Monday, March 13, 2017

Superestudio creates playful look for Nickelodeon

World-leading kids TV channel Nickelodeon launched a new on-air look over the weekend for this years edition of the Kids' Choice Awards.

The new look was created by Buenos Aires-based Superestudio and features kids interacting with characters from Nickelodeon shows in a playful and surreal mix inspired by online culture. This should convey "play, surprise and imagination" and make the world feel more playful for the channel's viewers.

The rollout of the new look started with the American channel over the weekend, followed by other platforms. It will be adapted for Nickelodeon's international outlets later on.

From a press release:
The new look consists of almost 300 deliverables, including bumpers, IDs, promo toolkits and graphic developments that will first roll out across the net’s U.S. linear platform, followed by online, social media and off-channel. Updated elements for the network’s international channels will then follow.

“We really wanted to highlight how much surprise and fun is a part of kids’ everyday lives, so we took as our inspiration the surreal nature of GIFs, memes and emoticons and created an entire new visual vocabulary,” says Michael Waldron, Senior Vice President Creative Director Art and Design for Nickelodeon Group and Nick@Nite. “Using a mix of real kids and on-air talent, the refresh looks through the lens of how kids see things -- the unpredictable, extraordinary and joyful nature of a child’s imagination. Superestudio was the right company for this refresh because they use a great mix of different techniques, and they brought a fresh viewpoint that had just the right amount of quirk and whimsy.”

“Kids are constantly exploring the world and being amazed by new knowledge and discoveries,” noted Ezequiel Rormoser, Executive and General Creative Director of Superestudio. “The depth to which Nickelodeon knows it audience allowed us to reach the three creative goals we set for this project--be real, be unexpected and be playful—and to create an entirely new iconography that is clearly kid-first and kid-centric.”

The visual narrative of Nickelodeon’s new look was executed by combining real kids with 2D and 3D graphics to create imaginative reinterpretations of Nickelodeon’s properties and characters as they became real-world playgrounds for kids to bring to life, rearrange and redesign. From turning SpongeBob’s face into a tongue-twisted fun zone, to kids rearranging and rebuilding Lincoln Loud from The Loud House, everything from the overhead and docu-style camera angles to the seamless blend of real-world, tactile and fantastical elements, is designed to drive a visual conversation between the network and its audience.

Nickelodeon’s classic orange logo will now be set against an updated color palette of bright and cheerful tones, including purple, light blue, lime and cream. Embracing the bold, modern sans-serif type, Galano Grotesque Black, the refresh also uses color to create, contrast and codify the on-air messaging.

“We had a wonderful collaboration with the Nickelodeon team, and we’re really proud of creating something together that’s new, exciting and purely Nick,” added Rormoser. “This project with Nickelodeon bears all the hallmarks of a Superestudio project, from live-action to animation and all of our creative capabilities in between, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to have worked on such a major brand initiative with a network we love and respect.”

Full credits:

EVP Creative & Marketing: Kim Rosenblum
SVP Creative Director Art & Design: Michael Waldron
SVP Creative Director Brand: Tony Maxwell
VP Animation Director Motion GFX: Kurt Hartman
VP Nick Brand Design: Sandy Goijberg
VP Creative Director Brand Editorial: Erica Ottenberg
VP Project Manager: Adam Weiner
Art Director: Shannon Macneilage
Sr. Director Production: Joseph Pappalardo
Producer: Tony Herman
Production Manager: Kate Brennan
Project Manager: Jon McNally
Graphics Manager: Marisa Bramwell
Animators: Carlos Miguez, Jeremy Sawyer, Jeff Wallenhorst, Megan Visconti, Kimberly Louis

Branding & Creative Agency: Superestudio
Executive Creative Director: Ezequiel Rormoser
Executive Producer: Marcos Torres
Creative Director: Mariano Barbieri
Animation Director: Leandro Feuz
Senior Producer: Sofia Teodoro
Post Production Coordinator: Maximiliano Sanguine
Design: Florencia Piovesanel, Alejandra Lan, Malena Deluca, Nicolas Gloazzo, Valeria Moreiro, María Pía Vivo
Animation: Martin Ferdkin, Armando Carrasquel, Ezequiel Leiva, Juan Manuel Zárraga, Esteban Blazquez, Horacio Herrero, Pablo Drut, Pablo Agromayor, Norberto Pizzini, Nicolás Trullás
3D: Eugenio Pignataro, Santiago Gelabert, Leandro Feuz, Armando Carrasquel, Ezequiel Leiva, Alejandra Lan, Juan Manuel Zárraga, Esteban Blazquez, Pablo Agromayor
Chroma Keying: Malditomaus
Color Correction: Emmanuel Gramajo
Editing: Alexis Pellegrini, Mauricio Maturana
Production: Marina Dominioni

Production Company: NuContext/Los Angeles, CA
Director: Mikael Tyrsen
Executive Producer: Angela Guice
Producer: Jessie Marcus
DP: Sing Howe Yam
Production Designer: Tijana Gaudio

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