the challenge: Balancing individualized expression with brand unity
The original ERG logos were developed by the individual groups to use at events, communications, and social channels to promote their cause. But it soon became clear that these various group identities, though expressive, did not family well visually with each other or with LinkedIn.
Creating employee affinity group expression
Working closely with the LinkedIn brand team, our approach was two fold: First, we met with representatives from each group to listen to them, to glean their perceptions of their existing identities, and to list additional desired objectives.
Second, we audited LinkedIn’s existing brand elements and ultimately decided to align the identity architecture with their "World at Work” brand illustration (by Jamie Jones for Wolff Olins). This graphic illustration style presented a perfect range for individual expression, while relating visually to the mother brand.
Placing the 'in' bug at the heart of each of the employee resource group identities creates harmony and cohesion, while a wide range of shapes and colors allows each group’s individuality to shine through.