Noted: New Logo and Identity for Québec City Tourism by Cossette

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Noted Oct. 8, 2018 by Armin


Québec City Tourism counts more than 800 members in Québec City, L’Ancienne-Lorette, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Wendake and the surrounding areas of Portneuf, Jacques-Cartier, Île d’Orléans, and Côte-de-Beaupré. It guides and leads tourism industry growth and contributes to industry prosperity through its marketing and development efforts, hospitality services for tourists, and information to the industry.

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Related links

Québec City tourism press release
Logo guidelines (PDF)

Relevant quote

With its rounded graphics and vibrant colours, the logo is a nod to Québec City’s architecture, as well as the Château Frontenac, a crown, and the mountains that surround the city. The reinvented acute accent sits atop the logo, evoking the architecture, heritage, and topography of the Québec City region. The main colour is a turquoise blue that is reminiscent of water, the St. Lawrence River, summer skies, winter, and even ice.

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New Logo and Identity for Québec City Tourism by Cossette
New Logo and Identity for Québec City Tourism by Cossette
Various materials.

New logo introduction.

The old logo was… a bold font choice. That is one italic with a lot of flair which, I guess, helped the region stand out as being a little different from the rest of North America. The new logo is a complete change, introducing like ten different approaches in a single logo. First, there is the unicase approach which in no way works here or makes the logo better — I find the “B” at the center infuriating. There is the word “cité” set on its side because… I don’t know. Then the tagline is set in an ever so slightly lighter weight underneath and broken in two lines that create a super weird lock-up. Instead of an accent, the “é” now carries a new icon that, to its credit, is interesting, managing to ambiguously represent a crown, the mountains, and the iconic Château Frontenac hotel in a single shape. On the logo it looks kind of odd but on its own, the icon works a lot better and the applications use it playfully in a rich color palette. Overall, other than my personal disdain for unicase logos — that apparently are popular in the French-speaking region of Canada — the identity is pretty decent with more potential for better recognition than the old weird italic.

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