This project was created as part of a 7 day workshop collaboration with master designer Massimo Vignelli. The goal was to study the Vignelli methodology first-hand and apply his principles to the redesign of SCAD's identity. The project was designed, produced, photographed and presented to an audience in 6 days.
I found several aspects of SCAD's current identity to be problematic. The name fails to give equal weight to each of the school's distinctive, yet complimentary locations. "Savannah College of Art and Design" is confusing when applied to its Hong Kong, Lacoste and Atlanta campuses. There was also an unmet need to reflect the schools dual goals of excellence in arts education and career preparation in its identity system.
I developed a system with the aim of bringing discipline, consistency, logic and order to SCAD's identity and branded materials. This system takes into account the college as a whole, its 4 locations, 8 schools and 41 majors. The school's name has been challenged in order to make it more appropriate to what it represents today. The type placement and variation in weight creates ambiguity in the identity. The name can be read "College of Art & Design, Savannah" as well as "College of Savannah, Art & Design".
The system follows a grid, but allows room for deviation when appropriate. Color serves as a device to differentiate between campuses. Green, orange, purple, blue and yellow, represent Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and eLearning, respectively. Red represents all information regarding the school as a whole.