Fundament is an NGO founded in Spain in 2019 with the goal of changing coexistence paradigms through human-centered design methodologies.
We were asked by Fundament to create a visual identity that had to be simple, easy to implement and maintain, and non-designer-friendly. A cohesive visual language that will be functional, distinctive, and allows a potential network of collaborators to adopt it and implement it seamlessly.
We defined the core values and the design principles of Fundament throughout several sessions with its founders.
A reductionist approach was followed, with a stripped-down design solution that removes unnecessary visual noise and creates a system that allows us to focus on content, namely project proposals and documentation, editorial, and promotional content.
Using only Helvetica, mostly in one weight, combined with a grid-oriented layout and a few defined usages for a symbol and patterns, we generate consistency, simplify implementation and design decision-making.
Joining the u and the n generates a visual metaphor symbolizing union, movement, collaboration, responding to Fundament’s strategic purpose. It also suggests a convergent movement toward a common way from different sides. This symbol will live in different applications as an iconic and memorable secondary brand element.
Inspired by mind-mapping and interaction flows design basic elements, we created a set of abstract shapes that ultimately depict a potential ever-changing letter F – or an entire alphabet, or numbers – or act as dynamic patterns, reflecting Fundament’s values such as curiosity, diversity, and coexistence of different elements. These elements will be used to create awareness, in editorial content, or as graphic elements in data visualization. Besides, they are really easy to create in Keynote or PowerPoint, providing effortless consistency.