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Polymer IRC

IRC logo in the form of a jigsaw piece. The Polymer IRC logo consisted of the letters IRC (Interdisciplinary Research Centre) in a jigsaw piece. The design works at two principle levels: Polymers are made up of pieces (monomers) stuck together in a modular manner to form large macromolecules. In addition, the IRC itself is an interconnected group of specialist research schools…

We had a slight hiccup with the development when our research showed that the Faraday Packaging partnership – a group in a related area of business – had used a similar concept in some of their publicity material (discovered in searches through Google). Whilst the concepts were similar, the two designs were, however very different, so there would be no possibility of mis-identification. As a consequence we recommended this design to our client, and it has gone on to be a very successful brand. Studies by third parties have shown this to be one of the most instantly recognisable and identifiable logos in its field.

The logo is reinforced by images and movies on the site, which also make use of the jigsaw metaphor.

The IRC logo was designed in August 2004

DTC in regenerative medicine

Sketch of the tail-less lizard

The design was to identify a proposed new centre for regenerative medicine, to be hosted jointly by the Universities of Durham and Newcastle. We evaluated a range of possible logo designs, which were discussed as roughs with our client, before developing the tail-less lizard or gocko concept. The gecko is well know for being able to loose its tail to a predator helping it make an escape, and then re-grow the tail. This animal beautifully reflects the goals of any regenerative medicine programme – to be able to regenerate tissues, limbs, teeth, internal organs – following an accident or disease.

The DTC regenerative medicine logo was created in August 2007, the draft above left dates from July 2007, while the finished version (employed in a powerpoint presentation) is shown in context below:

DTC proposal cover

White Rose DTC

DTC logo, a white rose as a folded protein structure The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre was engaged in training research students at the physical sciences – life sciences interface. The DTC is run jointly by the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield – part of the White Rose alliance of Universities, the name drawing on the emblem of Yorkshire, where the Universities are based. This is an extremely exciting area of research, drawing on recent advances in life sciences and nanoscale and molecular level investigation techniques.

To an outsider the logo might look a bit abstract. The design does, however, draw on the formalism used in depicting protein folding. As such it is instantly recognisable to anyone in the field, while its combination into the distinctive five petal rose shape, links it firmly to the Centre. While five fold symmetry is usually taken as distinctive of the rose, a number of other common plants have it – including apples, and this can be seen in both their flowers and their fruit (cut an apple in half at right angles to the stem axis if you don’t believe me!).

The White Rose DTC logo was created in December 2006.