SeatGeek wordmark BTS 01

SeatGeek Logo Redesign

This is one of those projects for the books, for us. SeatGeek approached Hoodzpah to create the new logo for a rebrand they were collaborating on with brand hit-maker Mother Design, and illustrator Mickey Duzyi. SeatGeek is the leading mobile-first ticketing platform where fans can buy and sell tickets. With a search engine that inventories all the largest ticketing sites so you get the best price, there’s no reason not to love this outfit. The goal of the rebrand? To breathe the life of live events back into the brand, differentiating from tech-sleek competitors.

Scope

— Wordmark

Credits:

Mother Design, Design Strategy & Foundation

Hoodzpah Design, Wordmark

Mickey Duzyj, Illustration

SeatGeek In-House Team, Managing and Steering Shared Vision and Execution

 

SeatGeek logo redesign shown in the new brand color palette
SeatGeek logo redesign shown in the new brand color palette

Working with SeatGeek’s in-house design team (led by Creative Director Tim McCarthy), Mother expertly set the tone for the project. Their strategy and design drew from the dynamic event ephemera of yesteryear. When passed the torch, we executed a new vision for the SeatGeek logo. The custom type is inspired by the lively typography that used to dominate show-posters, and still lives on in venue marquees, and even on Jumbotrons. The curved wordmark also alludes to the horizon lines of stadiums, stages, and theater terraces that are the backbone of live events. But it still maintains a modern execution necessary for the online and mobile product.

SeatGeek 2021 rebrand moodboard
SeatGeek 2021 rebrand moodboard

“…our new brand leans into that unchanging magic of live events. Retro concert posters, trading cards, tangible ticket mementos, lit-up marquees – we will take the opposite approach of the landscape right now, and “go back” to push forward.”

– Quote from the SeatGeek blog announcing rebrand

Seatgeek logo redesign before and after
Seatgeek logo before (by Mackey Saturday and Matt Yow, 2016), and after (by Hoodzpah 2021)

The Goal

Creative Director Tim McCarthy and Copy Lead Scott Barrows of SeatGeek helped us understand the dream for the new logo easily. Create something:

Bold like the events we ticket

Human like the emotions they evoke

Distinct from our competitive set

Confident in our expertise

Also, the SeatGeek logo redesign needed to work in-line, stacked, and in an app icon.

SeatGeek logo paired with partner brands
The new SeatGeek logo paired with partner brands and set against an illustration by Mickey Duzyi

The Process

We went to the drawing boards. Our initial custom type solutions ranged from extremely lively, to more restrained. From script to sans and somewhere in between. Whatever the solution, an “EA” ligature became a must for kerning. We narrowed in on the final concept with the SeatGeek team. Finally, we had two steps to finish:

— First, make it actually perfect. We made a consistent execution according to the numbers.

— Then, make it look perfect. We made optical adjustments to balance the wordmark. Mainly, the S and K were adjusted on the in-line wordmark, and the S, T, G and K were finessed on the stacked to make them feel like they extended to the same height and baseline in the corners of the wordmark.

SeatGeek wordmark
SeatGeek wordmark 2021 guidelines before optical adjustments
SeatGeek wordmark 2021 guidelines before optical adjustments

Logo in Application

Illustrator Mickey Duzyi added his golden touch with textured illustrations that feel warm and timeless throughout applications. The scenes blend seamlessly into the UI, adding interest without making overlaid content illegible. The in-house Seat Geek team rolled out the new direction across brand touchpoints and launched the new design Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

SeatGeek rebrand - mobile app design
SeatGeek rebrand 2021 - website design
SeatGeek rebrand 2021 - app icon and splash screen

Working with the SeatGeek team was incredible. Their collaborative process, careful consideration, and genuine positivity created a pillow fort of creativity to thrive within. See the whole design system in action over at SeatGeek.

“You were an incredible partner who listened to the brief, executed, and made the process fun! We couldn’t be more thrilled with the new logo.”

– Tim McCarthy, Creative Director at SeatGeek on his experience with Hoodzpah