D-Day Museum rebrands to move from “military” to “personal”

The museum has been renamed as D-Day Story and given a new look by StudioLR to help it appeal to a wider audience.

StudioLR has created a new identity for the D-Day Museum, renaming it as D-Day Story to coincide with the museum’s £4.5 million redevelopment.

Located in Portsmouth, the museum tells the story of the Allied forces’ invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 during the Second World War, which led to the liberation of large parts of Europe from Nazi control – and ultimately Allied victory.

To coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019, the museum has been awarded £4.5 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to revamp its exhibition spaces, as well as improve its activities and events programme.

As part of the transformation project, Portsmouth City Council commissioned Edinburgh-based consultancy StudioLR – who worked in collaboration with brand strategist Scott Sherrard – to rebrand the museum. The new identity aims to appeal to both older and younger audiences, repositioning D-Day Story from a strictly “military museum” to one that focuses on personal stories as well, says StudioLR.

The new logo juxtaposes these two ideas, adds the studio, as the centre of the “D” symbol at first appears to show a bullet hole or a barbed-wire tear. Look closer however, and it actually depicts the English and French coastlines, with distressed areas where most of the boats departed from and arrived at during the D-Day landings.

A core colour palette of yellow and black has been introduced to give the museum a more “contemporary” look, says StudioLR design director Dave King, ditching the khaki and green colours typically associated with military institutions. The choice of colours also highlights the “dark” and “light” side of the personal stories behind D-Day.

D-Day Story’s new identity is rolling out across all touchpoints, ahead of the museum reopening in Spring 2018.

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  • Mark Epton March 22, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Brilliant, clever, logo

  • Tim Riches March 22, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Love it. Brilliant.

  • Alex March 22, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Nice logo, shame about the secondary typeface!

    • Michael Burton March 26, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Agreed. It doesn’t match the brutal teared logo texture, the curves are too soft for the type to have its full impact!

      Love the idea though!

  • Simon Dry March 23, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Absolutely love it, best logo I’ve seen in years!

  • Gerald Glover March 25, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Great work StudioLR; though I would agree with Alex on the secondary typeface – As the move is towards more ‘personal stories’ I think a better typeface could have selected / created.

  • Dan Black March 26, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Beautifully executed logo, with two strong narratives.

  • Tom Redfern March 26, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Great logo, really emphasises the channel crossing element of D-Day, and has an explosive and fractured feel to it which perfectly compliments the actions of that event. I agree with Alex regarding the secondary typeface. It looks almost Medieval. Something more akin to the period or handwritten, would have been more effective.

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