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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.
Mohawk knew that they needed to redefine their perspective on paper in a progressively digital world. What was briefed as a campaign for Superfine soon evolved into an investigation of Mohawk as a brand and how the company and paper itself are culturally relevant.
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Competition, Justified, branding
The topic of racial diversity in graphic design has been going on for well over 20 years. What can we actually do change the makeup of the community so it reflects the multicultural world we live in?
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Diversity and Inclusion, diversity
Does packaging design need to be an integral part of today's brand strategy?
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advertising, packaging, business, students
Striking a balance between accessible and sophisticated, this campaign for a Bay Area arts institution sought to attract area audiences that might be curious about art but intimidated by high culture. “Friendly hip, not hipster hip” was a guiding principle.
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Competition, Justified, advertising, environmental design, experience design, graphic design, nonprofit, print design, user research, posters, signage, culture, diversity
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