Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fresh identity for Swedish lifestyle channel TV12

TV12 is a new Swedish television channel dedicated to sports and lifestyle programmes for a general audience. It is owned by the TV4 Group and launched on March 29, replacing an all sports channel. Its brand identity was developed by Black Peacock and adapted for broadcast graphics by Broken Doll. Both agencies are based in Stockholm.

Although billed as a sports and lifestyle channel, the emphasis is on the lifestyle content. The intention was to create a fresh and elegant identity that stands out this. This is achieved by using bright "natural" gradients superimposed on people engaged in sports and everyday activities.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Refresh for Dutch yogurt brand Almhof

Previous logo.

Almhof is a Dutch brand for yogurt and other dairy-based foods. It has been owned by German dairy group Müller since 2004. Back in January this year, Almhof introduced a refreshed brand identity, created by Millford.

The work included a new logo, packaging and a new brand architecture. The new packaging is designed to convey "irresistible temptation" and the product's natural ingredients.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Transform Awards 2014


This blog has been tangentially involved in the Transform Awards which were held earlier this month. The Transform Awards recognise brand development work done in Europe and have done so since 2010. This year they are expanding with new award ceremonies due to be held for the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region on June 2 and Asia-Pacific in November.

Two British rebrands were clearly the most appreciated projects, each bringing home one of the two best-in-show awards as well as several category awards. They were the ITV rebrand of last year, created by ITV Creative, and The Clearing's new look-and-feel for Eurostar.

All the awards are presented below.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brand refresh for car rental company Localiza by Interbrand

Localiza is a Brazilian car rental company with branches around Latin America. It recently introduced a refreshed brand identity, created by Interbrand São Paulo who worked on everything from strategy and repositioning to brand architecture.

The brand concept is described as "caring for the path of every costumer" and should reinforce existing brand attributes such as simplicity, efficiency and clarity. This is done by uniting the company under one brand, with three sub-brands for different business units.

Functionally, the new logos are horizontal - which means they will be easier to use - and overall more contemporary and integrated. The lines from the redesigned icon can also be used as creative graphic devices.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Logo round-up: March 2014

Finally, here's the logo round-up for March 2014. A busy month with lots of new logos unveiled, three dozen of which are featured here.

New identity for Welsh TV channel S4C

S4C is a national channel for Wales with programmes in the Welsh language. Its name is an abbreviation of Sianel Pedwar Cymru, which is Welsh for "Channel Four Wales". It launched in 1982 and is financed by a combination of advertising and license fee money. Last week, on April 10, it launched a new visual identity, created by Cardiff-based Sugar Creative Studio. Some of the implementation was done in-house at S4C.

Functionally, the new logo needed to robust and work with sub-brands and other elements on screen. As an on-screen bug, it was designed to occasionally "wake up" and deliver programme information. Central to Sugar's idea was to establish S4C as a 'context' to which the viewer associates the channel's 'content'. In the new channel idents feature people from Wales in different activities, using the people of Wales as an expression of the 'context' idea.

Friday, April 11, 2014

To be 2BE is to be all attitude

2BE ident 2014

Back in January, we mentioned a new logo for Belgian entertainment channel 2BE. The new identity was launched in March, and I have since been told that the entire package, including logo, was developed by Paris-based broadcast design agency Gédéon.

The brief was allegedly to do a rebrand that wasn't "stupid idents" or "graphic design". Instead, 2BE wanted to be all about attitude. This is reflected in the a new graphics package, built to feature a constantly changing range of messages and images.

The logo was designed with the number 2 placed inside the B to make it compact, simple and strong. It is often used an effective "window" for different images.