After a deep dive into the company’s offerings, culture, and market space, we worked closely with the client team to identify the concepts of possibility, joy, inclusivity, enthusiasm, excellence, kindness, interconnection, and positive influence as brand pillars, which then informed the brand story. We explored more than 50 possible positioning statements to encapsulate the new brand identity. The company ultimately selected a succinct aspirational phrase (Greater Than) and is using it internally to guide brand expression.
Once brand foundations were established, we guided the client through two rounds of name development (over 2,000 candidates created). Given the D2C model, and that context would make clear the type of offerings, we determined that tone was more critical than message for this brand. After legal screening, the client selected PaperPie, a playful name that evokes the creativity of paper dolls and mud pies as well as the paper of books and learning activities. For an American audience, particularly, the idea of pie is wholesome and beloved, evoking images of sharing with friends and family. (We don't eat pie alone!) The name's rhythm is light and upbeat, capturing the gallop of youthful energy, while its alliteration aids memorability and ups the fun. And PaperPie is unique in the industry, standing out in sound, appearance, and tone from competitor names like Scholastic and Literati.
We also developed a new term for the sales consultants—Storymakers—which emphasizes the maker-explorer sensibility of the brand.
For the visual identity, we presented 50 logo concepts from exuberant to grounded. The final design balances the lightness of the name with a graphic of nested open books (expressing inclusivity, connection, and possibility) that also suggests wings in flight (enthusiasm, joy, growth). The natural blue and green palette further grounds the name’s playfulness.
Business news outlets covered the rebrand, and the CEO, CMO, and CFO of PaperPie's parent, Educational Development Corporation (Nasdaq: EDUC), rang the Nasdaq closing bell on December 28, 2022, with a huge outdoor board at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to announce PaperPie's launch.
Hermes Creative Awards, Gold, Naming Excellence
“PaperPie is literally ‘filled’ with the culture and values of our Home Business Division, specifically focused on children’s literacy and learning. Our new brand, PaperPie, better defines who we are and what we represent to our customers and their families. We are so proud to announce this new name and begin our PaperPie journey in January 2023.”
Heather Cobb | Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, EDC