NYC Pride’s new identity fuses “a heritage of activism and celebration”

The new visual identity has been developed by Lippincott and includes the letters ‘NYC’ hidden within a flag.

Lippincott has designed the new identity for NYC Pride, in a bid to “drive equity and awareness” around the work done by the organisation.

NYC Pride is the flagship event organised annually by Heritage of Pride – a non-profit born from the events of the Stonewall Uprising of 1969.

For decades, the event and its organisers have delivered support to the city’s LGBTQ+ citizens – but over the years the NYC brand had become watered down, Lippincott says.

“NYC Pride had an inconsistent brand identity that changed each year to reflect the event’s annual theme,” the studio says. “It needed a brand that endured.”


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“Storytelling flexibility”

The new visual identity is centred around what Lippincott calls a “truly identifiable” flag emblem.

“The iconic Pride flag, which has become known as a universal symbol of safety, community, and allyship… [captures] the brand’s spirit of celebration and activism,” the studio says.

Alongside being an icon of Pride celebrations both past and present, the flag motif also subtly features the letters “NYC” – a nod to the deep roots the event has within its city.

Setting the emblem above other such logos is its “adaptive gradient”. The icon can appear in different colourways depending on the situation, which Lippincott says “provides storytelling flexibility” for the brand.

For example, when addressing a specifically non-binary audience, the emblem can appear in the colours of the non-binary identity flag – yellow, white, purple and black.


“We wanted to capture a typographic voice reminiscent of posters”

Typography is an important part of the updated identity. The adaptive emblem is paired with Monotype’s Knockout and Gotham font families, which were both designed by New York-based foundry Hoefler&Co.

Of Knockout, Monotype says the typeface has a “fighting spirit” and roots in the eclectic typography stylings of 19th century broadsides.

This is “perfectly counterbalanced” by Gotham, the foundry says, which has a “friendly openness” to it. Gotham has had several notable uses already, including in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“Pride began as a protest, and we wanted to capture a typographic voice reminiscent of bold, eye-catching posters used by protestors,” says Lippincott partner Jenifer Lehker.

“Knockout and Gotham pay homage to the brand’s roots, while providing the visual boldness necessary to amplify the community’s voices.”

And like the emblem, the type can also adopt a “living gradient” where needed, Monotype says.


“Adapt to evolving annual campaign themes”

Supporting the main two elements of the brand is a visual style which Lippincott says is “bold and direct”. With it being used across a wide variety of touchpoints, events and environments, it needed to stand out and “adapt to evolving annual campaign themes”, the studio says.

The straight-forward nature of the typefaces is juxtaposed with photography from Cait Oppermann.

When the photography and typography meet, the images are always placed on a diagonal – an effect which the studio says adds an “ad-hoc” nature to the visual system.

With many of the communications for NYC Pride being made by volunteers and those without a design background, the simplicity of the system, alongside its built-in ad-hoc nature, is intended to reinforce that it is made for everyone to use.


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