Merch Colony

A new way to share recommendations of your favorite local businesses to friends.

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Merch Colony, LLC


April 2013 - Present

Services Provided

Visual Identity Design, Web App UI Design

Merch Colony Homepage

The Story

In 2013, Lori Brannock set out to create an app that lets friends build and share lists of their favorite places and recommendations in Charlottesville, VA (new cities coming soon). While Yelp does already cover some of that, she wanted to create a platform that focuses more on personal recommendations from friends, while ditching the negative or critical reviews that can often hurt local businesses.

Merch List Search Pages

Anyone can sign up as a merchant or a regular user. Merchants can pay a monthly fee to become a featured merchant, which means they are featured on the homepage, blog, calendar, email newsletter AND promoted through Merch Colony’s social media accounts. These highlights bring a lot of attention to local businesses.

Merch Colony User Merchant Pages

To drum up further user engagement on the site, Merch Colony has added an events calendar. They’re also working on a new blog feature that will dedicate even more spotlight to featured merchants, in addition to the promotion through the newsletter, social media, and prominent positioning within the app.

Merch Colony Blog

Visual Identity Rebranding

When first meeting with Lori in 2013, she wanted the Merch Colony brand to seem fun, friendly and hip. We agreed that the previous logo was too whimsical and unscalable to move forward with.

After deciding on a bee theme to match the name (sorry, ants), we went with a bee stinger that doubles as a geolocation symbol. This symbol works well with the brand’s goal of recommending small businesses within a city, with plans to expand to future locations.


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Merch Colony Identiy Guide

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