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McKinleyville Family Resource Center

Crafting a Clean and Caring Identity

The Mckinleyville Family Resource Center (MKFRC) is a fantastic community support organization that was suffering from an identity crisis. When Robin Baker approached EvenVision she had originally been seeking a social media marketing strategy to help reach people and inform them of who the MKFRC was. During our initial meeting it came to light that the real issue MKFRC was struggling from was their identity. As the cornerstone for visual identity, we collectively agreed that the best path forward was to begin with their logo which is a central element required for everything else.

GIF demonstrating Mckinleyville family resource center logo in action

The Challenge

We were challenged to design a clean logo which supported the identity of local community growth, while being clearly designed to fit within the same guidelines established for the MKFRC’s overarching organization The Center at Mckinleyville. 

The Process

Having already worked closely with The Center at Mckinleyville, we had an very intimate knowledge of design language we were being asked to operate in. Therefore, we were able to dive straight into the project with sketches and mockups, eventually nailing a larger selection down to just one. 

The Results

We were able to supply MKFRC with a logo and visual identity cornerstone that was a versatile construction of tight knit elements that allow for sub-branded material, in addition to an identity that fell right in line with a pre-existing Style Guidelines. 

Relationships Are Our Primary Goal.   

One element of our projects we love to highlight is our desire to work with organizations, businesses, and people that we are able to establish relationships with. MKFRC is the perfect example of a relationship that was developed between the client and EvenVision’s team through previous projects that led up to the work that we accomplished for MKFRC. This relationship not only let us tackle the work quickly and efficiently, but also removed the very real anxiety our client felt about their organization visual identity. 

 

From Clip Art to Corner Stone

It’s often thought that companies need to continually refresh their identity – keep it with the “times.” We at EvenVision would argue against this, in part because we believe the identity of an organization isn’t a logo, or even branding in general, but that the identity of an organization is their products, services and client relationships; these will dictate a company’s identity.

The original Logo that was used by the MKFRC was problematic for numerous reasons. First, it was a Clip Art Logo which made official documents, grant funding proposals, donor requests and community outreach documents look like the organization was very unprofessional. But also because as the MKFRC grew its target audience within the community began to expand and the logo no longer allowed for young adults seeking leadership training to relate - just one example. In many ways the original logo had merely been outgrown.

We had a legitimate reason for a visual identity overhaul, which provides real tangible benefits to the organization whose services were growing and expanding to reach new people.

We helped craft for MKFRC an identity cornerstone that would do two things: firstly, a more mature visual identity, and secondly an open visual identity. Following is a brief break down of each.

 

Visual Maturity


Our logo design focused on clean clear lines, maximum legibility across mediums, and capitalizes on simplicity for quick recognition across various mediums. In comparison to their original illustrative logo the new identity also succeeds in connecting all of the elements in the design to portray a more holistic approach for the organization.  

 

Open Visual Identity


The services and programs offered by MKFRC are always expanding and changing. When we designed their new logo we were looking to craft an iconic mark that could encapsulate all of the various offers while not alienating any specific group. One method for doing so is to provide subtle and meaningful imagery that could be interpreted by individuals, or by the organization based upon need. There is more on this particular theory in examples below. 

 

The Beginning of Something Awesome


Our work with the McKinleyville Family Resource Center is still in it's infancy! This most certainly wasn't our last project with MKFRC and we are eagerly awaiting more challenges that they'll present us with in the future. 


Robin Baker

"Through our work with EvenVision, our logo and branding materials went from being things that I used to reluctantly and apologetically hand out to being materials that everyone in our organization can take pride in..."

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Check Out Our Process
Logo comparison for McKinleyville Family Resource Center

Before & After

The difference between the original and the new logo for MKFRC.  

Mind map for McKinleyville Family Resource Center

Initial Idea Brainstorm. We start by examining the different underlying ideas and concepts that we want to portray, the message that they will convey and how the are all linked together.

sketches for logo of McKinleyville Family Resource Center

Next we'll move to some basic sketches, typically done with this magically amazing thing called a Pen and Paper. We use this as a opportunity to explore the different ideas fleshed out in a visually representative skin. This process helps us narrow down key concepts. 

Logo drafts for McKinleyville Family Resource Center

After sketches we move to full digital renditions to present drafts to a client allowing us to discuss different strengths and weaknesses. This is an important part of the process that allows our sketches to take form. With feedback from these drafts we were able to design the winning logo. 

Logo typographic work for McKinleyville Family Resource Center

Here's a look into how we work with typography for logos. It's a matter of understanding the lines that provide movement throughout the word. While this particular logo wasn't selected by the client you can see all of the care taking in prepping each individual logo draft. 

Color variations for McKinleyville Family Resource Center

Color Variants

We will typically design a logo in one set of colors, this allows the logo drafts to be selected not based upon color but on form. From here we will work with variants of colors that convey the appropriate message. The winning color combination conveys a since of natural growth, while also demonstrating a more refined feminine core.

McKinleyville Family Resource Center typography

Nailing the type. We ran through various different ways to present the words "Family Resource Center," once we had established that we were going to stick with a clean San-Serif/Slab-Serif combination.

Size comparisons for McKinleyville Family Resource Center

Size Testing 

As a Digital Creative company we're tasked with dealing with digital application. We run extensive testing to make sure that all of our logo designs are capable of being recognizable & legible no matter the size. This is of vital importance with mobile platforms becoming the gold standard for web design requirements. 

The Results
McKinleyville Family Resource Center and The Center Logos

MKFRC & The Center


The MKFRC primary request was for the new logo the sync beautifully with The Center at McKinleyville new identity (which EvenVision also designed). Here you can see the fruits of our labor. 

McKinleyville Family Resource Center Logo subtle Imagery

Parent & Child


During our brainstorm session we realized that one of the best ways to display family was to show a Parent Child relationship. We utilized the Tree symbolism for growth, and subsequently made them appear as if it was an adult embracing a child. It's this subtle imagery that ultimately  shapes the values associated with the logo.

McKinleyville Family Resource Center Logo sub-branding

Open Visual Identity


As the corner stone for their visual identity. It was important that we develop a logo which can be utilized for a wide variety of applications. Importantly however, McKinleyville itself would remain, as the MKFRC is Mckinleyville's core social service. 

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