The Natural History Museum in Washington, DC is one of the most popular natural history museums in the world.
NHM's exhibits and research are split into seven departments—which use distinct icons and color families to represent the breadth of collections across the museum.
Research and logo: 2 weeks
Branding Guidelines and print design: 2 weeks
Branding and logo design
∙ Branding Guidelines
∙ Stationery and Admission Tickets
∙ Exterior Banners
∙ Museum and Gift Shop Collateral
Refresh a fictionalized brand identity for the Natural History Museum to make learning about natural history fun for all ages.
Research and Sketching
The project began with a preliminary research phase—auditing the current branding for the National Museum of Natural History and finding ways to refresh and modernize the brand and logo.
As one of the project requirements was to rename the brand entity, I took careful consideration in how the current name of the museum presents challenges in creating a scalable logo system—especially when most visitors refer to the museum as simply 'Natural History Museum'.
The new, shorter name allowed me to add a brand mark to the logo system, as the previously logo system only included a typographic wordmark. The three letters allow for clear space in the lower right to emphasize the department-based iconography—distinguishing the breadth and scale of the museum. As the logo went thought the iterative process, I landed on the current italic-based diagonal logo to further the sense of dyfnamism and modernity across the brand.
Brand Identity Guidelines
I created an extensive 60+ page branding guidelines document to outline the full visual identity standards across the NHM brand and department sub-brands.
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Business cards can be used as personal cards for employees, or to represent the larger NHM brand, using the generic primary blue brand cards. Business cards can also be used to represent general departments or programs, with the name of the program replacing the primary title instead of the name on a card.
Each ticket is printed from a roll with the seven departments in a random order – with a ticket unique to each member within a group’s party, guests can have fun discovering which icon and department they’ll receive on their ticket.
Admission type and entry price are printed using the ticket machine – while members receive free admission, they are still given a ticket to save as a personal souvenir and memento of their museum visit.
The 5 banners use a color overlay and photography styling within the Museum Shop sub-brand, using the department logos along with monochromatic gradient to capture the distinctions of the museum's vast collection.
Social Media Design
See Also: NHM Website Design
In addition to creating the full set of print and branding collateral for Natural History Museum, I also designed digital social posts and a dynamic website design for the museum's landing page.