Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Year in review 2017

Here's a review of 2017 in logo form, featuring the most interesting and notable projects from the past year. A list of 500+ entries has been reduced to about 100 logos selected based on various criteria.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Logo round-up: November 2017

Finally, the logo round-up for November. A healthy crop of new logos from around the world, with the new Formula One logo being the most notable.

The "Year in Review" post for 2017 will come out some time after Christmas.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Logo round-up: October 2017

Yet another quite delayed round-up for October, but hopefully you'll find it interesting. It features some fairly radical repositionings such as Ørsted and the Science Museum in London, and some brands that achieve big changes with small means, such as Dropbox and Vodafone. As well as about three dozen other new logos from around the world.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Open letters for DD Holdings

Diamond Dining Group is a Japanese owner of restaurants and shops. Bach in September it transformed itself into DD Holdings, a holding company. The new visual identity was designed by Kashiwa Sato.

The rebrand was a response to the fact that the company had developed beyond its original restaurant business into other amusement businesses. The Diamond Dining name will apparently remain in use. The double-D mark expresses a "free-spirited and vibrantly innovative corporate culture" with the holes in the letters representing "open innovation".

Monday, November 13, 2017

Flexible change for Verte by FutureBrand

Verte is a corporate travel agency in São Paolo. It was known as Traveland until last month, when it adopted a new name and identity, developed by FutureBrand.

The rebrand is focusing on the values Verte provides for its costumers, the tailor-made solutions and the expertise within the company. The new name is Portuguese for "change" and the logo features a flexible linking of the E and R that can be expanded and contracted.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bleed rebrands Norway's Sbanken

The Norwegian bank Skandiabanken used to be a part of the Swedish bank of the same name until a few years ago, when it was spun off. As part of the transaction, the Norwegian bank had to eventually change its name, which it did yesterday by shortening it to Sbanken. The new identity was developed by Oslo-based Bleed.

Skandiabanken had mainly been an Internet bank since its beginning, an the new identity maintains the simplicity associated with Internet banking. It revolves around a sphere or circle representing what is important – the customer and what the costumer cares for.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Trollbäck creates cross-platform look for NFL GameDay show

NFL GameDay is the flagship show of the NFL Network, providing more than 15 hours worth of highlights and analysis every Sunday. It recently launched a new look with new graphics by Trollbäck+Company.

The new look is part of a complete review to create a holistic brand experience. The graphics are designed by be flexible and adaptable as the show's content changes rapidly to accommodate new audiences and new ways of viewing. Overall, the look has less of a three-dimensional "TV" style and more of the flat and clean style that works better across platforms. The motion graphics feature colours and logos from the different teams that have been cropped to create bold and interesting juxtapositions.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Logo round-up: September 2017

Other commitments have meant less time for this blog, but here at least is the logo round-up for September 2017. This is probably one of the busier months, and this year was not exception, although there isn't really a single project that stands out as a revolutionary change for a major client.

Monday, October 9, 2017

DONG Energy becomes Ørsted with help from Kontrapunkt

DONG Energy is Denmark's largest energy company. Last week it announced its intention to change its name to Ørsted. The new visual identity was developed by Kontrapunkt in collaboration with DONG's internal team.

DONG was originally an abbreviation of "Danish Oil and Natural Gas", and was seen having a coal-based heritage not appropriate for a modern "green" energy company. The new name comes from Hans Christian Ørsted, the discoverer of electromagnetism.

The identity programme and its logo are heavily rooted in Danish functionalist design from the 1930s. The second major influence is life, with a focus on natural forms. These influences are particularly evident in the custom type family, Ørsted Sans. The focus on wind energy is manifested by swirling graphic illustrations, and the varied color palette is inspired by Scandinavian nature and architecture.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Lippincott creates ambitious brand for BAC Credomatic

BAC Credomatic is a leading financial institution in Central America, head-quartered in Puerto Rico and operating in several countries. Back on July 20, the company launched a new corporate identity, created by a team at Lippincott lead by Rodney Abbot. At the time we didn't have firm sources crediting Lippincott, but the agency recently revealed a full case study for this project.

