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.