We present you Freepik Company
As Freepik started to get bigger and provide more services to graphic designers, it developed three more independent projects: Flaticon, the largest icon database, Tutpad, a platform with online graphic design courses and tutorials taught by experts and Piktab, Chrome extension that helps you find and share best free graphics resources. In order to combine these 4 different projects, the company had to find a way to preserve their individuality, but unite the concept. The goal was to keep the uniqueness of each project, yet show that they are all part of one company.
In 2018 four projects were united under the name of “Freepik Company”. Freepik identity and the name were chosen as a base since this project is the oldest and widely known so it speaks to our target audience. Our designers needed to create a new visual language that will integrate all these changes and, at the same time, facilitate the future extension of the brand.
Since color is a powerful tool when establishing a hierarchy with information and improving the user’s experience and the project’s interface, company has created a color palette characterized by the logo’s colors, as well as those derived from them. In addition, we’ve created a range of neutral cold greys that take on the role of the conducting element between the different, more saturated tones. Each one of the main colors and their derived ranges are associated with a project: dark blue is Freepik Company, blue is Freepik, green is Flaticon, red is Tutpad and purple is Piktab. The range of orange yellows are associated with the Premium service and is common throughout all of the projects.
Apart from the color base, the company had to find a font that could unite all the projects. It was important to use the font that represents the company and works well in slogans, bodies of text and interactive texts. Proxima Nova Family completes all those requisites so it became the official font of Freepik Company.
We use icons across each web site to give prominence and to enhance the usability of specific elements across the interface. To improve user experience, we have created our own set of icons which we use in all our projects. Our icons are simple, and they send a clear message and they don’t need to be accompanied by text.
We’ve also created our personal illustration style to develop the new visual language so we can improve the communication with our users. It’s not about ornamenting our product; the illustrations are only to be used in concrete spaces. These may be places in which the message is more complex, or is not entirely clear or wherein spaces that require more interactivity from the user. Using our illustrations, we can support our texts in a way that makes our message much more potent and effective. Since it is a big part of our brand identity, we’ve decided to prepare an article especially about that, so don’t miss out!
Our main objective was for our users to be able to differentiate one project from another, but also to understand that they all belong to the same group. For this reason, each project, even with the different identity, has the one structure and color base and we use the same style of illustrations (read about our Illustrations more soon) and icon sets to highlight this connection.
To make sure our logos are correctly used in respectable sizes and with the right color palettes, we’ve prepared Freepik Design Guide, where you can find all information about Freepik company design style and download the official resources directly from us.