Southbank Centre

Old Design

Europe’s largest arts center, Southbank Centre, includes the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and other prominent and busy venues. The Centre has enjoyed a variety of identities since its origins in 1951. But always the same dilemma: how to tell people about the center’s vision and purpose without overshadowing the events it hosts?

New Design

The answer, created by North, is a magazine-style masthead that sits atop event information and imagery. “The masthead approach works perfectly for this,” North’s Charlie De Grussa explains in a Creative Review article. “It allows Southbank Centre to be top and centre but the content to always change as required without weakening the brand expression.¬†Over time, the masthead coupled with the typography will become an instantly recognizable device signaling Southbank Centre as the host with the events and exhibitions the content.”


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