YieldStreet is a New York City-based specialty finance firm that both provides non-traditional financial opportunities for investors and acts as a resource for borrowers who might not be able to find financial support in the traditional banking system. We led brainstorming sessions not only on the logo itself but also on the overall brand and the idea behind it. The inspiration for the primary imagery of the logo comes from nature itself. As YieldStreet states on their Web site: “The oxpecker rests on the Impala in order to alert the impala of impending danger. The oxpecker also forages on organisms harmful to the impala. In exchange, the impala provides the oxpecker shelter and food. These two animals have a beautiful symbiotic relationship.”
The core messaging we wanted to communicate about this company—what set it apart in our minds—is the symbiotic relationship between investor + borrower. Honing in on imagery and a concept as unconventional as the company itself sets them apart from their competitors, nearly all of whom employ sterile, unmemorable brands without stories that say little more than “hey, this is our name”.
After establishing the brand, we let that set the tone for the work to come on YieldStreet’s Web presence, a dynamic site with width breaks that allow for shifts to mobile versions and separate guest + members versions.