I have been waiting to show this set for a while! I recently had an opportunity to do some identity work in the form of a freelance job for a former professor of mine, David Puelle, who runs his own studio. The client was Atlantic Peptides, a company that produces peptides.
Peptides are short chains of amino acid monomers linked by peptide bonds. For more on peptides, go here. Specifically, Atlantic Peptides use peptides in medical applications.
Anyway, not the easiest client to design a logo for. A few things I had in mind going into the project, were words like bond, chain, test tube, molecule, medicine, etc. I really wanted to create a logo that was going to be versatile in terms of color, size, and special arrangement, while being visually descriptive (or at least give a viewer a hint of what field the company is in).
I have here five of the best options that I gave for choices to the client, through David Puelle, as I was working for him.
Logo 1 I felt to be the best overall, and most professional looking of the set. I imagined molecules being bonded together into the “A” form. The logo is actually the end of an evolution of ideas, which began with what I have labeled Logo 2 and was continued in Logo 5. I began with Adobe Garamond Pro, which seems to be a typeface favored by the medical profession, and ended with H&FJ Gotham which is favored by many professions, and is pretty ubiquitous at this point.
Logo 3 (I suppose it is actually a wordmark) is the most literal interpretation, being the name typeset in Garamond Pro with molecular chains forming off of it. It seems to be pretty clear what field a company using this logo would be in. Color wise, it had a few options, but would definitely have to be horizontal.
Logo 4 was my favorite logo, because of the icons. Most of my work is poster based, but I love Identity work and hope to do more given the opportunity. This logo gave me a chance to do a logo that had an icon driven aspect as well, meaning it could live as a lock-up of text (American Gothic and Gotham) and icon, or their separate forms. I made separate icon sets that allowed a viewer to see what Atlantic Peptides does. They work with DNA, peptides, and chemistry equipment (which is used a test tube to represent). The icons have them as separate entities and as combinations, like having the DNA and test tube combined. Color options were given, and obviously it could be visually dynamic as well.
Sadly, none of the options were chosen, another designer who was working with David was picked over me but it was a really fun experience that I hope to have a again, except the not being chosen part.