Dave Murray

Mayniax Branding Changes Name and Logo!

Mayniax Branding Changes Name and Logo!

Yesterday, the international news media quoted me as saying, “It’s time for us to finally keep up with the Joneses!” Said Dave Murray, The Big Dog at Maniacs Branding.

Wait, “Maniacs Branding,” you say? “Big Dog?”

That’s right, folks – we’ve changed the name and are working on changing the culture! You see, we realized differentiation is crap. All anyone wants is to be just like everyone else, so we thought, “Why wouldn’t we do the same?”

When Vanessa and I started talking about the changes, we decided to begin with the obvious: the common spelling of maniacs. It’s common sense, right? I mean, duh!

Speaking of Vanessa, she had a chihuahua growing up, and loved it! And, since I’ve always thought chihuahuas are crazy, we decided to use a silhouetted chihuahua head, rather than googly eyes for our icon. It’s even helping us with our culture change! One of the things we’re currently contemplating is biting clients’ ankles as they come in the door, just to reinforce the whole “chihuahua” idea.

The New Name and Logo!

Our new name and logo design

When it comes to the rest of our new logo design, my mom’s always liked the colors black and yellow. And, since we can’t do everything mom wants, we had to add white, too. I know that’s three colors instead of the two colors or less we always recommend, but why would we go for the Fortune 100 when continuing to be a small, local business is perfectly adequate?

Our New Focus

And we have one more quick change we want to tell you folks about: we’re totally changing the focus! I mean, branding will still be a part of it, but we know about other stuff, too. In addition to branding, we’ll be offering the following: marketing, social media updates, base-jumping lessons, kickboxing classes, yoga, and of course, shots for when you get bitten by rabid spider monkeys.

Like I said, we’re keeping up with the Joneses.

Look for a totally new look and feel to start rolling out tomorrow, and as always…

Stay scrappy, folks!

Dave Murray

Details for Our First Branding Workshop!

Start Building Your Own Gutsy Brand!

Branding is all about getting, and staying, in the mind of the customer so you’re always an option. Because that will lead you to a better life!

We’re so geeked to be able to help 30 people at our first ever branding workshop! If you’ve read our About page, you know why. Vanessa and I veered away from graphics, photography and illustration because we realized those things, on their own, don’t help entrepreneurs in the long-term. Creating a brand, however, does.

Dave Murray and Vanessa Symington, of Mayniax Branding, are pleased to announce their first ever branding workshop!

What Will You Learn?

You’ll learn about the three most important things for any brand: the “why,” the focus, and the differences. From there, we’ll go into the intricacies of brand creation, such as naming a brand and yes, even logo design. And, of course, a whole lot more!

Why Only 30 People?

Simple: we can’t be effective teachers with more than that. Vanessa and I will be doing some talking, but the vast majority of the time, we’ll be walking amongst the 30 people, answering questions and giving ideas while the people work. This is a workshop, after all. It’s not “Listen to Dave’s lame jokes while Vanessa rolls her eyes” time, though I’m sure some of that will happen.

And, for a little transparency, having only 30 people also gives this Mayniax Branding event exclusivity, which is helpful for any brand.


What: Start Building Your Own Gutsy Brand! The first ever Mayniax Branding workshop.
Where: Washtenaw Community College • Gunder Myran Building, room 320 • 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 map
When: October 2, 2015, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch from 12:00 pm – 1: 00 pm)
Who should attend: Gutsy entrepreneurs, business owners, and anyone else who thinks entrepreneurship is for them.
What you need: A laptop / tablet with internet (the campus has wifi), a pen, and a good old-fashioned notebook.
Cost: $20 for students, $50 for everyone else
Misc: Lunch can be purchased in the Student Center. Click here for more information. There are also several restaurants a short drive away, though we’ve been advised that, with parking at a premium, that staying on campus is a better idea.

So, if you’re in the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti area, and want to give yourself a better life by starting to build your own gutsy brand, click on a link below, and we’ll see you October 2nd!

Stay gutsy, gang!