Urban Effects

When Urban Effects first came to Mariart, the street and park furniture company was a relatively new entrant to a well-established, competitive marketplace.

The company required a ‘refresh’ of its launch brand to firmly cement a position in an already crowded marketplace and provide some differentiation from long-term players. The concept of being ‘new’ and all the benefits that this offered was harnessed. So too, was the aspiration of becoming the preferred supplier in the future by setting new standards of quality, choice and service.

Encompassing all of this, Mariart introduced creative concepts around being ‘a breath of fresh air’ and ‘refreshingly different’ to capture the sense of the outdoor areas as well as the simple pleasures that their offer brought to the marketplace. This was reflected through imagery of a dandelion blowing in the wind.

The distinctive, refreshed look and feel also established synergies with sister company Playground Centre. The complementary logo and colour palette was designed to allow for co-operative marketing and bundled, combined offerings in the future. Importantly, the enhanced and modern brand identity reflected the suite of quality and stylish designs of Urban Effects’ street and park furniture from New Zealand and abroad.



Modinex provides easy to install internal and external surface covering solutions for home and commercial spaces.

Before Modinex had a name, they had a vision of where they wanted to be and how they wanted to be perceived. Mariart were approached to name their business and develop a brand and marketing strategy that achieved this vision.

The result is Modinex; a name derived from their “modern” product offering, efficient installation and diverse range of products that cater to both “interior” and “exterior” surface needs. As part of the branding process, we also created a logo and positioning statement.

Further work for Modinex has included stationery design, website design and development, product brochures, posters, product sample packaging, banners and print management, as well as the design of logos for their Expresswood and Passport Decking product ranges.