London-based Fontsmith has created a new family of typefaces for use around the world by one of the world’s biggest brands – one which tens of millions of people see just before they go to bed and also when they wake up each morning: Colgate.
The Colgate brand dominates oral care globally and extends across a number of diverse and contrasting sub-brands – from numerous toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouthwashes to cosmetic and therapeutic products, each with its own specific communication needs. Through design and branding agency The Partners and Colgate’s global, full service agency, Red Fuse Communications, Colgate is thus including the new bespoke typeface created by Fontsmith.
“Charged with strengthening Colgate’s brand identity in worldwide communications, we knew that typography would be a central consideration,” says Nick Clark, Creative Director at The Partners. “We wanted to work specifically with Fontsmith as its reputation and experience working with global brands on corporate typefaces is second to none. Jason and his team have been able to identify, extract and work with the DNA of the brand and translate it into a versatile family of typefaces that are uniquely identifiable, consistent and representative.”
Fontsmith first designed the new typeface, called Colgate Ready, as a Roman/Latin character set in three weights, Light, Regular and Bold, each with its own italic. Colgate then commissioned Fontsmith to create further language versions: Cyrillic, Eastern European, Devanagari and Thai.
“Colgate has loyal customers all over the world,” says Fontsmith’s Jason Smith of the project, “and we were excited about the potential for creating not just a versatile and recognisable typeface but also establishing global typographic consistency for such an iconic brand. Having also delivered brand typefaces for clients including ITV and Channel 4 in recent years, I believe no-one else could have delivered the typefaces we have. Fontsmith’s strengths are its size, passion and experience. We are a small team and therefore can offer great value while nothing gets lost in translation from brief to delivery.”