The BAC Credomatic brand is a fusion of the retail bank brand BAC and the credit card brand Credomatic. The combination had been somewhat inconsistent in the past and Lippincott was brought in to solidify it and position the brand for the region's younger and upwardly mobile generations. From now on, the BAC Credomatic will always be used in full.

The bank is also more visually consistent, with the name always appearing stacked, allowing the redesigned iconic lion to "stand tall". It also uses a more contemporary style to portray BAC Credomatic as a simple and efficient solution for ambitious and striving people in the region.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SomeOne brands honest estate agent Yopa

Yopa is an online estate agent in the UK that aims to redefine "the entire home selling experience". It has a business model with more flat fees and less of the traditional commission that estate agents typically charge. This month, it introduced new visual identity, created by London-based SomeOne.

SomeOne set out to give Yopa a consumer-centric brand and achieved this by speaking "with an honest personality, sprinkled with wit and warmth throughout". The technological aspects take a backseat to focus on the agents that are still behind the brand.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Atlassian shrugs off old man

Atlassian is an Australian company that develops enterprise software, for example the bug tracker Jira. This week, the company introduced a new corporate identity with a range of logos for both the company and its products.

With Atlassian's product being built around aiding teamwork, the two forms in the new company symbol should be seen as mutually supportive, as in two hands high-fiving or pillars reinforcing each other. Of course, it's also a stylized initial. It replaces the stylized image of Atlas used since the company was founded (updated in 2011). The new product symbols are designed to feel similar-yet-different, to separate the products but also communicate that they are part of the same family. The company also has a new typeface, Charlie Sans.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Logo round-up: August 2017

August is a time when many TV channels present new programs, and some also take the opportunity to rebrand themselves. This round-up therefore contains a healthy crop of new TV logos. But the biggest change came from the service that has become TV's biggest competitor: YouTube. Other big ones included new logos for ARM processors and several online services.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Modern logo for Polish finance advisor Expander

Expander is one of the largest networks of financial advisors in Poland. According to the latest data I could get, they have 89 offices around Poland and sell every tenth mortgage in the country. Last week, the introduced a new brand identity, created by White Cat Studio.

The new identity wants to convey modernity, reliability and professionalism. The previous logo did not achieve this, and also had some legibility problems. However, the strong colour combination and characteristic dynamism was carried over and strengthened in the new iteration.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

From the late 80s: Photo'Go by Bright & Associates

Back in 1990, some Americans got the opportunity to try out a new fully automated photo development system that could develop a roll on film in a half hour. It was called PhotoGo and was developed by Print Technology Inc, a photo-processing start-up based in Marina Del Rey, California.

The brand identity for the new product was developed by Keith Bright, Il Chung and Raymond Wood of Bright & Associates (now Bright Strategic Design). It's a straight-forward logo built based on multicolored film sprockets.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Big and small logo changes for RTL Netherlands

RTL is the leading commercial broadcaster in the Netherlands, operating four general entertainment channels (RTL4, RTL 5, RTL7 and RTL8) in addition to a bunch of ancillary services. About five years ago, the four main channels were rebranded, replacing a common logo template with individual looks for each channel. Last week, on August 30, the company revealed new logos that once again draw the channels together by using standardized RTL lettering in every logo.

The new common "RTL" letters have been used by the news service RTL Nieuws since 2014 and by RTL4 since at least last year. For RTL7 the change is subtle, while RTL5 and RTL8 have been given completely new logos. The youthy reality channel RTL5 has replaced a dimensional logo with a flat one, while the change for women's channel RTL8 appear more lateral.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

YouTube puts play button in main logo

YouTube has gone through many design changes in its twelve year history, including tweaks to its logo, changes to the play button icon and even an official font revealed this spring. But the core logo has remained unchanged. Until today. Kinda.

