Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More on: MTV Finland

Back in August, we learned that Finland's largest commercial broadcaster was about to launch a company-wide rebrand. The project launches on Sunday, November 3 and will see new looks across over a dozen channels. New logos were revealed recently ahead of the launch.

The three main TV channels, MTV3, Sub and Ava, and the radio network Radio Nova have been given new individual logos. The large suite of thematic channels have changed their prefix from MTV3 to MTV and are using template-based logos with the corporate symbol.

Friday, October 25, 2013

New logo: Goobay

Goobay is a German brand for discount electronics accessories. Earlier this spring it launched a new look, created by KW43 Branddesign in Düsseldorf.

With 8,000 products to label, KW43 developed the brand promise "simple, everything, appropriate". The two o's in the logo become a sort of character that can take on different forms. The packaging is clean and autonomous, with several simple visual cues and elements used to convey positive aspects of the product.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New look: Xtrm

Xtrm is a Spanish thematic channel dedicated to action, horror and martial arts movies. Back in June it introduced a new look to coincide with the launch of a high-definition simulcast channel. The new look was created by Argentinian broadcast design agency Lumbre, who revealed their project this week.

The graphics package reflect Xtrm's tough programming with a rugged look. New idents feature an extremely durable iteration of the Xtrm logo that various machines and individuals try to destroy, at their peril.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New logo: Nixon Peabody

Nixon Peabody (NP) is an American law firm with offices in America, Europe and Asia that numbers several major companies across many industries among its clients. Yesterday, it unveiled a new corporate identity, created by Wolff Olins.

A research project concluded that in addition to traditional legal counsel, clients appreciated a law firm that helped them grow their businesses. The result is a brand strategy focused on NP's ability provide growth to their clients. The new logo is a "dynamic spark", symbolising "innovative ideas and actions" as well as the "collective intelligence" of a firm thinking ahead of its clients.

New look: Alpha TV

Alpha TV is one of the larger television networks in Greece, airing a mainstream mix of home-grown programming and imported series. At the end of September, the network introduced a new on-air graphics package, produced by Greek production company Nomint and directed by Tony Zagoraios.

The slick new look makes use of bright colours, simple typography and flat shapes to "express a fresh, optimistic and contemporary identity".

Monday, October 21, 2013

New logo: Moscow Zoo

The Moscow Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe, founded in 1864. As the zoo gears up for its 150th anniversary, a new visual identity system was unveiled last week, on October 17. It was developed by RIA Novosti, the country's leading news agency.

The new system introduces bright new graphics and logos. The logo comes in four variations with different colours and patterns made up of animals – a pelican, a pheasant, a dolphin and a squirrel in green, purple, blue and yellow. The agency also worked on new signage. The Museo typeface is used heavily in all applications.

New logo: Kaktus

This month, the a new mobile telecommunication brand was introduced in the Czech Republic by the Czech brand of T-Mobile. It is called Kaktus and targets young people by offering different prepaid plans that all offer free use of Facebook.

Visually, the brand appears a spontaneous and bit messy with a cartoon cactus as a logo and the extensive use of a free font called Akbar.

Friday, October 18, 2013

United States Postal Service (1993)

Twenty years ago this month, on October 12, 1993, the United States Postal Service introduced a new identity. The bureaucratic organisation was facing stiff competition from the likes of FedEx and UPS and needed to be run more like a business to survive.

The task of rebranding this huge organisation was assigned to CYB Yasumura Design, lnc., a New York subsidiary of Young & Rubicam, who were the postal service's ad agency at the time. CYB Yasumura was founded in 1981 and headed by Matsuo Yasumura who had a background as an art director within Y&R. The firm's handling of the account was later investigated for improprieties, which caused Mr. Yasamura to resign.

The design itself wasn't that well received either. The previous symbol was a classic, designed by Raymond Loewy and introduced in 1970. Its replacement was much more corporate, with all the letters in the full name crammed into a unwieldy wordmark. It is also one of very few logos to be ridiculed on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update. Reporting on the new logo, anchor Kevin Nealon explained that "the eagle depicted is a special breed known for its incompetence, slow flight and sudden bursts of violent behaviour against former co-eagles".

Nonetheless, this identity has survived more or less intact for twenty years. Meanwhile, the Internet has had the net effect of fewer letters being sent, and the USPS continues to manage its inevitable decline.

