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Formerly One of One, Brightwild is a travel platform connecting people in real life through personalized experiences and standout stays. The brand was in need of both a new name and a new identity system, both of which needed to stand out in a crowded hospitality scene. Together, we created a brand centered on exploration and connection, anchored by a strong personality that balances curiosity, authenticity, and joy with a little dose of rebellious spirit.

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The brand’s bold ambitions are captured in its name. The Brightwild logo brings the same refined energy to the visual identity. The brand mark and graphic devices are rooted in the idea of a creative spark, capturing the creativity and transformation inherent in the brand.

That refined look and feel is tempered by bold type treatments and energetic layouts inspired by travel ephemera, another nod to the connective purpose at the core of Brightwild. A bright and ownable color palette adds another layer of flexibility to the visual system, allowing for easy tonal shifts that ensure the brand always fits the moment—in print or digital.

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Candid photography brings a serious sense of authenticity to the brand, reflected in flashbulb-inspired vignettes that capture a precise moment in time. Property images take a similar approach, featuring unexpected details that evoke curiosity and quickly set the brand apart. This real approach is balanced by a more whimsical, destination-inspired series of illustrations that set the tone for a new adventure.

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On the messaging side, Brightwild is a study in standing out. We took aim at the deferential, flavorless, and dreamy language that dominates the travel industry, crafting a brand voice with a definitive edge. Messaging appeals to the traveler who knows what kind of experience they’re looking for, even if they aren’t sure where to find it. This all rolls up into a core message—“Travel like you’ve been there”—which acts as both a call to action and an implicit promise to transform even first-time guests into local insiders.

With a bold new identity and a crystal-clear message, Brightwild not only stands out in a crowded industry—it stands for everything travel should be.

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We helped the Brightwild team gear up for launch and art directed their site refresh. They continued to successfully implement the new identity across social, a rooftop launch party, and all major touch points, even rolling out a new brand extension.

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“Matchstic’s team was amazing and easy to work with. They were collaborative, responsive, and kept all work fixated on strategy. This was the best branding project I’ve worked on in my entire career.”

— Dave Imber, Brightwild's Director of Brand & Marketing