People & Purpose
Threaded through Houston are more than 2,500 miles of waterways, bayous, and tributaries that spurred the city’s transformation from a sleepy port town into a thriving metropolis, and that have in recent years re-emerged as vital conduits for community, recreation, and repose. Leading this work is Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP), a visionary nonprofit organization committed to reinvigorating and sustaining a 10-square mile network of natural and urban spaces along Houston’s most iconic 52-mile waterway. BBP’s endeavors continue to expand geographically, touching more communities throughout our vibrant city. It was an honor to partner with BBP to create a new brand that captures the depth and breadth of their efforts, that can flex to meet their needs as they continue to grow and evolve.
- Verbal Identity
- Visual Identity
- Website Design
- Print System
- Presentation Materials
- Brand Guidelines
- Kudos NYC
- Bayou photography courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Reimagining BBP’s logo involved tracing—and embracing—the evolution of the organization’s impact over the last 30 years. Today, thanks to the transformational work of BBP, the bayou plays a crucial role by inspiring people to get outside, helping them feel welcome and safe, and connecting communities across the city.
As the primary visual anchor of the brand system, BBP’s logo now fully aligns the organization’s visual identity with its role in Houston—and with this sweeping objective: to affect positive social, economic, and environmental change.
The thread icon may be used with or without brand typography for a variety of applications—over full-bleed photography, with interwoven text, or alongside ancillary images. Figuratively, it is BBP’s “thread”—connecting and weaving together places, spaces, and people.
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The brand’s new typographic expression consists of three families: Peak, Surf, and Pitch Sans. Together these typefaces evoke a sense of clean sophistication. Primary typeface Peak blends geometric and calligraphic curves. A customized “ff” ligature connects the bars of both characters, like a bridge, to create a single glyph.
Inspired by colors of the bayou and its surroundings, BBP’s new color palette is grounded in rich environmental hues—starting with deep blue-green Basin, off-white Dew, and verdant Grove. An array of naturally vibrant supporting colors pair with Dew and Basin. These supporting hues assist in expressing the architecture of the brand and programmatic hierarchies.
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BBP’s new website was designed to showcase all that the organization is and does, while offering users a highly efficient, decidedly evocative digital experience.
To revitalize a brand in the business of revitalizing—this was the task of our brand work with BBP. We look forward to bearing witness to—and continuing to be gracious beneficiaries of—BBP’s ongoing, hugely impactful work on behalf of all Houstonians.
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