Lawrence Housing Authority

Lawrence, Massachusetts // Non-Profit Brand Refresh

The Challenge

A non-profit that serves the community.

Lawrence Housing Authority approached us to renew their brand identity and design their very first website. Their original branding, created in 1938, was only updated once, in the 1980s, when the presiding executive director changed only the color.

With a new executive director stepping in, the organization was looking to relaunch with a fresh, new look to include new logo and stationery and their first ever website. (For real.)

Housing Authority Stationery Design

The Strategy

Beginning with a series of brand consulting sessions, we helped fine-tune the direction of the brand, its value, and its target audience.

We performed extensive market analysis to identify strong brands in the government market. Their brand needed to encompass the following:

  • The spirit of the town of Lawrence, a low-income town north of Boston with a 90%+ proud Dominican population.
  • The geographic area, characterized by the Merrimack River, some of the largest mills in the nation, and a rich history.
  • The dedicated Lawrence Housing Authority staff who exemplify boldness and professionalism.

Brand Brief document

The Identity

Moving then into brand identity, we developed a bright and dynamic color palette and delivered a brand brief outlining the following:

  • Value proposition
  • Key stakeholders
  • Core purpose
  • Vision statement
  • Primary & secondary target audiences
  • Similar organizations
  • Brand attributes
  • Positioning statement
  • Audience attributes

We translated this information into a logo design that embodies Lawrence Housing Authority’s Big Idea: Creating home in Lawrence. The block design + wave + incline are reminiscent of one of their more popular properties, the Merrimack River, and the valley surrounding the town.

We’ve created business cards and stationery to match the style derived from the development of the brand brief. We also launched their first ever website at lawrencehousing.org. Together with our content development and structural organization, it features property info, staff directory, documents (in window and downloadable), and other key information regarding federal and state housing programs.