Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, BMO Harris Bank, is a result of a series of bank mergers after Bank of Montreal Financial group (Harris) acquired Marshall && Ilsley Corporation (M&&I) in July 2011. At that time, M&I Marshall && Ilsley Bank, M&&I Bank National Association (N.A.), and The Harris Bank N.A. merged into Harris N.A. Harris N.A. then changed it’s name to BMO Harris Bank N.A. Conversion of bank branches to the new look began in December 2011 and will continue until late 2012.
With roots as far back as 1822, DNB, as it is now known, is Norway’s largest bank and financial services group. Last known as DnB NOR, from the 2003 merger of Den norske Bank (DnB) and Gjensidige NOR, DNB currently has more than 2.3 million retail customers and over 200,000 corporate customers with 200 locations across the country. A first peek at the new logo was released earlier this year in June with this unfortunately dopey picture but the official release of the new identity was earlier this month. The identity has been designed by Oslo-based Anti and Snøhetta Design.
Launched this Fall, Simple (formerly BankSimple) is a new alternative to banking with big ass banks that are pain in the ass. If you’ve ever called your bank’s customer support or tried to decode the online statements and wished that instead you were sitting naked in an igloo then you know what I’m talking about. Simple is not a bank, they are an intermediary between you and a bank. As they put it, “We take care of you, our bank partners take care of your money.” They provide a Visa card and you can then track your account and expenses through an amazingly designed and intuitive online and mobile interface. After being in Beta for a few months, Simple has launched to the public with a new name and new identity designed in-house by Ian Collins.
Established in 1960, Maybank is Malaysia’s largest financial services group with “over 1,750 branches and offices in 14 countries, employing 40,000 Maybankers and serving over 18 million customers.” Do not adjust your set, the “before” logo is that stretched. Press release here. Bigger view of the icon below (or after the jump).
We will be closing this week with yet another Australian brand. (I swear I didn’t plan it this way!). The Bank of Melbourne is the second coming of, well, the Bank of Melbourne. Its first iteration came in 1989 when the Bank of Melbourne became the first bank to open in many decades and went up against the “Big Four” banks until 1997 when one of those big players, Westpac, purchased and closed it. This August, Westpac will be re-launching Bank of Melbourne as a subsidiary and, in turn, it will replace all the branches of another Westpac subsidiary, St George, which has a bigger presence and association with Sydney — and if Brand New has taught me anything, it is that Melbourne and Sydney go together like Mentos and Diet Coke, it’s explosive. A new logo for Bank of Melbourne was unveiled earlier this month.
Servicing the northeast region of Brazil Banco do Nordeste is a government owned, public bank. Its new logo, designed by Sao Paulo-based Top Brands, features a Coqueiro (a coconut palm tree). A bit more on the new logo, in Portuguese, can be found here.