CALM’s rebranding speaks up about suicide prevention
UK – In a bid to align with modern audiences while cutting through the noise surrounding mental health conversations, charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) has undergone a colourful rebranding. Created by London design agency Output and verbal branding agency Reed Words, its visual refresh includes updated messaging for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Statements such as ‘On your side, no matter what’ and ‘Feeling shit?’ are presented in bold fonts against vibrant backgrounds – balancing positivity and empathy with eye-catching design.
CALM's social media content, posters and billboard images will feature eclectic illustrations alongside portrait photography of people with real-life mental health stories. By reaching its audience in this way, CALM recognises the need to engage people through energetic graphic design that challenges tired or harrowing aesthetics relating to mental health. ‘CALM don't ever want to feel like a corporation – they're a group of people speaking directly to other people,’ says Johanna Drewe, creative director and partner at Output.
Such visual identities reflect an ongoing shift in the wider therapy sector, as organisations continue to diversify their communications to meet the needs of the next generation.
When addressing mental health topics, aim to balance emotional understanding with positive engagement. Avoid overused language to instead prioritise people’s real experiences of confronting issues like suicide prevention
Amass fuses alcohol-free spirits with CBD and THC
US – With ongoing exploration into the psychoactive effects of plants and botanicals in food and drink, beverage brand Amass has created a drink that it describes as mirroring the effect of a ‘strong cocktail’. Embracing the benefits of cannabis infusions, its new non-alcoholic spirit Afterdream combines CBD, THC and Delta-8 with eight terpenes and 14 botanicals including sumac, mint and rosemary.
By using CBD – an ingredient typically associated with the health and wellness sector – Amass is expanding its efforts to bridge the gap between self-care and social rituals. Morgan McLachlan, master distiller at Amass, says: ‘With Afterdream, we wanted to treat cannabis as yet another botanical in our universe, diving deep into cannabis culture and striving to understand the nuances of the plant: its effects, strains, terpenes.’
While the CBD category has been on the rise for a few years, filtering into food, drink and even beauty products, recent research proves its ongoing effectiveness in driving consumer sales – with notable growth in the hard seltzer alcohol category.
The CBD category continues to present new opportunities for brands – especially those with a focus on wellness. Reflect on the positioning of Afterdream and consider how botanical formulations can elevate products' appeal
This sustainability coalition is future-proofing wineries
Global – The global wine community is uniting to accelerate sustainability efforts in the sector. Through a newly launched coalition called Sustainable Wine Roundtable (SWR), wine brands, small producers, distributors, retailers and environmental organisations will work together to create a global standard on sustainable industry practices.
Building on existing regional initiatives, the organisation will promote best practice for a future in which Climate-adaptive Wineries will become the norm. ‘There are many innovative programmes and projects to make vineyards and wineries more environmentally friendly and socially just,’ says Richard Bampfield MW, the roundtable’s initial chair. ‘Our goal is to bring them together to generate the clarity, cohesion and collaboration necessary for the wine sector to establish itself as a leader on the world sustainability stage.’
Such movements should provide inspiration to the wider food and drinks industry – as well as other sectors – to work towards more equitable and environmentally friendly practices, regardless of brand competition.
Industries such as beauty and fashion would similarly benefit from such collective action. Take cues from this coalition and consider how your industry can come together to address climate change and social inequalities
Stat: New technology could bolster interest in PE lessons
There is growing concern that young people in the UK are becoming disengaged from physical activity and school sports. A study commissioned by the Youth Sport Trust – and carried out by Foresight Factory – reveals the need for improved communication and innovation in this area.
According to the research, almost half (45%) of young people would like to see greater use of new technology in physical education (PE) lessons. Meanwhile, young people’s awareness of the benefits they could get from PE and physical activity is in decline. Compared with its first study in 2015, the Youth Sport Trust reports fewer children agree that PE and physical activity help them to be healthy, falling from 78% to 72% in 2021.
With these figures in mind, there is a clear need for media, entertainment and technology brands to step in to better engage young people in physical activity. For more innovations in this area, delve into Tweenage Fitness.
Beyond school environments, health and wellness brands can also engage young people through appealing at-home and studio-based workouts. Consider the potential of fusing techniques like gamification with traditional sports