02 Jun

Mastering the Art of Logos: NBC Universo

Okay, can we just say up front that we LOVE this redesign? We’re not even going to make you wait for it, it’s just that good. We have to give a huge shout out to the very talented group behind this redesign, Trollbäck+Company a New York, NY-based branding and design studio.

First, so happy they got rid of calling out NBC in the wordmark… the NBC logo itself is pretty universal and by removing it Universo can now stand on its own; create its own unique voice that better personifies its audience.

Source: NBC Universo

Next, we love the bold color choices… on top of that; the singular use of those colors against the grey-tone backgrounds and vice/versa makes everything pop that much more. The new look-and-feel comes across as very vibrant, playful, and yes… loud, and we’re all about it.

Source: NBC Universo (right: old branding, left: new branding)

We also noticed that while the type itself hasn’t changed much, the new branding incorporates increased kerning and leading which results in negative space. This negative space really allows everything else to jump off of the page/screen/billboard/etc. The pristine hierarchy throughout makes the design exceptionally clean and precise.

Source: Trollbäck+Company

Finally, there is also this “jolt” effect that takes over in between letters and is carried all throughout their branding and programs. While the hierarchy is very strict, it’s interesting to see how this effect “breaks” it. This now becomes the obvious theme for the brand and all the accompanying typography.

So, yeah. We’re sold!

To check out Trollbäck+Company’s full redesign package head over to their Universo project page.

27 Jul

Mastering the Art of Logos

Eleven Peppers Thoughts on the New Mastercard Logo

Mastercard has been issuing credit cards and processing payments since 1966. They operate the world’s fastest payments processing network and are active in more than 210 countries. To uphold their success, they recently announced a global digital payment service along with a brand new logo— their first change in 20 years. The identity was designed by NY-based Pentagram partner, Michael Beirut.

Eleven Peppers Studios took a good look at the logo and we can’t help but think: Simplicity is always the key. Beirut does an excellent job taking the basic elements of the original 1968 logo and giving it more of a purpose for our world today. The mark adapts well to giant billboards as well as tiny Apple watch screens.

But what we thought was even more interesting about Beirut’s new design, is his reasoning for using these two primary colors. It was intriguing to learn that Beirut and his team turned to Michael Eugéne Chevreul’s theory of simultaneous contrast. Beirut explains, “The way a color looks depends on what other colors are adjacent to it… it’s three flat colors, but when you put them together the orange in the middle looks lighter when it’s touching the red and darker when it’s touching the yellow.”

The mark is undoubtedly clever without having to scream it. It’s a mark that has the potential to endure the modern and contemporary years ahead all while making a bold statement.

So if we were to rate Mastercard’s new logo on the Eleven Peppers scale of creative spiciness, we would have to give it an 11/10!

Mastercard image courtesy of Pentagram