A 3D cubelogo design is at the heart of NatWest's new identity, which sees the bank return to its original brand guidelines. Designed by Futurebrand , this new identity follows a similar route as the recentCo Op redesign, which featured a revived and polished version of its iconic four leaf clover logo.
Made up of three interlocking cubes, the NatWest logo represents the coming together of the National Provincial Bank, Westminster Bank and District Bank. The cubes originally appeared in the company's 1968 brand guideline manual, and have formed the basis of the new graphic system.
The logo can be traced back to 1968 Creating an approachable and lively identity is no easy feat, especially when it comes to banking. However the team at Futurebrand are confident that the logo, along with vibrant illustrations and a unique 3D typeface, will create an engaging identity that will stand out both on the high street and online.
“The cube has always been an intrinsic part of their identity," explains Futurebrand executive creative director Dan Witchell. "We wanted to build on something that was always there rather than create something new.”
Bright three dimensional typography accompanies the logo Thanks to the rebrand's bright visual elements and colourful typography, the designers also hope to attract a younger audience to NatWest. At the same time, the "vibrant and optimistic" palette had to come across as trustworthy and reliable.
“Banking has been through a tough time in recent years," says Witchell. "I suppose we wanted to try and draw a line under that and look to a more positive future in a way.”