I was asked by Chicago based agency Nansen to take an old brand and bring it back to life. I took inspiration from their office and the old brand and created something forward-looking.


Background

Nansen v1 existed 2010–2014, then it got aquired and became Making Waves. After a few years the staff at the Chicago office decided to buy out their part and relaunch it as Nansen. They wanted the new brand to pay homage to the old.


Concept

Most of the people working at the new Nansen worked at the old one as well. Many of them remembers the culture, atmosphere and all the good and bad things from back then.

What once wasnow

Means moving backwards, looking back, rstanding still, reverse.

So bringing the old brand back to life could not be about nostalgica, it could not be about trying to bring back what once was.

It had to be about starting from today and focusing on the future, what can be built from here forward.

Nowwhat will be

Means respect, reminisce, building for the future, forward.

That became the beacon for the concept. Don't try to bring the old back to life, build something new upon the old.


The brand

Since the concept was "Now and forward" I took a lot of inspiration from their current office, especially the lounge furniture at the front of the office. I just love the color of it.



A formal visual language


The new Nansen was about a new way of work so I tried to find a formal visual tone of voice that could be used in client meetings, presentations and all things you see below.

After a couple of hours of discussing and wireframing.
Concept sketches for stickers, note books and battery packs
Goodie bags for new employees and events
Hoodie and t-shirts
Reception desk with Richardo peeking in (see below).
Street entrance
Entrance in the hallway
David and Chris at the Epi Innovation Challenge

… and a casual visual language


Since I’ve spent a lot of time at the Nansen office and know their personalitys I know we needed an informal voice that could be used at meetups, after works and more casual situations. Enter the office mascot Richardo.

Richardo

Whenever you visit the Nansen office you will meet Richardo Fuentes Bergström. He is the cosiest, friendliest and most loyal of all Nansen people.



Richardo has always been at Nansen, he is constantly working over time, beeing lazy and hungover.

Employees always turns to him and sets him up for pair-coding, butt-xeroxing, binge-drinking, busking or child care. Everyone loves Richardo.

So I drew a Richardo carachter that could be used as a visual ice-breaker on the site, at the office or events.








The site

Instead of designing the full site I provided a set of template drafts. That way they could work internally on the full site.

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