Harnessing the power of community finance
with Tapestry Capital
Brand Positioning, Visual Identity, Print Design, Signage, Website Design, Website Development
Tapestry is a new social enterprise with a daring mission to reimagine how to finance ambitious community projects. From green energy initiatives to community hubs and co-operative housing, Tapestry helps organizations who may otherwise have trouble lending from traditional financial institutions, leverage the power of their communities to raise millions of dollars through community bonds.
Community bonds are an interest-bearing loan with a face value, fixed term and set interest rate and always encompass a social or environmental return, in addition to a financial return that stays within a community. It’s a win win win!
Loop was armed with the task of developing a new brand and website that would help position Tapestry as a leader in social finance, enabling organizations to scale and transform their impact through community bonds.
Our process began by surveying and interviewing non-profits, social enterprises, finance experts and Tapestry staff to get a clear sense of their experiences with community bonds, the types of ambitious projects they were eager to launch, and the potential for Tapestry to stand out in the social finance space.
It became clear that Tapestry needed to distinguish itself as a friendly financing alternative backed by a professional team with the expertise to raise and manage millions. The notion of Tapestry as high impact community champion would need to touch every aspect of the brand, and helped shape the ‘Finance to the power of community’ brand essence which would drive the design direction.
“Working with Loop has been an amazing experience. They have a wonderful team that that exudes creativity, ingenuity and business acumen. From the very start, they understood our organization and the vision we had, and helped us every step of the way to bring it to life. Now that our brand has launched, our social enterprise has reached all new heights. Many thanks to the team at Loop!”
Marketing & Engagement Manager, TREC
All Touchpoints Considered
The design strategy was centered around the concept of the ‘People’s Tapestry,’ a custom illustration formed from a continuous thread, including recognizable images of people coming together to contribute their share (or bond) and support iconic projects. The illustration is about weaving a tapestry of community support – in a unique way that gives the brand an authentic and human quality while linking directly to Tapestry’s name.
When paired with the sharp angles and bold nature of the Tapestry wordmark, and the bright orange hue; the design helps accomplish a balance between the professional finance space and local communities. The colour palette is a unique identifier in the Canadian finance space, and optimistic messaging helps community organizations feel confident about their ability to finance positive change.
The brand is brought onto the web, through a visual portrayal of the people’s tapestry, and key calls to action that funnel visitors to sign up for Tapestry’s accelerator program which helps to inform and select the organizations that are ideal for raising community bonds.
From Empathy to Impact
Since launch, the Tapestry Capital brand and digital experience have made waves in the social finance space.
Thank you Tapestry Capital.