A brand that was dated needed a quick complete overhaul for Fall before the take over of the iconic Chiefs stadium in Kansas City.
Last summer I had the opportunity of a lifetime. Do you want to do a rebrand? Sure. What’s the client? GEHA. Hmm, sounds familiar. Oh, they are renaming the Chiefs Stadium… . Um, yes!
The team at Merge was incredible to work with. Josh Liotta (Art Direction) was hands-off just enough and had great client info gold nuggets that helped this project be a huge win. Brian works with a variety of advertising agencies and design studios, please reach out to see how he can be integrated with your teams.
The GEHA brand was dated, muted, and had multiple issues with readability. Brian White Design created initial mood boards and style tiles to show how the brand might look. We built a solid new design system for a fresh brighter look with patterning and icons that are easy to implement. As the brand pieces starting working together they hired me to design a new interactive look for their website and email marketing.
Our project approach and deliverables
Style Tiles and Moodboards
Not often do you hear “Go for it”. I was given tons of room to iterate and ideate on what I felt would be the best next-step forward for GEHA’s brand refresh. Every base aspect of the brand was re-envisioned. I was given a blank slate and could make whatever I thought would help the brand. The design system I made was adaptable to multiple sizes and shapes of art boards making it easy to shift for application.
I pitched two style tiles with completely different color schemes. One was only cooler tones and this warm and approachable version was chosen. I was thankful to get to see the Chiefs play the Steelers and get a few shots of the marks at Arrowhead. What a game!
**note: I didn’t do the GEHA logo type.
COLOR BLIND TESTS / aDA
I did tests on the main brand colors to see how color-blind people would view them and if the contrast and change between colors worked. I was amazed to see the changes to standard visual color that a small percentage of people deal with daily. The final colors were tested directly to work with ADA compliancy.
The old icons were dated using the “split path” type of icon that had a set-sized line weight making scaling incredibly hard. I came up with an algorithm for line weight and size scaling to ensure icons would scale correctly. Again, using the brand color system per market helps keep cohesiveness.
I created a new icon/badge system for the brand including Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits, and Medicare Benefits. The badges are responsive to the ad size and scale and simplify as needed. The badges can be used on both full-color backgrounds and light backgrounds and work well with the line-work patterns.
The brand elements worked great shifting from large scale down to social media and banner ads.
Design of various interactive elements to quickly see how the brand translates to web and email.
By using more white space and easier-to-see interactive color call-outs the site became more friendly and easier to use.
The new branding has been a hit and has been easy to implement in a variety of applications!
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