Daguerre

Design Kit

  • Color Palette for Print & Screen
  • Font Selections & Styling
  • Photo Style Selection
  • Icon Family Selection
  • Two 1-on-1 Consultations
  • How-to Guide

Select from 5 Color Palettes

Daguerre Design Kit

This Design Kit suits strong brands looking to take a stand or make a memorable impression. Your audience would be drawn to this look & feel for its bold, tell-it-like-it-is vibe and energizing qualities.

Whether your offerings center around music, artistic pursuits, political passions, apps, educational content, and more, you’ll enjoy the bold, boisterous attitude evident in the dark color palette, heavy font selections, icons and dramatic photography style.

Ideal for these brand archetypes:

Creator

Sage

Innovator

Sovereign

Innocent

Explorer


Tags:

Clean, Independent, Modern, Refined, Serious, Subtle

What’s Included

Font Selections & Hierarchy

Give your documents and website an instant facelift with recommended font weights and sizes for headings, paragraphs, subheadings, and more.

Versatile Color Palette

Keep your colors consistent across print, swag and screen with professionally selected colors. Colors are listed in Pantone, RGB, CMYK & HEX formats.

Photography Style

Photos play a central role in your look & feel, and in your ability to communicate ideas. Learn how to select and style your images to complete your polished look.

Swag Selection

Your company might not feel real until you have the t-shirt to prove it. We’ve done the shopping for you with recommendations for soft tees to fit your values and budget.

Icon Style

Icons are essential for quickly relaying concepts and catching users eyes as they scan through information. We include a selection of icons to embellish your work.

How-to Guide

This 12+ page guide shows you how to apply your design specs to collateral, swag, products & websites. Industry secrets and lifetime updates included.


Two 30-min Consultations

Get expert support for your brand and marketing questions from Founder & Creative Director, Kari Kay. Choose when to use your consultations within 90 days of purchase.

Lean Design for Startups was developed by Kari Kay, the Founder and Creative Director of Plot Creative Studio based in Seattle, WA, to help more entrepreneurs bring their vision to life. Since 2006, Kari has developed creative strategies for startups, scaling companies, mid-size corporations, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 100s. Companies rely on Kari’s keen insights, strategic questions, and confident directives to define and refine their brand strategy and product design. A systems thinker who is passionate about efficiency and creativity, Kari brings design principles to businesses to help them pinpoint their value and focus their energy on what matters most. 

Color Palette Options

Choose from one of five color options. Or, select the Custom Color Palette Add-on to work with us on a fully custom branded color palette. We’ll guide you to colors that resonate with your company and audience, and set you apart from competitors.

Reserve your Design Kit today.

Starting at $2,700

Easy to Use

Professionally Designed for Non-Designers

Take the guesswork out of applying your colors and fonts, or choosing images for your marketing materials.

Effortlessly Share with Team Members & Contractors

Managing assets between collaborators is a job in itself. Keep your design guidelines in one place, always ready to share.


Compatible with Any App, Platform or File Type

Ideal for a Variety of Businesses

  • SaaS Companies
  • Developers
  • Copywriters
  • Consultants
  • Physicians
  • Fitness Coaches
  • Stylists
  • Authors
  • Educators / Thought Leaders
  • Speakers
  • eCommerce
  • and more…

When to Use a Design Kit

Launch a New Brand

Accelerate your growth with a solid, scalable marketing foundation.

Save Time Hunting & Tweaking

Get your look & feel right the first time. Simply copy & paste directly from the provided guide to create consistently branded documents, web pages, social media and more.

Update Your Existing Look & Feel

Get your team on the same page with a consistent look & feel.

See Instant Improvements

Use your Design Kit during any point in your growth to solidify your look and create a memorable presence. Instead of trying out a new look with each product or piece of collateral, our comprehensive Design Kit allows you to reduce design work for you and your team with plug n’ play design.

Reserve your Design Kit today.

