Swiss Efficiency: brand architecture for a Swiss start-up in the solar energy sector


Enigma was asked by a solar energy production group to create their group’s complete branding and brand architecture with its sister companies.


Enigma’s goal was to create a strong Swiss brand for this innovative start-up.


The wordmark

Swiss Efficiency’s branding transmits the prestigious and innovative aspect of the brand through a powerful wordmark. The wordmark, which was developed by the Enigma design team, incorporates the following three aspects:

1. Prestige: by using a high contrast between the vertical and horizontal lines referencing the historical Didonne font families, the wordmark speaks the language of detail and craftsmanship.

2. Innovation: each letter uses the same space as in a monospace typeface, which is used in most technical applications.

3. Human-centered: the forms of the letters are based on humanist proportions that make the wordmark human-centered.

The brand architecture

As all of the sister companies have their own strong identity, it was important not to weaken these by forcing them to fit into a restrictive system.

For the sister companies, a special version of the wordmark saying ”Powered by Swiss Efficiency“ is used as a signature. This signature works as a quality assurance and creates a link between all of the different sister companies in a subtle and prestigious manner.


For the mother brand, Enigma created a complete visual identity from the business card to its website, showcasing all of the start-up projects incubated under it.


The different sister companies are in need of a strong island position and with that, individuality. At the same time, the technology used is identical for every product. For this reason, a brand architecture had to be found which focuses either on the product or on the or on the technology, depending on who the target group is.

This is why the product line is always complemented with the signature “Powered by Swiss Efficiency” and performs better because of the trust in the mother brand.


Strategy Martin Künzi
Campaign Management Patrizia Lamprecht
Design Strategy Daniele Catalanotto