Brand development

  • Liverpool University Hospitals
  • Health
  • Campaigns, Design, Strategy and planning

We worked with one of the largest acute trusts in the country, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to develop a new brand to enable it to bring its vision, values and future ambition to life.

With multiple sites, a range of legacy brands and an emerging new strategic direction this was a wonderful challenge to develop a robust brand for a significant new organisation.

Our future together

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) was formed through a merger of Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust.

As a new organisation, it became one of the largest acute trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers in the region with an annual budget of £930 million. Unlike many other NHS mergers, the merger was driven by the clinical staff, who made the case for bringing the two organisations together in order to improve patient care. 

We were commissioned by LUHFT to establish a clear brand framework for how it communicates its vision, values and strategic objectives in a way that is meaningful to all stakeholders.

Using an evidence-based approach we initially carried out a wide range of engagement with LUHFTs diverse stakeholders from patients, staff and senior management through to partners, regulators and Board members. This was used as a foundation that informed a written brand narrative, positioning and tone of voice that:

  • Communicates what LUHFT stands for
  • Reflects its vision and values
  • Is distinctive, yet authentic
  • Provides a mechanism to engage staff and instil a sense of pride so that they become brand ambassadors
  • Becomes something that the local community can believe in, be proud of and engage with.

With the written brand story in place we then moved on to consider the visual expression of the brand; developing a unique look and feel, brand architecture and a comprehensive set of brand guidelines to inform how the brand should be brought to life across the organisation’s many touchpoints.

Following a period of robust testing of all aspects of the new brand amongst key stakeholder groups, it was approved for roll-out and we worked with LUFHT to deliver a range of priority communications initiatives including the roll-out of the new organisational values and strategic reports; alongside collateral to embed the new brand across video, screensavers, email, posters, infographics and more. 

Why it matters

LUHFT is an anchor institution for the Liverpool City Region. It has a huge role to play in the future health and prosperity of our region, so it was vital to deliver a brand that connected with the region and the future ambition of the organisation to facilitate its growing impact.

This was a fantastic project to work on with a flagship organisation in our region. The close collaboration with multiple stakeholders throughout from initial research through to testing and implementation allowed us to develop a brand that was authentic to LUHFT and its future.

The Reader is a national charity that wants to bring about a reading revolution, so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which it believe is a tool for helping humans survive and live well.

Why the Reader matters to us?

The Reader believes that the unique power of literature has the potential to connect individuals, help us feel better and to rebuild lost social bonds.

It brings people together and books to life in order to make warmer, healthier, stronger communities. 

Find out what matters to them here

What we’ve done with The Reader

  • Brand identity development
  • Brand guidelines
  • Impact reporting
  • Retail and environmental graphics

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital cares for over 330,000 children, young people and their families every year.

As one of Europe’s biggest and busiest children’s hospitals, it treats everything from common illnesses to highly complex and specialist conditions.

Why Alder Hey matters to us?

Alder Hey is an incredible organisation that does amazing things for children and their families across the UK. It is focused on the future through its innovation and pioneering research but is anchored by its unwavering commitment to giving children the very best care, and sets out to make them feel happy, safe and confident as they play, learn and grow.

Find out what matters to them here

What we’ve done with Alder Hey

  • Brand identity
  • Animations
  • Strategic reports and publications
  • Environmental graphics and signage
  • Employee communications
  • Employee campaigns

Iceland Foods is a British retailer with over 900 stores across the UK and 40 owned or franchises stores in Europe.

Why Iceland matters to us?

Iceland is committed to being a truly responsible business and has placed sustainability at the heart of its strategy. We are proud to support them in communicating their ambition and significant progress they are making as they champion sustainability across the retail sector.

Find out what matters to them here

What we’ve done with Iceland

  • Sustainability website
  • Sustainability reporting
  • Campaigns on social issues

My Riverside

  • Riverside
  • Housing
  • Campaigns, Design, Strategy and planning, Video and animation

We worked with Riverside to develop a campaign to lead the roll-out of its refreshed customer portal, My Riverside.

