_YBSR | Young Business School Rotterdam (2015/2016)
This year LMC De Waal moved to a new school in an unique spot: The Musa building on Katendrecht, Rotterdam. With the moving came a sharpened mission and a whole new name: Young Business School Rotterdam. A school to prepare young boys and girls for the business world, especially that of Rotterdam and surroundings. We designed the new visual identity and did the complete branding: from business cards to examination papers.
The icon has many layers. It stands for a waving flag, like that on a moving ship. It's dynamic, it catches the wind, is very much of this world and has a signal function. By making it bi-colored a horizon appears. Above the horizon you can see a harbour/city skyline, beneath the horizon you see waves. Like you're sailing to the (new) shore. The school that is deeply rooted in Rotterdam and located near the water and also has a strong outward view, by preparing their students for the real world, embraced the logo and mission became statement.
For the new identity we designed a bespoke typeface: The AT Columbus.
It's a very bold typeface that visualizes the no-nonsense worker mentality of Rotterdam (Harbour) and takes a bit of inspiration of the naval typography of containers and ships, but also of early 20th century school buildings.
It's firm and pretty straightforward, but by adding round shaped characters, the alphabet becomes more friendly and versatile. It moves away from the harshness of capital lettering and gives way for some kindness and inclusiveness.