DesignStudio rebrands Eurostar following merger

DesignStudio rebrands Eurostar following merger

DesignStudio rebrands Eurostar following merger

The brand will feature a new graphic device called the Spark, which animates to guide travellers through their destinations.

DesignStudio has rebranded Eurostar following its merger with French-Belgian high-speed train operator Thalys, with a new bespoke wordmark, icon and graphic spark device.

Following its initial integration in May 2022, Eurostar and Thalys will become a single consumer brand by the end of 2023. The brief for the project detailed that the identity must “respect the heritage of both brands” and help them to achieve their goal of carrying 30 million passengers a year, according to DesignStudio.

While the merger will see Eurostar retain its name, its wordmark and symbol have been completely overhauled, bringing back the star symbol to the brand, which was dropped in 2011 following a rebrand by Someone studio. The symbol combines the Eurostar E and a six-pointed star together, appearing as part of the whole lockup on the trains and website header, as well as in isolation across Eurostar communications.

The use of lowercase italic letter forms in the new bespoke wordmark harks back to the original 1994 version, according to DesignStudio, which collaborated with art director and designer Leo Field and typeface designer Luke Prowse.

A brand-new graphic device called The Spark was created by DesignStudio, which it describes as “the literal and metaphorical north star” of the brand. It is present in the brands motion graphics – “rotating, extruding and dropping into locations” – and was designed to navigate travellers through the brand experience and their destination, from the website and apps to social media.

DesignStudio partnered with seven illustrators for the project. The chosen creatives work across Eurostar Group’s five member countries: UK, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The suite of illustrations seeks to “capture the unique feeling and energy of each destination”, the studio explains.

The theme of discovery is explored through Eurostar’s new photography, which was art directed by DesignStudio alongside photographer John Adrian.

A new colourway has been introduced, led by a primary colour palette which comprises “a punchy blue and deep navy”, says Design Studio. It is supported by six secondary colours inspired by the diversity of Europe.

DesignStudio opted for La Pontaise – a typeface with high contrast characters – to give the brand “a distinct elegant feel”. The supporting typeface, ABC social, is a smooth sans serif body font with subtle similarities to La Pontaise.

The brand ideas have been incorporated into the interior of Eurostar’s premium lounge

Eurostar’s new identity will roll out across all physical and digital assets at the end of 2023.

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