And now for the rest of the story...

We’re a design firm dedicated to creating and revitalizing visual brands—a talented group of thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators with big ideas.

 

Whether they’re a start-up with fresh VC funding, or an established company preparing to IPO… there’s one thing most 405 Group clients have in common: the brand is at an inflection point—a time of significant change where the ship is changing course.

Managing change can be difficult. But that’s where we can help. Whether it’s determining what aspects of the old brand should carry forward, or helping define an entirely new brand, we have 20+ years of experience to help facilitate change.

We focus on developing dynamic and integrated brands that forge strategic connections, influence decisions, and inspire action.

 

Our goal is to create a valuable and memorable customer experience by working with clients to develop an integrated brand communication strategy. We audit current materials, assess competition, evaluate successes and problems, and provide thoughtful solutions that will cut through the clutter of marketing hype and demonstrate a distinctive brand message to apply across all channels—whether it’s on a mobile website or in an annual report.

Thinking
Research & Analysis
Information Architecture
User/Customer Experience
Brand Strategy
Content Strategy
Creating
Naming & Identity Creation
Website Design & Development
Print & Sales Collateral Systems
Packaging Design
Environments & Tradeshows
Doing
Art Direction
Identity Implementations
Brand Standards & Guidelines
Collateral Production
Web Maintenance
It’s about time for a change, no?
MEET YOUR NEW TEAM

Some clients think of us an extension of their team—their design police. (We even have badges…) When they call us, the flashing light immediately goes on the roof. Look, we don’t know all their kid’s names and how they spent their summer vacations. (TMI) But we know their brand, their products & services, and what to do to creatively communicate that promise to their customers.

We don’t do it alone...
PARTNERS

Our partners are not “vendors”, they’re extensions of our team, helping us to provide a robust cache of services to our clients. In many cases we’ve worked with them for over 20 years and would trust them with the keys if we needed to. We’re also happy to collaborate with our client’s vendors when necessary. (How do you think we meet good people in the first place?)

cheese shooters
Sure, you can use Getty, and iStock, and 123RF. And all your visuals will look like everyone else’s. A truly talented and creative photographer adds a value well beyond the cost when developing a unique and outstanding brand. Hire one.

Houser Photography

Partnered Projects:
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Bio-Marin Pharmaceuticals, Foundation Capital, Trucker Huss
roberthouser.com

Kevin Twomey Photography

Partnered Projects:
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Peribit Networks, TrueSpectra, RGB Networks
kevintwomey.com

Prose Pushers
Everyone can write, right?
Ah, yeah…, no.
Remember, it’s all about the content. What you say… is what you show, is who you are, is what they think. Partnering with an experienced, expressive writer will unlock possibilities you’ve never dreamed of using mere words.

Writing Arts

Partnered Projects:
Orfalea Foundation, Aerohive Networks, SS8, Vertex Ventures
www.writingarts.com

Words By Design

Partnered Projects:
Legacy Venture, Reconnex
wordsbydesign.com

code cookers
405 does most of our own web development. But when the need arises for more targeted firepower, we call in the SEALS. Experts that extend our reach well beyond the needs of a typical B2C website—delivering code that maintains current best practices.

Camna

Partnered Projects:
Legacy Venture, Ascent, Sencha
camna.com

BlackBox

Partnered Projects:
Aerohive Networks, Retail Solutions, Ascent
blackbox.com

We’re nothing without our clients.
OUR CLIENTS

Just take a look at this list. Over 20 years of relationships—everyone from technology, bio-tech, and healthcare… to venture capital, philanthropy, energy, and law. Whew! And they’re not as different as you might think. They all came to us during times of change, in need of guidance and creative solutions that would solve their marketing challenges. They have one other thing in common—they’re all satisfied clients!

Aerohive Networks
Animal
AppDynamics
Aqua Metals
ArrayComm
Arroyo
Ascent Services Group
Aspect
AutoGrid
Avvenu
BEA
Big Switch Networks
BioMarin Pharmaceuticals
Bio-Rad Laboratories
California Univ. Silicon Valley
Canara
Clari
Clearwell Systems
Coherent

Concurrent
ConSentry Networks
Dorsey Whitney
Eucalyptus
Foundation Capital
Ford Motors
Gefen
Glassdoor
Harmonic
Healthy Kentucky Foundation
Imagine Communications
Infoblox
Intacct
iPass
Joint Venture Health
Kenna Security
Kony
Latitude
Legacy Venture

LiveOps
MarkLogic Corp
Morris Studios
NeoCarta Ventures
Nicira
Opsware
Orfalea Foundation
Painted Words Agency
Palo Alto Networks
Pano Logic
Peribit Networks
RealNetworks
Reconnex
Remedy
Retail Solutions, Inc.
RGB Networks
Rohati Systems
Schlumberger

Sencha
Sentient Energy
ShieldX Networks
ShoreTel
Sococo
SS8
StorSimple
Starbucks
Trucker Huss
Versa Networks
Vertex Ventures
Vidyo
VMware
Vontu
Walters & Wolf
WebMonsters
Weinstein Studios
Webb Family Foundation
Webb Investment Network

Throw caution to the wind.

and ping us for a quote.
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