El Paso Opera

El Paso Opera wanted to bring its artform into the lives of a wider group of people, allowing Opera to be exciting and more approachable. This new outlook had to be paired with a new identity.  Their previous identity fell in line with the idea of exclusivity, we worked with them to create a fresh new identity that was approachable, understandable, and unique to El Paso and the El Paso Opera.

Designed at Studio Mast
CD Travis Ladue & Jacob Trahan
Project contracted by Aidan James

CHALLENGE

The El Paso Opera had enough of this preconceived notion of what Opera should or should not be. They created new Operas, such as the first Mariachi Opera, as well as reinterpreting the old favorites. Taking advantage of their climate, they moved the locations of the shows around town. Often finding themselves in an open-air theater. Allowing Opera to be exciting and more approachable to a wider group of people, bringing this artform into their lives. This new outlook had to be paired with a new identity. Their previous identity fell in line with this idea of exclusivity, and that needed to change in order to fulfill this mission.

SOLUTION

We worked with them to create a fresh new identity for El Paso Opera. We took inspiration from the landscape and architecture of El Paso to develop a system that breathes new life into the Opera with color, pattern and modern typography.

The symbol itself finds its inspiration in the surrounding region, but it also finds inspiration in the construction of the theater. The "steps" allude to the interaction between the crowd and the stage. Allowing the people to take one step closer to the show. This duality can be seen in the construction of the mark itself, combining a traditional symbol with a wordmark to create a strong shape that will quickly be legible and recognizable.

The landscape and architecture of El Paso was the inspiration for the pattern system. Creating a mix of hard lines and organic forms to create a cohesive pattern that felt as exciting and diverse as the city and its people.

To allow the show-specific artwork to have its own personality, we developed a system that allows the color to be changed depending on each show. By allowing the colors to be taken from show-specific artwork, we've ensured that each show will have a fresh palette that won't compete. It also ensures that the palettes won't feel stale over time, creating excitement and intrigue with each new show.

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