We build beautiful brands

Blackcoffee is the creative agency of renowned brand strategist Shannon Larkins. Based in Calgary, Canada and operating globally, our team delivers uncompromised and beautiful solutions for brands. We help visionaries create aspirational brands that are strategic, smart and special.

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Trinity Development Group

Trinity purchased 260 acres of controversial natural land in Calgary. It was a risky $40 million investment as development applications for this property had been turned down for the last 50 years. Trinity needed a communications partner to help them bring forward an exceptional proposal for an urban village on the City’s west side.

That’s what we did. We told their story with emotion and passion through the right communication channels over a several year period, winning praise from the media and approvals from the City.

  • Media Relations
  • Communications Strategy
  • 8-year public relations & marketing partnership
  • Visual Identity
  • Copywriting
  • Custom Website
  • Digital Newsletter
  • Stakeholder Relations
  • Print Materials
  • Media Relations
  • Communications Strategy
  • 8-year public relations & marketing partnership
  • Visual Identity
  • Copywriting
  • Custom Website
  • Digital Newsletter
  • Stakeholder Relations
  • Print Materials

Toombs Career Transformations

Toombs, a local leader in the outplacement and HR market, needed a brand refresh that would emotionally connect and compel their clients to action.

Given the level of upheaval in the labour marketplace, impact on careers, and new offerings by the company, the team asked themselves and their clients if their communication and identity reflected the firm they are today. The answer was no.

We embarked on a strategic process that would properly present the company in a new light and today's reality.

A project with our partner company

  • Brand strategy
  • Story development
  • Brand visuals
  • Brand voice
  • Copywriting
  • Photography
  • Website design and development
  • Corporate print package
  • Marketing strategy
  • Marketing collateral
  • Brand strategy
  • Story development
  • Brand visuals
  • Brand voice
  • Copywriting
  • Photography
  • Website design and development
  • Corporate print package
  • Marketing strategy
  • Marketing collateral
  • Crisis Communications
  • Social Media Campaign
  • Brand Strategy
  • Communications Strategy
  • Copywriting
  • Custom Websites
  • Photography
  • Print Materials

Stoney Nation

Blackcoffee first connected with Stoney Nation community in 2013 when horrific floods swept through the area devastating many. We were called to manage the specialized crisis communications required at the time.

Following the floods, we were asked to help launch the Stoney Nation Job Center, an initiative to connect those in the community to valuable jobs. From brand strategy, through the development of visual identity, copywriting and web design, the launch was perfectly executed and we’ve stayed partners.

In 2018, we were invited to refresh the brand and website for the community women’s shelter, a vital service that we are honoured to support. Our work with the shelter grew through a rebrand and the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Crisis Communications
  • Social Media Campaign
  • Brand Strategy
  • Communications Strategy
  • Copywriting
  • Custom Websites
  • Photography
  • Print Materials
  • Brand strategy
  • Story development
  • Brand visuals
  • Brand voice
  • Copywriting
  • Website design and development
  • Corporate print package
  • Social Media

The Luxury Travel Agency

Passionate travellers with a penchant for indulging, Nabeel Alateeqi and Andrew Satkowiak lead The Luxury Travel Agency. They came to us for a full rebrand that would appropriately showcase their craft.

Their call came at the height of the pandemic when they knew they wouldn’t be booking luxury cruises or beautiful beachy weddings. They wanted to prepare for the pent up desires of a world that spent a year-plus locked down.

We created an iconic brand that stands for service, pleasure and luxurious travel.

A project with our partner company

  • Brand strategy
  • Story development
  • Brand visuals
  • Brand voice
  • Copywriting
  • Website design and development
  • Corporate print package
  • Social Media

Alec Williams

A leader in the luxury home building market, Alec Williams came to us looking for a new website. The challenge was to differentiate his unique high-end home building practice from the competition.

Alec’s existing site and promotional materials were adequate but we took them to remarkable through sharing his personal story and highlighting why working with Alec Williams Construction is a step above working with others in his field.

  • Brand strategy
  • Story development
  • Brand visuals
  • Brand voice
  • Copywriting
  • Website design and development
  • Digital Newsletter
  • Sales Strategy
  • Sales Materials
  • Social Media
  • Brand strategy
  • Story development
  • Brand visuals
  • Brand voice
  • Copywriting
  • Website design and development
  • Digital Newsletter
  • Sales Strategy
  • Sales Materials
  • Social Media
  • Brand Strategy
  • Company Naming
  • Brand Identity
  • Brand Voice
  • Photography & Illustration
  • Copywriting
  • Custom Website
  • E-Newsletter
  • Podcast

Brave Birds

When Tracy Balash was ready to launch her coaching business, she came to us with the goal of creating a daring brand strategy that would perfectly connect with her target audiences. Starting from scratch, we came up with unique name and rolled out a website, blog and podcast that keep her audiences engaged.

After several years running a successful coaching business, Tracy’s business grew and pivoted. Tracy and team now work with corporate leaders to root out toxicity in the workplace. She came back to Blackcoffee for a refreshed brand strategy and a new website to reflect the key changes to her business.

  • Brand Strategy
  • Company Naming
  • Brand Identity
  • Brand Voice
  • Photography & Illustration
  • Copywriting
  • Custom Website
  • E-Newsletter
  • Podcast

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