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IRL is an Interchangeable Retail Location located on Ballard, Ave in Seattle and hosted by Parker Studio. See below for some of our upcoming pop-ups.

Cuniform Jun 28-30
Brooke Eide July 28-August 07
Sorry Mom September 17–18

Google Brands

Google Arts & Culture is a non-commercial initiative that works to preserve and bring the world’s art and culture online so it’s accessible to anyone, anywhere. The GAC team tasked Parker with developing a unique identity that communicates their mission while still feeling at home until the primary Google brand.

Year

2022

Industries
  • Technology
  • Education
Services
  • Brand Strategy
  • Brand Identity
  • Campaign
  • Digital Media
  • Signage & Wayfinding
  • Motion
Credit

Pentagram – Motion & Audio Identity

When Google Brand Studios first approached Parker to update Google Arts & Culture's app icon, GAC was best known for its "Art Selfie" launch, which compared uploaded selfies to GAC's database of art with both freakishly similar and hilariously off-base results. The conversation quickly identified the need to develop a broader identity system and a deeper understanding of what GAC represents. Our team spent the better part of two years helping GAC develop its visual language and brand identity.

The primary point of brand expansion centered on the ampersand, the action point in Google Arts & Culture's name. We built the visual identity around the ampersand, letting the conversation pivot to a variety of topics beyond traditional “Arts” or “Culture.”

Our logo solution focused on the inflection point within the name. This actionable characteristic provided the opportunity to align with Google's strategic goal for GAC — to expand its contents beyond what "Arts" and "Culture" traditionally represent. Our logo borrows from existing geometry found throughout Google's global identity to represent what GAC truly aims to showcase: the sum of humanity's creative parts.

Scaleability

Our challenge was developing an identity that set GAC apart while still allowing it to fit within the primary Google brand. Leveraging Google's existing design language, we developed a unique identity and set of devices that scale across a wide range of digital and physical touch-points.

As part of the effort to broaden the definition of Arts & Culture, we considered a range of topics that fit under that umbrella. The primary identity leaves room to flex and adapt to themes spanning from specific art mediums to human achievements, historic events, nature, and visual expressions of the everyday (aka, pet buddies).

The visual language extends across a variety of touchpoints at GAC's physical location in Paris: environmental graphics, wayfinding, and print media.

“They’re an agency we see as masters of their craft in the way they’re able to help us step out of our Google world and define how we should be showing up and talking to our audience.”

– Head of Design, Google Brand Studios