L’Annexe Finding your place The Client Ometz received major funding to create a brand new centre for at-risk youth and young adults to open in 2020. The new centre is a vital new addition to their comprehensive offerings, providing innovative community response to fill the gap in services for vulnerable young adults. The Mandate Ometz wanted a naming strategy and brand identity for their new centre that would represent a youthful and contemporary safe space for young adults to congregate at seek services, advocacy, training, education, employment and empowerment opportunities. The goals of the new centre are to provide a community-based environment that addresses the physical, emotional, social & intellectual needs of each client, and conveys a warm & welcoming non-office setting that fosters a culture of inclusion & diversity. Discovering the Mission We held discovery workshops with Ometz stakeholders to develop key criteria for the new centre. These sessions helped guide us when developing the naming strategy, branding and strategic roadmap as well as gave Ometz insights from their community, solidifying their mission goals. We then created design mood boards that included 3 different design approaches to select from to establish the look and feel of the centre. What’s In a Name? After conducting strategic & visual research following our workshops, we created a naming strategy that included name options & recommendations for the new centre. We brainstormed over 200 names internally, then presented 15 with a comparison report, alternative phrasing and due diligence reports. After narrowing it down to 4, Ometz chose the final name: L’Annexe. Find your place The brand needed to reflect the vibrancy & energy of the emerging young adults of Montreal, as well as address their complex needs. The centre’s diverse audience comes from disenfranchised & challenging backgrounds, so our primary goal was to evoke a sense of stability, safety, and community, all while recognising that every person’s journey is unique. In the end, L’Annexe isn’t only a destination; it’s a gathering point, a launch pad, and a space to pause and find support, resources, and friendship while navigating the winding path of life. X marks the spot The final logo brings to mind a treasure map. The dotted line provides a trail through the wordmark, plotting out your course, and finally out and beyond, into the future. Emphasising the X brings the treasure map metaphor to the forefront, but also evokes an element of anonymity and non-conformity—an important sentiment to individuals who often feel like outsiders. Soft, round shapes with painted textures act as islands and serve to create a sense of depth over which the text & line can traverse. The overall effect is a fluid weightlessness, hugging around every element in a cozy embrace. Delivering the Playbook Once the final logo and branding elements were approved, we created their branding playbook that included: typefaces for web & print, logo sizing & rules, colour palettes, tag line rules, imagery recommendations, iconography and brand tone-of-voice. We provided templates for business cards, letterheads and document templates for administrative use. Looking to the Future We delivered a strategic roadmap to the Ometz and L’Annexe teams to aid in the centre’s 2020 launch. The roadmap included recommendations for a strategic launch with assets like personas for the new centre, landing pages, social & email content, in-person activations and more. Work With Us Are you ready to grow your business with us? Get in touch and we’ll grab a coffee to discuss your needs. Let’s see what kind of magic we can make together!