ORF 1 has been accompanying Austria for decades. Hardly any brand in Austria is more versatile than ORF 1. The channel offers span from humour, entertainment, series, information, live sports events, children program to movies and Hollywood blockbusters. The channel struggled to unify the vast content under one wholistic brand and needed a flexible design system which is both functional and emotional.
ORF 1's new channel identity is the result of a sharp positioning phase and a brand promise for the future: Confident, clear and modern.
The biggest challenge – but also chances – for ORF 1 lie in the diversity of the program. This applies especially to the on-air design, but also on all other channels. The new design reflects precisely this diversity and offers orientation: the strong new 1-symbol, bespoke typeface and the animation concept provide the solid core of the identity. An elaborated colour concept makes the extensive program offer more visible and provides a recognition feature for the audience.
A radical change on the logo was the major step to expressing the brands brave and straightforward mindset. The number 1 is the channel’s new symbol. It is clear, concise and confident. It has an architectural approach and is constructed of 4 simply stacked squares. It completes the iconic ORF-brick in the logo but also works independently as strong and uncompromising key visual.
Previously, ORF1 struggled to unify their versatile program under one visual roof. One of the main goals of the redesign was to give better orientation to the audience within the TV program.
The new colour concept supported the program structure and was developed in close cooperation with ORF1. Each colour represents one thematic focus and will be used throughout the whole identity as a subtle orientation system. Additionally, each category is also associated with a respective claim. The flexibility of the colour scheme helps ORF1 to maintain a wholistic identity while being able to evolve in different directions.
The on-air design is inspired by common screen interaction and motion flow on media devices. The upwards scroll is one of the key elements. It adds a contemporary look and feels to the experience. It is used for transitions, type appearance and logo animations and stands for the channels open and positive spirit.
For a fresh and clean look, we also work with whitespace. This allows the colours and the brand visual to stand out. The new motion principles are followed on all dynamic content.
The bespoke typeface Eins Sans completes our clarity approach to the identity. It is designed to accustom every need of the channels applications and adapt to all sizes and screens. With its special detailing the typeface offers maximum readability while adding extra character to the voice of the channel.
Eins Sans gathers inspiration and personality from the iconic 1. All terminals and curvature are squared out, horizontal strokes are made wider and it has characteristic ink blocks in all joints. The ink blocks are used to increase legibility in small sizes and create personality in display applications, a dynamic trait that changes in drama throughout the weights.
All modern broadcasters need to control their content across all media browsers. The social media principles designed for ORF1 utilise their content to create engaging storytelling and strengthen their brand.
Clarity is critical when it comes to communicating information to a broad audience. Based on this principle, all elements appear clean and harmonic on its own as well as in combination with the channels content. The new design of ORF 1 not only visually forms the new brace of the full program, but it also provides the viewers with a better orientation within the program and thus emphasises the reliability of the program. In combination with an elaborate grid and layout system, the elements work with the channels diverse content while speaking unmistakably in the voice of ORF1.