After several years using the wordmark with "Tube" enclosed by red screen interchangeably with the play button icon, YouTube has unified its brand identity. The play button will apparently always be present in the logo on all screen sizes, flanked by the wordmark when there's space or need. At the same time they've changed the logo colour from a specific hue (Hex #CD201F) to a pure screen red.

FutureBrand explodes Superliga Argentina

Superliga Argentina de Fútbol is the new name for the highest division in Argentinian football. The new name and accompanying visual identity were launched this month, the latter designed by FutureBrand.

This is part of a "rebirth" for Argentinian football, aimed at democratizing the clubs and the league. The logo is an "explosive" and rotating symbol that contains elements of both a planet and a football. The purple and blue color combination isn't used by any club and can therefore be used by everyone.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Leaf logo for life channel Canal Vie

Canal Vie is a French-Canadian cable TV channel dedicated to lifestyle programming for women, vie being the French word for "life". Last week, it launched a new look. As with most Canadian TV rebrands, it was developed in-house, in this case by the Bell Media Agency.

The channel's logo has always been an apple, usually in brushstroke form and since 2013 enclosed by an app-style rectangle. The new logo reduces this to a simple leaf, representing "the growth, development and renewal of lively and inspiring programming".

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Logo round-up: July 2017

This July brought a handful of interesting and relatively high-profile redesigns for clients such as Tinder, SurveyMonkey, Sky Sports, Lation American bank BAC Credomatic and more than 30 others.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Smiling identity for charity Helpcode by FutureBrand

Helpcode is an Italian charity that provides education for disadvantaged children, mainly in Africa. It recently launched a new visual identity, developed by Futurebrand Italia.

The new logo features a symbol that is both a smile and two people, conveying how happy children are important to the future of their communities. It is supported by the tagline "The Right to Be a Child".

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bold and proud identity for Jersey Strong by Carbone Smolan

Jersey Strong is fitness gym in New Jersey with eleven locations. It was known Work Out World until last week when it launched a new name and visual identity, developed by Carbone Smolan Associates.

The previous generic name was swapped out for one that expresses the "pride, strength, and sense of community that defines the brand". The logo and other aspects of the identity programme use bold and strong typography to further convey this pride.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Laundry creates colourful party planet for MTV's flanker channels

The amount of music videos shown on Music Television (now known only as MTV) has famously declined over the last few decades. In many regions, MTV does however operate a series of so-called "Flanker Channels" that do mostly play music videos under names such as MTV Base, MTV Dance, MTV Classic, MTV Hits, MTV Rocks, MTV Live and MTV Music. The full range of channels is available in the UK, while the offering differs in other countries. The flanker channels were recently given new looks, created by Los Angeles-based animation and design studio Laundry in close collaboration with MTV World Creative Studio.

The brightly coloured graphics tie the flanker channels together through a common visual language that also allows them to affirm their own identities through genre-related imagery. The package was built around the idea of MTV as a "virtual reality planet where each sub-channel is a genre-specific continent – inhabited by party animals" that appear in the animations. The basic channel logos did not change, but were given new and more varied colours.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Portfolio archive: Amore, around 2004

Adobe's recent announcement that they were ending support for Flash caused me to look through a bunch of old Flash-based portfolio sites before they become inaccessible. One of those came from the Swedish package design agency Amore and I though I'd share some elements from it here for posterity.

The portfolio page was from late 2004 and features work produced before that, mostly from the early to mid-'00s. This includes two can designs for Cider and Liten Ljus Lager that have become modern classics for their graphic simplicity.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

ArianeGroup launches new brand by Carré Noir

ArianeGroup is a joint venture between Airbus and the French company Safran with activities in aerospace and defence, it's most famous product probably being the Ariane rocket launchers. In was known as Airbus Safran until last May when the name was changed to take advantage of the company's most famous product. The rebranding effort was headed by Carré Noir.

