Nalini Method is a fitness-meets-wellness company based in New York City. In 2014, founder Rupa Mehta recognized the need for a rebrand and an update to the Nalini Method online presence. The new brand direction also influenced two additional Nalini projects: NaliniKIDS (the nonprofit sector) and Rupa's own media-facing content.
Nalini is the Hindu word for lotus. It is also the name of founder Rupa Mehta’s mother, Nalini Pinak Mehta.
“The lotus flower starts small, growing from the bottom of a pond, pushing through mud and muck. As it slowly rises towards the light above the water, the lotus remains unsoiled. Only when it reaches the surface does the lotus bud begin to blossom and turn into a beautiful flower.”
Naming her business the Nalini Method was a no-brainer for Rupa; not only did it honor the journey of the lotus flower, but it was named after one of the healthiest, most-nurturing people she knew. To keep this concept intact was clearly important for her new logo.
Nalini Method was already represented by a lotus logomark, but the previous brand/logo unfortunately depended on gradient layering that didn’t translate very well in every application Rupa needed it to. After several rounds of sketching, we landed on a simple, monoline lotus flower mark.
One of the most important requirements for the new brand mark was for it to encompass and account for all three sub-brands of the Nalini umbrella, including Nalini Method (the founding company), NaliniKIDS (its nonprofit sector), and the media-facing Rupa Mehta personal brand.
In layman's terms, the Nalini mark is quite literally a lotus flower inside of a circle. The lotus flower changes color depending on which Nalini sub-brand it represents, and a unifying purple ring stays constant on all three. For Nalini Method and NaliniKIDS, each brand is also represented by supporting logo type.