April 12, 2011
TEMPE - Arizona State University Vice President for Athletics Lisa Love introduced a university-wide athletics brand and identity program on Tuesday, April 12, in the Ventana Room at the ASU Memorial Union on the Tempe campus.
The University has teamed with the world's premier athletic branding company, Nike for the past 12 months in a major re-branding campaign that will launch April 12. Sun Devil athletics is a Nike school and will benefit further from this association.
"When I arrived at ASU six years ago I noticed we were an athletics program which featured different shades of maroon and gold, different logos, multiple fonts and uniforms," says Love. "There was a lack of real consistency with regard to our brand. This partnership with Nike, which began nearly a decade ago for uniforms, will springboard us to a new level of branding, giving us a coordinated university-wide focus that will support our aspirations as a high-performance athletic organization."
"We are proud of the longstanding relationship we have had with Arizona State," said Todd Van Horne, Nike's Global Creative Director. "Nike is a company that was born out of innovation. This combined with ASU's spirit of innovation and change has helped us create a bold and powerful brand for Sun Devil Athletics."
During the unveiling, student-athletes representing the sports of football, basketball, softball and volleyball will model new uniforms for the 2011-12 season. All 21 of ASU's sports teams will receive new uniforms. These uniforms will incorporate consistent use of colors, logos, lettering and numerals. A brand and identity standards manual will be made available to licensees and university personnel detailing the new standards and design elements.
Throughout the project, equal attention was devoted to maintaining an appreciation for the traditions of the past, while positioning ASU for the future.
"As an athletics program and a university, we have undergone many changes over ASU's 100-year history," says Love. "We have studied our past and are fully committed to moving boldly forward into the future."
Throughout the process, ASU and Nike conducted focus groups and solicited feedback from student-athletes, coaches, students, faculty/staff, alumni, and fans.
The research yielded a set of recommendations for the development of the Sun Devil brand architecture, comprised of:
A primary and secondary color palette
A custom Sun Devil Athletics font
An exclusive and contemporary mark to be used consistently across all Sun Devil teams First, the rebranding adds two colors to the athletics color palette of maroon and gold: copper, for its prominence in Arizona history, and black, a long-anticipated return to the Sun Devil attitude.
The return of black to the Sun Devil attitude is a nod to the football teams of the 50's that wore black helmets. That combined with the strength, power and attitude black exudes made it an obvious choice for a third primary color. Additionally, Sun Devil Athletics has long embraced the majesty of the Arizona landscape, making copper, one of the states most recognized resources, a natural choice as an accent color.
Second, Nike developed a custom athletic font called Sun Devil Bold. This font, which is exclusive to Sun Devil Athletics, incorporates unique characteristics intended to represent the horns of its mascot Sparky or the tines of the pitchfork he carries.
The branding of merchandise will extend beyond athletic uniforms to casual apparel aimed at the Sun Devil consumer. This merchandise will be available to the general public in retail outlets, including Sparky's Stadium Shop at Sun Devil Stadium, the ASU Bookstore and online at www.thesundevils.com.
Representatives from ASU athletics and Nike will be present at this event to provide additional information about the scope and benefits of the brand and identity program.