Deliverable Art Direction, Branding
Sector Technology
Year Dec 2020
Mast

Element

A technology company providing revolutionary modern IT/OT analytics systems.

Streamline and Simplify

Element works to help industrial companies combine modern information technology and operational technology analytic systems through enterprise software products. Traditionally, these two sectors, IT and OT, have two separate, disconnected data sets. Believing that data is the foundation of digitally-enabled operations, they help their customers combine these data sets to find insights that transform operational performance, resulting in huge savings.

“At Element, our mission is to deliver software that enables Industrial Enterprises to more efficiently unify and sustain their diverse sources of industrial data — delivering the data context essential for IT and OT teams to collaboratively solve problems, accelerate operational efficiency, and improve business outcomes.”

Ahead of a major product launch, Element approached Mast to update their identity and website. Since their product and market can be perceived as highly specialized and overwhelming, it was essential to develop an identity that would attract all audiences. The result was a simple, approachable identity that allows all audiences to understand and digest the content—an identity that allows for multiple levels of information to be easily understood. Echoing the simplification that their products bring to their customers.

Collaborators: Drew Roper, Hunter Thompson

When it came to creating the symbol, we worked with the Element team to develop a mark that would echo their products’ simplicity. We dug into scientific diagrams to find inspiration. We were also looking at process flow diagrams — the blueprints and symbology for industrial assets, equipment, and processes to find inspiration. Ensuring the end-users would be familiar with the mark in a broad sense and subconsciously. When looking through the diagrams, we saw similarities between the diagrams’ structures, laying the groundwork for the final symbol. This symbol is as simplistic as their service and as elemental as their name.

Seeking to help clarify broad or complex concepts in an easily digestible manner, we developed a set of what we call “pattern illustrations” to be used in large scale applications across the website and out-of-home use cases. These illustrations take inspiration from the symbol’s circular form to help create a story-telling narrative; working in conjunction with copy to ensure customers would easily understand the concepts and information.

We worked closely with the Element team to create a robust website update that utilized the comprehensive visual system and conveyed their information in a clean and concise manner.

In addition to the more extensive geometric pattern illustrations, we developed a set of illustrations—to help convey more complex or specific concepts. Like the pattern illustrations, these illustrations take inspiration from the symbol’s geometric circular and square forms while injecting a sense of personality and humanity with the addition of non-standard geometric shapes and lines.

With such an extensive product offering, providing solutions to many different markets, it was integral to create a set of icons to help tell Element’s story in greater detail.

Deliverable Art Direction
Sector Technology
Year Dec 2020