Native Instruments new brand identity

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  • Stevan
    Stevan Traktor Mapping Mod Posts: 1,561 mod

    Surprised to see this logo passed and finished on the website.

    Looking forward to seeing new controllers though. Those are always tasteful!

  • RedwardMc
    RedwardMc Member Posts: 84 Advisor

    AI is the buzzword, gotta be a cutting edge AI company now. Do music customers actually want AI tools? If the point is to make music why do you want AI to do it for you?

  • Mutis
    Mutis Member Posts: 472 Pro

    New controller...s?

    X1mk3 or something in that "line"?


    I will be very surprised but since software is still lagging maybe a bad timing too.

  • ozon
    ozon Member Posts: 1,250 Expert

    Why?!

    The abundance of typographic atrocities were already mentioned by many. Thus, it looks very unprofessional with a 90s low budget sci-fi movie vibe.

  • RedwardMc
    RedwardMc Member Posts: 84 Advisor

    I don’t believe a professional designed that logo.

    It’s funny it’s called “brand identity” when there’s really no identity there. Just a generic 90s font.

  • Kaiwan_NI
    Kaiwan_NI Administrator Posts: 2,525 admin
  • Nightingale
    Nightingale Member Posts: 11 Member

    本来我每次回复都是用英文,但是现在,英文无法表达我的不满与愤怒。

    I will explain my point of view below in English

    Native Instruments一直是我心中最棒的品牌,无论是Logo的设计,还是字体的选择,以及硬件的界面无不渗透着设计师的美学标准。有棱有角,方方正正,是我对NI设备情有独钟的原因之一。甚至Novation的Launchkey与SL MK3均有类似风格的设计,充分说明NI设计的优越与前瞻性。

    但是现在这是什么?新Logo,新的字体,真的是认真的吗?愚人节已经过去了!

    首先识别度变差,很难一眼认出这是Native Instruments,然后Kontakt的字样更是丑的令人发指,我打开官网页面时甚至以为我的浏览器出Bug了。这是彻头彻尾的失败设计,让一个世界顶级MI品牌像一个笑话,这就是儿戏!

    我觉得官方在草率做出更换Logo的举动前,最好有询问下用户意见,做好调研之后,再进行更换,现在至少令大量中国用户感到无所适从,他们觉得NI的经典Logo才是大家认识的NI。

    如果官方能做出解释,或者专门出一期视频介绍下设计思路,设计理念,或者设计意图,还勉强能令人接受。再次重申,这个新Logo令我恶心。

    经典NI的Logo完全可以做成扁平化,正如NATIVE ACCESS 2的图标

    Native Instruments has always been the best brand in my heart. Whether it is the logo design, the choice of fonts, or the interface of the hardware, the designer's aesthetic standards are all permeated. Angular, square, is one of the reasons I have a soft spot for NI equipment. Even Novation's Launchkey and SL MK3 have similar designs, which fully demonstrates the superiority and forward-looking design of NI.

    But now what is this? New logo, new font, are you serious? April Fool's Day is over!

    First of all, the recognition is poor, it is difficult to recognize that this is Native Instruments at a glance, and then the wording of Kontakt is even more ugly. When I opened the official website, I even thought that my browser had a bug. This is a completely failed design, making a world's top MI brand look like a joke, this is child's play!

    I think the official should ask users for their opinions before making a hasty move to replace the Logo. After doing a good job of research, they will replace it. Now at least a lot of Chinese users feel at a loss. They think that the classic NI logo is what everyone knows. N.I.

    If the official can give an explanation, or release a special video to introduce the design ideas, design concepts, or design intentions, it is barely acceptable. Again, this new logo makes me sick.

    The classic NI Logo can be completely flattened, just like the ICON of NATIVE ACCESS 2

  • Mutis
    Mutis Member Posts: 472 Pro

    New logo for new target. Old forum for old target.

    Etc.

  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,755 mod

    First of all, the recognition is poor, it is difficult to recognize that this is Native Instruments at a glance

    Yeah. Personally, I didn't have any passion for the previous one, I actually think it needed an update but now the "NI" looks like a million other logos, generic logos can never be instantly recognized, especially ones that are text-only... That's the main downside to me, losing the odd old shape around the NI and not replacing it with anything, and also removing the blue color in favor of vanilla white/black.

    Think about 3 strips, from a distance you know it's Addidas, Nike is just a checkmark and won't ever be confused with anything else, a red interface is always from Focusrite, and so on... To me, this is what makes brands have an identity visually.

  • omariwalker
    omariwalker Member Posts: 14 Member

    I like the N to the Ith degree thing that you got going on. The R stands out a lot and not in a good way. I like the way the K stands out in your other products though. I do like the new branding on the other products so it is good overall. I look forward to seeing it on my new gear soon.

    P.S. Merch?

  • Ed M
    Ed M Member Posts: 139 Advisor

    I will be missing that iconic NI logo for sure. At first glance the new logo did not give me a "wow" effect, but it doesn't bother me that much. Things change over times, that's just the way it is. I'm still loving the NI products regardless of the brand logo.

  • BIF
    BIF Member Posts: 449 Pro

    "Does this mean that a brand identity project was going on and that the release of new hardware had to wait for the new brand identity to come out so they could print the right logo and use the right fonts on the new devices?"

    Yes, probably. The other clue is the "$200 off" sale currently going on.

    Why doesn't this forum allow me to remove quoted text? I only wanted to answer this person's FIRST question. But the quote function only allows me to delete the entire quote. THAT needs to be fixed.

  • BIF
    BIF Member Posts: 449 Pro

    LOL, well you asked for opinions! You HAD to know that there might be a demon or two amongst us! Like me...I now think that's not an "R". I think it's just a male "P" standing in for "R" who was at the peace march!

  • BIF
    BIF Member Posts: 449 Pro

    That particular R is actually the rare male P. There are very few of those in the world, and nobody makes pants that fit them. That's why you rarely see them out in public.

    😜

  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,755 mod
    edited May 2023

    @BIF asked:

    Why doesn't this forum allow me to remove quoted text? I only wanted to answer this person's FIRST question. But the quote function only allows me to delete the entire quote. THAT needs to be fixed.

    I explained this the other day somewhere else:

    This forum provider (vanilla) simply doesn't have that feature, upon looking in their own forum I saw the lead dev saying he does not like the idea of someone being able to modify what someone else said... Like somehow we are all 8yr and will make up quotes to make people look bad or something, that might make sense in a gaming forum but not here. Anyway, they also don't offer the feature some forums have of direct partial quoting by selecting text before pressing the quote button; it's infuriating.

    To get around it:

    Copy the text from the user you want to quote, paste it, highlight it, and press the icon to the right... It has a quote format, pretty terrible but at least makes posts more readable.

    If you wish you can also @ tag the person you quoted.

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