The new identity wants to transform Ariane from a primarily technical and scientific enterprise to a more human one, while conveying the company's mission as "space enablers". This is done through an iconic symbol of space communication, a satellite orbiting a planet, which in this case is one of Ariane's launchers orbiting earth.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Root Sports rebranded as AT&T SportsNet by Troika

The telecoms giant AT&T is slowly building a media empire through DirecTV and the ongoing purchase of Time Warner. As part of its integration, many DirecTV properties have had the AT&T name and logo slapped on them. Last month the turn had come to Root Sports, a set on regional sports networks owned by DirecTV that were renamed AT&T SportsNet. The new look was designed by Troika, who also created the Root Sports brand back in 2011.

The new look is built around a concept called "Fan Connection" with heavy focus on home teams in a new more realistic graphics package. The logo has been designed to fit with the AT&T brand, including its signature blue colour.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Logo for Google X spin-off Dandelion spreads warmth

Dandelion is a new company recently spun off from X (formerly Google X), the experimental subsidiary of Google/Alphabet. It offers geothermal heating and cooling to homeowners in north-eastern United States. The company was announced on July 6, and the logo above above was a part of the announcement.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Bulletproof rebrands Apetina as cooking cheese

Apetina is a brand of "white cheese", generally of the variety that most people call "feta". It is owned by Arla Foods and sold in several European countries. Last month it launched a refreshed look in the UK, designed by Bulletproof.

Feta cheese is typically seen as a salad cheese, but it can be used for cooking as well, which is highlighted by the new packaging. The word mark was freed from its crescent-circle and simplified to increase its impact. Focus was moved to the diamond in the 'A' which is also used to enclose cooking in progress on the packages.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trollbäck gives Oxygen true crime look with a twist

Back in May we reported on NBCUniversal introducing a new logo for women's channel Oxygen as part of its transformation into a "true crime" channel. The new logo and accompanying graphics package was designed by New York-based Trollbäck + Company, who recently revealed their participation in this project.

Building on Oxygen's goals and research, the aim of the redesign was to create a "holistic true crime experience" for an engaged audience through graphics that "elevate the network's crime offerings and powerful storytelling across all platforms". The package makes use of crime imagery, starting with the 'crime scene' tape for the logo. But the overall design is more feminine than typical crime branding and takes its inspiration from contemporary news typography.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Logo round-up: June 2017

This is probably the most belated logo round-up ever, considering July is almost over. That's mostly because June was yet another incredibly busy month with well over fifty new logos worthy of inclusion.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Principals create simple identity for Xref

Xref is a tech start-up that makes it easier to check references for potential new hires, thereby speeding up the recruitment process. It was recently given a new brand identity by Principals.

Since Xref simplifies the hiring process, the entire identity programme is built around simplicity. This includes a reduced colour palette dominated by bright green and 'simple' iconic illustrations.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Marvil lays out new symbol for Czech railway track operator SŽDC

SŽDC (short for Správa železniční dopravní cesty) is the state-owned railway infrastructure company in the Czech Republic. Last month, it revealed a new corporate identity which is yet to launch. It was designed by Studio Marvil.

Marvil won the assignment in competition with three other major Czech design studios. Their suggestion replaces a complicated and outdated logo with a simple design featuring a new symbol. It features three tracks that form the letter Ž, which is the first letter in železnice which means railway in Czech.

The rollout will take some time and will apparently not start until 2018.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New logo for Canal Digitaal

Canal Digitaal is the satellite TV platform used in the Netherlands. Last month, on June 20, it introduced a new logo along with some new services.

At the moment, there doesn't appear to be any information available on who conceived the new logo.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Edenred vouches for itself with new identity

Edenred is a French company that calls itself "world leader in transactional solutions", its best known product being the Ticket Restaurant meal vouchers and cards available in many countries under differing names. It was known as Accor Services until 2010 when it was spun off from Accor. Last month, it launched a new visual identity, developed by Paris-based Royalties.

