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Designing for a Cause: How Graphic Design Empowered Our Local Community

In Mt Pleasant, SC, there's a charming neighborhood nestled along the Charleston Harbor called the Old Village. The historic area bustles with dogs pulling at their leashes, pastel bikes with wicker baskets and smiling parents ushering their children along to the elementary school at the very heart of the village- Mt Pleasant Academy. My own children attend this wholesome, seaside school and have flourished in it's classrooms.

When the opportunity arose to collaborate with MPA's Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Whitefox was eager to employ graphic design to uplift and support the very fabric of our community. Our design studio is passionate about making a difference, so understanding the pivotal role the PTA plays in enriching educational experiences for our children, I eagerly jumped on board to lend my skills to this meaningful cause.

Crafting a Brand Identity: More Than Just a Logo

A strong brand identity is the cornerstone of any organization, and the Mt Pleasant PTA was no exception. Beyond designing a logo, the challenge was to encapsulate the essence of the educational community—their values, spirit, and the rich history of the school which was first incorporated in 1809. To evoke a sense of nostalgia and heritage, we employed vintage design elements, such as the retro pendant, distressed textures, and classic color schemes. The branding aims to communicate Mt Pleasant Academy's authenticity, timelessness, and their deep connection to the community's historic roots.

Vintage logo options for branding package

Colors that Speak Volumes: The Power of Complimentary Palettes

Colors have the remarkable ability to evoke emotions, convey messages, and unite people under a common banner. In selecting a complimentary color palette for the Mt Pleasant PTA, the aim was to evoke warmth, inclusivity, and a sense of belonging. Every hue was carefully chosen to reflect the vibrant tapestry of our community, paying homage to its rich history and traditions.

Style Sheets: Setting the Tone for Consistency

Consistency is key in establishing brand recognition and credibility. A comprehensive style sheet was meticulously crafted to serve as a guide for maintaining visual coherence across various platforms—from newsletters to social media updates. This ensured that every design element remained aligned with the overarching brand identity of the Mt Pleasant PTA.

Branding style sheet and newsletter design for vintage brand

Designing with Purpose: From Newsletters to Swag Beyond branding, the scope of the project extended to designing a myriad of collateral—from newsletters that kept parents informed and engaged, to eye-catching swag that fostered a sense of pride and belonging within the community. Each design element served a purpose, amplifying the mission and initiatives of the Mt Pleasant PTA.

Graphic design of newsletter for school

Spirit Week: A Rallying Cry for Support

SeeWee Spirit Week isn't just about rallying school pride—it is a testament to the collective spirit of giving back. Through the sales of playful tee shirt designs and sponsor banners for fundraiser drives, the Mt Pleasant PTA raised vital funds to support educational programs, extracurricular activities, and enrichment opportunities for students.

The Ripple Effect: Impacting Lives Beyond Design

In the realm of graphic design, there's a profound opportunity to do more than just create visually appealing content—we have the power to effect positive change, foster connections, and empower communities. By supporting local initiatives like the Mt Pleasant PTA, we not only elevate our craft but also leave an indelible mark on the world around us. Whitefox will continue to design for important social causes that help our communities thrive. If you know of a charitable organization struggling with design needs, send them our way!


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