Microsoft unveiled a brand-new company logo last Thursday and I wonder why. Rather than the familiar banner of colored squares, the new logo is a static colored square composed of four evenly sized squares and a common typeface, slightly tweaked. (more…)
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UCONN prevailed over BUTLER in a real “dog fight” this evening in the NCAA National Basketball Championship Game in Houston.
Just for fun, since this is a design blog, let’s analyze the game’s logos:
This weekend in the NCAA March Madness Tournament, Ohio State played a team from George Mason: The “Patriots.” I was watching the game with friends and was not familiar with George Mason, and well, I felt a bit “un-patriotic” betting against the Patriots. But I lost that guilty feeling as soon as (more…)
Feeling dazed or confused, or being stunned or knocked out after getting hit in the head, is typically communicated visually by a “halo” of twittering birds or twinkling stars orbiting the head at or above eyebrow level as with Sylvester the Cat above. Sometimes (more…)
On October 4, 2010 the Gap quietly introduced a new logo on their website. A curious initiative to be sure. There are excellent reasons for redesigning a logo, but none of them applied to the situation at the Gap. The result was the Gap’s worst nightmare.
According to company spokesperson Louise Callagy, (more…)
Branding has been shown to be a very effective activity in an organization’s efforts to increase its influence in a marketplace. This increased influence equals increased sales, increased awareness, increased understanding, increased margins, increased business valuation, etc. And this strategy is as effective for non-profit organizations as it is for companies.
The Young Men’s Christian Association is a charity well known by its initials, YMCA. And as is popular in the marketplace, names are shortened in common use. Jennifer Lopez is known as J-Lo. And the Young Men’s Christian Association has for years been known as the “Y.”
Now the Young Men’s Christian Association has formally dropped those four descriptive words in favor of the single letter “Y.” And they have modified the visual identity and logo as well. Is this a good idea? The short answer is (more…)
In a merger, keep the logo that has Equity.
When companies merge, one of the crucial concerns is that a symbol is needed to represent the merged company. Unsophisticated management will ignore the importance but sophisticated management will handle the issue as a strategic business decision.
Identity is established and reinforced through each communication a company produces and the trademark or logo should be the signature piece representing the nature of the business or product. It is a powerful visual aid, or not.
Properly designed and executed, it is an asset, portraying the integrity and personality of the business or product it symbolizes. Neglected, it misrepresents, and worse, it can speak negatively about the business or product. More about good logo design.