ARTE's corporate identity reflects the Channel's identity as Europe’s cultural magnet. It has been initiated by ARTE's Creative Director Cécile Chavepayre and designed by the British agency The Partners together with Lambie-Nairn.
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Stuart Radford, Creative Director
The British agency The Partners designed ARTE's new corporate identity. They have also worked for other media and arts institutions like the BBC, the National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA).
Graeme Haig, Design Director
“We chose the British agency The Partners, who submitted a strong, ultimately unbeatable concept that displays ARTE as a ‘culture magnet in Europe’. There is a poetic dimension to this design, a breath of air that lets us take our time, take the time to dream, understand or forget, radically resisting the frenzied tide around us. But there is also a very powerful, conscious engagement within a specific political context. It’s at once simple and bold.”
Cécile Chavepayre, ARTE’s artistic director
ARTE – Europe’s cultural magnet
The channel is at once a reference and a magnet for Europeans, symbolising cultural diversity in all its manifestations. The ARTE logo is reimagined as a magnet, to maximise the space of the wide screen format, spun it 90 degrees and placed it on a vertical axis.
The Barna Stencil typeface accentuates the magnetic effect of the logo. Barna Stencil is, indeed, crafted like a stencil, a reminder that ARTE has that special “hand-made” quality, a human touch with values and savoir-faire.
The brand idents maps reinforce ARTE’s position as Europe’s leading culture channel. Each ident opens with the subtle formation of a European map. The medium the map is made of, for example stars, is then pulled in magnetically to create the ARTE logo.
The stings punctuate the end of the programme and the start of the ad break. They are just four seconds long and play with the viewer – the subject never actually reaches the ARTE magnet.