MakeMusic, a leader in the industry for more than 20 years, owns four primary brands in music software notation and technology: Finale, SmartMusic, MusicXML and Garritan. Capsule was asked to participate in strategy sessions for brand work that was already underway and being determined by the MakeMusic management team. Capsule’s role was to use these existing constructs in order to further articulate the fundamentals of each brand’s audience, visual language, key messaging and promise.

Make Music logo
Make Music standards

The next step, designing a new brand language for each of the product brands in addition to the corporate brand. The design effort began with an exploration of examples in software (Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, etc) from which MakeMusic could draw indicators in order to design a compelling brand language.

Make Music display

System design concepts followed, which included logos, load screens, virtual software boxes and load icons for each product brand. Five concepts were presented and refined to eventually achieve a new visual language for the corporate brand and each of the product brands.

Make Music icons A
Make Music website B


"From strategy to design, Capsule helped position MakeMusic as an innovator of music software that empowers people to bring their music to life. Not only did they provide a visual solution for existing brands, but also a road map for future acquisitions. Capsule was able to address our unique and complex problems, designing MakeMusic's brand language to be as innovative as our products." — Barry Brown, MakeMusic, SVP Product & Marketing

Make Music icons C
Make Music icons B
Make Music Player

The design effort was both detailed and impactful for the entire MakeMusic brand experience. It was also exhaustive and will eventually be found on everything from software interfaces and promotional materials to Facebook music contests. The team at MakeMusic is amazing and making all the right improvements to advance the brand, increase sales and retain margin.

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