To design a new logo for Go Sport that could be the center piece of a brand identity refresh for the French sports retailer.
- Brand Identity
- Logo Design
2018 - 2108
This is an unsolicited brand identity redesign project. The effort is driven by a desire to confront myself to real-life examples where opportunity for improvement exists. I hope to demonstrate a sense of initiative, problem solving skills and creative flair. The views expressed about the brand are only mine. I am not affiliated with Go Sport in any capacity.
About the brand
Go Sport is a major French sports retailer founded in the late 1970s by Grenoble-based Daniel Cathiard, a former teammate of Jean-Claude Killy in the French alpine ski team.
Now part of the Rallye retail group, Go Sport is focusedd on selling major sportswear and sports equipment brands as well as its own specialty brands. The group sells through a network of 127 stores in France, plus over 30 international retail outlets.
Although focused on focusedd on selling major international sportswear and sports equipment brands, the company has also developped its own portfolio of ly distributed brands, such as Ellesse, and specialty brands such as Wanabee, Athlitech.
In France, Go Sport is a runner-up to Decathlon, a major and very successful competitor with fully assumed positioning and brand identity and international growth.
My goal with this study was to explore how the Go Sport brand identity could be rebooted to better fit its current positioning and future strategy.
A word of caution here. This a personal study. I had no interaction with the Go Sport company. This study and proposal is therefore not based on a formal discussion and discovery process with people at Go Sport to fully understand the brand's precise roots and philosophy, its exact positioning and its future ambitions and plans.
Instead this work stems from my own customer-centric perception of the brand today. From that imperfect vantage point, I see a dated visual identity, dull and aging stores, and an apparent struggle the brand has been going through in recent years to position itself either as a shopping destination for private labels amd budget prices, or as a fully assumed network of exciting fancy and immersive flagship stores to enjoy and shop international brands.
A simple first look at the logo presented on a white background with lots of negative space around so it receives all the focus and critical attention without distraction. The proposed concept retains the black, white and acid green elements of the current color palette. The original pure black evolves into a subdued smoky black. My design approach was to draw from the current logo design and come up with a modern, abstracted and minimalist reinterpretation.
Careful consideration has been given to the variety of backgrounds the logo may be rendered in front of. My objective was to make sure it looked equally legible and effective over a light background and a dark background.
Alternate inverted color scheme
This alternate inverted variant allows for the logo to be placed on a background using the primary color.
Sports category (vertical)
Because Go Sport is a generalist sports retailer, the company's logo is typically associated with a secondary piece of text to designate a particular sports category such as mountain, fitness, wellness, running... Typical use cases would be in-store signage.
Mockups (Packaging and tags)
This is how the logo could be featured on typical components of the shopping experience including shopping bags and clothing tags.
Although it would make sense for store design to be an integral aspect of a brand identity reboot, we are not covering the subject in this case study. The following mockups only give a sense of how the new logo itself infuses a new touch of modernity and minimalism to the shopping experience.
The following mockups illustrate how the logo could feature on street signage, including metro and bus stop billboards.
Among various collaterals, large format posters would be an important medium to consider both for in-store identity and for use on bllboards and other ad mediums. The following mockups envision a bold communication meant to create emotion through high-quality, bold and striking visuals of athletes.
Go Sport's Instagram profile image updated with the new logo.