FUEL Develops Logo for Dog Breeders Group
The Deutsch Langhaar is a versatile sporting dog breed. Similar to the German Longhair pointer, the Deutsche Langhaars possess a similar build, but adhere to stricter breeding standards.
FUEL was approached by the Deutsch Langhaar – Gruppe Nordamerika (DL-GNA) to develop an updated logo that would raise the prestige of the breed and help further the club’s mission.
The client team provided competitive logos for inspiration to help drive direction along with some key requests:
- Be simple and easily reproduced on clothing, stickers, or websites.
- Ensure the logo works well for light on dark, and also dark on light reproductions — think white shirt versus black shirt.
- Convey our breed… beautiful, strong, and talented.
FUEL designers brought it home.
“Developing a logo for a dog organization was a hands-on experience,” said FUEL Creative Director Bill Bollman. “We had the opportunity to spend time with Gage, a Deutsch Langhaar, to better understand the breed’s inherent characteristics and profile.”
Since the breed has many different colorings, how did the team settle on just one?
“While you can find Deutsch-Langhaars in a variety of colors (brown, various schimmels, brown and white), all dogs contain brown, so we chose that to best represent the breed,” said FUEL Design Director Pat Prior.
As for typography, there was a desire to give a nod to the heritage of the breed, but the team realized there were some limitations.
“With a longer name for the organization,” said Prior, “we chose a condensed typeface to make sure we could use the full group name and keep it legible at all sizes. The font is not an ornate Gothic/Old Style font, but does have nods to cleaner sans serif German fonts as a tie to the heritage of the breed. And the type color was an element they wanted to carry over from the original mark.”
With a new logo in hand, DL-GNA member Paul Buenzow has it locked and loaded on the club’s site, as well as on print insertions for the year. As for the design process and working with the team at FUEL, “it seemed the entire company was committed to helping us be successful,” he said.
Learn more about the organization at dl-gna.org.