s non-stop business culture." Read more.