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Published on December 4th, 2014 | by Vincent Jobse

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Creative Review – Rebranding Kalashnikov: would you?

It’s been hailed as a design classic, and blamed for the deaths of millions. Now Kalashnikov and its parent company has announced a rebrand and an ambition to become as big as Apple. Would you help them?

At a launch event in Moscow, the Rostec State Corporation announced a name change and rebrand for its collection of firearms brands which will henceforth be known as Kalashnikov Concern (which sounds like some kind of 80s art/rock outfit). The Siberia-based manufacturer has three strands – Baikal, which produces hunting weapons and equipment, Izhmash, which makes sporting weapons and the eponymous Kalashnikov, developer of the AK-47.

The group will now be represented by a red and black, double-K device (the colours being a reference to the flag of Udmurtia where the Concern’s main factories are located) while Kalashnikov itself has a logo incorporating the weapon’s trademark curved clip. The work was carried out by Moscow-based Apostol (which was reportedly paid $380,000) and ties in with a 4.5 billion ruble expansion plan, part of which is the aim to “expand military sales to more countries”.

Source: Creative Review

 

http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/december/rebranding-kalashnikov

 

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Vincent Jobse is a Dutch design addict, who fully enjoys the pleasures of the web, but who loves print on pure, old-fashioned paper.



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