Winchester College

Winchester
College
Filling
curious
minds
with
wonder.

Walking
  • INSIGHT
  • BRAND POSITION
  • VISUAL + VERBAL IDENTITY
  • WEB DESIGN + BUILD
  • ART DIRECTION
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
This world-famous private school didn’t need to up its intake. Or to reach new audiences. It just needed to present itself accurately, and the website was the obvious place to start.

Looking into it, exactly what it was they wanted to present needed a little clarity. And their audience needed empathetic understanding - and identifying - not assumptions made of them. While reluctant initially to see the school as a brand, Headmaster Dr Tim Hands was convinced of the value of having a properly-understood and authentically-articulated identity. We began the process of research, auditing and interviewing.
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INSIGHT

Distilling all the information down into insights followed, which we used to build four distinct brand territories, or conceptual themes to explore. One stood out, and the headmaster knew instantly that the theme of Wonder perfectly captured all they knew themselves to be. These insights went on to inform everything, from the brand position and visuals to the website structure, transitions and photography.

BRAND POSITION

‘Filling Curious Minds With Wonder’ was defined as their motivating Why - why the audience should care, why they do what they do. The rest of the brand position, their values and personality, all stemmed from the insight work and reflected this narrative of Wonder.

 

WEBSITE

A thorough audit and re-strategising was needed, as well as design and build. From bringing clarity to the complex application process, to a compelling sensitivity towards boarding, the site structure and its flow was designed to unfold as a wonder-filled experience.

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VISUAL DESIGN

The new brand position inspired refreshed visual assets for the school. As well as the look and feel for the website, we re-crafted its crest and logo to achieve a subtle balance between tradition and modern appeal. A colour palette, inspired by the school’s authentic story, included Warm Flint and Wykeham Red, as well as the all-important Winchester Blue. We art directed David Cleveland on a photoshoot to capture the Why of the school on camera, and refocus the site on to the people who make up the school community.

 

BRAND COMMUNICATIONS

An inviting, people-first approach was reflected in the copy too, restyled for and co-written with their Director of Communications. The theme of Wonder came through in headlines written as questions from an enquiring mind, and to express empathy for the audience.

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