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Wheelhouse Collective

Nebraska Appleseed

A new identity unifies a team of passionate activists who stand up for justice on behalf of all people in Nebraska.

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Justice fighters find their voice.

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. This branding project transformed Appleseed into a strong and unified organization with an iconic brand.

Challenge

When Appleseed came to us they had been around for more than a decade, but few people outside the legal community were aware of their work. For Appleseed to gain ground as an organization they had to become a brand that was memorable to all people who care about social causes in Nebraska.

Solution

• Updated the Appleseed brand through the use of iconic graphics and patterns, a distinct color palette and 2 memorable logos to choose from.

• Worked with the internal team to understand and embrace that they are a collaboration of passionate activists who stand up for justice for all people in Nebraska.

• Helped them define their voice and developed messaging to communicate more clearly and consistently about their work.

• Updated all their social media accounts with the new banding and advised them on initial posts and editorial calendar.

• Used digital printing for their information sheets so they could change out content and messaging for multiple audiences very inexpensively.

• Added a volunteer button and sign-up form on the new site.

• Developed an easy and no-cost “to-do” list encouraging them to attend local non-profit and social cause meetings and community events in order to gain brand awareness and motivate volunteers to sign up.

• Created portable displays, a series of bumper stickers, brochures and buttons to hand out at events and meetings.

• A standards guideline was developed to build and maintain brand cohesion.

Results

The iconography-rich brand refresh and unifying voice spoke to employees, constituents and supporters. The number of volunteers tripled as the organization took on the role of Nebraska’s compassionate advocates for justice in the community. We were proud to help them find their voice.


Services

logo, identity, copywriting, creative direction, illustration, quick-screen, stickers, buttons, banner, event branding, fact sheet, brand standards, web strategy

Collaborators

Creative Direction & Design: Cathy Solarana
Copywriting: Rainbow Rowell
Illustration: Justin Kremerling