Bethlehem plaas logo refresh
Bethlehem Plaas (farm) is a privately owned non-commercial farm situated in the Banhoek valley near the town of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
The farm is open to walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy the beautiful surrounds and many hiking trails. The area is home to many animals such as Eiland that roam freely.
This logo update/refresh makes close reference to the stylized illustration drawn by well known South African illustrator Anton Kannemeyer. The illustration depicts the front of the manor house on the farm with the 2 iconic oak tress on either side. Anton is a close friend of the farm owner.
The owners wanted to keep the essence of this illustration alive in the logo update. Great care was taken to be as sensitive as possible to keep the same personality and intent of the original illustration.
Adjustments and improvements were suggested to provide the best usage and
longevity of the logo.
Bethlehem Plaas manor house
In an attempt to stay as close to the original artwork as possible I took the typography through a series of changes, beginning with very minimal cleanup and ending with more stylized serif options, all based off the original hand lettering.
A similar approach was used for the illustration. Beginning with minimal adjustments and then slowly adding more stylized elements and some extra
tweaks to make things work better overall.
One of the requests was that the logo work in an oval shape but still be able to capture the vineyards and mountain behind the house.
The logo would need to be versatile enough so that it can be embroidered on uniforms etc. A variety of smaller use icons were also developed for use in smaller applications such as social media icons and also email signatures.