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Fontsmith creates new global typeface for Colgate-Palmolive

London-based Fontsmith has created a new family of typefaces for use around the world by one of the world's biggest brands – one which tens of millions of people see just before they go to bed and also when they wake up each morning: Colgate.

The Colgate brand dominates oral care globally and extends across a number of diverse and contrasting sub-brands – from numerous toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouthwashes to cosmetic and therapeutic products, each with its own specific communication needs. Through design and branding agency The Partners and Colgate’s global, full service agency, Red Fuse Communications, Colgate is thus including the new bespoke typeface created by Fontsmith.

“Charged with strengthening Colgate's brand identity in worldwide communications, we knew that typography would be a central consideration,” says Nick Clark, Creative Director at The Partners. “We wanted to work specifically with Fontsmith as its reputation and experience working with global brands on corporate typefaces is second to none. Jason and his team have been able to identify, extract and work with the DNA of the brand and translate it into a versatile family of typefaces that are uniquely identifiable, consistent and representative.”

Fontsmith first designed the new typeface, called Colgate Ready, as a Roman/Latin character set in three weights, Light, Regular and Bold, each with its own italic. Colgate then commissioned Fontsmith to create further language versions: Cyrillic, Eastern European, Devanagari and Thai.

The typeface will be used across all of the brand's communications, from retail point-of-sale displays to print and TV advertisements, and on web and mobile comms too.

“Colgate has loyal customers all over the world,” says Fontsmith's Jason Smith of the project, “and we were excited about the potential for creating not just a versatile and recognisable typeface but also establishing global typographic consistency for such an iconic brand. Having also delivered brand typefaces for clients including ITV and Channel 4 in recent years, I believe no-one else could have delivered the typefaces we have. Fontsmith's strengths are its size, passion and experience. We are a small team and therefore can offer great value while nothing gets lost in translation from brief to delivery.”

For further information about Fontsmith’s typeface design processes, contact Jason Smith at Fontsmith on or +44 (0) 20 7490 9380.


About Fontsmith

Fontsmith is a leading and established boutique type foundry known for creating fonts that are distinctively human and full of character. Founded in 1997 by Jason Smith, Fontsmith today represents a truly international team of designers working from a London studio.
The Fontsmith library includes an extensive collection of typefaces - elegant and traditional, contemporary and quirky - suitable for a range of applications. In addition the team design and create bespoke typefaces for global brands, as well as design and advertising agencies.

About Red Fuse Communications
Red Fuse Communications is WPP’s full-service integrated global agency dedicated to serving all of Colgate-Palmolive’s brands worldwide. The Red Fuse team comprises all of Colgate-Palmolive’s trusted agency partners including Y&R, MEC, Y&R Retail, Wunderman|Agenda, VML and ghg. With offices in New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Mumbai, Kansas City, Sao Paulo, and Prague, Red Fuse delivers fully integrated campaigns on a daily basis to over 225 countries.

About Colgate-Palmolive: Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site.
To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit the web site.

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