Key to the brief was a need to deliver a concept that cut through wider customer communications

Making life easier

Riverside have redeveloped their customer portal, My Riverside, and commissioned Kaleidoscope to develop a new campaign to spearhead the launch and drive customer engagement with it.

My Riverside is a digital platform that enables Riverside customers the ability to easily manage their home through reporting repairs, checking accounts and making payments online.

Our initial role was to establish a distinctive creative concept that would set My Riverside apart from wider Riverside communications.

The platform had already been launched previously but did not achieve the required engagement, so this concept had to stand out and demonstrate that the platform was something to take notice of.

The concept used customer insight which highlighted the primary perceived benefit of the platform to be speed and ease of use.

We therefore built on this and brought it to life using a blend of copy lines and abstract photography, alongside a bright and vibrant colour palette, to articulate how My Riverside was quick and easy to use, and that customers could use the time they saved to do things they really wanted to do.

This was supported by a consistent logo device which reinforced the convenience of the platform and how it could be accessed anywhere, anytime and on any device.

The campaign was launched in a targeted way across Riverside’s customers using multiple print and digital channels, with different content being delivered to a range of customers segments to reflect the differing levels of service’s available in regions and variations in customer engagement with digital tools.

Why it matters

Managing a home can be complex and time consuming, and for many of us can seem overwhelming at times. The My Riverside platform aims to help make this simpler and easier and enable its customers to get on with the things that are really important to them.

Using customer insight to inform our creative direction was vital to the effectiveness of this concept – it provided absolute clarity on what was really important to Riverside’s customers.

Happy Hearts

  • Champs Public Health Collaborative
  • Health
  • Campaigns, Design, Social and Digital Marketing, Video and Animation

We created a new brand, digital tool and social media campaign to help start conversations about blood pressure and wellbeing with the public.

Undiagnosed hypertension is a serious problem in Cheshire and Merseyside, but many patients aren’t engaging with their own potential risks.

Starting a conversation

Undiagnosed hypertension is a serious problem in Cheshire and Merseyside, but many patients aren’t engaging with their own potential risks. To support pharmacies and health trainers in providing blood pressure checks in the community, we created a new digital tool to help start conversations about blood pressure and wellbeing with the public.

The Happy Hearts web app aids health professionals, by offering a 2-3 minute intervention that leads to a blood pressure check. It was carefully structured in a way that encourages patients to talk about themselves, their life and interests, before allowing the professional to illustrate how the health of their heart plays a crucial role in their life. This will hopefully increase their propensity to take a blood pressure check.

The project was based on a qualitative study which looked at how to motivate people to make healthy lifestyle changes. This work identified effective ways to use conversation to motivate behaviour changes around risk factors, self-care and medication adherence.

This provided us with clear insight that the brand and tool must deliver against. This allowed us to create early concepts around a brand name, identity, look and feel; and a user journey to structure the tool in a way that would support both the patient and health professional.

The tool was developed and tested in collaboration with pharmacies, health trainers and patient representatives to define the best format, content structure and tone of voice. This ensured that we were able to develop the tool in a live and dynamic way, incorporating audience feedback throughout.

On launch, the tool was rolled out alongside a training package for professionals to drive their confidence and propensity to use the tool.

Following launch we have then gone on to deliver a wide range of targeted social media campaigns using a blend of static and animated content (see below) to engage multiple audiences across the region.

Why it matters

Undiagnosed hypertension is a serious problem in Cheshire and Merseyside, but many patients aren’t engaging with their own potential risks. Tools to spark conversations between the public and health professionals are vital to encourage people to take control of their own health on such issues.

The collaborative approach we took to co-create the brand and tool with patient representatives and health professionals was critical to the success of the project.

