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Environment Agency Floods Destroy blue line device

A total of 5.5 million properties in England and Wales are at risk of flooding. But only 7% of people in communities at risk of flooding think that they are in danger. Our goal was to help the Environment Agency persuade people to be well prepared, and in doing so increase levels of resilience.

The Environment Agency wanted to create a campaign brand that could be used by community groups across the country to change behaviour in their region. Through extensive research and consultation with stakeholders and community groups, our strategic team observed how few marketing skills and resources they all had access to. If this project were to be a success the brand would need to be brutally simple and easy to deploy.

 

Useable and useful
Taking this observation on board, our creative team found inspiration in floodlines. We developed a brutally simple but bold floodline, which was used as a branding device across all communications. We also created the Floods Destroy name for the campaign, incorporating the floodline device into the mark.

Environment Agency Floods Destroy Be Prepared Master Mark

A mark as a visual metaphor for destruction: everything above the floodline is calm, everything below is damaged, an idea that carries through all elements of communication

The simplicity of the idea meant it was easy and cost effective for local groups to use, even if they only had access to word processing software. To help them we produced a toolkit containing designs and assets for a wide range of communications materials - including advertising, digital media, literature and ambient activity.

The campaign toolkit in action

Environment Agency Floods Destroy Campaign Advert

Advertising: simple objects can create a strong emotional pull when quite literally destroyed

Environment Agency Floods Destroy advert elderly neighbour

Advertising: expressing the importance of checking on and helping elderly neighbours to prepare for the effects of flooding

Environment Agency Floods Destroy sign

The mark can be used as potent reminder of past levels of flood water and to add a sense of urgency to people's future preparations

Getting behind the campaign — using the blue line — is brutally simple

The Floods Destroy brand — and blue line device — has been used by a wide range of organisations, turning previously disparate activity into a national movement.

Environment Agency Floods Destroy AA twibbon

The power of a line: Supporters were able to use the blue line as a Twibbon to both show they are #floodaware and to promote the campaign to their followers

Environment Agency Floods Destroy Flood-Aware Twibbons

A selection of blue line twibbons