British Geological Survey Brand Image
Brand evolution

A visual identity to support a new era of earth science

Client: The British Geological Survey (BGS)

Overview

Founded in 1835, The British Geological Survey (BGS) is the publically-funded body responsible for advising the UK government on all aspects of geoscience. Today, BGS employs over 650 staff across the UK, works with more than 150 private sector organisations, has close links to 40 universities and sponsors about 100 PhD students each year.

Challenge

Following the launch of a five-year science strategy ‘Gateway to Earth’, BGS needed a modern brand and visual identity to reflect and support its vision for a safer, more sustainable environmental future.

Outcome

With a rich history, the brand’s evolution required a deep understanding and careful execution; we created a dynamic new BGS brand to mark a new era while paying homage to their past.

Referencing brand marks that were established in the 1900s, the updated logo has been reworked to add impact and clarity across a wide range of media.

BGS Logo Before and After the rebrand
BGS Brand Photography and Identity

The logo design explained

The New BGS Logo Design Explained

A unique ‘Strata’ element represents the surface and subsurface of the Earth and is designed to draw focus.

The new brand draws on 185 years of heritage to solidify BGS’ position as a world-class subject leader.

BGS social media

A clearer, more legible font was selected to reflect the need for straightforward, impartial information.

BGS Brand Guidelines

The colour palette features earthy tones derived from the natural world as BGS advances our understanding of the environment.

Inspired by the Earth

When we set about bringing the brand to life, we knew we wanted the Earth to play a fundamental role in the brand identity. Every design element revolved around the world’s natural beauty, showcasing dramatic landscapes and natural images. To underpin the concept, we created a linear grid derived from core samples taken from Earth. A circular device within the logo represents the surface and sub-surface, and the harmonious colour palette was directly influenced by the natural world. Every decision was carefully validated.

BGS Brand Elements Combined

Digging deeper

We wanted to understand every detail about their role, culture and activities. To immerse ourself, we ran a series of stakeholder workshops and connected with employees through surveys and interviews – it was important for everyone to have a voice.

A complete identity

As a large organisation, BGS has a significant number of brand touchpoints. We considered how the new BGS brand would be applied in a wide range of formats and media, including mobile apps, presentations, animations, signage, and publications, to name just a few.