Welcome to LC___CC – Le Col Cycling Club. Ride with legends, train with Pros and turn your effort into rewards. A community united by stories, shared goals and hard-and-fast ambition. The most rewarding club in cycling.
Limited Edition Design worked with the senior Le Col team, to develop a branding strategy, messaging and a dynamic new visual and verbal identity — including user interface and experience design across hundreds of items and details to enable development agency Savvy, and the internal team of developers, to bring the complex platform build to life. From the outset, the concept was a digital first approach, so the visual identity had to be flexible enough to work across multiple strands, whilst ensuring a sense of community and warmth.
The visual design approach comprises of entirely new colour systems, photography, typography, iconography and signature graphic assets in both static and animated forms. The iconography plays a key role in creating a visual language and design system for the content, whilst typography plays to a fluid, more conversational tone to maintain that warmth.
A small selection of our work below, with an update to follow soon.
The identity also runs across mens and womens Kit design that is only available to members:
Wireframing and interaction design to integrate Club into the overall eCommerce design we’ve developed for the master brand. Maintaining enough of a unique feel that it can standout and be signposted as part of the customers user journey.
Le Col is focussed on creating the best performance cycling kit on the market, so to have a collaboration with a brand as iconic as McLaren was an opportunity to really push the limits. Meet Project Aero.
We’ve always looked outside of cycling and beyond what others in the sport are doing, and what this collaboration, and the technology allows us to do is to create an environment that shows the combination of performance and engineering in a unique way. Muybridge meets Tron, from building a bespoke set in the studio for our stills campaign, to using some of the most innovative virtual production technology using Unreal Engine to shoot the commercials, this project has been about pushing the boundaries at every level.
The concept for this shoot was about creating a hyper-real set that that reflects the hours of development, but without the obvious cliche of using a wind tunnel. Instead, we focussed on creating a cinematic experience that brings to life and stylises that process of capturing data. Project Aero – Engineered for Speed.
Cycling has always put emphasis on place – From the Alpine climbs of Galibier, Croix de Fer and Stelvio, to the steep streets of Siena – where you ride holds weight. In testing times with restrictions on travel and hopes of winter sun abroad, hopes of our Spring Summer photoshoots evaporated with each announcement. Like everyone, dreams of switchbacks and short sleeves were dashed.
Having explored options to shoot in Tenerife, and then Mallorca, and then turning our own frustrations into an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and be more creative. It became clear from the process, that actually, do we want to be seeing images of other people riding those iconic and sunny roads? Social influencers were flouting the rules, and our patience, time for Plan C – F*ck it, Fake it… time to be more playful, embrace our home roads and put a bit of fun back into cycling, like so many have found in lockdown. Own it.
Concept & Execution: Limited Edition Design
Client: Le Col
Photography: Michael Blann
Retouch: Phil Borg
Production: Squire & Thom Green
Branding work for the Le Col HC (Hors Catégorie) Jacket. The concept and Photography pulls out details in the jacket that relate to the landscape of Hors Catégorie climbs. The final brochure is stitch bound in gold thread.