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October 31, 2014

Brand identity for a psychotherapy practice

Wildflower business cards

One of the many projects completed since I last updated this blog was a visual identity for the Wildflower Center for Emotional Health. It’s a brand new practice in Chicago specializing in women’s fertility and postpartum issues, along with support for relationships, self-esteem, anxiety, and work-life struggles.

The first task was to develop a logo using the name and color palette the client had settled on: orange for vitality, grounded with blue for a feeling of safety.

Wildflower logo concepts

Several logo concepts were presented. We refined the leaves on the client’s favorite to form a “W” and paired the mark with friendlier typography.

Wildflower logo

My survey of the branding of mental health practices revealed that most look a bit sad and like a sympathy card: soft colors and photographs of nature. A roundup of Chicago-based counseling practices revealed that we should not put a tree on the new website.

Counseling website design

I suggested instead that Wildflower might take a note from Lululemon or Athleta. Women’s activewear companies promote strength and possibility and show people, not trees. We decided to do the same. Photos could show someone who feels like you do right now, or someone you want to be like someday.

Squarespace website

Website slides

Above are some of the images in the home page slideshow.

Wildflower’s vision is to be a modern center that avoids the stigma of seeking professional help and empowers clients to take an active role in feeling more balanced, alive, and confident. Their new branding will help them accomplish that.

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