Bitdefender

Brand Upgrade & Ferrari Sponsorship, 2022

Upgrading the brand to meet the standards of a global leadership positioning in cybersecurity.

Confronting the shifting challenges in the international tech market, Bitdefender enlisted the expertise of Brandient, once again, with a mandate encompassing several strategic objectives.

Firstly, Bitdefender sought to update the brand’s positioning to align with the goal of achieving global leadership status and formalize the brand's transition from the antivirus category to the broader cybersecurity arena. This change was relevant for both public, business, and consumer segments. It was articulated through the evolution of the brand's verbal identity narratives and the introduction of new, target-relevant promises. The brand's consumer segment commitment became the “Experts’ choice in cybersecurity,” while the business and public segments were presented with “Cybersecurity built for resilience.”

The brand's visual identity also transformed, giving Bitdefender a more mature and contemporary aesthetic. This included new color schemes, typefaces, key visuals, and brand properties. This revamped identity was encapsulated within a graphic territory, displayed through a comprehensive suite of brand applications.

A notable highlight of this rebranding was the adaptation of the brand applications for Bitdefender’s partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, Ferrari’s Formula 1 team. This high-profile sponsorship would solidify specific brand associations such as speed, top technology, performance, and innovation.

The final piece of the mandate involved the development of a creative communication platform. This platform aimed to enhance the brand's desired associations and boost brand awareness in key geographical markets.

Client:
Bitdefender

Industry:
Technology

Project type:
Brand Design Update

Date:
2022

Services:
Design Audit, Brand Positioning, Brand narratives and Voice, Visual Identity Platform, Corporate Identity Program, Creative communication design, Digital design, Brand Guidelines

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The Bitdefender Luminous Avatar, 2015

Four years following the global rebranding, Bitdefender's brand identity saw an enhancement of its symbolic Dacian Wolf visual metaphor.

The redesigned Bitdefender Dacian avatar now better represents the business's unique selling proposition: the intellectual prowess of its engineers, their creativity, and their innovative thinking—hence, the enchantment and brilliance of the new design.

The revamped, radiant Dacian Wolf brand avatar, fueled by “engineered intuition,” has been designed to protect against all threats lurking in the complex labyrinth of the digital world. This brings the brand closer to Bitdefender's customers by aligning the brand avatar with the company's core offerings and value propositions.

Brandient conceptualized and designed this project, while Carioca, a 3D design studio based in Bucharest, carried out the actual implementation.

Client:
Bitdefender

Industry:
Technology

Project type:
Brand Design Update

Date:
2015

Services:
Design audit, Visual Identity platform, Corporate Identity Program, Digital Design, Packaging Design, EVP and Employee brand engagement, Brand guidelines.

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Bitdefender Enterprise , 2012

The need for a novel approach within Bitdefender Enterprise's rapidly growing B2B division arose as the division's cutting-edge security solutions and services achieved technological leadership in many critical areas of virtualization security. These solutions target a wide range of entities, from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large corporations and cloud service providers.

In terms of visual identity, Brandient crafted the metaphor of 'The Glass City.' This representation captures not only Bitdefender’s ability to scrutinize vast amounts of corporate data for potential threats but also encapsulates the broader shift towards cloud-based solutions and virtualization occurring in the enterprise market.

To symbolize the intricate interconnections within complex data systems, Brandient designed a system for creating detailed diagrams. This was based on a custom taxonomy that categorized various physical and virtual components, functionalities, and states. This comprehensive system can accommodate even those functionalities that have yet to be invented, emphasizing the forward-thinking nature of Bitdefender Enterprise.

Client:
Bitdefender

Industry:
Technology

Project type:
New Brand Creation

Date:
2012

Services:
Brand and Portfolio Architecture; Design audit; Visual Identity Platform (B2B), Digital design.

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Rebranding, 2011

Bitdefender, globally recognized as a leading antivirus solution, has adopted an audacious new brand identity inspired by a symbol of legendary significance: the Dacian Dragon-Wolf. This iconic emblem, steeped in history and mythology, traces its origins back to the Dacians, an ancient people who once inhabited the land that is modern-day Romania, where Bitdefender was originally founded.

In 2011, Bitdefender, a company originating from Romania, was recognized as the best antivirus product by leading testing organizations worldwide. Its impressive performance, global reputation, and growth prospects highlighted the need for a contemporary brand. The main challenge was adopting an international, somewhat rootless image or leaning into the company's national origins. Although its leadership and talent pool were predominantly Romanian, the country's relatively weak national brand challenged the latter option.

The strategic solution to this branding conundrum was to create a strong, internationally resonant brand that subtly acknowledged its Romanian roots. A blend of ancient values with modern relevance was ingeniously incorporated to sidestep the issue of the country's less influential national brand. The Dacian Dragon-Wolf, a legendary creature that protected the Dacians and ancient Romanians in their wars, was introduced as the new brand symbol. This modern interpretation of the ancient symbol epitomizes resilience and defense, two qualities closely aligned with the brand's mission. Additionally, the new brand slogan "Awake" underscores the concept of continuous protection.

This symbol subtly hints at Bitdefender's Romanian roots and does so in a mythically appealing way that speaks to a global audience. The legendary symbol was given two forms: a 3D avatar for consumer engagement and an abstract symbol representing the evolution of the Bitdefender organization. The logo symbol was intentionally designed to be abstract and open to interpretation, its form simplified and stripped down to its bare essence, representing a compressed spring of energy and darting movement.

The brand avatar, which embodies the sleekness of the Bitdefender product, is primarily used for consumer-facing interactions and is designed to evolve over time. The avatar is prominently featured on the new packaging, which retains the color palette from the previous packaging design to preserve brand recognition.

The entire packaging design was conceived to supplant part of the advertising effort, transforming the packaging into a print ad. The redesigned packaging is thus not only a vessel for the product but also a powerful marketing tool that tells Bitdefender's brand story

Client:
Bitdefender

Industry:
Technology

Project type:
Rebranding

Date:
2011

Services:
Brand positioning; Brand Name, Narratives and Voice; Logo design and Visual Platform; Digital design; Brand Guidelines

Awards:
• REBRAND 100® Global Awards Distinction in 2012
• German Design Award Nominee in 2013
• Graphis Gold Award in Branding in 2012

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