The Mint brand started as a need to fulfill a gap in the mobile market...the online only, value brand. As Creative Director, I wanted to design a brand that felt premium and a bit trendy. The creation of a fox as the brand narrator helped bring some life to an otherwise technical and corporate industry. However, foxes pose a special kind of challenge because they can be seen as clever and cunning in a sneaky way, and a huge part of our business approach was transparency aka no hidden fees, no BS. So I was off to solve an interesting design challenge – I started with the most benign and approachable of all shapes...circles.
BUILDING THE STORY LINE
Once I felt strongly about the shape and characteristics of the fox, it's time to start telling the story. Who is he and why is he that way? Not only does this help sell it to the business folk putting money behind this brand, but it helps the create a north star for the build out of all other creative elements.
FLOPPY EAR STORY
In the very last legs of this character design, the fox was missing a little something that made him feel down to earth and real. My dog Tucker was spending these days in my office watching me spin around in my chair, bang my head against the desk and pace around thinking of solutions to create this f*!ing fox ( I said foxing).
Then it hit me...that ear! That humbling little floppy ear that gave my dog so much charm. Bam! The fox was done. Now I just had to get it approved by the suits:) Shockingly it went through almost without a hitch. What a journey.