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The bold look, created in partnership with Landor & Fitch, demonstrates the many features that attract travelers to the city
PITTSBURGH – VisitPITTSBURGH, the Destination Management Organization (DMO) for Allegheny County and the greater Pittsburgh region, has unveiled new branding for the destination. The colorful graphic system is the first substantial branding update the organization has introduced in more than two decades.
“For more than 20 years, the VisitPITTSBURGH logo depicted one of our 446 famous bridges, along with symbolic references to our rivers,” explained Jerad Bachar, President & CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. “We are indeed proudly known as the City of Bridges, as well as the Steel City and the City of Champions. But given the innumerable cultural, sports, dining and recreational attractions our city offers, we have a broader story to tell.”
The post-pandemic resurgence in travel and tourism signaled an opportune time to undertake a makeover. VisitPITTSBURGH engaged global design firm Landor & Fitch, challenging them to create a modern representation to entice visitors to the region. In conducting traveler sentiment research and its own onsite recognizance, the firm reached the same conclusion as many first-time visitors: Pittsburgh offers an astonishing array of appealing attractions throughout its 90 neighborhoods – hundreds of best-kept secrets perhaps impossible to capture in a single image. “We’re a city of multitudes,” said Susan Klein, VisitPITTSBURGH’s Chief Marketing Officer, adding, “where you can have an authentic-Americana experience tailgating at a sports stadium, stroll mere blocks to The Andy Warhol Museum, and that evening, enjoy an award-winning dish alongside an exceptional craft beverage before taking in a world-class ballet, opera or symphony performance. The challenge is capturing that in a visually compelling way.”
In response, Landor & Fitch devised a versatile logo system that combines the VisitPITTSBURGH word mark with a vibrantly colored palette of shape forms that can be customized with changing photography to showcase select aspects of the city. The ingenious solution enables the DMO to highlight varied attractions while selectively targeting audiences across demographics, from business and leisure travelers to sports enthusiasts, history buffs, foodies, remote workers, culture mavens and more.
“Visitors are always surprised by everything there is in Pittsburgh,” Bachar added. “We’ve been too modest. This new identity changes that. It’s a bold declaration that’s purpose-driven to draw travelers from across the globe. It says, ‘look at everything that’s here – don’t miss out!’”
For more information, visit visitpittsburgh.com.
VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. The organization is dedicated to generating business events, sports events and leisure travel.