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Sundance 2022 visual identity

Contributed by Ivo Gabrowitsch on Apr 27th, 2022. Artwork published in
January 2022
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    Park City Main Street atmosphere – Sundance Film Festival 2022
    Source: www.sundance.org Sundance Institute, Photo by Stephen Speckman. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Park City Main Street atmosphere – Sundance Film Festival 2022

    Founded in Salt Lake City in 1985, the annual Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film gathering in the United States. Many famous directors have celebrated their breakthroughs at the now infamous event, including Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, James Wan, Marc Forster, the Coen brothers and Jim Jarmusch.

    To mark the 38th festival (20–30 January, 2022), which went online for the second time due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Sundance treated itself to a new visual identity. This was created in close collaboration between the organizer Sundance Institute, the design agency The Gordon Co. and the Branding Course of the New York School of the Visual Arts.

    At the centre of the design is the festival’s namesake, the sun. Circles, semicircles and circular arcs dominate the visuals of the festival’s animations, products, social media, tickets and logo.

    The Sundance Institute chose Fontwerk’s Pangea family as its house font, which is used across all visual communication. Alongside the poster, the font is used on the website, the program, the festival catalog and of course, the multiple promotional items and merchandise. An exception is the logo, which is set in Typotheque’s Diurnal Display.

    The demands on a typeface for an international festival are enormous. The meticulous design of text heavy documents, such as the catalog and program booklet, reveals a lot about the design team’s delight in Pangea’s versatility. The visual designers pull out all the typographic stops: using four different weights in tables and continuous texts, italics, caps and many other refinements.

    The multilingualism of the typeface is also called for, not to ensure that the titles of international films are spelt correctly – for example Every Day in Kaimukī or Egúngún (Masquerade) – but also that the names of producers, such as Leila Lyytikäinen (Finland) and Jamie Gonçalves (Mexico) or those of directors László Csuja (Hungary), Francisca Alegría (Chile) or Carina Gabriela Dașoveanu (Romania) are also spelt using the correct accents.

    Elaborate printed matter and PDFs accompany and document the Sundance Festival program, including the 300 page catalog
    Source: www.sundance.org Sundance Institute. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Elaborate printed matter and PDFs accompany and document the Sundance Festival program, including the 300 page catalog

    Official poster
    Source: www.sundance.org Sundance Institute. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Official poster

    Festival Favorite Award – Navalny
    Source: www.sundance.org Sundance Institute. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Festival Favorite Award – Navalny

    Short Film Special Jury Award: Ensemble Cast – A wild patience has taken me here
    Source: www.sundance.org Sundance Institute. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Short Film Special Jury Award: Ensemble Cast – A wild patience has taken me here

    Pangea is used for all typography on the festival website
    Source: www.sundance.org Sundance Institute. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Pangea is used for all typography on the festival website

    Sundance 2022 visual identity 7
    Source: www.sundance.org Sundance Institute. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Promoting young talent and customer loyalty: The Sundance Festival Merch Shop offers a range of T-shirts, all designed with the house colors and font
    Source: www.sundance.org Sundance Institute. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Promoting young talent and customer loyalty: The Sundance Festival Merch Shop offers a range of T-shirts, all designed with the house colors and font

    Social media campaign
    Source: www.instagram.com Sundance Institute. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Social media campaign

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