OSM is a pack of creative, analytical, and organized individuals who work together to find the best solution for their clients. They are not ashamed to admit that combining design, development, and marketing often takes every ounce of strength, energy, and creativity. Connecting different worlds has never been an easy job.
Their visual story began as a fusion of color, pattern, and character. They started as a creative agency focusing only on design and then slowly including development – both web and mobile. The next chapter in their brand development history was the standardization of different IT services that they had already been providing to their clients as the add-on value to the already awesome design and development.
At that point, they realized that some clients could enjoy those IT services even if they do not need their design or development. The branching out of those additional IT services has been the first significant change to the OSM brand identity since 2010. That is when Avana, OSM Support, Paukhost, and Digital Signage have seen the light of day.
The new identity brings new colors, new patterns, and a new concept of the website and digital platforms. But of course, they have remained consistent with themselves.
We have produced a remarkably bold and disciplined visual design system that manages to flex across an incredible range of strong tones and graphically detailed patterns. Each pattern and color combination is designed to differentiate each OSM service with its own color concept while still working with all the other services.
OSM color system works in two ways with two sets of palettes. The palettes go from dark to light. The dark palette is the main palette, whereas the light palette is the supporting one. They are combined to create unlikely combinations that are dynamic, yet manage to retain discernible contrast. There are a total of 24 colors in our system. During the process, each color has been given a name as well as each pattern. The color palette has been designed with this interplay in mind, although some color combinations work better than others. The new pattern version brings a clear pairing with certain colors from the system.
Apart from the logo, the brand typeface has remained unchanged. It has been part of the OSM brand identity from the very beginning and has shaped our craft in a certain way that they do not want to change. This time Dosis comes in its strongest option emphasizing each notion and setting a statement throughout the identity. Now Dosis is ideally paired with the new color system. We believe that it is extremely important to make a strong contrast between graphic elements because, otherwise, we could lose the message we are trying to convey. A small but significant refreshment comes from Ubuntu, a Sans-Serif typeface most commonly used for body text. Ubuntu’s philosophy, which states that every user should be able to use their software in the language of their choice, coincides with their strategy of presenting content in two additional languages – Serbian and French. Both languages are made up of scripts that imply special characters that Ubuntu fully supports.
Through a new brand identity, we also bring a system of characters designed to complete our story. The 24-character set is a mix of circular, square, and triangular shapes. The first association may be the signs and symbols that determine the way we process garments during washing. And most of the time we don’t know what they mean. On the other hand, some of these symbols date back 40,000 years. For centuries, the focus of paleoanthropology has been the representative art that our ancestors left behind in caves: eye-catching drawings of deer, horse, bison, and human figures. However, abstract signs such as disks, triangles, dots, circles, and lines were often overlooked.
The shape of one single character can visually communicate on its own, but visual communication becomes even stronger when placed in relation to another character. When creating opposing characters, or a team, it is important that they look good together. By creating contrast in proportions and body shape, it is possible to create visual interest while also revealing something about the character’s personality. These characters are designed to present super simple forms with a tweak. A line or two lines inside of these 4 figures transform such basic shapes into awesome characters. Pun intended.
Yellow is the only color that has not found a place in the new color system. Now, this color is used as a non-negligible detail and as a connection with our old identity. The yellow color is part of the main pattern in the form of a quadrant in the right corner, in contrast with the green lines. Additionally, it can be found in the footer or on characters. Also, the yellow color is our Von Restorff effect, better known as the “isolation effect”, which is a psychological principle that states that elements that stick out like a sore thumb from their surroundings are more likely to be noticed and remembered. The foundation of our brand identity is the white OSM logo on a black background and the yellow quadrant on a greenish background.
This wouldn’t be possible without an awesome and amazing OSM team! <3 Thank you!
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