Everything in Calgary has started to look the same -- bland colours with a similar vector look and feel.
We wanted people to immediately think, “this doesn’t look like a Calgary brand.” The aesthetic is faded-bright, fun and inspired heavily by a Mexican sign painterly look and feel.
The information design pays homage to the great history of sandwich shop order window menus.
Now that we’re in the “avatar generation” it’s important that a brand consider all elements of logo and asset use. We focused on a minimal logo almost completely devoid of words and inspired by the essence of the establishment, the pinball machines. It was important that the machine be easy to identify and stylized enough to be a unique brand identifier.
Every brand needs a fun story, so we made a couple of retro logos and did pre-promotion for the bar using that instead of the actual logo -- the idea being that once we opened the bar with the “real” brand aesthetic that it would feel like Pin Bar had been around for years, a staple of Calgary’s bar scene.
We’re really excited to play around with this idea as we develop a narrative around the bar’s “history”.