For our collaborative project, I put my efforts into creating a rebranded logo for Swig, the local soda bar of St. George. To start, our group took a look at the current Swig logo and mutually agreed that we should "mix it up" so to say.
Looking at this logo above, we decided that while looking colorful and playful, it didn't necessarily stand out. Aside from the color and the diagonal vector created by the slanted text, the logo doesn't really do much for representing Swig as a whole. Swig, being all about cool, flavorful drinks and tasty treats, is more than just gradient text with a suggestive I. Anybody who goes to Swig knows it's all about mixing up unique flavor combinations, so we felt the logo could reflect that in some way.
By the time the above logo was drafted, our group was still considering a color palette to adhere to. In my head, I thought tropical, then Miami, then late 80's early 90's. I would say I got a bit carried away with those ideas, and on the other hand, I actually liked this logo quite a bit. In retrospect, I realize that there is a bit too much gradient going on, but the ideas and purposes for them were there.
Picture milk being poured into your freshly brewed black coffee. Now picture a cola getting shots of flavoring poured into it. I wanted to visually convey the idea of something fruity blending with something plain or without variety. The gradient was to represent that and whether it did so effectively is debatable. The ideas of the palm trees remain the same as the original draft, and the cup has been moved for no actual reason other than aesthetics and the fact that it's representative of soda.
After the second draft of the logo, our group had agreed on a style guide. This meant reworking the previous logo into something that conforms to our guidelines. With the tropical colors and brand wide text, I was able to create the above logo building off all previous iterations.
Following design principles, I adhered to a base form of a circle. With the palm branches as a topper, I incorporated both border and shadow to make the branches pop. Inside of the circle are lines which create a swirl, and the swirl to represent the motto of Swig, to "mix it up", and "it" being the drinks. Now, within the swirl, I used two colors that were of relatively similar value. The darker tones of the circle contrast the dominating branches above. This use of contrast creates a balance in the logo, where under the strong, powerful branches is a shade-like place to relax and refresh.
Considering that colors like blue and purple are more relaxing, placing the name in the center was a no brainer. "Swig" is in the more welcoming, relaxing part of the logo, but that softer area couldn't stand on it's own.
Another benefit of tropical colors is that they can be used to instill an appetite in those who view it. Consider McDonald's and their use of red and yellow. The two colors are very well known to attract an appetite and the thought of food. Denny's and Burger King are no strangers to this principle. So when I placed the yellow as the dominant color of the branches, I definitely had this in mind. The border of the branches is green (coincidentally, another color used for appetite attraction), and the shadow being the pinkish-red. Similar to how other companies use these colors, but less aggressive and a little more juicy.
On texture, my idea was to keep the texture smooth as to represent the smoothness of a tasty soft drink sliding down your throat. Swig isn't supposed to be rough and tough, it's supposed to be smooth, so my design reflected that.
Not much I could consider with space, seeing as that is more closely tied with collateral and not much with the individual logo itself. I would say, however, that the use of shadow on both the branches and circle give the logo a tad bit more depth than if I were to leave it flat. It may not do much for space, but it at least makes it more visually interesting.
The Law of Similarity could be used to describe this logo. The branches and circle come together to make a new shape, one that has colors with similar values. While creating this, each element was once an independent object with no color to group or distinguish it. Now, each element has come together and made a unified new design. The objects being in the same proximity of each other are grouped together as such.
At a glance, one may not notice the difference between the circle and the branches; a phenomenon that can be explained by the Law of Pragnanz. The Swig logo is reduced to the simplest form possible and is not overburdened with noisy extras, or underwhelming with too simple of design.
Overall, the goal of the logo was to represent Swig and encapsulate what the company is about, as well as make something that is visually stimulating. According to the vocabulary of design, I would say this logo adheres to principles that are attractive and effective, maintaining purpose and intention with its design.
Below is our group style guide, as well as a link to the group promotional spot for Swig.