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Connect Festival
Rebranding a landmark Christian festival
Connect Festival Rebranding a landmark Christian festival

Connect Festival

Connect Festival, previously known as Westpoint, is a Christian festival attracting over 4,000 attendees every year. It’s organised by global church group Commission, which supports over 50 churches worldwide.

Project scope
The Connect Festival logo, repeated three times over a photo of the Connect Festival

The brief

Following our evolution of the Commission group visual brand we were tasked with rebranding their landmark festival, Westpoint. After 10 years Westpoint was changing location and starting a new chapter with a new name: Connect Festival.

Commission wanted the festival branding to be an offshoot of the new Commission identity to ensure festival-goers and congregants would recognise the alliance between the festival and the group, but it also needed its own distinctive identity. Although the festival attracts thousands of families each year, Commission was keen to transform the visual brand in order to attract a younger audience of 20-30 year olds; so the core challenge was to uproot the festival’s corporate ‘AGM’ style and transform it into something aspirational and cool. Crucially, the new visual brand and assets needed to be designed and packaged so that Commission’s in-house design team could continue to create brand assets once we had delivered the rebrand.

A branded lanyard for the Connect Festival
A branded tote bag for the Connect Festival

The solution

While it would fall underneath the Commission umbrella, the group wanted the Connect Festival identity to pay tribute to its convivial atmosphere so we introduced playful, hand painted graphical components to the festival logo, breaking up the blocky font with distinctive textural shapes. The suite of hand painted shapes extends beyond the logo with bold strokes housing brochure titles and textured shapes adding dimension to design collateral. Harnessing the updated colour palette from the new Commission brand – which previously resembled a rainbow – we began combining the unique colours with Connect Festival’s vibrant photography to develop guidelines and ideas for engaging and consistent brand assets.

Typography examples used throughout the Connect Festival brand

The result

The Commission team are delighted with the evolved group brand, which has now been rolled out across online and traditional channels. They’re extremely proud of the new Connect Festival identity, which will launch ahead of the upcoming festival in August 2020 and hopefully play a role in attracting Commission’s target audience of 20-30 year olds. The Commission and Connect Festival brand guidelines are already proving invaluable to their in-house designers, giving them a set of tools that can be used by anyone in the organisation to create consistent material.

The front cover of the Connect Festival guide
An animation demonstrating the design of a Connect Festival poster
An example page of the Connect Festival programme

The reaction

“We absolutely loved working with Salad. We felt like they really understood us and our goals for the Commission rebrand and the new festival identity. We love the modern style and the new system now makes asset creation quick and efficient for our in-house and freelance creatives, which was a key objective for this project. We’re thrilled with Salad’s work and both brands have been very well received by all who have seen them!”

Catherine Butcher, Communications Officer

A crowd stands around a campfire at night, with musicians playing in the background

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