The Southport Music Box Corporation
(Music Box) exists to curating a diverse repertoire of films and television from around the world and connect people with shared passion in film. It is a symbol of Chicago’s go-to venue for independent, foreign, cult, and classic films. I was tasked to articulate a brand identity redesign proposal to fit its character as a Chicago historical landmark.
How to give new life to the trademark while maintaining systemic continuity with its brand extensions?
Build and maintain the brand consistency across the platform
Establish a stronger brand loyalty
Raise brand awareness and strengthen its customer base
After reading about the history of Music Box, I organized the research into three categories: company, customer and competitions. I documented my research into outcomes such as brand matrixes, competitive audits and personas. They aided me in the creation of the rebranding and informed the rationale of my design decisions.
rapid design iterations
During the process of sketching, I switched from a more figurative approach to a more typographic approach. The name “Music Box” itself has a figurative meaning, therefore it would be misleading if I use another figurative element to represent the a different figurative element.
Mark and brand guideline
Foreign/Cult/Classic is a unique project because I was tasked to design a trademark and cohesive identity system without any external support like I did in team projects. My biggest takeaway of this project is the extensive investigation and exhaustive refinement along the way. By using the brand platform as a "North Star", I kept my design relatable to the brand's purpose, character and position. During the research and creative process of this project, I developed a working habit of rapid iterations, and being critical while comparing and evaluating each of my draft. Working through the process of funneling and finalizing, I learned to refine and explore at the same time to ensure that my design touched on as many approaches as possible.