Atlanta, GA

The Home Depot Design Center

Building a Second Home (Depot) We were commissioned by The Home Depot to brand and introduce a new division that focuses on customized kitchens and bathrooms.

The Home Depot Design Centers are large-scale standalone showrooms that provide an extensive array of high-end appliances, fixtures, and custom design services to homeowners and design professionals.

Our work included leading naming and positioning initiatives and the development of a comprehensive identity, environmental design, and communication program.

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To align the division with the master brand we developed a logo based on the iconic orange Home Depot square, incorporating a version of the brand’s existing Helvetica typeface.

Design fans will recognize that the visual sensibility owes a debt to Bob Noorda and Massimo Vignelli’s classic Modernist design program for the NYC subway system. (If you’re trying to suggest modern design to a new audience you could do worse than showcasing white bold sans serif type, arranged flush left within an orange square.) It’s simple and bold.

A comprehensive style guide provides inspiration along with the “rules and tools” to ensure that the brand’s visual voice is applied consistently across all identity and communication initiatives.

In preparation for the launch, we developed a system of informative brochures, project binders, presentation folders, and a stationery program.
We worked with The Home Depot’s internal leadership and design teams as they developed the showroom spaces and work areas to ensure that the visual approach was implemented consistently throughout.
The initial locations in southern California and Maryland incorporate a series of real-life kitchen and bath vignettes along with meeting rooms, sample display rooms, and collaborative workspaces.
All appliances and fixtures are live, enabling consumers to compare and test drive offerings in real-life situations. (Yes, you can even sample the showers.)
Homeowners can bring their own architects and kitchen/bath designers, or work with Home Depot staff design professionals to realize their vision.

A fleet of delivery trucks, vans, pickups, and supervisors’ cars display the brand look and messaging.

 

Designers
Alexander Isley
Angela Chen
Shannon Stolting
Erika Back

Writer
Alexander Isley