Coma designed by Mucho14 May,2014
Coma is an independent Spanish firm that provides analysis, strategy, executive coaching and support to individuals, businesses and institutions with the aim of fostering talent and leadership. As their name suggestions and their tag line, you don’t stop, you keep walking affirms, Coma’s philosophy is very much focused on forward momentum and progress. This philosophy is reflected in the firm’s new brand identity, developed by global design studio Mucho, through a number of individual illustrated routes, always finishing on a comma, that exist in print and as animated elements online.
The illustrations work well to convey the dissimilar paths organisations take from setup to success, presents clearly the belief that ups and downs eventually deliver growth and, by using the comma, visualise the points at which Coma can provide positive change as part of an ongoing journey. There is a solid technical consistency in the way that these have been rendered, much like a dot matrix, that reflects technical and analytical abilities of the firm. Mucho has managed to extract a lot from such elemental forms, effectively balancing a proprietary aesthetic value—one that gets a little more playful on-line with drop caps—with a clear communicative intention.
The dyed, uncoated, brown board, silver print finish and serif of the business cards and folders offer a high and traditional quality that appropriately tempers the contemporary, almost technical and abstract nature of the illustrations and the current style of the website, a contrast that also exists in the all-lowercase stencil cut utility drawn out of the serif flourishes of the logotype.
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