Starting at $2,700
Daguerre

Design Kit

  • Color Palette for Print & Screen
  • Font Selections & Styling
  • Photo Style Selection
  • Icon Family Selection
  • Two 1-on-1 Consultations
  • How-to Guide

Select from 5 Color Palettes

Bath Design Kit

This Design Kit suits brands with a clean, sophisticated vibe. Your audience would be drawn to this look & feel for its approachable elegance.

Whether your offerings center around events, entertainment, written content, social apps, and beyond, you’ll enjoy the balance of the refined palette and energetic attitude brought to life in the color palette, font selections, friendly icons and expressive photography styles.

Ideal for these brand archetypes:

Innocent

Lover

Caregiver

Citizen


Tags:

Adventurous, Comfortable, Energetic, Feminine, Fun, Warm

What’s Included

Font Selections & Hierarchy

Give your documents and website an instant facelift with recommended font weights and sizes for headings, paragraphs, subheadings, and more.

Versatile Color Palette

Keep your colors consistent across print, swag and screen with professionally selected colors. Colors are listed in Pantone, RGB, CMYK & HEX formats.

Photography Style

Photos play a central role in your look & feel, and in your ability to communicate ideas. Learn how to select and style your images to complete your polished look.

Swag Selection

Your company might not feel real until you have the t-shirt to prove it. We’ve done the shopping for you with recommendations for soft tees to fit your values and budget.

Icon Style

Icons are essential for quickly relaying concepts and catching users eyes as they scan through information. We include a selection of icons to embellish your work.

How-to Guide

This 12+ page guide shows you how to apply your design specs to collateral, swag, products & websites. Industry secrets and lifetime updates included.


Two 30-min Consultations

Get expert support for your brand and marketing questions from Founder & Creative Director, Kari Kay. Choose when to use your consultations within 90 days of purchase.

Kari has spent the past 15 years working with brands big and small. Her focus has primarily been on helping tech companies scale from day one to year five. However, her experience spans a variety of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, education, wellness, fitness and more.

Color Palette Options

Choose from one of five color options. Or, select the Custom Color Palette Add-on to work with us on a fully custom branded color palette. We’ll guide you to colors that resonate with your company and audience, and set you apart from competitors.

Reserve your Design Kit today.

Starting at $2,700

Easy to Use

Professionally Designed for Non-Designers

Take the guesswork out of applying your colors and fonts, or choosing images for your marketing materials.

Effortlessly Share with Team Members & Contractors

Managing assets between collaborators is a job in itself. Keep your design guidelines in one place, always ready to share.


Compatible with Any App, Platform or File Type

Ideal for a Variety of Businesses

  • SaaS Companies
  • Developers
  • Copywriters
  • Consultants
  • Physicians
  • Fitness Coaches
  • Stylists
  • Authors
  • Educators / Thought Leaders
  • Speakers
  • eCommerce
  • and more…

When to Use a Design Kit

Launch a New Brand

Accelerate your growth with a solid, scalable marketing foundation.

Save Time Hunting & Tweaking

Get your look & feel right the first time. Simply copy & paste directly from the provided guide to create consistently branded documents, web pages, social media and more.

Update Your Existing Look & Feel

Get your team on the same page with a consistent look & feel.

See Instant Improvements

Use your Design Kit during any point in your growth to solidify your look and create a memorable presence. Instead of trying out a new look with each product or piece of collateral, our comprehensive Design Kit allows you to reduce design work for you and your team with plug n’ play design.

Reserve your Design Kit today.

Starting at $2,700

Natural, Clean, Minimalist

Mood Board

Mood boards are curated groups of images that visualize a vibe. This is the second step in narrowing down a look & feel to effectively convey your brand message.

This board is a good fit for brands that provide relief from busy, aggressive or complicated situations. The content is organized, thoughtful, and light—nothing fussy or artificial.

