Navy Pier’s New Brand Identity by ColorJar
Reinventing a Chicago icon
Navy Pier has changed – it’s more vibrant, more beautiful, and more interesting – and it needed a new logo and visual identity system to both signal its evolution and fuel its future vision.
To design for Navy Pier is to design for Chicago itself – the 100-year-old pier is an iconic element of the city’s world-class skyline and urban landscape and welcomes nearly 9 million people annually.
Our challenge was to dramatically reinvent the pier’s logo and visual design system while preserving its unique history and spirit. And in doing so, send a signal to the world to take a fresh look at the lakefront treasure as it embarks upon its next 100 years.
Nearly 9 million annual visits put it among the Midwest’s top destinations.
The pier opened in 1916 and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
½ Mile Long
Stretching 3,300 feet into Lake Michigan, the pier offers 50 acres of diverse attractions.
The new mark embodies the pier’s essence – its rich history, newly designed spaces, ferris wheel, and spirit of fun – aimed to bring a smile to the millions of people who encounter it each year. The visual identity system is designed to perform across hundreds of touchpoints throughout the half-mile-long pier as well as across its digital presence.
The fresh, bold design illustrates the strong sense of pride, joy and community that Chicagoans and guests feel towards their Pier and it will play an important role in driving our mission forward. We presented a complex brand design challenge, and ColorJar delivered beautifully!President & CEO, Navy Pier
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