MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – The SETI Institute, a renowned nonprofit research organization, has unveiled a new logo and brand mark to better reflect its mission to search for, and understand, life beyond Earth.
The new logo was designed by Trevor Beattie, Founder and Chairman of London’s BMB advertising agency. Beattie is an unabashed, life-long fanatic about space, and admits that the opportunity to reshape the Institute’s graphical brand was both a challenge and a privilege.
SETI is all about answering a profoundly important question: Are we alone?” he says. “There’s already a question mark hidden in the “S” of SETI. In designing this new logo, we simply freed it up.
Beattie’s graphic is bold and economical, and accomplishes what famed designer Saul Bass has said is essential for any logo: “Symbolize and summarize.”
“As we embark on a new chapter in our 32-year history of exploration and discovery, our new logo is a fitting and compelling icon for our quest,” says SETI Institute CEO Bill Diamond. “With this symbol, we embrace the essence of science’s mission – to be curious, and to seek understanding through groundbreaking research.”
"We are engaged in the definition and reexamination of concepts and hypotheses in astrobiology, and are now expanding the tools deployed in the search for intelligent life beyond Earth."
“With this bold new brand, we launch a new era in our efforts to understand mankind’s place in the cosmos.”
The SETI Institute’s interests range from the exploration of our solar system, looking for microbial life relatively nearby, to the search for technologically sophisticated beings on worlds orbiting other stars. The Institute employs more than 120 scientists, technicians and staff.
The new logo is simple and scalable, familiar and yet provocatively unique. It is intended to be quickly recognizable and sufficiently iconic that – without words – it will be instantly associated with the SETI Institute.
For designer Beattie, the unique interests of the Institute are self-evident: “No-one has a better claim on ownership of the question mark than the SETI Institute,” he says. “And soon, perhaps very soon, its scientists may find answers to the long-standing question of the ubiquity of life.”
About the SETI Institute
Founded in 1984, the SETI Institute is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary research and education organization whose mission is to lead humanity’s quest to understand the origins and prevalence of life and intelligence in the Universe and to share that knowledge with the world. Our research encompasses the physical and biological sciences and leverages expertise in data analytics, machine learning and advanced signal detection technologies. The SETI Institute is a distinguished research partner for industry, academia and government agencies, including NASA and NSF.