Project:
Paul Mueller Company

Roles:
identity design support
brand strategy support
Paul Mueller Company has always been known for hard work, quality and expert craftsmanship. These traits allowed them to grow from a small, midwestern sheet metal shop to a global supplier of heating, cooling and storage solutions for farmers, brewers and engineers.

In the midst of this growth, they needed a brand identity that would elevate their heritage, while solving some of their growing pains—allowing them to move forward as a global industry leader.


We evolved the Mueller mark to maintain equity in their blue rectangle and shortened the long, lanky shape to work better across digital and social media contexts. We then updated the wide, extended letterforms for greater legibility at small sizes.

The visual identity system balances heritage with more modern sensibilities that point to their European division. The system consistently builds on the rectangle as a graphic device—translating to angular iconography, masculine typography, a modular web experience and sub-brand architecture that utilizes the shape.



How do we proceed when half the world knows us as Paul Mueller Company and the other as Mueller, a name associated with many other North American and European brands?


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Identity Design Lead: Jonathan Lawrence
Identity Designer: Brit Blankenship
Lead Writer: Danielle DePiper
Brand Strategists: Sarah Melnyk & Jonathan Bolden

Case study shot by Hales Photo, directed by Brit Blankenship