Developing a more flexible kit of parts for a well known children’s charity.
Kit of parts
Each level of the brand stretch has it’s own kit of parts. The first level uses their core brand elements, keeping all communications feeling direct. The next level expands on their suite of icons, developing it into a more illustrative style. A secondary colour palette is also added at this stage, with colours that all sit with the Action for Children red. Lastly this level introduces two new styles of photography: a warmed up version of their ‘core’ photography which always include a small element of red but feels more relaxed, and a bold style of photography that brings the colour into the models clothes and surroundings. The third level pushes the illustration style further by creating full colour illustrations. Typography can also be pushed further at this level, and sees the core typeface edited to create a more illustrative and playful feel.
Creating a system
To aid understanding for anyone needing to use the new elements we created easy to follow formulas for each level. These helped to make sure that even with a broader kit of parts, the core identity is always apparent. It was important Action for Children remained consistent despite needing a brand that was flexible. These formulas ensured that there was always enough ‘core brand elements’ within each design for it remain recognisably Action for Children.
Guidelines and leading examples
Once the system was finalise we created a short guideline document. Example designs were used to exemplify how the brand stretch elements could be used to achieve various tones of voice, ranging from the core ‘expert’ level to the most inclusive third level of stretch.
We have worked with Action for Children to begin the implementation of their new kit of parts by working on campaigns that use various levels of brand stretch.