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LogoLounge 6 by Bill Gardner, Catharine Fishel

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Design Firm
Client
Project
People depend on forests, and forests depend on the decisions that people
make. A sustainable balance, now and in the future, requires knowledge,
skill, and commitment.
These simple principles form the foundation of Indufor’s operations. Indufor
is a global, independently owned company based in Finland that gathers
and analyzes information from forests for private and governmental clients
involved in such industries as furniture, papermaking, lumber, construction,
and more. These clients need forest products for current as well as future
profits, so they are very interested in sustainability. Indufor helps them make
wise decisions that will carry them profitably into the future.
In fact, Indufor’s name is formed from the words industry and forest, two
seemingly disparate concepts. “Indufor’s expertise is to combine sustain-
able values with economic opportunities to find the best solution for both
society and nature without compromising the environment,” says Jonni
Kuutsa, partner in Porkka-Kuutsa (Helsinki).
“Indufor had a somewhat convoluted visual identity before our work,” says
Kuutsa. “The former identity didn’t reflect the crisp expertise and knowl-
edge the staff at Indufor has, or the high quality and in-depth services that
the company provides to industry, NGOs, and government agencies, such
as the UN. It lacked emotion, direction, and consistency, and moreover,
it needed a complete visual overhaul,” Kuutsa explains. Porkka-Kuutsa
partnered with input & output (Thomas Barbieri) to create Indufor’s new
visual identity, graphic guidelines, and signature (logo).
Most of Indufor’s competitors are bigger consulting groups that operate in
many business areas besides forest consulting. “What makes Indufor differ-
ent and unique compared to other forest-related consultancy agencies is that
its core business is focused on forests and the environment,” says Kuutsa.
The new logo for Indufor Oy, a company that collects forest
intelligence worldwide, created by Porkka-Kuutsa (Helsinki)
Indufor’s original logo said nothing about the company’s expertise,
nor did it have any emotional content or even say much about its
role in advising on the natural world.
The former identity didn’t reflect the crisp
expertise and knowledge the staff at Indufor
has, or the high quality and in-depth services
that the company provides.
Porkka-Kuutsa
Indufor
Identity Redesign
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Because Indufor’s core business deals with forests, the design team started
the redesign by considering related themes such as trees, leaves, and so
on. But because varieties of trees and forests are so different in various
parts of the world—for instance, the eucalyptus tree alone has more than
700 species—any specific leaf, bark, trunk, or tree shape image they might
have selected would be too restrictive for a global identity. So, this idea
was abandoned, in part.
Another attribute the client wanted to include in the new identity was Indu-
for’s global presence. This led naturally to a globe-shaped logo, a globe
as seen from space. But the designers still wanted to somehow bring in
the images of trees.
They developed an intriguing bar effect that could represent both the globe
and trees. Blue is used to represent the globe, and green bars represent
forests and trees (trunks). The design team selected natural, fresh hues,
and surrounded them with black to represent space.
“The blue and green striping effect can be used in several ways. For
instance, it can be laid over photos of almost any kind so that the client
(Indufor) has flexibility in presentations, documents, and so on, while
rebranding themselves with their new visual identity. The combination
makes Indufor unique, incorporating forests, the world, and the environ-
ment. The transparency in the colors is symbolic of the company’s trans-
parency in its operations,” says Kuutsa.
A set of sketches from Porkka-Kuutsa’s design trials shared the
same natural palette, but most centered on organic shapes such
as leaves. However, representing any specific leaf shape made the
logo too specific.
The new identity compared with the old shows a
much more interesting and dramatic presentation.
In the new version, the use of a photo behind the
identity is demonstrated.
Another attribute the client wanted to include in the new identity was Indufor’s global presence.
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