New logos: Challenge and Pick

Pick and Challenge and two British entertainment channels, available to most households as the free-to-air outlets of pay broadcaster Sky. Pick shows a mix of entertainment from Sky's pay channels, while Challenge is focused on game shows. On October 7, they both introduced new looks with similar logos.

Other than the logos, the two channels have different presentation. Idents on Pick feature people on bicycles, while the Challenge idents introduce a cast of animated characters who are enthusiastic about different types of game shows.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New look: TV 2 (Denmark)

TV 2 is Denmark's most watched television channel, owned by the Danish state but commercially funded. It started broadcasting in October 1988, and at the conclusion of a 25th anniversary tribute that aired on October 5, the channel launched a new on-air identity. It is a part of a larger overhaul of the company's brand architecutre that is being created as a collaboration between TV 2's in-house design department and the independent agencies Designit and Stupid Studio.

The new identity brings focus back to the classic TV 2 logo, originally designed by Finn Hjernøe and used since the launch with only minor updates. In the past few decades, the logo has been permanently enclosed by a rectangle. That rectangle has now been removed and the logo stands free once again. The 56 degree slant in the logo is used in all aspects of presentation, including sliding graphic on screen.

New idents and break bumpers feature snippets of everyday Danish life, sent in by viewers. The new channel typeface is Alright Sans.

New logo: Melbourne Festival

The Melbourne Festival is a cultural event that takes place annually in the city of Melbourne, Australia. It is one of the leading cultural festivals in the country, and can also stand up against other multi-arts festivals in the world. This year's edition is currently ongoing and is the first to use a new visual identity, created by Futurebrand.

The mark was inspired by the "Hoddle Grid", the layout of streets in Melbourne's city center which is located at a 20 degree angle in relation to the surrounding streets. Futurebrand also created a visual language for communication with lines in different colours, referring to the festival's theme of "connections".

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New logo: Iberia

Iberia is the national airline of Spain, incorporated in 1927 and still the country's largest airline. Today, it is owned by International Airlines Group, which also owns British Airways. After a few weeks of leaks to the press, the airline officially unveiled a new corporate identity today, due to launch in November. The rebrand was handled by Interbrand.

The previous identity with its IB mark and striped livery had survived ever since 1977 with only minor changes. The new logo evolves the mark into a tailfin, controversially dropping the royal crown in the process.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Logo round-up: September 2013

Here's a round-up of new logos revealed this past September. If you feel there's something missing, please do post a comment below.

Friday, October 11, 2013

New logo: Kanal 11

Kanal 11 is a Swedish television channel. Formerly known as TV11, it was acquired to Discovery Communications last spring. On October 1, it was relaunched under a new name to align it with the company's other Swedish entertainment channels, Kanal 5 and Kanal 9. It is now positioned as an entertainment channel for young women.

The new logo and on-air identity were designed by Swedish broadcast design agency Dallas Sthlm.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

New logo: SportKlub

SportKlub is a suite of sports channels that broadcasts to former Yugoslavia. On October 1, the channels were given new looks as part of a new brand architecture devised by British broadcast design agency Lambie-Nairn. The identity is largely constructed around a red shield device.

New look: That's Hockey


That's Hockey is a television programme that airs most days of the week on TSN, Canada's leading sports network. It revolves around general talk about hockey and matches of the day. It recently launched a new look, created by a team of 15 at Troika in Los Angeles.

Troika creative an extensive package with a massive amount of elements, designed to stay fresh throughout the year. The look is polished, fitting for a leading hockey show.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New logo: Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering is what is says, the national academy for engineering in the United Kingdom. Last year they introduced a new visual identity, created by the creative agency Firedog.

The agency looked at the old symbol and tried to making it stronger and look less like an elastic strip. Both the symbol and the type has been made more vivid and robust. The symbol is flexible and comes in a few different colour variations. Firedog also created a "flexible dimensional thread device" inspired by the symbol that can be used as a supportive graphic device. They also developed a supporting visual language.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New look: NBC

NCB ID 2013

NBC is an American television network, and one of the oldest television networks in the world. At the start of this TV season, it introduced a refreshed look.

It replaces the "More Colorful" graphics introduced in 2009. That package put the emphasis on different colors, which is downplayed in this version in favour of more white space. In recent year's, NBC's famous peacock logo has been given different effects and treatments, and this package introduced a new version with a stylized glass effect.

