A brand strategy for a successful college merger

The new East Sussex College (ESC) was formed out of the merger between Sussex Coast College and Sussex Downs College. Carswell Gould was contracted by ESC to work with its merger steering group, following recommendation by Chichester College Group on the merit of our work with them.

East Sussex College’s requirement was to manage and create an entirely new visual and verbal brand identity for the college and its campuses in Lewes, Eastbourne, Newhaven and Hastings.

Project team Ed Gould Gareth Miller

Our Approach

We spent time on each campus, talking to students and staff, to gain a greater understanding of the new college in order to steer the development for the brand. We used these sessions to uncover the uniqueness of each campus as well as the similarities they shared, so that we could surface these consistently in the work.

The colours, fonts and imagery are designed to be fresh and modern, but also timeless in nature as it is vital the identity keeps looking fresh for many years to come.

The Outcome

We gave the language and tone of voice for the college a fresh new feel, designed to appeal to the range of audiences the college needs to talk to. We provided a full set of tone-of-voice guidelines with examples of best practice for all to follow.

The college was also provided with detailed brand guidelines with ‘play-by-play’ instructions for all in-house marketing and design staff at each of the campuses, to guide their use of the brand and help them to be ambassadors.

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