Sixth Story came upon the opportunity to work with a traditional British manufacturing company to give their brand a refresh. The brief was to take aluminium tube producer Spartal’s logo and give it a more professional and modern look. One of the key elements was to reflect the heritage of their company located in the Cotswolds. We were also asked by the client to make use of the AL in Spartal as it represents Aluminium in the periodic table of elements.
We decided on a rounded typeface with a slight vintage feel to it and highlighted the AL using circles (a tube looked at from the front) using greys to represent metal and green to give a feel of the Cotswolds.
The new logo gives the company a friendly, approachable look that visually represents the industry and location they work in without being too literal.
In September this year we were delighted to be chosen to rebrand the St Barnabas Church Centre in Erdington. Five years on from the fire which destroyed the Church, the new lease of life from its refurbishment is glorious and we’ve been lucky enough to see the before, during and after.
“Out of these ashes, beauty will rise.” – Psalm 147=3
The Church presents itself as a community space and really focuses on Christianity in a contemporary way, a stunning stain glass window has been created by artist Pippa Blackall as well as beautiful sculptures by Peter Eugene Ball. After a huge fundraising effort with more than £5million spent on restoring it, the 18th Century church reopened its doors last Sunday for a special rededication service from the Bishop of Birmingham. Over 400 people attended and the church stands to become a focal point for the Erdington community from 2013 onwards.
Before (glamorous hard hats)
The branding process was unusual one for team Sixth Story, rarely do we get to work on community orientated briefs. We went through several design rounds, presenting sketches and concepts to Vicar Freda Evans and Business Manager Paul Hanna. We explored themes that took inspiration from the Church’s story as well as the architectural structures.
The chosen identity:
Inspired by the story of St Barnabas and his travels, the logo uses the boat like shapes that are also echoed in the architectural features of the church. Bright colours capture the lively and diverse nature of the space, with the central cross still keeping close relevance to Christianity.
We will keep you updated in the New Year on how we roll out the brand across the St Barnabas branded materials and marketing.