Visualizing a Focused Pursuit

The Moody Archers have had several mascots over the years from a crusader to an architectural archway, but in recent years the athletics department did not have a mascot, or really even a logo or brand for athletics.

Dovetailing with a university and organization-wide rebrand, SIGNAL updated the Moody Athletics identity and brought a new mascot to life.

 

Insight

The arch of “Archers” actually represented a story of leaving the Moody campus, through an arched passageway, to enter the city of Chicago to serve. In looking for a new mascot, the idea of “a relentless pursuit, seeking to serve” seemed to be best embodied in a sheepdog.

 

Signals

Creating a unifying brand platform around the unique proposition of “fully becoming who you are called to be” we worked on building out sets of visual and verbal signals. These set a precedent for a more accurate and positive perception for Point Loma.

Identity

As we updated the identity for Point Loma, we deepened and clarified the brand foundation, weaving additional meaning into the mix of tradition, innovation and academic prestige. We developed a new system of graphic devices including a logo updated to add an element of story, and clarified brand colors.

 

Expression

Intersecting academic excellence with the pursuit of a calling, we developed a look, feel and voice to signal whole-person fulfillment. Not only does the new identity provide flexibility across diverse programs and audience segments, but helps PLNU to own their promise. The large marketing team didn’t need marketing, but they did need guidance, and they did need a plan. We charted a course based on a consistent — but flexible — identity for them to follow.

Deliverables

An entirely new system of guidelines for use across all eventualities was the next step in this journey, but this was made useful by the training and tools provided to empower the PLNU team. Providing scalability from undergrad to alumni events and assets, we gave training on utilizing the 200-page standards manual, and unlike most manuals, this is now used as a daily reference.

 

The Signal team then worked closely with the Point Loma team to facilitate ongoing learning, stewardship and ownership of the PLNU brand and promise across all assets, helping to strengthen the brand now and for the future.

Outcome

Signal served as a true partner in building our brand. Not only did they help us discover and communicate what makes us true, meaningful, and different, but they also helped navigate the political landscape of our organization to make the brand real to stakeholders at the university. They then became advisors and confidants to our internal marketing team as we continued to give the brand.”
-Sharon Ayala, Director, Marketing & Creative Services, PLNU

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