Client: MUSCLE FITNESS FACTORY

Project Type: Gym Apparel Logo Design

Location: Birmingham

The Challenge:

Now this gym apparel logo design really was a challenge! The guys at Muscle Fitness Factory in Birmingham asked me to design a logo for use on their new FIT range of gym and fitness apparel (among other things).

The design needed to tie in with the existing (and extremely long!) brand name and yet be condensed into a sleek and elegant motif.

In their old logo the initials were arranged FMF with the left hand side F inverted horizontally (and above this stood a muscled  figure) so the client was accustomed to shortening the brand name to MFF in some circumstances.

However the one thing they said to me from the outset was that they did not under any circumstances want a motif compromised of just an M or MFF!

My Thoughts:

So how do you create a sleek compact logo for a brand with a really long name that remains related to the existing brand name but without the use of the brand initials or any iconography remotely related to the industry in which the brand operates?

Well the honest answer is that you don’t! At least you don’t unless you want a really weak, generic and diluted final logo that has nothing to do with anything and appeals to no-one in particular.

At the start of this project there were so many stipulations in place that I knew at some point either a compromise would have to be made or I would have to, through the use of great design, change the clients preconceptions as to just how great a MFF or M based motif could look.

So initially we started out with a wide range of emblems and motifs and typographical concepts. It was, as it sometimes is,  a matter of showing the client what wouldn’t work first before showing them what would.

As a designer one of my biggest challenges is often to change peoples mindsets or preconceived notions. Often, as a designer, I can visualise early in the process how a design will look and work, for clients sometimes it isn’t so easy and that is why we have the design process.

The design process is sometimes about visualising a clients pre-conceived ideas for them and pointing out (gently) why they don’t work. Ninety nine percent of the time the minute the client sees a bad idea visualised on paper they realise themselves that perhaps they were to quick to dismiss your initial advice or input. And this works the same way for the designers ideas that perhaps initially the client was too eager to dismiss or that they have stipulated they do not want before even seeing any examples.

Some of this was applicable to the MFF project, there was definitely an element of changing a preconceived mindset, but it is more common than you might think, almost every design project has some degree of the designer having to challenge the client. And any designer worth there salt will tell you when your ideas will not translate well into practise or when the constraints you place on a project are too strict. A good designer will open your mind and help you find the most elegant solution.

For MFF we narrowed our concepts down to two concepts (both MFF and M concepts!) and then I refined the final design into the motif you see here. The motif will be used to sit alongside typography in particular the word FIT for their fit range (that was created but not shown here as I like the purity of the motif on its own).

The final design is a custom made stylised M which is formed from two F’s facing each other, separately you can interpret the MFF and combined you have a smart looking single sleek M motif. The angles of the custom made lettering also give the two F’s an intentional 3D effect which is emphasised by the angles at the top and bottom of the motif.

I was really pleased with this one and guess what… the client loved it.

 

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