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Letter U Logo Design: Uptown Suites Case Study

Letter U Logo Design: Uptown Suites Case Study 850 500 Nick Saporito

Objective

To create a letter U logo design for Uptown Suites — a tourism destination offering traveling professionals temporary residence in luxurious, high-end suites in a handful of large metropolitan areas across the US.

Naturally, these are people who are looking to pay extra for comfort and amenities, and because of that, the design has to emanate a sense of luxury and status.

Letter U Logo Design

The idea the client and I immediately wanted to explore was the concept of using the letter U for the iconic mark in a sleek, creative style. After various rounds of ideas and revisions, we arrived at a concept that we felt best personified the brand.

Letter U Design Sketch

The design, in theory, is a conceptualization of the letter U with city architecture, and put at an angle for perspective in order to further complement the abstract visualization of a metropolitan skyline.

The challenge was accomplishing this without it being overtly obvious, for example putting windows and spires on the buildings. That would’ve made the design look amateurish and a bit too literal when logos should really be conceptual and have a touch of abstract. This would’ve been an enormous mistake considering that the target audience is intended to be traveling professionals seeking high-end, luxurious residence.

Example of a literal skyline design

An example of a similar design that would be a bit too literal for this particular project. Source: logoarena.com

Gradients are Back in Style

For the colors we went with a gradient comprised of an electric red-ish pink transitioning to a sharp blue. This adds a modern touch, which I think works in this brand’s favor. Someone looking for a high-end residence is looking for something with modern amenities.

Uptown logo color gradient

But as we all know, design trends come and go. So I made sure this design didn’t rely on its colors so it can function and maintain brand recognition, as should always be done when designing a logo. The design, at its core, can stand the test of time. We can always go back and make minor adjustments to accommodate new trends.

A good example of a brand that has handled the change of design trends of the years has been Apple…

Example of Apple's logo changes to accommodate design trends

Source: 1stwebdesigner.com

The trends come and go, but the iconic mark remains recognizable.

Typography

Acre font by Jonathan Ball

The letter U logo design came out so well that we decided to make it the primary focal point of the entire lockup, and just use a simple, sleek and timeless font for the wordmark. We went with Acre by Jonathan Ball — a font I recently discovered and have really been enjoying since.

Uptown Logo Design Lockup

The Finished Product…

Letter U Logo Design

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