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  Batelco's new brand identity


If the latin letter B is set to refer to both Batelco and Bahrain then western culture takes centre stage at Batelco. This may make sense for a Bahraini telco looking for a global image but it also subjects them to rigorous western cultural analysis.

The new identity is indeed modern but the scope of what this means is extremely limited. It's a modern aesthetic; a modernisation of an arabic script in the form of a latin B, and that's about all. The result is a hybrid symbol that, although proprietary, has obvious western problems.

Any visually-literate, design-oriented western person won't be hard-pressed to see a breast and nipple at the end of a heavily pregnant B, which is at obvious odds with the extremely conservative Wahhabi version of Islam practised in the region. They would, however, be hard-pressed to make sense of the infinity reference. This is the sort of half-baked and yet blatantly generic idea buried in cultural grey-land that gives brand identity consultants a bad reputation.

The new identity may herald a more progressive western-style leadership prospect for Batelco but success is unlikely ever to be attributed to conceptual fecundity.


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