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New Name and Logo for Karma Automotive



Noted Oct. 1, 2015 by Armin

Industry / Automobile Tags /


(Est. 2007, originally Fisker Automotive) “Karma Automotive is a Southern California-based manufacturer of world-class luxury hybrid cars designed to challenge habitual thinking about luxury.” Their only model is the $100,000+ Karma; its first make only sold a little over 2,000 units.

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Our new logo makes a statement. Clean, elegant, modern in its simplicity. An imperfect ring, representing constant effort towards unattainable perfection, encircling the earth. With a spark of sun, the eternal symbol of endlessly renewable energy. Inner cut lines represent our three brand priorities.

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New Name and Logo for Karma Automotive
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New name and logo introduction. Logo animation at the end.

Whoever typeset the old logo clearly had never set type on a curve because that F I S K E R wordmark was about to go off the rails despite being nudged in that ring. The logo itself was fairly generic and mostly forgettable. A couple of weeks ago, for the Roland Berger logo redesign, I said "if you are going to go with a steel texture, texture the hell out of it with a good rendering engine, not some half-cooked gradient" and this new logo for Karma is exactly what I'm talking about. It's not the best logo ever but they committed to a look-and-feel and they rendered the shit out of it. This looks like it could be a promo image for Interstellar. It's moody, it's futuristic, it's got a bit of HAL 9000 in it. The wordmark is unapologetically chrome-tastic and almost like a good Hollywood movie poster. It's all a little too perfect for what comes across as a pretentious luxury car that maybe does some good to the Earth.

Thanks to Juan Garcia-Ruiz for the tip.

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