Centro NINA

Art Direction, Brand Identity, Web Design, Logo Design
Art Direction, Brand Identity, Web Design, Logo Design
Centro NINA

The "Centro NINA" is the Neonatal Training and Simulation Center of the University Hospital Company of Pisa (Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Pisa, AOUP), an advanced research establishment working with augmented reality technologies and innovative training methods inside the neonatal medical field. Behind the Center, the NGO "ANDIAM!" kickstarts new ideas, activities and charitable projects to fuel NINA's ones.

The first request by dr. Armando Cuttano, chief of Centro NINA, has been a new logo — the old one, a Clip Art with a happy baby wasn't up to date with 2018 aesthetics (neither 2010's too...). 

The idea came in just a second. When a family welcomes a newborn, a rose or blue bow is hanged on the house's main door: it's the traditional and international sign which tells that a new little baby has come to life. So the bow, this powerful symbol, flashed in my mind since the beginning, and the characters forming the word "NINA" were just perfect: a unique ribbon inherited from the bow flows up and down writing N-I-N-A.

From this early idea, I iterated dozens of trials, edits, adjustments — and just the few final ones are listed here below...

NINA Logo Evolution

...arriving at the end at the final_logo.ai. I developed a full color version and two monochromatic version, white and black, all of them both in an extended version with the tagline "Centro di Formazione e Simulazione Neonatale" and without it.

NINA logo monochrome white
NINA logo color
NINA logo monochrome black

Brand Guidelines

The next step was to create a consistent and broad brand manual to ensure that every design and project born in the Centro NINA would have been coherent, recognizable and trustable.

Centro NINA Brand Guidelines
Centro NINA Brand Guidelines

Starting with the logo, its application, clear spaces and variation, I set up a clear how-to guide to use correctly the logotype "NINA" in every support.

Centro NINA Brand Guidelines

Then an in-depth focus on color, as fundamental vehicle to connect emotionally with people, to create a consistent visual language and to communicate precise informations.

Centro NINA Brand Guidelines
img_nina_4aCentro NINA Brand Guidelines

Follows a very detailed guide, but still easy to execute and remember, on how to create printed layouts, use typography, grids and spaces in the most common paper formats and on online projects.

The brand font chosen is Work Sans, free and perfectly working both online and on print products. Work Sans is accompanied by Helvetica in body copy and in all the cases where Work Sans is not available — in the medical and hospital field, it's not unrare to see Windows 98!

Centro NINA Brand Guidelines

Ends the booklet a series of examples of possible layouts to be used and suggestion on how to use imagery and photography correctly.

Centro NINA Brand Guidelines


The core of NINA's comms is the website: while still under development, you can check out the main pages at centronina.it and enjoy some readings about counseling and about the Center's innovative learning methods, inherited from astronauts and pilots trainings.

Centro NINA website

Selected Works

IdentistoriesLogo Design, Brand Identity, Web Design, Illustration

Storie ItalianeBook Design

André Júlio TurquesaAlbum Design, Poster Design, Illustration

Affetti CollateraliBook Design

D1GITArt Direction, Editorial Design

DBLLogo Design, Brand Identity, Web Design

HUB/ARTLogo Design, Brand Identity, Web Design

Polittico Research LabPoster Design, Brand Identity, Web Design

Roberto Mariani ArchitettoExhibition Design, Art Direction

Genesis Lectures 2019Poster Design, Brand Identity, Web Design

120gBrand Identity, Web Design, Art Direction

LacunaEditorial Design

Diletta BagsLogo Design, Brand Identity, Web Design, Art Direction

TuscanynessBrand Identity

Genesis Lectures 2018Poster Design, Brand Identity, Web Design

Affetti DaLogo Design, Brand Identity

Pisa Botanical GardenLogo Design, Brand Identity

Serving Holistic Design / FSB.design

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