Gifted Boutique Drop 8: Campaigning Branding


Gifted Boutique is a small Community Interest Company, who raise money for four children’s charities in Reading by selling donated designer and high end high street clothing mostly through online platforms such as our website, Depop and eBay. Our client came to us in hopes we could shine a new youthful light on his next drop. He wishes to advertise his boutique in such a way that appeals to a younger audience and one way of doing this is to feel more present on social media as a way of gaining more attention and in turn, donations. He wanted us to come up with a completely fresh and engaging agenda for the next drop and it does not have to fit any previous, set colour schemes or aesthetics – in fact, it was to be very different. As a team, we worked together to achieve the wants and needs of the client. The client truly wanted us to explore our creativity, with no boundaries or preconceptions. The only specifications we were to bare in mind were as follows:

  • Ensure the collaboration with students is clear
  • Be funky, youthful and dynamic
  • His previous photos lacked a ‘human touch’, so this was one thing he wanted to change


  1. Depop photos of at least 6 items (1280px x 1280px)
  2. Facebook cover photo (820px x 312px)
  3. Hero images instagram (1080px x 1080px)
  4. Website hero images (2000px x 1200 px)
  5. Promotional animation video


  • Advertise the brand
  • Be inviting new customers and donations
  • Create a completely different concept
  • Appeal to a younger audience
  • Add a ‘human touch’

Target Audience

Most of the clients consumers tend to be younger women but he also wants to appeal to:

  • Students
  • Younger people
  • Sustainable advocates
  • Facebook users
  • Located in the reading areas


We made sure that before we started anything, we would familiarise ourself with the brand itself – looking at their socials such as their website, instagram, Depop, facebook etc. While doing so, we analysed the use of their type and colour but found this to be quite inconsistent at times but this is because each drop has it’s own identity. We definitely felt that the brand identity was missing a form of human touch considering its values are very closely related to the communal feeling of people.

Design Process

We started the process by splitting up – we decided to brainstorm upon our own ideas and concepts. The client was very open to any ideas, and so we thought we would initially present him a range of ideas for him to pick and choose what assets he liked from each to get a better idea of what avenue he wanted us to go down and what he was drawn too.

Initial photography

Following on from this, we decided to kick start with our own photos. These photos were not aimed at being the best, but instead to give us a better idea of what we aim to deal with in our future designs and start getting more comfortable with what was to be done.

Photoshoot 1
Photoshoot 1

Following on from some initial photos, we created some more authentic designs.

Initial ideas


The client stated in the initial brief that a less professional and more edgy/youthful approach was needed, hence his decision to come to the University to have students design the output. Because of this, we focussed on trends and colourful images that would help the brand match the current styles present on Depop and instagram. One trend that we desired, and when presented to the client he was thoroughly interested, was the use of woodcut lettering. The client wanted it to be an obvious collaboration with students and the university; So we felt this approach to be youthful and fun, while remaining true to our design backgrounds and aspirations. We contacted teachers and upon our own knowledge, we’re on the hunt for a suitable typeface to use within our designs.

We came across this typeface in class which initiated our first ideas of what we were looking for in a typeface.
This was one of the typeface we were provided as inspiration from one of our teachers and we were immediately drawn to this – evidently our client was also extremely draw to this particular ‘8’ you can see in the image and so we followed on with this in our later, more finalised designs.









Kaija's idea
The main idea behind kaija’s concept here is being as ‘funky’ as possible. The monogram concept is playful, trendy and appeal to a younger audience. After taking on the advice of the client, the colour scheme has been completely flipped to create a fresher appeal. Our own photos are creating a much more authentic and truer to a final finish. The inclusion of the logo creates a much more personal feel, to the brand, also.
Mias idea
Similarly here,Mia has taken a much different approach to colour has been made after requests from the client. The client also said he liked the ‘8’ being in front of the image so this is a unique play on this. The black and white image create a mysterious ‘reveal’ for clothing to come.
A bold colour choice with modern approach has been made here. As well as playing with some typographic techniques that uses the ‘8’ as the letter ‘e’. Jude wanted to keep the brand present hence the variety in opacity.


Developed photography

In our second photoshoot, we felt much more prepared. We got hold of some much better equipment and made sure to get better angles of the clothing, as well as a wider variety of photos to play with.

Photoshoot 2
Photoshoot 2 – close ups of labels.
Photoshoot 2 – Unique and personal angles.


Photoshoot 3 – The client requested some more models for a more inclusive feel.
Photoshoot 3 – allowing more room and unique angles to allow for room to place text which we had previously not considered.
Photoshoot 3 – Better angles and up closes off the label in order for more appropriate Depop photos after requests from the client.

Final Deliverables

1. Depop photos of at least 6 items (1280px x 1280px)

Final Depop photos examples

2. Facebook cover photo (820px x 312px)

3. Hero images instagram (1080px x 1080px)

4. Website hero images (2000px x 1200 px)

5. Promotional animation video