Notice how the brands represented below use clean, crisp lines, nature-inspired color palettes, and subtle textures to create their put-together look. These brands have a somewhat nostalgic or traditional look, but with a modern twist, such as an unexpected color or handwritten fonts. These details add an extra bit of energy to avoid looking overly simplistic, plain or stuffy.

Ideal for these archetypes:

Lover

Sovereign

Caregiver

Innocent

Sage

Tags:

Clean, Simple, Minimalist, Uncomplicated, Traditional, Nostalgic, Natural, Smart


Is this the right feel for your brand?

The images below show how various companies have used color, type, icons, photos, illustrations and textures together to translate their personality into a unique look and feel. As you consider your company’s presence, do these samples achieve the vibe you’re after?

Please note: The images posted here are subject to copyrights owned by the individuals or entities who created them. They are intended for educational purposes, and not to be used for your brand or for any other personal or commercial use.

TIP: Audiences looking for clean, trustworthy products tend to hold companies to high standards of customer service and transparency. Be diligent in building your company culture with this in mind. Regularly communicate about your company values, and be careful to align with others who share and practice these beliefs.


Not quite the vibe you’re looking for? Explore All Mood Boards

Get the look! Choose a Design Kit to match this vibe.

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Positive, Uncomplicated, Amusing

Mood Board

Mood boards are curated groups of images that visualize a vibe. This is the second step in narrowing down a look & feel to effectively convey your brand message.

Playfulness is key for a happy, balanced life. Brands belonging to this board are good-natured and have a knack for creating a sense of ease with everyone they encounter. Your company may be adept at smoothing over difficult situations with a gentle or encouraging word, or finding compromise in the midst of a raging battle.

Brands with this gift of “serenity now” will feature a softer look and feel. You’ll notice the use of energetic or pastel colors and well-lit scenery in the images below. Emphasizing a natural, lived-in feel, and hand drawn type or illustration can provide that essential “human touch” that distinguishes these brands as approachable and uplifting.

Ideal for these archetypes:

Innocent

Citizen

Tags:

Amusing, Approachable, Cheerful, Celebratory, Friendly, Fun, Funny, Optimistic, Positive, Simple, Uncomplicated


Is this the right feel for your brand?

The images below show how various companies have used color, type, icons, photos, illustrations and textures together to translate their personality into a unique look and feel. As you consider your company’s presence, do these samples achieve the vibe you’re after?

Please note: The images posted here are subject to copyrights owned by the individuals or entities who created them. They are intended for educational purposes, and not to be used for your brand or for any other personal or commercial use.

TIP: Audiences drawn to this aesthetic are often looking for relief from a frustrating or convoluted experience. Keep in mind that looking effortless on the surface requires extra hard work and superb attention to detail as you develop your products and services. Be diligent in creating the necessary systems to support an excellent customer experience and maintain quality and consistency. Build a culture that attracts people with a positive disposition.


Not quite the vibe you’re looking for? Explore All Mood Boards

Get the look! Choose a Design Kit to match this vibe.

Choose Design Kit

Whimsical, Imaginative, Bright

Mood Board

Mood boards are curated groups of images that visualize a vibe. This is the second step in narrowing down a look & feel to effectively convey your brand message.

If you enjoy helping others make wonderful, unexpected discoveries along their journey, this may be the mood board you seek. This board is ideal for brands looking to bottle up their quirky energy and draw customers into their magical worlds. These brands stretch people’s perception around what is possible, exciting them with unique perspectives, and simultaneously comforting them with familiar favorites, old and new.

In the examples below, notice the bright, almost celebratory color combinations, expressive patterns, curvy abstract shapes and playful fonts. Some brands lean on a vintage look to conjure up a nostalgic feeling. Others exercise more restraint with their bubbly style, but still make sure to sneak in their quirks in smaller doses.

Ideal for these archetypes:

Innocent

Lover

Creator

Tags:

Whimsical, imaginative, bright, childlike, darling, gentle


Is this the right feel for your brand?

