Tomatdesign's new logo for T-Platforms

Moscow-based studio Tomatdesign has created a clean and striking new logo for T-Platforms, one of Russia's largest IT companies - or should that be trillions of new logos? "From the very beginning we wanted to create something that could clearly reflect their main business - supercomputers," says project manager Farkhad Kucharov. Briefed with renewing the company's visual identity to better associate it with high-speed systems, Tomatdesign's solution is a simple graphic, which lends itself to endless variation.


Initial uses for Tomatdesign's new T-Platforms logo include stationery, an exhibition catalogue and internet banners

To start the design process, the creative team - Kucharov, studio head Andrei Tarakanov, art director and designer Denis Bashev, motion designer Anton Krivulia and technical designer Marina Vlasova - took an in-depth look at T-Platforms' products, including the Lomonosov supercomputer in Moscow State University, ranked as the 13th most powerful supercomputer in the world. "The Lomonosov makes up to 18 trillion operations per second," Kucharov says. "It's impossible to compare it with any normal computer, so the identity approach should reflect the same feelings."


Although the T-Platforms logo can be presented in trillions of variations, Tomatdesign was so keen on the idea that it was, ironically, the only one it presented to the client

The black and white logo uses just four geometric elements: a square, circle, triangle and solid U-shape. Yet there are more than 10 trillion possible ways of placing these shapes into the 12 grid squares of the 'T'. "We made some visual analysis of the existing graphics, tried to formulate some positioning and so on. But the idea just came to mind. When we saw it on the screen, we understood it: bingo!"

As well as lending itself to simple but eye-catching animations, the new logo looks dynamic and precise even when printed on paper, conveying supercomputing power down to a 'T'.

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