ASSIGNMENT To conceptually redesign a typographic treatment of a corporation of our choice.
SCHOOL University of North Texas
COURSE Experimental Type
INSTRUCTOR Eric Ligon
Motorola has repositioned themselves as a company that designs what I isolated as “fashionable technology.” The greatest example of this is the Motorola RAZR mobile phone. Sleek, slim, and sexy — all characteristics of modern day fashion models. The concept for this redesign was just that, “fashionable technology.”
Taking notes from Barney’s New York and Nordstroms while maintaining the 1950s flare of the iconic “M” logo the typographic redesign was born. Inspired by Gotham Light which with its contemporary style overpowered the hints of 50s just enough to create a respectable, charming, and sexy treatment that can bring Motorola into the 21st century. This typographic treat was designed to work with the “M” logo or is distinct enough to live on its own.
Sketches and Process
With assignment being for a Maymester class (2 1/2 weeks long) the pace for this assignment was on a whole other level than I had ever experienced in school (I know, I know, I have learned that the real world is just that way). The sketches were done quickly as this logo redesign assignment was meant to be executed in mere days.
The logo type was derived from Gotham Light where I doubled the type and created a thick and thin on a modern day classic. This brought the type into a realm of sophistication that is shared by that of Barney’s New York and Nordstroms.
With such an iconic logo I refrained from altering it. This created a great challenge by having to create a logotype that was contemporary yet totally 50s at the same time. With that said the logotype took notes from the classic 50s mark. This is noticeable with the soft internal terminals of each letter.
The new logotype shares the same thicks and thins as the “M” logo and is completely complementary due to this.