Creative Direction, Identity, Environmental Design, Lifestyle
Crossbar is a vintage-hockey themed restaurant and bar in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Co-founder, Brock Lindow first described it to me this way, ”It’s a place where you’ll dress to the nines – take your lady out for dinner, then stick around to watch the Stanley Cup Finals."
Crossbar is a time machine. It reconnects with warm memories and dreams of future victories, while inviting you into the moment that’s happening right now. The plates are familiar but unexpected – curated but not stuffy. It’s a place that celebrates heritage and the love of hockey.
Initial discovery and thematic explorations drove the project, framed the needs and defined the language of the creative conversation. More so, the themes seemed to put themselves into archetypical buckets: Hero, Fight, Win, Team, Plan and Rink (Home).
In hockey, the crossbar is the top horizontal bar of the goal (the red metal frame that holds the net). It’s literally the line that separates victory from defeat. The Crossbar identity system centers around the same thin red line.