Mississauga's New City Brand Unveiled

 

A new brand for the City of Mississauga was unveiled today at a presentation to General Council (GC), together with the corporate report and brand implementation plan.  The report will go to Council on March 5 for approval. 

"As our City approaches its 40th anniversary, Mississauga today is quite different than the Mississauga of yesterday, and as we consulted with stakeholders across the City, the consensus was that it was time to refresh Mississauga's logo and develop a new brand for the City," said Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO.   "Our new brand reflects the excitement that is everywhere in Mississauga." 

According to the report, the new brand communicates an authentic and aspirational story of the dynamic city Mississauga is today.  The brand story is based on three key ingredients; Welcoming World Culture, Naturally Enriching and Inspiring Possibilities.  

A brand launch and implementation plan has been developed to introduce and build awareness of the brand among residents and key audiences.  The roll-out of the new city brand will be carried out in a cost-effective multi-year plan. 

The new logo was designed by the City's Creative Services team.  "The new "M" logo is a bold and modern identifier for a young city on the cusp on something big," said Ivana Di Millo Director, Communications.  "We are so excited to be embarking with our partners to showcase all that Mississauga has to offer." 

Background: 
Council requested and approved staff to complete a Brand Research Project as part of the 2013 business plan.  This was also a key recommendation of the Communications Master Plan (which was approved by Council in May of 2012).  The summary report for the Master Plan identifies the need to develop a strong, unified brand reputation for the City that is rooted in its strategic vision.

Here’s what people have to say on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: 

Ryan Tobin I like.

Sayed Khader “You’ve got mail!”

Andrew J. Wood Why are the a’s and u’s lower case? Not a huge fan of this at all

Linda Garbig Mallory Looks like a geometry drawing.

Remi Ejiwunmi I like their three elements (Welcoming World Culture, Naturally Enriching (not entirely sure what that means?) and Inspiring Possibilities) but I have no idea what in the image represents those concepts?

Tina Hung I find the geometric M very futuristic… it’s interesting but I’m indifferent.

Randall Clint McKeown I don’t like it!

Jojy Philip Abraham Do NOT like it. The graphic M made think of an envelope. And the lower case a’s and u’s are unnecessary. Does not represent our great city at all.

Filipe Morais Not fan…should b tridimensional…or subject to public contest, I’m pretty sure they are out there great minds that could do a better logo.

Mike Zee Illuminati

Aaron Ker I liked the old one :(

Andrew Gurudata It lacks colour and depth. My favourite civic branding is Laval, in Quebec. http://upload.wikimedia.org/…/432px-Flag_of_Laval…

Dms Maninder very stylish paperclip … I am gonna miss the old one. I liked the logo having a landmark - something you could recognize.

Chris Rock Woods Hopefully,; it says entertainment district Mississauga is boring.

Terry BabineauDisappointed that citizens were not advised or able to participate in this decision. Not only does the design not appear to reflect this great city but it will cost us a bundle to roll it out to all existing places the current logo is used.  Even the Canadian flag had a better discussion then this!

Ryan Tobin Seems like a “love/hate” response.  At least people are talking.

Steve Vecchiola I’m happy they revisited the brand although $170,000 later to have a brand that doesn’t really seem to “say” anything to me about Mississauga other than we mix our upper and lower case letters and we have a mountain here? paperclip? Also am I alone in thinking that the blue and white has too much of a Toronto feel? Why not separate ourselves further from them? This was a tremendous opportunity to restart and refresh how our brand and city is perceived, but, all this says is we’re the “suburb of Toronto”, and we have a mountain. Ok, ummm we don’t have a mountain??

Michelle Zarate Too plain

Victoria Anne I like the look of it , but it does remind me too much of a mail icon 

Alexander Supertramp This thing is hideous

Micho Oo Big disconnect between this logo’s representation of excitement / innovation in the city



 

anitachickita #lackluster #unimaginative #truth I don’t like it

mlchiasson I like it! #Fresh #Modern

cosmickitteh Eerrrrr no

akira_ran It looks like the City of Mississauga just received a weird email notification from facebook…or a logo for a company that makes those paper fortune teller origami that kids played with

yamotholic fail

roach_bot I like it, it’s simple

mrbcullum Fail… epic…

deeshasarai No

flora_laura85 Boring

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@JoolAdventures                 
@insauga clever with 2 M’s AND 2 arrows pointing upward for progress

@amondzli
@albertfong @insauga but it’s so ugly…

@Snijeg82
@insauga is it just me or the new mississauga logo is not that good.I dont see how it says anything about the brand.#confused #dissapointed

@jjRoni
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