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In 2013, for “Justified: AIGA Design Competition,” a distinguished jury chaired by Clement Mok selected 14 case studies that each serve as an effective tool to explain the role of designers in conceiving and implementing solutions.
The following are individual jurors’ comments on the selection “Case Study: EDP Identity.” To view all 14 selected works, visit: aiga.org/justified-2013-selections/
Valerie Casey, founder and chief executive officer, Necessary Projects, San Francisco, CaliforniaThis bold identity for EDP heralds a new way of thinking in the sustainability space. When companies provide evidence of environmental, cultural and economic success, they do not need to resort to the tired indicators of being “green.” EDP confidently displays its global leadership in producing renewable energy through a vibrant and dynamic system that excites the ideas of progress and promise. Truly creative, the EDP branding is a breakout moment for design as a strategic business lever.
Jessica Hische, letterer and procrastiworker, Title Case, San Francisco, CaliforniaI really like this rebrand because of its juxtaposition of complexity and simplicity. Everything feels incredibly cohesive because of the color red (the company knew they had brand equity in that color so it was kept for consistency), but the library of icons and interchangeable logos makes for a very complex visual identity. I also think the rounded sans stencil typeface that was commissioned is very interesting.
Brad Johnson, VP, executive creative director, Second Story (now part of SapientNitro), Portland, OregonEnergetic without oil, green without being green—what I liked about this project was its proposition of a systemic solution. The elemental, four-shape “kit of parts” can be recombined in infinite variations to visualize energy. How renewable is that?
Clement Mok, design and business consultant, The Design Office of Clement Mok, San Francisco, CaliforniaMoved the needle. Inspirational. The flexible and seemingly infinite ways that the identity system builds and extends the brand is the beauty and genius behind this design solution. MTV and Nickelodeon travelled down this path before. It’s news when an energy company embraces this approach.
Josh Rubin, founder and editor in chief, Cool Hunting, New York, New YorkGetting people excited about a utility brand is a tough challenge given the relative unsexiness of the subject matter. The modular illustration system Jessica Walsh developed is both visually intriguing and emotionally uplifting, thereby creating a sense of excitement for people not typically engaged with energy and utilities.
Christopher Simmons, principal and creative director, MINE™, San Francisco, CaliforniaModular, flexible, malleable, responsive identity programs are quite in vogue at the moment. This is a rare example of one that was conceived and executed extremely well. From its 11 logo variants to its simple, four-shape illustration system and custom typeface, this single-color identity program is both restrained and exuberant. While seemingly endlessly flexible, it also manages to speak with a singular voice. Aside from its technical achievements and beauty, the design also stands out as an innovative and surprising solution for a sustainable energy company.
Alina Wheeler, author, Designing Brand Identity, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaAlthough I wanted more insights into the process, I am a champion of pushing the boundaries of how corporations express who they are. How refreshing to have an energy company not use green, and to position themselves as friendly and not arrogant. I love challenging how a symbol should function, but realize that the whole look and feel is actually more memorable than the morphing trademark itself. I would have liked to see more applications to better understand the way this strategy was applied in a static environment.
AIGA’s “Justified” competition recognizes case studies that demonstrate the value of design in a clear, compelling and accessible way. The 2013 “Justified” competition honors 14 exemplary case studies that successfully demonstrate the value of design.
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“Eclectic” and “diverse” are perhaps the best words to describe this year’s submissions to “Justified: AIGA Design Competition.” Examining clarity of concept, quality of execution and ability to engage and inspire, the jury selected 14 works from nearly 300 submissions.
In 2013, a discerning group of jurors chaired by Clement Mok met to review entries for “Justified: AIGA Design Competition,” identifying submissions that serve as an effective tool to explain the role of designers in conceiving and implementing solutions.
“Good design is a strategic, sustainable, ethical response to a business problem,” writes strategic consultant David Berman.
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Alex Center of The Coca-Cola Company shares his story, lessons, and tips on getting ahead as an in-house designer at a small and massively large organization.
In this Q&A, Fred Cisneros offers an inside look at how he’s successfully run his studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the past 20 years—and what he’ll do adapt to the future.
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interview, business plans, human resources, collaboration, new business development, studio management, business
In the summer of 2012, AIGA Nashville paired three groups of design students with professional designers. The teams used design thinking to create short-term deliverables and long-term strategies for nonprofits and then presented the work to the community. This case study features work done with Urban Housing Solutions.
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Design for Good, branding, identity design, nonprofit, user research, web design, pro bono, social responsibility, design educators
External Resources (cont.)
Cascades 2008 Report on Sustainable Development
Corcoran Glimpse Book