Image of three ASRC Cleaning staff members holding cleaning equipment in an office space
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ASRC

From humble beginnings as a food bank, ASRC had grown in size and support, working with over 1500 asylum seekers in its Footscray and Dandenong centres. Their branding no longer represented the organisation they had become.

SETTING THE INTENT
Working alongside Maurice Blackburn we identified that ASRC was now both a movement and a place; a home of hope. This dual purpose, fast growth and limited budgets meant that the existing branding was ad hoc and disparate. Whilst everyone within the organisation was passionate about leading a shift in narrative from ‘asylum seekers’ to the more positive ‘people seeking asylum’, they weren’t presenting as a unified front.

The ASRC logo with purple and grey text and a purple bird soaring over a wire fence
ASRC's purple and grey colour swatches
A collection of nine icons for ASRC in purple, green and blue
Illustration of a house with the text 'Did you know people seeking asylum have no access to public housing?'

ONE ASRC, MANY VOICES
Bringing people and branding together under ‘one ASRC’, we modernised their logo with stronger typography and refined their symbol. We created an identity system that could flex from the shout of a call to action to the reassurance of assistance when needed, and the confidence of social enterprise. All whilst bringing people, and the many cultures they represent to the fore.

A pile of illustrated brochure covers covering online resources and how to volunteer
Illustration of two figures holding signs saying 'Positive' and 'Change' in green and purple
A business card for Kon Karapanaglodidls
A van park in the street for ASRC Catering with illustrated food along the sides
Collateral for the Change Starts Now campaign, including website banners, newspaper ads and a twitter account

BRINGING IT TO LIFE
In application, the brand identity is simple, direct and humane. We developed comms, eDM’s and website design as part of the project. Identities were also developed for ASRC Catering and ASRC Cleaning, initiatives which demonstrate the positive contribution asylum seekers can make to our society.

Branding for ASRC catering used across their website and street frontage, with photography of their food
Branding for ASRC Cleaning including illustrations, colour palette, business cards and photography of their staff at work

ONGOING SUCCESS
Our work has been wholeheartedly embraced by employees, volunteers and clients. It has helped to bring a more professional face to the organisation, essential in securing funding and helping their voice to be heard. Since launch the organisation has experienced further growth, and whilst this growth conflicts with their vision of ‘a world where ASRC isn’t needed any more’, it does make us reflect on how much our community needs them now.