The images below show how various companies have used color, type, icons, photos, illustrations and textures together to translate their personality into a unique look and feel. As you consider your company’s presence, do these samples achieve the vibe you’re after?

Please note: The images posted here are subject to copyrights owned by the individuals or entities who created them. They are intended for educational purposes, and not to be used for your brand or for any other personal or commercial use.

TIP: Audiences with an independent streak are difficult to convince. They will tend to be skeptical and do things on their own time. Be careful not to pander to them, oversell them or push them to take action. They tend to be interested in high quality, high value offerings and ignore what could be perceived as a waste of time. The more transparent you are, and the more room you give them, the happier they will be.


Not quite the vibe you’re looking for? Explore All Mood Boards

Get the look! Choose a Design Kit to match this vibe.

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Fun, Energetic, Playful

Mood Board

Mood boards are curated groups of images that visualize a vibe. This is the second step in narrowing down a look & feel to effectively convey your brand message.

Enthusiasm is contagious. Audiences drawn to this feel want to be engulfed in positivity, starting from their first encounter and continuing throughout their experience with learning, purchasing, consuming and, yes, even complaining. Smart brands in this category focus on making each touch point as easy and enjoyable as possible to keep the good times rolling.

These brands are all about removing obstacles to fun. Notice the use of bold colors and unique fonts in the samples below. Their playfulness is overt, not subtle. Some choose to use a combination of shapes, patterns and type styles to add a sense of visual movement to their materials. Others have a little more restraint and focus solely on color and soft edges. There’s no wrong way to present a fun look, so long as it’s consistent and not too heavy-handed (there is a fine balance between playful and wacky beyond comprehension). For best results, be selective about how you express your company’s playful side—don’t try to force the “fun” into every single headline or image.

Ideal for these archetypes:

Citizen

Innocent

Lover

Creator

Tags:

Fun, Energetic, Playful, Happy, Optimistic, Lighthearted, Approachable, Exciting, Engaging


Is this the right feel for your brand?

The images below show how various companies have used color, type, icons, photos, illustrations and textures together to translate their personality into a unique look and feel. As you consider your company’s presence, do these samples achieve the vibe you’re after?

Please note: The images posted here are subject to copyrights owned by the individuals or entities who created them. They are intended for educational purposes, and not to be used for your brand or for any other personal or commercial use.

TIP: Just because a brand is themed around having a great time, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of intentionality or attention to detail in your content and offerings. In fact, your audience is more likely to have a great time when they can relax knowing that they’re being taken care of every step of the way.


Not quite the vibe you’re looking for? Explore All Mood Boards

Get the look! Choose a Design Kit to match this vibe.

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Fresh, Natural, Trustworthy

Mood Board

Mood boards are curated groups of images that visualize a vibe. This is the second step in narrowing down a look & feel to effectively convey your brand message.

There’s nothing quite like a breath of fresh air. Audiences looking for an assurance of quality, cleanliness or healthy living will respond to brands that share their values and proactively consider their impact on the world around them.

To carry off this vibe, brands must strike a good balance between careful curation and a relaxed mindset. It’s the embodiment of wabi sabi, hygge, and que será, será, with the sophistication that comes from experience and awareness. This can be expressed visually through layouts with a lot of white space, minimal design elements, natural materials, inviting photography, and succinct or even poetic copywriting. Using contrasting textures, hard and soft shapes and presenting work in slightly unexpected orientations—such as vertically aligned type—could add a sense of fresh perspective to your collateral.

Ideal for these archetypes:

Caregiver

Innocent

Sage

Tags:

Earthy, Smart, Independent, Simple, Sophisticated, Intentional, Clear, Caring, Thoughtful


Is this the right feel for your brand?

The images below show how various companies have used color, type, icons, photos, illustrations and textures together to translate their personality into a unique look and feel. As you consider your company’s presence, do these samples achieve the vibe you’re after?

