The Stockholm office of Brand Union has led the project. The consultancy, which is rostered by Pernod, is the company’s lead agency for Absolut and has worked with the brand since 2009, according to Brand Union.
Having overseen redesigns of Absolut’s flavoured ranges, and other drinks including its luxury Absolut Elyx, and Absolut Tune – a vodka and sparkling wine drink, Brand Union was appointed in summer 2013 to look at the master brand.
Brand Union executive client director Jonas Anderson says, ‘The task was to create a master brand that could harbour a wider portfolio of more propositions, and be applied with greater consistency.’
The Absolut word marque has been redrawn ‘to perfect it and make it more unique’ according to Anderson who says, ‘The flares of the letters have been enhanced and every character now fits better with its neighbours.’
A full stop has been added after Absolut ‘to make the word both definitive and infinite’ says Anderson who adds that it also shows that ‘the bottles are made up of a series of circles.’
Anna Kamjou, global director of design strategy at The Absolut Company says that the new ‘open-ended, infinite and indefinite’ logo shows that ‘creation is a process with an infinite horizon, and one that is never finished.
Andrerson says that the new brand has been designed for the ‘digital generation,’ can adapt to the future and has been optimised to display correctly across all channels.
A new website has been designed to launch the rebrand with an editorial led design and content.