A Refreshing Tale of a Brand Refresh

High-end, small-run business card printer, Moo.com, has been publishing some pretty cool stuff on its blog. For example, this recent post about 500px’s brand refresh.

I’ve written about brand refreshes in the past (When is it time for a brand refresh?) and have shown some of our examples (Announcing Our Newest Site Design & Build, Recent Work: GNO Refresh)but what makes the MOO article so rich is that it presents the specific challenges the brand was facing, then documents the process with photos and interviews—so you get a bit of a behind-the-scenes look.

Like Mix Creative, the firm selected for the brand refresh started with a discovery process, including a business and competitive audit, before beginning the design phase. Starting from this point, the goals of the project are clear, enabling the designer to define what a successful brand will convey and give focus to the creative process. Of course, simply having goals doesn’t always simplify the task at hand, as demonstrated by this quote from the article:

 “The mark had to ‘read 500px, connote the URL, focus on photography, and clearly evoke technology AND photography — and make the connection obvious.’”

As simple as that!

In this case, the creative concepting phase by the team lasted eight weeks and resulted in over 50 concepts. Here at Mix, we typically don’t have the luxury of such a lengthy timeline, but certainly this enables the group to fully explore and refine their ideas.

Example of completed brand refresh.

The selected logo and abbreviated mark work in tandem to convey the 500px brand. Image courtesy of 500px via Moo.com. Design by Focus Lab.

In the end, the client selected designs for a full-name logo and an abbreviated mark that could be used together to convey the brand. What do you think of the results?

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