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Santander Bank ignites its commitment to progress with a new brand identity

When Ana Botín became Santander Bank’s new Executive Chairman in 2014, the financial brand evolved to address present and near-future challenges, as well as to fulfill its promise of helping both people and businesses prosper. The 160-year-old bank drove this change from within and built a more digital, accessible, friendly, and simple brand identity that would engage all of its audiences.

A comprehensive brand study revealed the brand and business challenges that Santander faced, both locally and globally. A deep analysis of the brand uncovered the extent to which it could evolve along with Santander’s customer experience.

The bank decided to evolve its whole way of being and doing—and a renewed identity was integral to this change. The flame symbol gained prominence in the new graphic treatment, which focused on simplicity and adaptability to any environment or channel. The modernized logo includes custom typography that evokes openness and connection.

Santander’s signature red shines even brighter against the white, incorporated as a new primary color, so the user experience gains lightness and simplicity. The palette of secondary colors was also expanded and enriched.

In order to communicate in a consistent and relevant way both globally and locally, a complete visual universe was developed, incorporating a new graphic resource that consists of shapes that grow to configure spaces in which everything fits in a rich, flexible, and unmistakable way.

The lines and curves of the logo inspired new icons and illustrations that can be adapted to each of the countries in which Santander operates. Finally, the photographic and audiovisual style was inspired by individuals who look to the future with optimism and by groups of people who work together.

This flexible and engaging identity is an expression of Santander’s corporate culture, which is grounded in an ethos of “Simple, Personal, and Fair.”
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