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    THE IMAGISTS

    BRAND STRATEGY + CREATIVE DIRECTION

A honest, holistic approach to branding

We are brand strategists and creative directors. We craft tailored solutions to develop your brand as a whole, and bring together the best designers to create all the material necessary to reach its full potential. From ideation to execution, we direct all efforts under one roof, ensuring consistency and accountability, as well as better efficiency and less overhead.

we consult: Brand Development   Content Creation   Online Strategy   Social Media Strategy   Strategic Partnerships   Local ActivationsWe design: Visual Identity   Print Material   Web Presence   Package Design   UI/UX Design   Space Design

"Big Agencies" suck...

... you dry. Good branding is the intersection of good planning and good execution. Unlike most traditional agencies, we don’t focus on one above the other. On the contrary, we follow a holistic approach, where our skills as strategists and creative directors allow us to deliver well-rounded results. Your brand is a whole, and should be considered as such. We are a lean, efficient one-stop shop that gives you access to the best minds and talents, while staying on time and on budget.

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Should you hire a full-time creative director? Would a freelance designer do? Where to start? How can you guarantee your return on investment? Our “all of the above” approach takes guessing out of the equation: we are your brand directors, your partners all the way. From crafting your roadmap to success to selecting the right team to help you get there, we oversee and guarantee the entire experience. Our lean, smart organization allows us to deliver all-encompassing solutions that fit your needs, timing and budget. Good branding can be simple. Let us show you how.

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There are many talented designers out there. Good thing we already work with them! Our broad range of clients have brought us to work with the very best in the business, from print designers to web experts, to UI consultants and more. Our exclusive relationship with great talent allows us to offer you better rates and faster turnarounds than a direct relationship with freelancers, while our commitment to creating teams dedicated to each project guarantees cheaper prices (as you only pay for what you need). That’s how we think business should be done.

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Our way of doing business simply makes sense: we believe that good relationships are at the core of successful endeavors, and we value our clients’ trust above all. Therefore, no shady business: our structure is lean and efficient, our pricing is clear and your ROI is measurable. We guarantee big agency results without the complications, exorbitant costs and long-term commitments. With us as your partners, you will always know what you’re getting into. 

So What are you waiting for?

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Questions & Answers

What type of clients do you work with?
Interesting, honest, smart ones. Oh, you mean what type of industry do we specialize in? Well, we have had the pleasure to work in pretty much all of them at this point, but we are mostly known for our results with new ventures, tech startups, hospitality ventures, digital brands, food and beverage, non-profits… and we have a thing for small businesses, too.
How big is your agency?
It’s small, and that’s a major plus for you. Keeping our permanent staff to a minimum, while hiring designers we trust for each project, allows us to keep our overhead very low, and pass those savings onto you. Bigger is not always better, and certainly not when it comes to running a smart business.
Is my project too big/small for us to work together?
Honestly, we don’t know, but it’s unlikely. Projects come in all shapes and sizes, but all share a common denominator: the need for a thorough, efficient plan of action, followed by actual execution. We work with a multitude of businesses of all sizes (literally, from Fortune 500 to the butcher next door), and make a point of crafting solutions that match their expectations and capabilities. We wouldn’t be very good at our job if we were not able to scale it to our clients’ needs, now, would we?
How do you charge for your services?
Our price structure is simple and transparent. After an initial consultation, we issue a recommended plan of action, complete with budget and timeframe. Our work as brand advisors and creative directors is subject to a monthly retainer, corresponding to a certain range of hours we propose to dedicate to the project. The designers we select to work on the project charge a separate flat fee per project, which we relay directly to you. We do not make a cut on the designer’s fees, and have most of the time access to better rates due to our exclusive working relationships.
Can you work with an existing team?
We play nice with others! Our clients often have an in-house existing team, responsible for specific tasks, and we love collaborating with them. We also understand the work of PR agencies, advertising agencies etc. and are happy to create strategies that make the most of their abilities in order to deliver the best ROI for the client.
Do you work only locally? Where are your designers from?
We work with clients on both coasts, as well as in Europe and Asia. We are game for anything, as technology allows working relationships to flourish no matter the distance. We value face-to-face interaction with our designers however, which means that a vast majority of the work we vet is locally grown.
What makes you better than everybody else?
Well, we are almost always more efficient, faster and cheaper than our competition. More efficient because we are a lean structure built around results, and we believe in results above all. Faster because we dedicate specific team members to specific tasks, and empower our teams with making decisions that pertain to their domain. Cheaper because we do not pass along our functioning costs and admin expenses to our clients, and because we only hire the people we need for the job.

Creative Direction

A forward-thinking brand expert since he opened his first award-winning agency at 19 years old, Christophe Galland has been defining brand identities and strategies for companies, institutions and individuals all over Europe and the United States. Now established in Los Angeles, he guides The Imagists’ vast clientele toward success by offering tailored innovative solutions to today’s demanding economic realities. Christophe is a regular speaker on seminars around the country, and also offers organizational and brand strategy consulting services to brands arounds the world. He also sits on the USC Annenberg Alumni Board of Directors.

“I created The Imagists out of necessity: necessity for me to have reliable experts to translate my vision for a brand or a company into reality, and necessity for my clients to turn to one unique entity able to guide them to completion. Although it seems like an obvious way to do business, especially at a time where budgets have shrunk and ROI is king, it turns out we are still among the very few to think about branding this way. I am very proud of the work we put out here because it is honest, great, and makes a real difference. Hopefully we get a change to spread this way of thinking on many different levels over the years!”

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