Monday, July 27, 2015

Tokyo 2020 Olympics reveals official emblem

The 2020 Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, which was awarded the right to host the event almost two years ago. Last week, the organising committee presented the official emblem that will represent the games. It replaces the the bid logo that has been used up until now.

The emblem was designed by Kenjiro Sano, who runs a bureau called Mr Design. According to a press release, it symbolises "the world coming together as one", with the central columns representing diversity, the circle an inclusive world and the red "the power of every beating heart". You can also make out the letter T which stands for "Tokyo, tomorrow and team". The inverted version for the Paralympic Games creates an equal sign.

Some of the companion artwork used when the emblem was presented shows the different shapes in the symbol taken apart and recombined in a grid pattern. It remains to be seen if that will be a part of the overall design for these games.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cool news from Norway's NRK

Last month, the main news from Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK launched a new look, including new graphics, titles, studios and music. The first overhauled edition of the flagship programme Dagsrevyen could be seen on Norwegian television screens on June 17.

This is the first major visual update for NRK's news programmes since 2007, when they were overhauled with help from London-based branding agency Kemistry. They were brought back this time to advice NRK's in-house team on strategic design. The unconventional title music was composed by Norwegian electronic music duo Røyksopp and aids in giving NRK's news a distinguished identity.

In a report on its new look, NRK's design team says they sought rejuvenation to lure a younger audience and to keep a consistent and clear look across platforms.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Logo round-up: June 2015

Finally, here's the logo round-up for June 2015, a surprisingly busy month with lots of high-profile logo changes, including Facebook, Italian airliner Alitalia, IHOP restaurants, some TV channels and many more.

Monday, July 13, 2015

UFC launches more consistent look

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, known to its fans as UFC, is the world's dominating organisation in the sport of mixed martial arts. It organises championships and produces events for the sport. Over the weekend, it launched a new visual identity, developed with Hollywood-based motion branding agency Troika.

Overall, the new identity should feel premium, electric and lionhearted; UFC's brand attributes. It also places the competitors at the centre. UFC is a sport that is usually enjoyed on television and an important part of the new branding was a new graphics package with innovative ways of providing information to the viewer.

The logo has been given a slight update, but the brand architecture has been given a thorough redesign with consistent logos for UFC's products and other activities.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New identity for Heidelberg printing presses

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen is a German manufacturer of printing presses, a world leader in its field with more than 12,000 employees. It has a history stretching back to a manufacturing company founded in 1850 and has been based in the south-German city Heidelberg since 1896. Last week, it was given a new visual identity, created by the Peter Schmidt Group who also gave the company direction on product naming.

In addition to the new logo, Peter Schmidt Group also developed a set of pictograms that illustrate the company's activities. The refreshed logo features three colours for the company's three main divisions. The initial H has been made distinctive enough so that it can be used separately as a brand icon.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New logo for a design-led Logitech

Switzerland-based Logitech is well-known for its affordable accessories for PCs and other electronics. It is now moving on beyond that legacy and as a result it introduced a new brand logo today, developed with brand design agency DesignStudio (of AirBnB logo fame). In addition, some new products will now be marketed under a new "Logi" name, dropping "-tech" in the process.

The new logo, based on geometric shapes, is designed to be future-ready and versatile. It is based on the Brown Pro typeface, incidentally designed around the time Logitech was founded in the city were it is based, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Beyond the logo, the new look, indeed its entire product lineup, is marked by bold neon-like colours. Logitech wants to put design at the centre of what it does and has hired a dedicated executive in charge of design.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

From the year 2000: Pittard Sullivan redesigns The Daily Show


Jon Stewart will soon leave The Daily Show after sixteen years in the hosting chair, which is a good reason to bring back an old piece of broadcast design once made for the programme. Back in April 2000, a little bit more than a year into Stewart's tenure at the anchor desk, the show received a new graphics package and a general refresh. At the same time, new music cues performed and written by alt-rock band They Might Be Giants, were introduced along with a new rendition of the show's theme tune (also performed by TMBG).

The new titles were created by Pittard Sullivan, which at the time was a quite large company and a world leader in broadcast design. The Daily Show has always sought to mimic cable news in its graphics and this graphics package managed to reproduce that period's level of slickness.