Rebrands tend to generate a mixed response, but here's one that's been immediately hailed as an improvement by almost everyone. The esports team FlyQuest has revealed its new identity, and it looks a lot better.
Founded in 2017, FlyQuest competes in the League of Legends Championship Series. But it's an esports team with a difference. Since launching a Go Green initiative in 2020 after Tricia Sugita stepped up as CEO, it's started focusing on social and environmental awareness. That's seen the team run campaigns to plant trees and to raise awareness of the plight of the world's bee population.
Until now that focus has been something you might not deduce from the team's logo, but a rebranding unveiled this week has changed all that – and it's created a much sharper look in the process (for top tips on rebranding, see our guide to logo design).
Announcing the rebranding, Sugita said FlyQuest had struggled to stand out and communicate what it stood for but has now found its way. The new look, created with designer Clara Nguyen (opens in new tab), reinforces the team's green ambitions both in the colour palette and the design of the logo.
While the almost militaristic sci-fi feel of the previous logo with its straight lines and hard edges did little to communicate the brand's green credentials, FlyQuest's rebranding (opens in new tab) has put them centre stage. A simple leaf shape appears in the blank space in the Q in the brand's name, which also stands alone as a logomark. The colour palette has been simplified with a more vibrant green replacing the previous green and gold, and a simpler typeface creates a cleaner look.
Nguyen says she set out to "rebrand the FlyQuest logo into a mark that encapsulated their mission of environmental initiatives, the dynamic nature of esports, and their inclusive and wholesome community."
The rebranding seems to have been welcomed by fans, avoiding the controversy that often dogs changes to team logos. @TheEsportsLook (opens in new tab)tweeted: "#LCS team FlyQuest have updated their visual identity, with a new logo, refreshed colour palette and a cleaner typeface. Their style, combined with their social initiatives, continues to be like nothing else in esports. It's beautiful"
It may have helped that some changes had already been introduced, with green added as the predominant colour in the team's branding last year. The team has also experimented with jersey designs that feature jellyfish and honeycomb patterns to communicate its green credentials. And while the Q in the new logomark has been reimagined, it still retains a trace of the previous design.
Art director and creative strategist Lauren Gaba Flanagan (@lgflanagan (opens in new tab)) also liked the change. She tweeted: "An esports rebrand I’m truly delighted by. Building a brand around social good was the first of its kind in esports, and the visual identity now wholly reflects their mission."