Johnson Banks has unveiled seven potential brand identities for Mozilla, as part of its ongoing “open-source” rebrand.
The search for the not-for-profit software company’s new identity was first announced in June, and it has been taking feedback from the Mozilla community and members of the public since then.
Seven initial themes were created by Johnson Banks, all exploring different facets of Mozilla’s advocacy for shared and open-source internet access and software.
More open and positive message
After further refining these themes in response to feedback that suggested “upping the positivity and doing more with the whole principle of ‘open’”, seven visual identities and their accompanying assets have been made available to view on the Mozilla Open Design blog.
The designs include everything from a simple typographic mark to a modern version of its former Dinosaur logo, and public comments on them are already coming thick and fast.
“Our work on the narrative has changed a lot as we learn more about them,” says Michael Johnson, founder and creative director of Johnson Banks.
“It’s debatable whether some of our other clients, either blue-chip or not-for-profit, could handle this – but this is unprecedented as an approach. Perhaps it will push others to be more open.”
We outline all of the proposed design concepts below.
1) The Eye
This abstract eye design plays on the not-for-profit’s former Dinosaur logo, which is still used internally.
2) The Connector
The consultancy has experimented with Mozilla’s name, using intertwining letters inspired by circuitry and tribal patterns.
3) The Open Button
This button pictogram is designed to represent Mozilla’s commitment to making the internet “open to everyone on an equal basis”.
Alluding to the not-for-profit’s longevity, this symbol is intended to show that the not-for-profit is “at the core of the internet”.
5) Wireframe World
This concept highlights Mozilla’s place within “the enormity of the internet”, forming an “M” symbol out of a series of 3D grid systems.
6) The Impossible
Another simple typographical mark, this “impossible” design gives a nod to computer graphics and optical illusions.
7) Flik Flak
As an extension of the former dinosaur logo, this visual identity builds a character out of isometric shapes, also spelling out the name “Mozilla”.