• Education
  • Brand identity
  • Brand strategy

Working with Ko Taku Reo - a new national education service provider for all New Zealand’s Deaf and hard of hearing children, we had the chance to reassess some elementary thinking about the fundamentals of communication to create a brand built on an understanding of the importance of language, culture and identity and the principles of accessibility.

Feathers in the colours of Ko Taku Reo's brand

Person wrapped in Ko Taku Reo branded flag

Ko Taku Reo brand logo
Brand identity

Working with an advisor of te reo Māori to name the organisation, Ko Taku Reo was chosen for its meaning “My language is the plume of my identity.” This then informed the development of the school’s sign language name, which in turn helped us design a strong visual identity. Inspiration has been found in the form and colours of native bird feathers and the mana of a cloak. A kowhaiwhai pattern has also been recreated for Ko Taku Reo.

The logo takes cues from the cloak to be a representation of plumage and a simple yet unique identifier that is contemporary and stands tall with pride.

Throughout all aspects of the visual identity and subsequent website development process, we applied accessibility best practice across typography, tested the colour mix for colour vision deficiency appropriateness and chose apparel to best suit any skin tone, which is necessary for seeing sign language and reading lips and faces.

Ko Taku Reo brand identity visual
Visual of Ko Taku Reo sign language awareness
Visual of Ko Taku Reo branding
Ko Taku Reo branded booklet

Ko Taku Reo branded booklet

Inside of Ko Taku Reo branded booklet

Inside of Ko Taku Reo branded booklet


Video and photography

To give the brand warmth and authenticity we spent time with some of Ko Taku Reo’s Christchurch-based students and staff to capture their personalities and learning journey in images and video that could be used on the website. To have them interact with the brand, the fabric wrap featuring Ko Taku Reo’s plumage was created as a symbol of identity to be used in whatever way each subject chose.

Kid laughing at school

Kid holding Ko Taku Reo branded flag
Kid wrapped in Ko Taku Reo branded flag
Kids wearing Ko Taku Reo branded t-shirts
Kid at school in a discussion
Two teenagers in a discussion at school


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