Pentagram’s Harry Pearce designs the brand identity for John Lewis’ new affordable range, Anyday

The design team’s intention was to create a look which completely contrasts John Lewis’ other brands. In this way, Anyday’s identity is a fresh injection to its current lines. Its stencil font and orange colour may seem like an unusual choice for the department store, but as Harry points out, “Solid orange has a wonderful power and utilitarian quality”.
A case of “bold and straightforward labelling,” Pearce says, the branding aims to be optimistic and friendly. The stencil logo can be used in a variety of ways, as a standard lock-up or as an overlay. It can also be expressed through various materials, applied by embossing or die-cutting and can be blown up or sized down to fit the store’s many needs. It is also designed to sit neatly alongside the John Lewis & Partners logotype, a representation of how the new range Anyday conveys “the idea of ‘value’ with pride and graphic joy”.
When it comes to packaging, the colourway of orange, white and black are similarly enacted. Larger items display their content with illustrated silhouettes of the products on the side of the box, “taken straight from the style of graphics we see on packing cases,” Pearce describes. Product descriptions are then typed over the top of these images, hinting to a screen-printed aesthetic which complements the stencil logotype. The press release states how this, in turn, emphasises “practicality and simplicity… product photography is straightforward and not over-styled, with cut-out images on white backgrounds”.

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