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Monday, January 2nd, 2017

NPI’s tricolor logo gets a new, Cascadia-inspired palette: Meet “Forest & Mountains”

A new year has arrived, and with it a new look for NPI.

Today, we’re unveil­ing a new iter­a­tion of our durable tri­col­or logo, using a palette inspired by the region we serve and love. Take a look:

NPI tricolor logo (Forest & Mountains)

We call this palette “For­est & Moun­tains” because it was inspired by one of our favorite pho­tographs of Mount Rainier, the tallest peak in the Cas­cade Range.

Each of the col­ors used for the states in “For­est & Moun­tains” was sourced from this pho­to­graph, which was added to the NPI image library in 2012.

Mount Rainier from Stevens Canyon Road

Mount Rainier, from a view­point near Lake Louise on the Stevens Canyon Road (tak­en with Olym­pus E‑3 + Zuiko 12–600mm lens). Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI.

Wash­ing­ton is depict­ed with a shade of bril­liant turquoise, Ore­gon with a shade of dark green, and Ida­ho with a shade of blue-gray.

This is the sec­ond iter­a­tion of our logo to be adopt­ed as NPI’s default trade dress.

NPI tricolor logo (red, gray, and blue)

The orig­i­nal NPI tri­col­or logo, in red, gray, and blue

The orig­i­nal NPI logo, designed by our incred­i­bly tal­ent­ed friend Miles Kur­land in 2006 for NPI, used a red, white, and blue col­or palette (with gray sub­sti­tut­ed for white on white back­grounds), in homage to the orig­i­nal North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute web­site, which debuted on August 22nd, 2003.

"Retro" NPI logo

“Retro” logo and web name­plate cre­at­ed in 2013 to com­mem­o­rate NPI’s tenth anniver­sary. The checker­board design is a faith­ful repro­duc­tion of that used in 2003 for the orig­i­nal NPI web­site. NPI’s name is shown in SG Flower SH Std Bold, the same font used for NPI’s ini­tial dig­i­tal nameplate.

It is a tes­ta­ment to Miles’ skill as a design­er that the logo he cre­at­ed for NPI has won­der­ful­ly with­stood the test of time, and can be eas­i­ly refreshed at any point with the adop­tion of a new col­or palette (which is what we’re doing today).

This refreshed logo will serve as our trade dress going for­ward. We hope you like it and enjoy it every time you see it. Hap­py New Year 2017!

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