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Creative HQ


Brand identity


Brand strategy, brand architecture, visual identity, tone of voice, and animation
Creative HQ helps innovators around the world to transform their ideas into real-world solutions. Through game-changing programmes, their innovation experts place people at the heart of their own problems.
Creative HQ’s world-class, proven methods are designed to get startups, businesses, corporations, government agencies and the wider community to reimagine and reinvent their approach. Together with their School of Innovation which offers the opportunity to learn hands-on skills, Creative HQ equips people with tools to build the confidence, capability and connectedness they need to unleash their innovations to the world. 

Our challenge

Creative HQ was a house of brands. Programmes like Lightning Lab and NZ GovTech Accelerator successfully grew independently of the Creative HQ brand. But their separate identities made it hard for audiences to connect them back to Creative HQ. 

The challenge was to help Creative HQ to connect these brands and grow greater visibility. To show their significant contribution to Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington and Aotearoa New Zealand, and the impact they’ve had on the people they work with. Creative HQ needed cohesion and inspiration, so that their people could share the same story of who they are and the amazing mahi they do. 

Our solution

Our vision was to revitalise, modernise, and simplify the Creative HQ brand. We wanted to add dynamic drive to the brand to enable it to evolve with their audience and people.

We started with the brand strategy and dived deep into understanding Creative HQ from the inside out. We interviewed stakeholders and partners from government and local government and ran staff workshops. 

We found a key connection between all Creative HQ’s programmes: the ability to inspire bravery. Creative HQ gives people the confidence they need to play on the edge and become innovators, changemakers and entrepreneurs.

This understanding informed our new brand architecture and became the basis of a new brand strategy to help the organisation understand what makes them unique. 

Underpinned by ‘inspiring bravery’, we developed a vibrant and energetic visual identity, including an animated logo, and a fresh new set of tone of voice guidelines. We took a modern approach and developed a suite of brand lines to allow flexibility and inclusion for different audiences, while still strongly linking to the brand idea and tone of voice. 

The revitalised brand now reflects who Creative HQ are today and its aspirations for Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the world. The only question is: are you ready to play on the edge? 

“Working with the Ocean Team is nothing but pure delight. An extremely creative bunch of humans who help you think bigger and push your boundaries from a brand perspective. The whole team has outstanding knowledge in this space. The quality of the work produced is top class and I can't recommend them highly enough. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with this team as they have now set us up for a strong creative future with our new revitalised brand.”
Ciara Craig, GM Engagement

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