Please note: The images posted here are subject to copyrights owned by the individuals or entities who created them. They are intended for educational purposes, and not to be used for your brand or for any other personal or commercial use.

TIP: Audiences looking for an escape from over stimulation or empty promises may be particular and hard to please. Precision, organization, clear communication and good customer service will go a long way in making sure they feel happy and satisfied to support your brand. There is no room to cut corners with this group.


Not quite the vibe you’re looking for? Explore All Mood Boards

Get the look! Choose a Design Kit to match this vibe.

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Safe, Modern, Sensible

Mood Board

Mood boards are curated groups of images that visualize a vibe. This is the second step in narrowing down a look & feel to effectively convey your brand message.

Clean, comfortable, crisp. This board is for brands that excel in reassuring people that everything is under control, and nothing has been left to chance. Safety is a concept that requires trust that even what isn’t seen won’t cause harm. Customers looking for peace of mind will require extra patience and clear communication throughout their experience with your brand. 

To provide assurance, everything about your look and feel should seem uncomplicated and precise, as though you have gone before them to smooth out potential obstacles. Your visual design may feel more utilitarian than ornate, as anything “extra” may be seen as an unnecessary frill that may not entirely align with their pragmatic perspective. This doesn’t mean you can’t show a little personality—it may even help you stand out from other brands that are more straight-laced and might seem less approachable.

Ideal for these archetypes:

Caregiver

Sovereign

Innocent

Sage

Tags:

Earthy, Smart, Independent, Self-sufficient, Practical, Strong


Is this the right feel for your brand?

The images below show how various companies have used color, type, icons, photos, illustrations and textures together to translate their personality into a unique look and feel. As you consider your company’s presence, do these samples achieve the vibe you’re after?

Please note: The images posted here are subject to copyrights owned by the individuals or entities who created them. They are intended for educational purposes, and not to be used for your brand or for any other personal or commercial use.

TIP: Audiences with an independent streak are difficult to convince. They will tend to be skeptical and do things on their own time. Be careful not to pander to them, oversell them or push them to take action. They tend to be interested in high quality, high value offerings and ignore what could be perceived as a waste of time. The more transparent you are, and the more room you give them, the happier they will be.


Not quite the vibe you’re looking for? Explore All Mood Boards

Get the look! Choose a Design Kit to match this vibe.

Choose Design Kit

Lighthearted, Sweet, Relational

Mood Board

Mood boards are curated groups of images that visualize a vibe. This is the second step in narrowing down a look & feel to effectively convey your brand message.

Like a breath of fresh air, these brands are surprisingly effective at cutting through categories where stuffy, overcomplicated, unfair or rule-laden institutions have dominated. With customer happiness at their core, these brands convey a cheerful disposition and draw in scads of users who may have felt neglected, mistreated, bored, or frustrated with the powers that be.

Brands oozing positivity often use color and bold fonts to call attention to what they might consider the better, easier choice. A playful tone, bubbly spokesperson and simple messaging seals the deal for those wary of dry content or legalese. Lots of wide-open spaces and clean layouts drive home a reassuring vibe of simplicity and freedom.

Ideal for these archetypes:

Innocent

Lover

Caregiver

Citizen

Tags:

Approachable, Cheerful, Fun, Happy, Independent, Liberating, Positive, Refreshing, Simple


Is this the right feel for your brand?

The images below show how various companies have used color, type, icons, photos, illustrations and textures together to translate their personality into a unique look and feel. As you consider your company’s presence, do these samples achieve the vibe you’re after?

Please note: The images posted here are subject to copyrights owned by the individuals or entities who created them. They are intended for educational purposes, and not to be used for your brand or for any other personal or commercial use.

TIP: Audiences with an independent streak are difficult to convince. They will tend to be skeptical and do things on their own time. Be careful not to pander to them, oversell them or push them to take action. They tend to be interested in high quality, high value offerings and ignore what could be perceived as a waste of time. The more transparent you are, and the more room you give them, the happier they will be.