PROJECT AT A GLANCE
Alex Creamer explains how Re: Sydney developed the new identity
1 From old to new
The previous ACRF identity was straightforward, with a crab as the cancer reference, and a simple sans serif font. The colours were muted and their tonality reflected a sense of grieving and loss. So the new identity needed to communicate much more – that the foundation is a force for good.
4 Typographic approach
Quite early in the process, we came up with a distinctive typographic approach to reflect the central idea of the identity. We wanted to create a typeface of varying weights to represent how some cancers are close to disappearing, while others remain still very visible.
7 Bold colours
The original colour was a light green-aqua. We needed to be much bolder, so we punched that up to a teal colour. The colour lavender represents cancer in all its forms, so we chose a vibrant purple to complement the teal, and the pink makes sure the palette was bright and flexible enough.
2 Positive allusions
The central idea is the notion that a world without cancer is a world without cancer research. We wanted to be bold and catch the attention of people, but didn’t want to allude to death too much. The copywriter was involved right from the start, as a lot of the brand is built upon that tone of voice idea.
5 Bespoke type
We commissioned Paris-based typographer Mathieu Réguer to create the bespoke typeface which we felt needed to encompass a variety of weights. At our request, Réguer then built an algorithm into the typeface, allowing letter weights to alternate depending on the letter preceding it.
8 Human identity
The human element of the identity was incredibly important. The illustrative style – created by junior designer and illustrator Olivia King – is friendly, organic and hand-drawn, and incorporates ‘smile in the mind’ ideas that relate to the messaging of the overall identity.
3 Tone of voice
We always get the copywriter involved right from the start, especially with charity brands. A lot of the output they work with day-to-day is on a smaller scale, so having a strong tone of voice was very important for them to translate the brand across other touch points.
6 Strong logo
The logo is a simple stacked ‘Australian Cancer Research Foundation’. We included the top-level domain .CancerResearch in much of the material, as a sign-off to the messaging. The full stop symbolises the end of cancer, which ties in nicely with the identity. It’s definitive and strong.
9 Strength and defiance
For the photography, finding the right tone was also crucial, to add warmth and compassion to the imagery. The photography strives to capture real people with a sense of strength and defiance, without overtones of sadness or pity. It was important to find that middle ground.