Thinking Responsively About Your Logos

ArtsHacker.comIt’s Spring and for many arts orgs, it means you’re in the process of putting together all of next season’s marketing content. That includes putting any branding updates in place for your web and print material and one item to consider is the potential for developing a version of your logo to use inside a responsive web environment.

I published an article at ArtsHacker on this topic that examines a terrific resource at You can also see a fantastic example of real world responsive corporate logos in action at

The very first example, Coca-Cola’s logo, is an excellent case in that a number of orchestras have logos with similar swooshy design elements that could be filtered out across the smaller Smartphone size browser width thresholds the same way their logo functions.

Read Level Up Your Logo Design at

If you’re not up to speed on what responsive web design is, take a look at these articles:

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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