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Curio Coffee Roasters

The logo development process at Nice Branding Agency is one that produces consistently stellar results for our clients. While we understand that the logo is not the complete brand, it is a foundational element. Your logo should be able to serve as a platform for telling your story. We were retained by the Nashville craft coffee connoisseurs at Curio Coffee to create a logo that would brew up some great conversation about why they started their business.


Project Kickoff

The purveyors at Curio Coffee Roasters in Nashville approached Nice Branding Agency with the need for a custom coffee shop logo design. They were depending on this logo design project to equip their company to grow beyond corporate coffee service into a brand that would resonate with coffee connoisseurs. 


Design Direction Brainstorm

Armed with information about the business from our creative questionnaire, our team gathered to determine different directions the brand could take to achieve the clients’ goals. We wanted to really delve into the meaning behind the name and the overall vision for the brand that the owners had cast as they were starting their business. The idea was that there’s an element of curiosity around coffee that’s been sourced from around the globe.

Curio is all about developing curiosity within people. According to the team at Curio, curiosity is what drives the world to understand and create new experiences to further better themselves. In fact, it’s curiosity that brought Curio owners David & Alex together as partners to explore the different capacities within the specialty coffee culture. They are committed to ensuring that people can experience the best possible cup of coffee during their busy day. Their passion lies in helping people explore the flavor complexities of the glorious bean and grow in appreciation of the craft. Additionally, Curio is all about collaboration and bringing together the fast growing world of coffee.

Our clients wanted a logo that would be easily recognizable (shouldn’t they all be?) and one that would make viewers curious about the company, wanting to investigate to learn more.

Initially, our team brought to the table several directions that were primarily typographic in nature. We planned to utilize the c’s in the words curio and coffee and to create a logo that would live well on apparel, merchandise, and packaging.



Finalization of Conceptualization

Upon presentation to our Director of Design and Creative Director, it was determined that these logo options didn’t possess enough variety, or truly get to the heart of the brand’s positioning. Our directors recommended taking a closer look at what it means to be curious and what elements play into the enjoyment of coffee.

From here, we set forth to create logo designs that included icon options indicative of the meaning behind the brand.


Logo Design Options

During the design phase, our team took to their desktops to digitally create several logo options that included both typography and iconography. The options were paired with color palettes that we determined would work well in application, and capture the mood of the brand. These options were compiled and reviewed internally before being prepped to present to our clients.

As part of our logo development process, our team fully develops three logo options to present to the client for selection.

The first logo we created for Curio Coffee Roasters featured a stylized magnifying glass, used to symbolize curiosity, that is comprised of two side-by-side letter C’s. In addition, we specifically developed this looking glass icon to resemble an overhead view of a coffee mug. It’s this subtle underlying meaning that provides a starting point to talk about the brand story and the meaning behind the business.

This icon was designed to be able to live alongside the typeset or to stand alone, as required by application. A modern color palette of blues promotes relaxation and comfort, while a subtle pop of burnt orange brings the brand to life, and conveys curiosity or excitement. The inclusion of gold adds a layer of sophistication.


coffee shop logo design


The next two options presented were primarily typography-based, an on-trend treatment for coffee shops and cafes of the like. In the option below, you will see that the large letter C, with the star in the center, could serve as a standalone icon. However, it is utilized in the typography to begin both of the words “Curio” and “Coffee”. The selected typeface is weathered, yet sophisticated, and the color palette is both rustic and polished.


coffee roaster shop logo


The final coffee shop logo design shown below is decidedly modern and clean. In this approach, we used the letter U in the word “Curio” to fashion the shape of a coffee mug. The black, white, and gold color combination creates a level of refinement or elegance for the brand, and makes the logo extremely versatile.


coffee roaster shop logo


Presentation and Selection

Upon presentation of the coffee shop logo design options, our client selected the first option. The clever nature of the icon really won their hearts and they felt like the color palette was one that was not frequently present in their industry. This would promote the curiosity aspect and allow them to stand out in the market. Additionally, they determined that the icon would be able to easily grace mugs, packaging, merchandise, attire, and more. It would be recognizable and wearable, and that was a major goal for the design.


Coffee Shop Logo Design


Finalization, Files, and Guidelines

When the logo was selected and the color palette finalized, it went back to our Director of Design for finalization. During this phase, the logo is inspected to ensure that all spacing is perfectly correct and that the design of the icon is impeccable. At this point, exact color codes are selected in PMS, CMYK, RGB, and hex codes.


Project Closeout

Finally, we were ready to provide logo files to our client. We created a full set of files, including black, white, and full color. These were provided to the client as PDF, JPEG, EPS, and PNG files. Additionally, we shared a logo guidelines sheet with the files. This guide outlines the usage requirements, font names, and color codes for the logo.


curio coffee logo guidelines


Ready for a Nice Logo?

Our coffee shop logo design process is one that is slow-roasted for success. However, in reality, the entire project takes about two weeks to complete. If you’re sipping on what we’re brewing, give us a shout. We’d love to create a logo for you.

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