Contributed by Ally Carter of London-based YCN Studio.
Towards the end of 2012, YCN Studio was commissioned by the team behind Green Man Festival to conceive and roll out a fresh identity for 2013, including a new website painting a picture of the festival’s unique experience.
Green Man Festival takes place over four days at the foot of the Black Mountains in Glanusk, Wales each August (15th-18th August this year). Beloved for its truly independent ethos and eclectic programming, the festival is now in its eleventh year and going strong. Headliners for 2013 include Band Of Horses, Edwyn Collins, John Cale, Local Natives, Erol Alkan and scores more.
YCN Studio director Alex Ostrowski explained how the team began the project:
“We started by asking a million questions and immersing ourselves in the materials from previous years. Pretty early on, we knew we wanted to do something unexpected with the Green Man himself… we wanted to find a way for audiences to feel his presence everywhere, rather than just in a logo.”
The festival is named after an ancient nature deity believed to originate from Pagan times. The Green Man represents nature’s wildness, and is known to be ‘The Lord of Misrule’ with a mischievous side.
YCN Studio decided to imply the Green Man’s omnipresence as an all-seeing deity, by transferring his energy from the singularity of a portrait-based logo into a more flexible visual language of organic elements. We also developed the Green Man’s tone of voice, naming the festival’s ten distinct areas, each blessed with a unique indigenous symbol. Names include ‘Babbling Tongues’ (the spoken word area), ‘Little Folk’ (the kids area), and ‘Fortune Falls’ (the waterfall & ponds area).
YCN Studio commissioned poet Kibbo Kift to create a stirring statement from the Green Man, excerpts from which flash up on the Green Man website intermittently during the user journey:
From website to wristbands, YCN Studio worked with illustrator Sarah Mazzetti to develop the Green Man’s world of pagan-tinged wild strangeness. Mazzetti helped to conjure an exciting picture of the festival, felt across maps, area illustrations, print matter, and the website.
YCN Studio also developed a custom typeface for the project; drawn, woodblock-printed and faithfully digitised with help from Colophon Foundry. The typeface, available in four weights of varying ‘roughness’ from the physical printing process, contains unique symbols for each festival area.
Visit the Green Man Festival website.
View more brand identity work on the YCN Studio website.