Project

Royal Coffee Identity

Role

An elegant structural redesign that retains the character and history of this iconic coffee importer

With the energy and innovative spirit that one typically associates with emerging brands, it can come as a surprise that Royal Coffee is swiftly approaching 40 years of green coffee importing. Given Royal Coffee’s long history in coffee, their name is synonymous with knowledge and trustworthiness and brand is easily recognizable. We partnered with Royal Coffee to rework their logo with a keen eye on innovating over the next 40 years.

Royal Coffee Crown Jewel boxes

Our challenge was to redesign their logo to be more elegant and readable on a variety of surfaces while retaining the character and style of their iconic brand. Consider the before and after.

New and older Royal identity

At first blush, these logos aren’t radically different from each other. Instead, they are indicative of an iterative process that respects the original brand while elevating the design in subtle ways.

When we first started working with the original logo, we were challenged by the absence of original identity files. Little by little, we identified patterns in letters that could be used to clean-up the letterforms that had gotten distorted over time.

Royal Identity before and after

This resulted in a more balanced and refined logo that has shape consistency throughout the letterforms.

Royal identity before and after on black background

The strongest departure was losing the original black borders. This was immediately beneficial since Royal Coffee often places their logo on black backgrounds in both web and print.

Overall, the redesign finds Royal Coffee with a logo that is respectful of its legacy, cleaner, and more easily seen.