Komuso Design provides a simple and natural means of reconnecting with the self. Their product — The Shift — encourages people to slow down, steady their breathing and embrace the present. Their philosophy is backed by ancient wisdom. They embody the Komuso way of life, using teachings from Japan’s Edo period to spread their messaging.
Komuso Design only offers one product to consumers. Yet their brand is rich and vibrant. They invest a lot of time telling their story. And that narrative is what has elevated their company to a global presence. When the owners, Todd and Vanessa, came to us, their company was young and quite unknown. They had a vision for what they wanted to accomplish — the story they needed to share with the world — but weren’t sure how to go about it. That’s where we came in. We immediately connected with their vision. We understood the value their product offered to people and were eager to help share those healing powers with the world.
Our branding mission started with video production. The first video we filmed (below left) was essentially an introduction to the brand, the product, and the modern problem they solve through The Shift. The video to the left is much more impressive. What started as a 2-minute company profile video grew into a massive 6-minute story. It is the truest representation of the Komuso brand and a must-see. The third video we produced (below right) is a tutorial on how to best use The Shift.
Photographing The Shift
The Shift is the centerpiece of the Komuso brand. Don’t let its simple appearance fool you. It was developed by a psychotherapist and meditation teacher who used data from over a year of testing to engineer the ideal length, diameter, and quality of metal. Part of The Shift’s charm is its apparent simplicity. It may seem ordinary but it is, in fact, profound. Its design is, in a way, a clever nod to the power of breath, which when harnessed has an immense influence on our bodies and mind.
Given that simplicity is the namesake of The Shift, we chose to keep the aesthetic of their product photography minimal. This was also a stylistic nod to the natural form of The Shift and the philosophy behind the product.
When we took our photography outside of a controlled setting, our methodology and purpose had to change. We needed to connect The Shift to a mindset. After listening to our audience, we realized that many people underestimate the power of breathing. They often take it for granted and that leads them to disregard it as a healing modality. Because of this, people were failing to see The Shift for what it is and what it provides.
We realized that our photography needed to teach our audience about breathing and The Shift’s place therein. So, we chose to place The Shift in magnificent settings around the world, like the Mojave Desert. Our photography associates The Shift with these landscapes, ultimately connecting the tool to nature. The environments we chose are calm, vast, isolated, and ancient. They are timeless and powerful, as is the power of breathing. When the viewer sees these tranquil photos and notices The Shift is the reason the models are so relaxed, they immediately have an epiphany.
FEBRUARY NURTURE SERIES
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VALENTINE'S DAY PROMO SERIES
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