The One Show

The One Show is the world's most prestigious award show in advertising and design. For over 50 years, the Gold Pencil has been regarded as one of the top prizes in the creative industry. The One Show has a rich legacy of honoring some of the most groundbreaking ideas, created by some of the most remarkable minds in creativity.

2023 One Show - Design


Agency Bold Scandinavia / NoA / Stockholm + Mojang Studios / Stockholm + Bsmart / Stockholm + Canada Type / Toronto

Client Minecraft


Brand Identity / Rebranding

Annual ID


About the Work

From a game to a franchise brand. Since its creation in 2009, Minecraft has rapidly grown to become one of the world’s best-selling and most popular games with over 132 million players each month. Ten years after its humble beginnings, Minecraft had outgrown the world of gaming – it’s a global phenomenon, and an entertainment franchise of similar complexity as Lego or Disney. During this process, the brand around the Minecraft games and experiences had started to feel fragmented and without clear direction. We wanted to create a brand identity for the whole franchise that was just as exciting as the game itself. An identity that people love to play with. During our collaboration with the client team, we have created a complex yet playful identity for the whole franchise – a design system and philosophy that brings together all the many parts of the Minecraft universe, from games to services, tv shows, festivals, events, toys and partnerships. Rolled-out across all digital and physical touchpoints. Just like in the game, the new design system is built around a simple pixel gid. It’s the foundation of the new Minecraft design system and sits beneath every single asset of the brand, from logotypes and typography, to layouts and images. The rigorous use of the pixel grid allows us to create a brand that feels like a natural extension of the game – it is even based on exactly the same resolution as the game (16x16). The pixel grid can be populated with so-called blocks. Blocks can be logos, typography, images, characters, items and colours. The blocks can be combined in many ways for endless creative freedom. With our pixel grid and blocks, we can build unique variations for all parts of the franchise and for all audiences. An easy-to-use, intuitive design system that feels as diverse and open-ended as the game itself. This extensive effort has always been about respectfully nurturing the legacy of Minecraft’s brand identity. Our motto in this work is to simplify and amplify Minecraft’s visual language into a cohesive and durable system as the Minecraft franchise now expand into the future.

2023 Awards

Total Points: 3




Bold Scandinavia / NoA / Stockholm

Internal / In-House Agency

Mojang Studios / Stockholm

Production Company

Bsmart / Stockholm
Canada Type / Toronto

Related Awards





Follow Us