Case study: Branding Brighton Chamber of Commerce Summit 2020

Brighton Chamber of Commerce approached me to see if I would be interested in being their branding partner for 2020 Brighton Summit as an illustrator. Learn how I got inspired  and worked up a project I am so proud of in my own city.

Now, these are obviously uncertain times for businesses and event venues and organisers are suffering. Nevermore real is the brand word 'unite' chosen for the Summit 2020  than at this point, where we need to rely on the support of members and the business community. Fingers crossed we can go ahead with this fantastic event in October.

BRANDING FOR BRIGHTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUMMIT 2020 SANDRASTAUFER AND VISUAL FUNCTION

The brief

Having attended the Summit a few times in the past I was excited to take on this task. But thinking of the event, the popular speakers and its place in the Brighton Chamber calendar, this challenge also created some pressure. How did we want the Summit to be perceived? And what personality should the Summit have for 2020? 

Bringing together 400 businesses and entrepreneurs from across our city’s diverse business community, it’s a day for strengthening relationships and forging new ones. There are inspiring speakers, expert-led workshops and energising discussions, with plenty of time for networking built-in at every turn. The Summit celebrates the spirit of our open-minded, quirky city which makes it such a dynamic region to live, work and do business in.

 

Collaboration

Straight-away I thought to invite Lee Suttey of Visual Function to collaborate on this project. He brings an enormous amount of experience and expertise in branding and visual communications and we both adore typography.

Within the Brighton Chamber curator team we quickly established a brief, objectives, approaches etc. These meetings were invaluable especially as all curators came from different business directions.

The title UNITE allowed to bring together 'business' and 'Brighton' visually. The extensive mood board phase brought us back to the circle as a key element. 

In these unknown times, with the UK leaving the EU and businesses having to come together to work harder, we felt it appropriate to offer a visual tone which communicated a sombre tone, but on the other hand offered clarity. The white backdrop and the simplicity of the illustration style used for this particular project definitely helped that vision. Keeping the palette a Brighton seafront railing colour felt right to make this 'local'. 

The solution

We created illustrations as the 'day in the life of a Brighton business person' brand story and united these in a circle. The idea is that the assets are interchangeable and can be used by themselves too, as each business person experiences their business day differently.  The circle builds the framework, representing the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, which itself also bears a circle as their logo mark. The ability to unpick the circle and use each asset individually allows us to be agile whilst maintaining a clear vision for the Summit visual communication. The assets will be used throughout the day for signposting too.

A touch of humour gave it the right tone of voice as for a Brighton business that is definitely needed. The illustration is framed by rigid and clear typography, beautifully crafted by Lee Suttey. 

 

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T-Shirt design for Brighton Chamber summit 2020
Brand use cases for the brand identity of the Summit 2020. ©sandrastaufer

For mountaineers, there are often mishaps on the way to the summit. We’d already spent hours preparing for the Brighton Chamber Summit, the October event which has become the highlight of Brighton business calendar. But then someone threw in a Covid-19-shaped banana skin and everything skidded to a halt. So, we found ourselves stuck in Base Camp, casting longing eyes up at the peak and wondering if there was another way to get there.

The result is Brighton Base Camp: Bananas. Taking place on Friday 16 October 2020, it’s the younger sibling of the Brighton Summit. Base Camp is a virtual event with inspiring speakers, great networking and workshops that will change the way you think. Although you’ll be joining us remotely, you’ll be part of something that’s exciting, intriguing, welcoming.

I am excited to see the Summit Unite brand coming alive in 2021. This year we just had to be a little flexible and innovative. I am pleased we had an excellent Brighton Chamber team to support us. And we will be interested to hear what the members think on both days.

BRANDING FOR BRIGHTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUMMIT 2020 SANDRASTAUFER

Key benefits of a successful branding exercise

 

  • Creates a memorable impression on consumers  = positive brand story
  • Allows members to know what to expect from the organisation
  • Creates trust and show continuity
  • Shows activity and innovation
  • Shows the organisation's relevance
  • Inspires, members & employees - brings together the tribe
  • Talks directly to the target audience
  • Generates new members
  • Builds confidence
  • Helps with advertising
  • Builds financial value - new members = new revenue for the organisation
  • Leads to results

 

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Ideas and brand use cases for the brand identity. ©sandrastaufer

“Thanks to Lee and Sandra – we love it! ”

Sarah Springford CEO Brighton Chamber of Commerce