The thesis of this opinion piece is that TPL needs to update their uninviting logo. But this is all really just an excuse to round-up and showcase all the interesting concept design work done by students and other design professionals to rebrand Toronto Public Library.
“With this successful logo mark and a strong local reputation, a complete rebrand wasn’t necessary nor cost efficient. However, in order to have a cohesive and effective visual identity a few key elements needed to change.”
Submitted by: Emily Glimco, Dave Kosrow, and Brodie Austin
Institution: Northbrook Public Library
“We’ve been working on more consistent branding (and a cleaner look to our branding) at our library for a while now. The process has been slow; we’re trying to make incremental changes when we can. When we learned that we were running out of library cards, we decided to seize the opportunity to redesign our library cards.”
“Paper and Pixels” That’s the inspiration behind Halifax Public Libraries’ rebrand, as described on their brand launch webpage. In the accompanying video, below, the brand identity is representing many ideas: “representing the people it serves: vibrant and diverse. A safe space… Continue Reading →
Editor’s Note: This post was written a few years ago, but for reasons unknown, remained in draft form. Washington County Free Library was getting a newer, bigger library in 2013, and saw the opportunity to refresh their brand. They selected… Continue Reading →
The following post was originally printed in OLA’s Open Shelf Magazine, and reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence
Innisfil Public Library made a significant shift in branding, which uncovered their brand personality, and a new way of thinking about their role in the community. This change was the result of a long partnership with local marketing firm Hardie & Co. Read more about how Innisfil became and ideaLAB.
A spotlight on the graphic design work of Tom Deja of Bossman Graphics, and in particular, his work for Oak Park Public Library. It features posters, logo work and marketing campaigns, as well as quotes from Tom himself. See what Tom’s unique punk rock aesthetic brings to library marketing.
We occasionally see some different logos in the library world (Anythink comes to mind), and here’s another one to add to that list: Hutchinson Public Library’s ‘Nerd’ logo. On April 11, 2016, the new branding (including the logo, tagline and… Continue Reading →
Chicago Public Library quietly revealed all new branding, with a stark B&W logo to replace the venerable green “pie-chart” based on the municipal device. Is the pie gone forever? Find out on Ad/Lib.
Guelph Public Library (Guelph, Ontario)1 recently unveiled a minor rebrand, which includes a new logo in ‘royal’ purple, and associated tagline: “Explore, Connect, Thrive”. Below is a short video reveal of the new logo, shared on the Library’s twitter feed…. Continue Reading →
“With the opening of the Student Learning Centre, the Ryerson Library had the opportunity to expand our services into a new area – experiential learning and emerging technologies. An instant hit with students, the Digital Media Experience Lab (DME) needed… Continue Reading →
Aram Public Library of Delavan, Wisconsin has a brand new logo and website, as result of working with local design firm SignalFire. The design came from a collaboration between the library and the designers. “The initial logo concept began with… Continue Reading →
“Seattle Public Libraries” Rebranding The Seattle Public Library (SPL) put out a call for comment in early September of 2015 as part of a rebranding process. The library was working with branding firm Hornall Anderson (see our previous post, “We Are An Open… Continue Reading →
Joanna Walters, a self-taught graphic designer out of Geneseo, NY discusses her recent work on the rebranding of Wadsworth Library. Walters describes what the different colours and elements of the logo represent, and shows the rebrand in context – on… Continue Reading →