Foundation for Peaceful CommunitiesA Graphic Design Case Study

We were honored to create the visual identity for the Foundation for Peaceful Communities. The goal of creating the brand identity was to convey a feeling of hope and community.

The Foundation’s main goals are prevention of domestic violence, homelessness and trafficking, each being treated as a social justice issue.

The brand identity was meant to evoke a feeling of hope and warmth and make the interaction with the brand an engaging, friendly experience.

Foundations for Peaceful Communities business card front
Foundations for Peaceful Communities business card back
Foundations for Peaceful Communities logo

The logo was designed to speak to the idea of humanity, since the etymology of the word HUMAN is HU = divine, MAN = mortal; hence the spirit of humanity.

After a few drafts, the new logo for Foundation for Peaceful Communities emerged. It conveyed a natural, organic feeling created by a brush stroke behind a symbol of a star.

The 8 pointed star is a symbol of hope and guidance. It represents the four cardinal points of north, south, east and west and their connection to the outermost points on the horizon where the sun passes through the year – the solstice and equinox points. The other points lead to the summer solstice where the sun path would be at its farthest north when the days are longest. A time of renewal and opportunity and trust in what’s to come.

We used several, beautifully combined shades of green and blue to create depth in the brush strokes and we made sure the symbol of the star also had an organic feel to it. The use of a well-crafted serif font was a natural consequence of this choices. We then applied the same principles through all of the collateral to create a consistent branding identity that really stands out.

Foundations for Peaceful Communities Thank You card with cut lines in the corners
Foundations for Peaceful Communities collage of all the pieces of the business system