Generative Identity and website
Enigma the communication agency used the “generative identity” approach to create a new branding which would be recognizable by all and personalized for each member of the EPFL-Alumni community.
The EPFL (Ecole Poytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Alumni Association wanted a new strategic plan to ensure its growth and long-term existence.
This unique organization consists of former EPFL students, which form an exclusive community. What they have in common is that regardless of where they are from, they have studied at EPFL.
We wanted to create an identity that would reflect this unique character; we followed a process called generative design. This hybrid approach is based on programming and algorithms; it allows the designer create a system of rules that generate numerous results. Dots were arranged into squares and defined curves that represented paths. This was a metaphor for the EPFL students that move around campus; in turn, these various curves create a unique shape.
This design can be expressed in an infinite variety of shapes and colors. Thanks to a mathematical software and to random parameters, 100,000 different logos were generated in one day.
The approach called “generative identity” helped customize and personalize the new EPFL-Alumni logo for each member and for all media (personal page in the directory, stationary, member ID). Each graduate received a personal logo that was both unique and immediately recognizable as part of the EPFL Alumni community.