Setting the Standard for Stainless Steel Excellence

SSI is a stalwart in the stainless-steel industry with a rich legacy spanning over six decades. Despite their substantial success as a multi-million dollar company, they had remained virtually invisible in the digital sphere. Leveraging our brand and marketing expertise, we meticulously designed and developed a captivating new brand and website, as well as accompanying video production, that not only showcased their unparalleled expertise but also honored their extensive history.


Transform a legacy company in the stainless-steel industry, devoid of branding and digital presence despite its multimillion-dollar status, into a modern, recognizable entity poised for success online and off.


Fortress crafted a timeless brand identity, including logo design, brand elements, and website development, to establish SSI’s online presence and showcase its rich history while ensuring seamless user experience and visual appeal.


Our primary objective was to distill SSI’s decades-long legacy and expertise into a cohesive visual identity that would resonate with contemporary audiences. We conducted extensive market research to understand their industry landscape, audience demographics, and competitive positioning. Drawing inspiration from the timeless nature of stainless steel itself, we conceptualized a logo that seamlessly integrated two ‘S’s, symbolizing both strength and sophistication. This emblematic mark not only paid homage to SSI’s heritage but also projected a forward-thinking image poised for future growth. Complementing the logo, we meticulously selected a color palette of blues and yellows that exuded professionalism and reliability.


The cornerstone of SSI’s digital transformation lay in the design of their website. Understanding the critical role it would play in shaping their online presence, we approached the task with unwavering attention to detail and a keen understanding of user experience principles. Our designers worked collaboratively to craft a visually stunning interface that seamlessly guided visitors through SSI’s extensive range of products and services. From intuitive navigation to engaging visuals, every element was thoughtfully curated to enhance user engagement and drive conversions. Additionally, recognizing the significance of storytelling in building brand affinity, we integrated a dynamic timeline feature on the About page, allowing users to explore SSI’s illustrious history and unparalleled journey of growth and innovation.


In translating SSI’s brand vision into a digital reality, our web development team employed cutting-edge technologies and best practices to ensure a seamless and responsive user experience across all devices. Leveraging our expertise in frontend and backend development, we built a robust and scalable website that not only reflected SSI’s brand ethos but also provided a platform for future growth and expansion.


What inspired the logo design for SSI?

The logo design for SSI was inspired by the company’s rich legacy and its core focus on stainless steel. We incorporated two ‘S’s into the mark, symbolizing strength and sophistication, while evoking the visual motif of metal rolls to reflect SSI’s industry expertise.

How did the Fortress approach the brand development process for SSI?

Fortress approached the brand development process for SSI with extensive research into the stainless-steel industry, market trends, and SSI’s own history. The goal was to create a cohesive visual identity that honored the company’s heritage while positioning it for future growth and innovation.

What impact has the rebranding and website development had on SSI's online presence and business growth?

The rebranding and website development efforts have significantly enhanced SSI’s online presence, positioning the company as a modern, recognizable entity in the stainless-steel industry. The user-friendly website has facilitated increased engagement and conversions, driving tangible business growth for SSI.

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      SENIOR designer

      Full Job Description

      Fortress is a fast-growing digital marketing and branding agency headquartered in Chicago that has worked with clients ranging from global corporations like Nike, Jordan, All-State, Acura, athletes, and celebrities like Kevin Hart, Steph Curry, prestigious universities, startups, and everyone in between. We believe in putting family first, being team players, staying humble, and being obsessed with our clients’ success. We provide a unique and energetic culture that fosters creativity and camaraderie.

      We’re currently seeking a full-time Senior Designer to join the team and work out of our Chicago, IL office. The right person for this position sees the bigger picture while remaining passionate about the details.

      You’re knowledgeable and skilled in Web, Branding, large-scale marketing campaigns, and more. You’re a jack of all trades in creative software, but you also have a passion for design beyond the screen. You understand that great design is in the nuance—that subtle cultural references should be woven into the things you create and every project should be approached with the end-user at the center of it. You love working on a team with diverse perspectives and you’re willing to learn from as well as build up those around you. At the core, you’re a problem solver with a knack for making things look good.


      • Contribute to various projects in web, brand identity, and print across multiple industries
      • Collaborate and ideate with the design and marketing teams, while also giving and receiving feedback on designs
      • Create presentations and asset kits to be delivered to team members, clients, and partners
      • Present your creatives to clients with the ability to back up your ideas, while also being open to new ideas and critiques


      • 3-5 years of experience working in design and digital marketing
      • A strong portfolio with a diverse array of work and a strong foundation in basic design principles (typography, layout, color, UX/UI)
      • Problem-solving and storytelling abilities
      • Multi-tasking and prioritization skills
      • Experience working in Adobe CC and Figma
      • 3D, Animation, Video Editing, and Photography is a plus
      • A collaborative mindset
      • A good sense of your own design and visual style
      • Attention to detail
      • A passion for growth and a never-ending curiosity

      Job Type: Full-time


      • 401(k)
      • 401(k) matching
      • Dental insurance
      • Flexible schedule
      • Health insurance
      • Paid time off
      • Professional development assistance
      • Vision insurance


      • 8-hour shift
      • Monday to Friday
      • Weekend availability

      Supplemental Pay:

      • Bonus pay
      • Commission pay

      Ability to commute/relocate:

      • Chicago, IL 60642: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


      • Graphic design: 6 years (Required)
      • Web design: 4 years (Required)


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