Ocean Grounds

Bringing a Californian vibe to coffee in China

Ocean Grounds Coffee Roasters


Graphic design
Wall art

The Story.

Jimmy called. We don’t know who gave him our number, but boomz! More caffeine for The Orangeblowfish.

With all respect, everyone knows Jimmy Lee, owner of Ocean Grounds, is no ordinary coffee aficionado. His creations are as innovative as a Gentle Monster store display: you wouldn’t walk away without first giving a few items a go.

We knew Jimmy had big plans for Shanghai. Not wanting to let him down, we worked our balls off on his rebranding, ensuring every one of his stores was imbued with his unique personality – a blend of that laid-back Californian vibe, cut with glimpses of fervor for his craft.

Imaginating Ocean Grounds

The surfboard was our first choice for a feature wall design: we wanted something truly representative of Jimmy’s hometown, the Californian beach culture. It hit us that Shanghai wasn’t going to adopt the shaka anytime soon, hence we switched it up to the fast and furious skateboard – still cool, reckless, and twice as wild and free.


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