MTV VMAS
An iconic logo for the Video Music Awards

For more than 30 years, the MTV Video Music Awards have produced some of TV's most memorable moments. Think Madonna and the wedding dress, Kanye vs Taylor Swift, Miley and the foam finger. 

In 2017, Champions worked with the in-house creative team to build the show's first identity system. In 30 years, the VMAs had produced no less than 30 logos. Redesigning every year allowed the art to be on trend but forfeited brand recognition and often dissociated the show from the network.

No custom lettering was needed. The V and the A were pulled directly from the network's iconic M. 
 

The symmetrical structure of the new wordmark allows it to easily transform into countless permutations. 

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At the center of the VMA mark, the familiar MTV logo (circa 1980) comes alive to honor the best videos of the year.

A successful system would celebrate MTV's iconic network logo and forge a wholly-new, made-to-be-dynamic mark just for the VMAs.

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MTV
Client

2017
Year

Bobby C. Martin, Jr.
Partner

Sarah Hermalyn
Brand Strategist

Taylor Hale,
Scott Allen Hill

Designers

Thomas Berger,
Catherine Chester's

Creative Director, MTV

Refresh
Brand strategy

Iconography, Motion
Visual identity

Cultural,
Sports & Entertainment

Expertise

Projects

Carnegie HallCultural

Carnegie Hall PlusProject type

Kilter FilmsEntertainment

MTV VMASProject type

DartmouthEducation

SVA MFADEducation

Run for SomethingNon-profit