Impact

3.4 million reach from social ads

Since launch Happy Hearts has now become the brand for a range of related campaigns and has been utilised for practical tools in health settings, a detailed CVD website and multiple social media campaigns.

Rethink Travel

  • Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Transport
  • Campaigns, Social and digital marketing, Video and animation

Rethink Travel is an overarching integrated transport communications campaign to deliver public transport messages and influence passenger behaviour change during Covid-19 across the Liverpool City Region.

The campaign was a significant opportunity to make an important contribution to the city region’s response, recovery and on-going management to coronavirus.

Travelling through Covid-19

The brief was triggered by the national lockdown in March 2020 and the major implications it would have on the city region’s transport network in terms of service provision, capacity and passenger safety.

The core objectives were to:

  • Influence customer behaviour on choice of transport mode and expectations of them when travelling, protecting the safety of staff and the general public.
  • Manage customer expectations, ensuring they understood the rationale for the levels of service being provided
  • Ensure customers who still needed to travel by public transport have access to relevant and timely information about services

Using this evidence, an overarching campaign concept was established – ‘Rethink Travel’.  The concept was simple, instructional but emotionally engaging. It was flexible and would work whatever the message Crucially, it would also work under any national message e.g ‘Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.’

The overarching concept was supported by a positioning line which was positive, inclusive and built on the vital sense of togetherness: ‘We can all help keep each other safe’. 

A detailed messaging framework was also developed to inform the campaign roll-out.

A visual identity was developed to bring the messaging to life using a flexible framework of illustrations, digital icons and photography; while still remaining on brand with LCRCA to provide a clear link to the ownership of the campaign.

The campaign was implemented across multiple channels from outdoor, news media advertising (print and digital), social media (organic and paid-for), videos and radio through to signage, uniform, print and more.

Campaign activity has been phased and targeted throughout the campaign to reflect the changing dynamics of Covid-19, encompassing direct informational messaging through to encouraging people to get active and walk or cycle to work rather than using cars, buses or trains. Similarly, the return to school and Universityrequired new phases to reassure and guide parents and students on how to travel safely – including a bespoke package for local schools.

Why it matters

Covid-19 is a once in a generation global crisis that has thrown every aspect of our lives into question. This means that clear and consistent communications has been more important than ever to help people make the right decision and keep themselves and others safe when travelling.

Having absolute clarity on the core messaging and visual identity has been crucial – the campaign has been delivered within an ever-changing landscape in which we have had to switch direction in a matter of hours due to a new Government directive.

Impact

Face covering compliance at 90%+ throughout

Use of the public transport network was higher than national average (e.g. bus patronage at 35% compared with 25% nationally), demonstrating the campaign reassured people who needed to use public transport that they still could

Be More

  • Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Education
  • Campaigns, Design, Development, Social and digital marketing

Be More is a digital platform that gives young people a single place to search, explore and learn about apprenticeship opportunities in the Liverpool City Region.

Key to this project was the ambition to empower young people to make decisions about their own careers and future path through providing career information in one simple place.

Empowering young people

We designed and built the Be More portal, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, to provide a central platform for young people to search, explore and learn about apprenticeship opportunities in the Liverpool City Region. 

This included the development of the name, visual identity in addition to the planning and development of the portal. It was built in consultation with current and prospective apprentices at every stage.

As part of this evolution we have also developed an online service to enable young people to create their own prospectus documents for courses available at different schools/colleges across the region.

The portal was designed to provide a clear, direct and intuitive platform for young people to search for local vacancies, explore real-life stories and access useful guides on apprenticeships. It was the first of its kind in the country, setting the standard for other regions to follow. Throughout the development of the site our ideas and proposals were tested robustly by a sample of young people to ensure the platform would deliver the maximum value.

Since launch in 2019 we have continued to work with LCRCA in developing and expanding Be More to reflect the changing needs of the market and regional strategic priorities around youth education and employment. 

Why it matters

It is vital for our economy to generate more and higher value jobs, and ensure that we have a workforce with the right skills to fill these roles. Apprenticeships are a key part of this.

