Board and staff interviews revealed inconsistencies in what Overdose Lifeline’s main focus should be moving forward. Having a structured conversation about their vision for the future helped align the team and focus efforts on the next steps.
A New Identity for a New Decade
Overdose Lifeline (ODL) was founded in 2014 with the mission of addressing the United States’ opioid crisis. Despite getting nationwide recognition, the company identity and offerings have become diluted – inconsistent applications and processes and lack of brand architecture.
The founder realized the need for an identity that was not only memorable on the national stage but also conveyed hope to their customers. The result is a bold new identity system and brand architecture that help create clarity around the organization’s scope of work. The new website serves as an ultimate manifestation of the new face of the organization.
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Since its inception, the organization has grown beyond prevention to include education and advocacy work. The new identity reflects that growth and positions Overdose Lifeline as a holistic solution to the U.S. opioid problem.
One of the biggest discussions we had with Overdose Lifeline’s CEO, Justin Phillips, was whether they should change the name to an abbreviation, ODL. The inconsistent visual identity before the redesign combined with the concern that the current name misrepresents their work, it was decided to take one small step in the direction of abbreviation in case the change takes place in the future.
As a result, Overdose Lifeline’s stacked logo features “ODLifeline”. In both the full and the stacked versions “Overdose” is purposefully thin while “Lifeline” is featured in bold–—yet another nod to the fact that this organization extends an actual lifeline to those living with substance use disorder and their loved ones.
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