Red Hot

Designed by The Collected Works, New York.

Red Hot logo

Red Hot is a non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS through pop culture. Over the past 25 years over 500 artists, producers and directors have contributed to 20 compilation albums of original music, videos, events and media. This has furthered the conversation about the AIDS epidemic as well as raised millions of dollars for organisations around the world.

Red Hot has an incredibly rich and interesting history. However, as it was never properly documented, was at risk of being lost. We came on board to help them refresh their identity and create a new digital archive of all their projects, to preserve all the work they had done. The new Red Hot website would not only allow the pubic to learn about the organisation and it’s impact on the world, but would also serve as a central database for all the music, videos, and media Red Hot has produced over the years.

On the identity side of things, they already had a logo, but not much else. We developed a new identity system that channels the same energy and diversity of the projects the organisation has produced. We repurposed archival photography from past projects, and combined those with a library of patterns we created. The high contrast black, white and red color palette became a unifying element, spanning across the timeline of Red Hot. The juxtaposition of old and new design elements creates a visual vocabulary that feels both familiar and unique, which is great, as that’s the been the persistent mission of Red Hot since the beginning.

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identitywww.redhot.org

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Red Hot identity

Creative direction: John Carlin
Art direction and design: The Collected Works
Logo design: Ryan Feerer
Web development: Nick DiMatteo
Design interns: Allie Whitehead, Anaële Pélisson

Red Hot identity

The Collected Works elsewhere on Identity Designed: Café de la Corte, See Through Lab.

More on The Collected Works website.

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