Carne Group

Rebrand

Carne is a €400m business, with over 500 employees in eight countries, that operates in a complex area of asset management, helping many of the world’s leading financial institutions handle the legal and regulatory obligations of their funds and portfolios across global markets.

The challenge

Carne’s brand and communications had become very complex and hard to navigate. They struggled to articulate their offer, listing over 40 products and services, leaving clients daunted. Ironically for a company that made things simpler, they communicated complexity. Visually they had taken refuge in cliches common across the industry, but research showed that there was no cut-through – people were simply unaware of their capabilities.

Our approach

Carne recognised the potential of digitisation within the sector and required a brand that could help realise their vision for the future. Following a four-month strategic review with hundreds of hours of interviews and workshops, we developed a brand strategy around two key insights: they brought fragmented operations together in one place, at fund, company and industry-wide levels. Secondly, they greatly simplified things for their clients. We built the brand around the core idea of ‘Unity through simplicity’ and expressed it through a ‘language of lines’ to suggest how digitisation with Carne can unite an industry of many disconnected parts. We simplified their product offering into three clear narratives and rebranded their technology platform to Curator – giving their clients the power to curate their entire fund universe.

The outcome

Following a year of working in collaboration with individuals from across the business and industry, the new brand launched on 31st March 2022 and has been very well received. Today, we continue to support Carne with their vision.

There is just one item in our household that is cherished by every member of our family: a portrait of our four children when they were young. The artist told us it would take up to 18 months. This was, he said, about capturing not just their appearance, but something of their essence, their character and their soul. That is how I feel about Clout’s rebrand of our company. They have done what I think is very rare in our sector and in branding in general: capture our spirit as well as our business vision

John Donohoe, Founder & Group CEO

What we did

Brand strategy
Naming
Visual identity
Print/digital communications
Website
Event collateral
Interior branding
Internal brand rollout
Brand films
Global guidelines

Our collaborators

Scott Perry, brand strategy and writing
Hambly Freeman, website development
weareseventeen, animation
Rob Clarke, typography refinement

Website

carnegroup.com

Related projects

Carne Group brand films

Work