In the second major project to come from Collins in under a fortnight, Chicago’s Institute of Design has turned to the design company for a revamp. With the graduate school’s 85th anniversary this year, the new visual language comes at an opportune time – although the work goes beyond an identity refresh (for which Collins is drawing from the concepts and design work central to the history of the Bauhaus institution). A new brand story reimagining the Institute of Design’s “long-held beliefs” has also been built, departing from the concept of design as a tool of “revolution or disruption” to a tool of “evolution”, the Collins site states.
So what were the problems with the Institute of Design’s current brand story? Collins states: “For prospective students and potential business partners [of the Institute of Design], design is limited to visual arts and product development. They are unaware that design can accelerate the trajectory of their careers, transform companies and improve communities.” In other words, the agency outlines: “For many, design is simply what something looks like. They are oblivious to its power to transform what is into what should be.” The fresh brand story focuses on this transformative power.