Platforms such as Be More in bringing together vital information into one place, making it easy for young people to take control of their future and the opportunities available to them.

Be More was established to provide an overarching identity and platform for the complex apprenticeship offer across LCR. The platform is highly adaptable and is now used flexibly by a range of organisations who each have a role to play in the apprenticeship offer and interface with a broad mix of stakeholders from job seekers and families through to colleges, businesses and partners.

Impact

150,000 + vacancy searches since launch

The Be More site has been identified as an example of best practice across the country and has set the path for others to follow.

Our Plan

  • Alder Hey Childrens NHS Foundation Trust
  • Health
  • Campaigns, Design

We developed a new visual identity for Alder Hey to use to spearhead the launch of their strategic plan and future vision across the organisation.

The identity had to be engaging, positive and friendly to many stakeholders, from professional partners and supporters through to staff, children and their families at local, regional and national levels – demonstrating flexible, creative thinking within a framework.

An identity for a bright future

The core brief was to develop a visual identity (plus name and strapline) that could be used to communicate the future vision and the associated plan for the Trust to its many staff, stakeholders, and patients and their families. 

An illustrative concept was created that embraced the warmth and passion of the Trust; with a clear focus on the inspiration for the whole organisation, the children. The concept is based around an illustrated ‘world’ with many individual elements that can be used flexibly across multiple channels. 

The logo is a sunshine that provides a simple yet effective symbol of the bright future that the Trust is working towards. 

The identity has now been embraced as the primary campaign brand across the entire organisation and we have been involved in its application across every internal and external communications channel available in addition to integrated campaigns, including: 

Strategy documents / animations / physical environments throughout the hospital / presentations / emails / infographics / lanyards / events / digital screens 

We have also worked with Alder Hey on multiple other campaigns and projects, ranging from commercial partnerships and conferences through to service brands and Covid-19 communications.

Why it matters

Alder Hey is one of the leading children’s hospitals in the UK – not only in terms of patient care but the innovation and leadership in the health economy it shows on a regional, national and international scale. The organisation is positively affecting lives every day.

The identity is used to lead the future vision of a leading city region institution – Alder Hey. It is high profile and a fundamental component of the organisation’s future plans which have a wider impact on our city region. 

Career Studio

  • University of Liverpool
  • Education
  • Campaigns, Design, Development, Video and animation

We worked with University of Liverpool to develop, implement and launch a brand for a revolutionary new careers service within the University of Liverpool. 

The brief required innovative and fresh thinking to deliver a break through identity that aligned with corporate guidelines yet pushed the boundaries in to engage students on their future careers. 

A brand for a new era of careers

The core brief was to develop, implement and launch a brand for a revolutionary new careers service within the University of Liverpool within just 10 weeks.

A graphic concept, based on a hexagon, was developed to represent the multi-faceted nature of careers opportunities available to students, along with a nod to the hard-working and industrious nature of bees and honeycomb structures. 

The hexagon was used to carry the core logo, which was required to work alongside the corporate University of Liverpool logo;

and it was also used to develop a broader visual language to communicate the various themes of the service and its proposition to students.

The visual identity was applied extensively across multiple channels, including: 

  • The physical environment of the new careers service
  • Multiple animations
  • Over 30 printed publications and guides
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Emails
  • Social media graphics / infographics. 

Why it matters

Engaging young people on their future careers is absolutely vital to encourage them to explore and identify what their future could be. The staid old model of careers advice was stagnating and didn’t represent the modern, dynamic nature of student life; so the brave and progressive ambition of UoL was critical to engage students in a different way.

We worked with a multi-disciplinary client team who were all focused on differing aspects of the service – from communications and IT to estate management and careers service leads. This required a robust approach to co-creation and engagement across a complex stakeholder set up.

Impact

Roll-out achieved within 10 weeks

The Career Studio has been identified as a trailblazing service in the sector across the country