In addition to replacing the old corporate logo, the new mark will also be used for the companies other services including Ticket Restaurant. This makes the company name much more visible to consumers.

The old red dot used by Ticket Restaurant was quite recognised, almost having the status of currency for some people. The new logo takes its inspiration from the old red dot, but makes it more simple and "digital".

Monday, July 10, 2017

Glitchy look for Fox Crime

Fox Crime is a thematic channel from Fox Networks Group devoted to the crime genre, available in several European countries including Italy and Portugal. The Italian channel was recently given a new look by Buenos Aires-based Inland Studios that is due to roll out in other countries.

Staying clear of cliche imagery, the new look has a more conceptual approach to the crime genre based around the idea of "deconstruction". This is manifested through organic dots and line, most importantly a glitch effect that is used for the logo and typography.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Tangram designs Norwegian olive margarine

Olivero is a new margarine from Norwegian food manufacturer Mills that includes butter and olive oil. It launched in March with packaging and identity designed by Oslo-based Tangram Design.

The packaging is alluding to southern Europe, as is appropriate.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Simplicity is key in Saffron's new identity for Openbank

Openbank is a online bank from Spain's Banco Santander group, founded way back in 1995. It operated as somewhat of a sub-brand of Santander until last month, when it launched new corporate identity, developed by Saffron Brand Consultants.

The brand essence has been summed up as "Distinctly Simple", which is what online banking is supposed to be. The bank has discarded the Santander symbol for one of its own, a 'key' monogram made up of the initials O and B.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Loyalkaspar gives Syfy an editorial redesign

Back in May, the Syfy channel announced its completely redesigned logo. At the time we only had the logo itself and a few variations to glance at. The new look launched on June 19, and a few days ago the agency behind the rebrand – Loyalkaspar – also revealed its case study, giving us a complete view.

Where the previous look was bringing Syfy in a more general direction with less emphasis on science fiction, the new package brings the channel back to its roots but tries to also confidently affirm sci-fi as a mainstream genre. This is apparent in the redesigned logo which is more clearly "sci-fi" than its predecessor.

Loyalkaspar's graphics package is "editorial first" with a heavy emphasis on typography, including two custom made typefaces. The type is rigorously applied as part of flexible system that works across many platforms.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Music app maker DJIT becomes MWM

The French company known as DJiT, "the world’s number 9 mobile music app publisher", changed it's name to MWM last week, on June 22. The new visual identity was developed by Dragon Rouge.

The company started out with the music mixing app Edjing and has since developed further apps, recently reaching a combined total of 100 million downloads. The new name is a reflection of that growth. The name MWM creates a neat and versatile "oscillating logo", expressing "perfect synchronization of music, the world and media". It is supported by an eclectic universe of beating graphics.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pentagram creates new mark for Flemish broadcaster VRT

VRT (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie) is the public broadcaster for Flanders, the northern half of Belgium. Last week, on June 22 it presented a new corporate identity. According to press release, it was developed by an internal team that collaborated with Pentagram and something called "Mechelse Today".

According to VRT, "the new expressive logo will allow VRT to evolve digitally". The VRT is unusual among the European public broadcasters in that its own brand has mainly been used on a corporate level, with individual channel brands communicating to the public. This will apparently not change.

While the new logo had a sort of official launch last week, it was first adopted back in January for the services VRT nu and VRT NWS. The latest announcement made it official for the entire company.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Logo round-up: May 2017

The logo round-up is a bit late once again, but its is a big one with well over fifty new logos introduced in May. This includes new looks for Hawaiian Airlines, some American cable networks like HLN and Syfy, major sports leagues, game maker Ubisoft and a many more.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Minimalist graphics for SVT1 and SVT2

Last Friday, on June 16, Sweden's public broadcaster launched new looks for its main channels, SVT1 and SVT2. This follows the introduction of a new corporate logo last autumn.