The typography uses the Gotham-like Sweet Sans, aligning the network with some other NBC divisions that have been using that typeface for some time. That typeface has also been adopted for the NBC letters in the logo, which seems to mean they are about to give up on the lettering used since the current peacock logo was launched in 1986.

Monday, October 7, 2013

New look: Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America ident 2013

August 20 saw the much anticipated launch of Al Jazeera America, the US branch of the Qatari news network, bringing straight news and in-depth features to the nation. The on-air identity was developed with New York design studio Trollbäck + Company and included on-air IDs, show opens and all sorts of graphics.

The on-air look had to differ from that of other Al Jazeera network to create a clearly American voice that connected with the entire country. Trollbäck say their work "captures the core qualities of energy and illumination", as illustrated by trails of light flowing around the world and the country to form a soft version of the Al Jazeera logo.

New logo: RNW

RNW (an abbrevition of Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, or Radio Netherlands Worldwide in English) is a media organisation that serves as the international broadcaster of the Netherlands. In the last few years it has experienced severe budget cutbacks which has meant the closure of its Dutch and English services and an increased focus on promoting free speech where it is threatened. Last month, it launched a new website and introduced the new symbol we see above.

Friday, October 4, 2013

New logo: National Bank of Poland

The National Bank of Poland (Narodowy Bank Polski in Polish) is Poland's central bank. It recently introduced a new visual identity, created by Inno+NPD in Warsaw. It keeps the basic colours of the previous identity, but updates the typography. The name is now written with a typeface called Le Monde Journal.

New logo: Contrex

Contrex is a major French brand of mineral water, positioned as the "healthy" water for women who want to stay thin. Recently, it has been given a new look by French branding agency Dragon Rouge. In addition to a redesigned bottle and refreshed label, the agency worked to infuse a sense of fun in loosing weight, positioning Contrex as a sustainable alternative to diets.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New logo: USG Corporation

USG Corporation is an American manufacturer of construction material. The abbreviation once stood for United States Gypsum, and the company was formed in 1901 and has had a national reach for many years. This week, on October 1, it introduced a new visual identity while also announcing new sponsorship deals U.S. and Canadian Olympic teams.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New logo: Rotary

Rotary International is an organisation that brings together leaders of business and other fields to service the community, made up of about 34,000 clubs around the world. American brand consultancy Siegel+Gale have worked with Rotary for about two years to review their brand and their communication. This resulted in a "global public image initiative" that launched in September. It includes a refreshed visual identity.

The well recognised wheel symbol wasn't changed, but has been accompanied by a wordmark that clearly communicates its name. It will be used by both Rotary International and the charitable organisation Rotary Foundation, thus uniting their identities.

New logo: Thomas Cook

The Thomas Cook Group is an international travel and leisure company, formed in its present form in 2007, but tracing its roots back to 1841 when its namesake founded a tour operator. Yesterday, October 1, it introduced a "sunny heart" as its new corporate symbol, to be used across the corporation.

This symbol was originally introduced last year for its Scandinavian subsidiaries, a featured on this site. It was created by Swedish design agency Happy F&B, but they were reportedly not involved in this exercise that sees the sunny heart adopted across the corporation. This new version has new typeface and the symbol has more depth and a sun flare effect.

The sunny heart will be used across the corporation, but some brands will merely use it as an endorser and keep their current expressions.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

New logo: Great American Country

Great American Country is an American cable TV network dedicated to country music, owned by Scripps Network who also own Food Network and Travel Channel. As music television in general is struggling, the network has developed over time into "an all-American lifestyle viewing destination". The reflect this, it has unveiled a new logo, which launches today, October 1. The new look coincides with the launch the network's high-definition channel.

The network goes against a general trend, downplaying its initials in favour of the full name. The logo is inspired by the American flag. It was created by Big Block Design Group in Los Angeles.

New logos: Seat Pagine Gialle

Seat Pagine Gialle is Italy's legacy telephone directory company, publishing both the yellow pages (Pagine Gialle) and white pages (Pagine Bianche) and maintaining telephone and online services. Last week, on September 23, it unveiled new logos for its main products.

The new logo system established letter icons for each product, such as a golden G for Pagine Gialle, in the formed of curved three-dimensional lines. They were designed to be dynamic, modern and legible.