Five Brands I Love

For a get-to-know-you-better class assignment, I’m choosing five brands that represent me best/are a part of who I am. I figured the best place to put a get-to-know-you assignment is on a blog that I’ve kept going for three and a half years.

So here goes.

For starters, my name is Maddie. And I love sunflowers, so this picture and my expression is completely accurate. If sunflowers were a brand, that would be one of my five.

taz smith photos

The actual five are as follows (from my #5 to my #1):



Apple is about innovation. I love to innovate, so this resonates with me. Plus, as far as devices that I’ve used consistently and frequently over the past ten years — it would be Apple. My phone has everything I never knew I needed. And that’s what is so great about Apple — they give you products that you didn’t know you needed. I remember in high school thinking, “I don’t need an iPhone. I don’t even want it. I just want to be able to call and text people.” But once I got one, I found so many different uses for it. I love it.



Adobe enables me to create. I’ve used Adobe products for over ten years, starting with journalism in high school as a newspaper editor designing and managing page content. As a full-time graphic designer for the last five years, the Adobe Suite has allowed me to explore, grow and learn all the different ways to visually communicate with someone. I feel that in addition to being a creator, I believe everyone has the power to create as well.


sugar camp farm
sugar camp farm.jpeg

When I was thinking about brands, I knew Sugar Camp Farm had to be one of them. I came to Sugar Camp Farm at a pivotal point in my life. Although I was only working there for three weeks, I made relationships and memories that will last me a life-time. Not to mention, it was my first introduction to living my dream out in Tennessee. It helped me to learn more about food (which I love) and that greens have different tastes to them. It made me appreciate what’s most important in life. I love that the farmers Lizzie and Jesse created this farm with little background in farming and have made it successful. Their visual brand is significant to me as well since I worked with Lizzie to create the logo, and the five ducks on their farm inspired me to name my design company Five Ducks Design.

Some more farm posts:

WWOOFing in Tennessee

WWOOFing and harvesting

Sugar Camp Farm: the animals

Sugar Camp Farm: Sheep-herding



Who doesn’t like Nutella? When I studied abroad in Italy, I bought Nutella and used it on my sandwiches at first, then I started to put it on everything I could think of including carrots, before i was finally just spooning it straight out of the jar. I grew up thinking I was 25% Italian until I took an Ancestry DNA test and found out I’m less than 5%. I’ve decided that I’m still 25% culturally Italian (my grandma and mom were born there) so Nutella represents my love of chocolate and Italy as well as my Italian heritage.

church of jesus christ of latter-day saints

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Most importantly, I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As I talked about in a previous post, I just celebrated my baptism anniversary — I was baptized on August 28, 2011, seven years ago. The Church as a brand is incredible. I remember thinking that when I was investigating. Everything is well-designed, very thorough and thought out. There’s also a huge emphasis put on transparency, integrity, trust, awareness and love as exemplified by the Savior. I hope as I continue my journey I can embody and exemplify the values the church teaches.

There you have it! If you had to pick five brands to represent you/a part of who you are, what would they be?

{Madeline Jacobs, Section 2, Team 2}