Mucho rebrands Visa with simplified two-bar symbol

For the most novel twist, Mucho has created a brand symbol using elements that have always been there: “By separating the Visa brand mark from within the bars, we created an ‘equals symbol’, therefore reinforcing Visa’s purpose-driven message of access, inclusivity, equality and diversity. The rest of the system is really built from those simple three bands of blue, white, and yellow as well as the ratio of thirds,” says Rob. Using this refreshed brand symbol as a foundation, Mucho extended the colour ratio across a new modular icon and illustration system to tell engaging stories through illustration.
Creating worldwide consistency while maintaining the 60-year-old company’s recognisability was vital; Mucho also emphasised the importance of modernising its look for a digital-first world. For example: “The Visa ‘Acceptance Mark’ – the version of the brand mark contained within a blue and yellow bar,” Rob Duncan, Mucho creative director explains to It’s Nice That, “although highly recognisable, wasn’t working at point of sale, especially within digital scenarios.” While the design of the brand mark was kept the same, Mucho updated the colour to tell a new story about the brand — “evolved, brighter, and more dynamic.” The intent was also to be more visible in a digital world with increasingly smaller mobile environments.
Global design studio Mucho launched the new brand identity for Visa today in its first facelift since 2014. Aiming to shift perceptions of Visa as “just a credit card company,” Mucho was tasked with repositioning the brand as a trusted “infrastructure that moves a payment from point A to point B.” The work was a year-long project for Mucho, where “everything was up for grabs, apart from the Visa brand mark – the four letters VISA and the Visa tagline.”

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