The original design seen to the right suffers from the spiral syndrome along with its nearest cousin the Hilton Hotels logo. While swirly shapes give a great impression of movement and dynamics, it would work best with technology, multimedia and information-based companies. Also, the original designer probably struggled with the fact that 5 or more other Cornerstone Banks already exist out there with very similar ideas for their logos, adding the pressure to innovative for the sake of distinction rather than representation.
On the other hand, a bank logo have the following:
- Look: powerful, corporate and elegant.
- Elements: simple and strong.
- Colors: minimal and muted.
- Type: classic fonts like: Bernhard Modern, Centaur, Baker Signet and Copperplate Gothic.
Hence, think inside the box! By creating a simple, muted and square shape we present a powerful and safe look for a bank logo. A square doesn’t have to be conventional though, there are many ways to elaborate on the design without going visually overboard.
And here are my three ideas for a new logo based on the original colors and stated requirements:
Which one of all the above would you identify CornerStone Bank with? Got suggestions for other logos in desperate need for a redesign?
Drop me a line.“Redesign This” is an unsolicited personal critical impression, opinion and design conclusion. All original logos belong to their respective owners. No logos were skewed, liquefied or harmed in the making of this article.