Since 2012, SVT has used graphics built on colourful templates created by Trollbäck + Company. The new look takes a very minimalist direction with barely any elements other than the simple channel logos and the corporate typeface. The new idents are similarly minimalist, with the SVT1 idents featuring simple shots of places around Sweden where people are watching television and the SVT2 idents featuring relevant still images. Other than the thematically differing idents, there's no real attempt to differentiate the channels with graphics or colour, which does perhaps reflect an "on demand first" programming strategy where individual channels are less relevant.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Werklig creates modern crest for Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. On June 1, the city unveiled a new brand identity to coincide with a reorganisation of the city government. It was designed by local studio Werklig, who were appointed last August.

Up until now, Helsinki hasn't a unified visual identity with many departments veering off with the own logos. The new logo is to do be used by all department. It is based on the city's crest, but has stripped out all heraldic imagery, leaving only actual shield shape with the name "Helsinki" on it. It is used in conjunction with wave backgrounds in various colours inspired by Helsinki landmarks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

FutureBrand gives Chef cream a subtle new hat

Chef is a brand from Italian dairy company Parmalat for cream and various cream-based food products, such as dessert creams and cream sauces. Earlier this year, it was given a new look by FutureBrand Italia.

This is a very subtle update that keeps all essential elements of the previous packaging, but gives them a sophisticated update to infuse additional symbolism.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Prophet brands benefits administrator Alight Solutions

Alight Solutions is an outsourcing business for human resource services and benefits administration, serving many large companies. It was recently spun off from Aon plc and sold to private equity. Last week, it emerged as an independent company with an identity created by Prophet.

Prophet worked on all aspects from strategy to design over three months. The business that Alight is in is simultaneously getting more technologically advanced and more people-focused. The new identity should reflect how Alight is "reimagining how people and organizations thrive"

Cool ligatures for Polish radio station Chillizet

Chillizet is a Polish radio network that plays "chill out" music such as soul and jazz. It was known as Radio ZET Chilli until a few weeks ago when the current name was adopted, along with a new visual identity by BNA.

The new modern and purely typographic logo is designed to reflect the station's urban and eclectic nature.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mupy soy drink bags new look from FutureBrand

Mupy is a classic Brazilian soy beverage, introduced to the country in 1977. Last month, a new look for the product was announced, designed by FutureBrand São Paolo.

Mupy is widely known by its plastic bag packaging and FutureBrand took advantage of this by turning the bags into friendly and playful characters. The company was founded by a Japanese immigrant and the packaging is somewhat inspired by a Japanese style of illustration.

Fresh face for MDR Sputnik

MDR Sputnik is the youthful radio channel from MDR,the public broadcaster for central eastern Germany. It is apparently a sort of spiritual successor to DT64, the youth radio network in East Germany. On June 3 it launched a new logo, created by Scholz & Friends who also created a full corporate identity programme for all of MDR last year.

Sputnik's logo has taken an evolutionary approach since the network was founded in 1993. This is the first time Sputnik introduces a completely new logo in the form of a face that is said to reflect "young spirit" in the brand.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Foxtel gets friendly with everyone

Foxtel is Australia's leading pay TV company, operating both the continent's satellite TV platform and some cable networks. It is co-owned by Murdoch's News Corp and telco Telstra. This week, on June 6, it introduced a radically different corporate identity to coincide with the presentation of its revamped Internet service Foxtel Now. The new identity was developed by a design agency called Maud.

The new look is part of a shift to a more inclusive brand, announcing that "Foxtel is for everyone". The old Foxtel brand was heavily associated with the aggressive Fox TV brand and satellite pay TV doesn't fit all budgets. A friendly brand is better aligned with a service offered a lower price points.

Robot Food breaks crisp norms for Seabrook

Seabrook is a British brand for crisps. This month it was given a new look by Robot Food to help them stand out in a very crowded market.

The new packaging builds on its predecessor, but breaks category norms to differ more from the competition. The new packs are dominated by thick 'crisp-shaped' stripes against a white background with a refreshed logo on top.