Global branding agency Re relaunches as a global design business

By AdNews | 1 December 2021

Re, the global branding agency, today relaunched as a global design business. 

The agency, in the 13 years since its doors opened in Sydney, has studios across Australia, the UK and US, a roster of clients including FIFA, Skyscanner, Optus, Woolworths, OPPO, Swisscom, The Commonwealth Bank, Franklin Templeton and The Global Fund. 

Re today sheds its legacy as a branding agency, and becomes a design business. This doesn’t mean forgetting about the important role that brand has to play, but in recent years, design has emerged as a field capable of addressing highly complex and often intangible problems that eclipses traditional solutions.  

Re has gone to market with a new offer, new website and a new positioning: Design to Connect. 

Founder and CEO Patrick Guerrera: “Design to Connect is our new positioning, but it’s more than a sales pitch. Over the years, we’ve seen how design has the ability to connect hearts with minds, problems with solutions, and people with products and experiences. 

"We’re obsessed with the power of design, so for us, Design to Connect is a call to arms. And we call ourselves a design business. Not an agency. It’s important because design goes deeper than how something looks, or the message it conveys.”  

The shift comes off the back of a number of new business wins and significant growth that have seen the business increasingly use design-led thinking to solve business problems and create experiences that extend beyond the everyday rebrand. 

 Guerrera: “Increasingly, we’re witnessing that the traditional rebrand simply isn’t cutting it for businesses that are seeking to stand out, and scale at speed. 

"Our clients, both new and old, see the value of design and want it to touch every part of their organisation. They want (and need) the promises their brand is making to customers to resonate with their employees as well as society at large.

"What we do at Re is use design to connect every layer of a business, from the C-suite to a company’s people, to consumers - so everything about them and their business are connected. We call it full-stack design.”

Re’s reinvention is part of the broader global strategy for the M&C Saatchi Group whose proposition is to Navigate, Create and Lead Meaningful Change.

M&C Saatchi’s CEO Moray MacLennan: “Re is a world-class design and experience business. Re’s capabilities and talent are front and centre of our Group’s future as we build a more connected and tech-led network globally”.

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